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Jerold Slaughter


Jerold Slaughter, Pharmacist



University of Florida
Bachelor of Science (BS), Pharmacy



Mr. Slaughter was born in Oak Hill, Florida. He graduated from New Smyrna High School in 1952. He attended the University of Florida, graduated with a BS in Pharmacy in 1957 and graduated as a distinguished military student. He served as an officer in the United States Army in 1958. He purchased Mulberry Pharmacy in 1960. He is the owner and president of Mulberry Pharmacy, Inc., which is on its 4th building, at 10,000 square feet. He has expanded Mulberry Pharmacy from a traditional retail pharmacy to include long term care, compounding, and direct service pharmacies while servicing thousands of people every month.

Thomas Slaughter

Vice President

Thomas Slaughter, PharmD



Mercer University
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Magna Cum Laud

University of South Florida
Bachelor of Science (BS), Biology
Bachelor of Science (BS), Natural Science/Education


Dr. Slaughter began his postgraduate work as a high school teacher in Polk County in 1990. He taught a variety of natural science classes, as well as team teaching with FUSE/EMH classes (Emotionally Handicapped and Educationally Mentally Handicapped students). Later, wanting to pursue a different kind of challenging career, he re-enrolled back into USF. He worked in the Department of Neuroscience and the Institute of Biomolecular Science, as well as pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in Biology. His undergraduate research, at the time, involved studies into the physiological and pharmacological effects of caffeine as well as proprietary compounds involving both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Putting together his enjoyment of biology, working in laboratories, education and helping people directly, Dr. Slaughter opened Mulberry Pharmacy’s Compounding department after graduating with his pharmacy degree from Mercer University. Starting with simple non-sterile compounds, he has developed Mulberry Pharmacy’s compounding lab to be able accommodate both sterile and non-sterile compounds, placing it as one of the only sterile labs available to fill specialty compounds for the residents of Polk County. He has currently been involved in formulating unique medications for both animal and human patients, and has recently entered a patent along with a local physician, on a novel approach to wound care.


  • Professional Compounding Centers of America
  • International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists
  • Florida Pharmacy Association
  • Rho Xi Professional Fraternity
  • Kappa Sigma National Fraternity
Becky Preston

Office Manager

Becky Preston, Office manager, HR manager, and Billing and Collection Manager



Farington University
Registered Pharmacy Technician


Mrs. Preston has been in management for over twenty years, with fifteen of that being in Long Term Care Pharmacy. She has been with Mulberry Pharmacy since 2008 in the capacity of Office Manager and Human Resources Manager.  Her knowledge of insurance and account receivables has helped many patients in the last fifteen years. Her determination and passion for patient’s care and customer service has been a great asset to Mulberry Pharmacy. As an Innovatix Advisory Board Member, she is dedicated to the pharmacy business to find ways to help pharmacies and patients overcome health care issues. Her hands-on approach and problem solving skills has helped her to identify problems before they happen, and to come up with solutions. She continues to dedicate herself to making the lives of her patients better.


Innovatix Advisory Board Member

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Business Development, Long Term Care

Russell Cummings

Email: Russell@mulberrypharmacy.com


University of North Florida
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)


Mr. Cummings enjoys volunteering with Gulf Ridge Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America. He also serves as a Commissioner for the Gulf Ridge region. He is a member of Better Living for Seniors. In 2013, he served on the board. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, Florida. He is also an avid Florida Gator fan.


  • Gulf Ridge Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Better Living for Seniors – Polk County