A recent drive down Main Street in Grain Valley will reveal a new blue store awning. Crosetti Health and Wellness is set to open in February at 510 N. Main St. Prescription medication, over the counter drugs, medicine delivery, adjunctive therapy, a lactation support room, and attracting health specialists (from podiatry to dermatology) to work out of his store is the goal for Dr. Sean M. Crosetti.
A Grain Valley resident, Crosetti earned an MBA (Master of Business Administration) and worked in the mutual fund industry for 20 years prior to heading back to school to learn the pharmaceutical industry. His motivation for the career change came out of a desire to help people in a meaningful way and the influence of his parents.
Both Crosetti’s father and mother worked in the health care system. His Dad was a dentist for the VA (Veteran’s Administration) for 39 years. His mother worked in hospital administration for the VA prior to being appointed to a government position near retirement.
“With my Dad being a practitioner and Mom being in administration, I came to understand both sides of health care. It definitely made dinner conversations interesting growing up. Both of my parents were proud of their profession and wanted good things for people,” Crosetti said.
Upon graduating from UMKC in 2014, Crosetti spent five years as the Pharmacy Director at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, MO. Crosetti’s interest in retail pharmacy grew during that time along with the idea of being a small business owner. As Crosetti considered locations for his business, Grain Valley came to the forefront through his work at Hil’s Pharmacy prior to their closure.
“The friendly nature of people I encountered through my work at Hil’s Pharmacy was nice. Residents in this community praised the school district and seemed willing to take the time to talk and get to know people,” Crosetti said.
“My conversations with people from city government led me to believe that they were focused on the development of community, instead of just economic growth.”
“There is a definite need for a pharmacy in Grain Valley. I chose to become a pharmacist over being a doctor because it would lead for the potential of having non time constrained interactions with customers.”
Crosetti concluded, “Being a clinical pharmacist compared to a retail pharmacist are two different creatures. It is like an eagle being compared to a penguin. They are both birds and that is about it. I know what I’m getting into and hope to build relationships with patients so that continuity of care may be provided.”
Attention to detail has been paid to the layout and design of Crosetti Health and Wellness. Reclaimed 100 year old pine shelving is being used for product demonstration. Consideration has been given to ease of movement for the customer with an open floor plan, wide counters, and 360 degree displays. Bright fluorescent lighting makes things easy to see and find.
The blend of light blue paint and dark stained wood provide a color contrast that is warm and inviting. Much akin to the one point place of care pharmacies you would find during the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s. Time and elbow grease have been provided by Crosetti and his family in trying to make their vision come to life.
Business hours will be 9am-7pm Monday through Friday, and 9am-1pm Saturday. Crosetti Health and Wellness can be reached by phone at 816-847-6930.
“The idea behind our store hours is so that people who live in Grain Valley but commute out of town to work may get their prescription needs fulfilled without breaking the law by speeding to get home. We will have an emergency phone number as well so that if a customer makes an unintended late night trip to the emergency room, they can get the prescription they need without having to wait,” Crosetti said.
“This journey (opening a business) has taught me patience I didn’t know I had. I continue to try and find win, win situations for myself and others as we go through the hurdles of trying to open a pharmacy during a pandemic. I am looking forward to the reward of helping people make educated decisions for accurate, evidence based care.”