Tarrytown Pharmacy, originally owned by Guy Kelly, opened its doors the day before Pearl Harbor Day on December 6, 1941 at 3310 Windsor Road (where Texenza Coffee currently stands). Soon thereafter Mr. Kelly sold the store to Gatewood Newberry, a local investor and businessman. In 1950 Gatewood sold the store to his younger brother Jack (J.D.) Newberry, who lived on Cherry Lane with his wife, Helen, and two children Brian and Neal. J.D. raised his family in Tarrytown, eventually moving to Mountain Laurel Lane to a development his uncle William Gatewood had established. J.D. and Helen had two more children – Keith and Sharon – and continued running the store until 1973.
That year, JD and Helen’s eldest son Brian and wife Judy purchased the store. Brian had graduated from The University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1968 and spent 5 years gaining experience in chain stores and hospital pharmacies in Austin and Dallas. When Brian took over operations, he made the decision to remove the Soda Fountain and expanded the inventory. The pharmacy continued its legacy as a central gathering place for Tarrytown residents.
In 1986, Brian and his wife Gail moved into a larger space across the parking lot, next door to the Tarrytown Post Office. The move enabled the Newberrys to expand their gift, card, and cosmetic offerings, while maintaining efficient pharmacy operations.
Tarrytown Pharmacy continues to be owned and operated by the Newberry family – the third generation owner Mark Newberry, and his wife Leslie Newberry, are continuing in Brian and J.D.’s traditions of service, community, and dependability.
Tarrytown Pharmacy has been a backbone of the neighborhood, and the Austin community, for over 75 years. We regularly donate merchandise, time, and funds to local schools and charities and we pride ourselves in our community service – service that begins with our customers. We know their names and their families, and they know ours. Many of them have been shopping with us for five generations and we value their trust and loyalty.
Mark Newberry, Pharmacist and Owner
Mark Newberry graduated from the University Of Texas College Of Pharmacy with a PharmD degree in 2003. Mark is a native Austinite and is the third generation owner and president of Tarrytown Pharmacy in Austin, Texas that has been in operation since December 6th, 1941. He also opened Tarrytown Expocare in 2007, a long term care pharmacy, and Tarrytown Specialty Pharmacy in 2016. Mark's grandfather Jack Newberry and father Brian Newberry owned and operated the store before him. In 2008, under Mark's leadership, McKesson Drug Company recognized Tarrytown Pharmacy with the "South Region Pharmacy of the Year" award for its commitment to patients and community service. It was the first and continues to be the only pharmacy in the state of Texas to receive that honor. Mark served on the admissions committee for the UT College of Pharmacy from 2005-2010. In 2010 Mark was asked to sit on the Dean's Advisory Council for the UT College of Pharmacy and in 2013 Mark was appointed by the Dean to serve a two year term as the Chair of the Advisory Council. In 2013, Mark received the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award from the University Of Texas College Of Pharmacy. Mark currently sits on the Cardinal Regional Advisory Board and also serves as the President of The Alliance of Independent Pharmacists. Mark has also been active in his community sitting on several community organization boards including the Stephen F. Austin Society, the SFA Athletic Excellence Fund, and West Austin Youth Organization.
When Mark is not working he enjoys competing in triathlons and spending time in the mountains. He and his wife Leslie are the proud parents to twin daughters, Morgan and Taylor, and two dogs: Lily, and Hank!
Leslie Newberry, Buyer and Owner
Leslie Newberry is the buyer for the store. She orders and merchandises all of the gift and seasonal sections, and is very involved in store management.
Leslie is a 1998 graduate of Franklin High School in El Paso and graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a degree in Marketing. She is a Zeta Tau Alpha alumna and member of the Bremond Society.
During her time off, she is an avid runner, who trains with Gilbert's Gazelleas and recently completed her fourth marathon. She and Mark have two rescued Labradors from Heart of Texas Lab Rescue that can frequently be seen at the store.
Gail Newberry, Former Owner
Gail Overbeck Newberry was raised in Hobbs, New Mexico, and is a 1974 graduate of New Mexico State University, earning a degree in Management. Gail lived in Dallas for several years working in the General Portland Cement Company’s corporate offices, and then as an office manager for several orthodontists in Highland Park.
In 1985, Gail married Brian Newberry and, as the store’s Buyer, enlarged and developed the store’s gift and accessories departments. After Brian passed away in 2006, Gail remained on staff at the store part time, and is still active in purchasing and merchandising.
When not working at the Pharmacy, Gail plays golf at Lost Creek Country Club, Tennis at Westwood Country Club, Bridge with her friends, and enjoys gardening and walking with her two black labs – Holly and Maggie.
Elizabeth McMahon, Office Manager
Elizabeth McMahon is store manager of Tarrytown Pharmacy. She joined Tarrytown Pharmacy in 1994 as a clerk and worked her way up the ranks to store manager in 2000. Originally from South Texas, she is a 1986 Harlingen High School graduate. She migrated to Austin and joined one of her 5 sisters and fell in love with all that Austin had to offer. She is a member of St. Williams Catholic Church in Round Rock.
When she is not working she enjoys cycling and spending time with her golden retriever, Amber-Leigh.
Linh Nguyen, Pharmacist
Linh Nguyen was born and raised in the Midwest and moved to Texas during her senior year in high school when her parents relocated to open up a small family –owned business, which they have now managed for over 18 years. Linh has considered Austin her hometown and knew she wanted to establish her roots here ever since she entered college.
Linh completed her undergraduate studies and Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Linh has served on the University of Texas College of Pharmacy's admissions committee since 2010. She is also preparing to become a UT preceptor which will allow her to mentor 4th year pharmacy students.
Linh and her husband David are proud parents of 2 young daughters Avery and Sydney. She has a new interest in crafts and enjoys hand making hair bows for the girls in her free time.
Rannon Ching, Pharmacist
Rannon is the Pharmacist-In-Charge at Tarrytown Pharmacy. He was born in Honolulu Hawaii, living there until his family moved to Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, prior to him starting the fifth grade.
Rannon completed undergraduate pre-requisites and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. His professional passions include building strong patient-pharmacist relationships, immunizations, educating students, and advancing independent pharmacy and the profession. He works closely with the University of Texas College of Pharmacy, and is involved with teaching third and fourth-year pharmacy students, developing research projects, and is a member of the college’s Experiential Curriculum Sub-committee.
When Rannon is not in the pharmacy, he enjoys playing music (piano, guitar, and drums) with friends and in various church bands, eating at new restaurants, and cooking. His hobbies also include baking artisan bread from scratch.
Megan Snelson, Pharmacist
Megan Snelson is a strong advocate for expanding pharmacy services in order to take care of her patients in diverse ways. Megan graduated from St. Edwards University with a degree in Biochemistry and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of the Incarnate Word. Through her training, Megan learned about the value of that pharmacies can provide patients through diabetes and blood pressure screening as well as flu and strep tests. It is because of her that Tarrytown Pharmacy offers these services today.
Megan has a young son who lights up the lives of everyone he meets. She enjoys cooking flavorful dishes with her own Texan influence. When she is not at home, Megan likes to practice her golf swing at the local course or to embark on new fishing adventures with her family.
Ellie Studdard, Pharmacist
Ellie Studdard is a born and raised Texan who hails from her hometown of Lubbock. She studied Health Science and Business Administration at Baylor University before attending The University of Texas at Austin for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Ellie is passionate about taking care of her patients proactively rather than reactively. She is always promoting immunizations and taking the extra step to ensuring that her patients understand their medications.
Though her patients always come first, Ellie’s two adorable dachshund are close seconds in her heart. If she is not at the pharmacy or with her dogs, you can find her checking out new Austin restaurants or at home with a good book. Come stop by Tarrytown pharmacy and ask for Ellie if you ever need a medication or literary recommendation!
Trey Burry, pharmacist resident
Trey Burry is a new to Austin Pharmacist Resident at Tarrytown Pharmacy. He is a native Floridian and recent graduate of the University of Florida, where he studied Food Science and Human Nutrition before receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Trey is a third generation pharmacist and grew up working at his family’s independent pharmacy in Leesburg, Florida. He values the close relationships that pharmacists have with their patients and is looking forward to learning how to expand patient access to quality care through his residency.
Trey enjoys playing soccer, kayaking, scalloping on the Gulf Coast, and spending time with his seven brothers and sisters. He is excited to explore Austin and will gladly welcome any recommendations for the best tacos, BBQ, and outdoor activities around town!
Pharmacists Of Tarrytown Pharmacy
Pictured from left to right: Ellie Studdard, Hang Tran, Rannon Ching, Laura Kelly, Trey Burry, Linh Nguyen, Megan Snelson.
Tarrytown Pharmacy has deep roots in the Austin community, donating volunteer hours, in kind donated goods, and monetary donations to numerous public and private causes. Since its founding in 1941, Tarrytown Pharmacy has donated close to $1 million to the Austin community. Beneficiaries include the following organizations:
- Hospice Austin
- Stephen F. Austin High School
- Casis Elementary
- Boy Scouts of Central Texas
- St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
- O.Henry Middle School
- West Austin Youth Association
- Admiral’s Club
- Bachelor’s Club of Austin
- Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association
- Chi Omega Alumni Association
- The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
- Mathews Elementary
- Regent’s School
- The Junior League of Austin
- Junior Helping Hand Society
- Brykerwoods Elementary
- Western Hills Little League
- Tarrytown Methodist Church
- Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
- Westminster Presbyterian Church
- Westwood Country Club
- Town Lake Animal Shelter
- Westminster Health Care Center