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About

Independent Thinking. Individualized Care.

Who We Are

Everything we do is centered around a desire to give you back your time — time and freedom to do what you want to with your day.

When you choose Amber Specialty Pharmacy, you can trust that you’re supported by an experienced team that makes your goals our goals.

Independent

Empowered to make decisions while being transparent and honest.

Accessible

When a patient or provider calls, we answer. Offering superior service means being available to our patients and partners.

Innovative

Extensive experience building sophisticated solutions for our partners. We embrace technology and data to boost adherence.

Our Values

Knowledge

Amber Specialty Pharmacy employees are experts within the specialty pharmacy field. Our patients look to us to provide trusted answers and resources on how to manage and treat their conditions. To best serve our patients, we must continuously push ourselves to learn and innovate.

Loyalty

The patient always comes first. Our employees strive to build personal relationships with our patients so they know they have our trust and support. Through these relationships, we are better able to personalize the support and care needed to ensure our patients can live their healthiest and happiest lives possible.

Compassion

Many of our patients are facing great physical pains and challenges. Thus, we believe it is crucial that our employees show the utmost compassion and care in every interaction.

Meet the Leadership

Aaron Wiese

Aaron Wiese, President

Aaron Wiese has been with Hy-Vee, Inc. for 15 years, and has been helping lead Amber Specialty Pharmacy since 2014. A leader for both entities, Aaron dedicates his time to pursuing opportunities that secure Amber Specialty Pharmacy's position as a leader in patient care and innovation. Aaron is most passionate about Amber Specialty Pharmacy's patient-centered culture and the impact our employees make.

Micaila Ruiz, PharmD., Chief Operating Officer and Chief Pharmacy Officer

Micaila Ruiz has been a vital member of the Hy-Vee, Inc. team for almost 10 years and has served as Amber Specialty Pharmacy's Chief Pharmacy Officer for the last five. She was elevated to Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Micaila leads the Amber Specialty Pharmacy team as they navigate the rapidly evolving environment of specialty pharmacy and she is proud of our impact on patient lives.
Micaila Ruiz
Julie Zatizabal

Julie Zatizabal, Senior Vice President, Trade Relations

Julie Zatizabal's 30-plus years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry has served her as she leads the Trade team at Amber Specialty Pharmacy. Over the past eight years, she has helped her team develop relationships and navigate a rapidly changing landscape of opportunities that secure Amber Specialty Pharmacy a strong position amongst industry giants. Julie also contributes her time and expertise as a National Association of Specialty Pharmacy Committee Co-Chair.

Mike Terry, Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development

Mike Terry comes to Amber Specialty Pharmacy in 2020 after spending three years at Hy-Vee, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa. With over 30 years in retail and sales experience, Mike takes lead of a national sales team as they mobilize to expand the Amber Specialty Pharmacy footprint in new and emerging markets.
Mike Terry
Peggy Tomes

Peggy Tomes, Senior Vice President, Auditing and Quality Assurance

Peggy Tomes has been at Amber Specialty Pharmacy since its inception. For over 22 years, Peggy has had a hand in shaping some of the most vital elements of our business and patient care strategies. A living encyclopedia of Medicare and DME billing expertise, Peggy most enjoys bridging the gap between government legislation that affects specialty pharmacy policy and the decisions made at Amber Specialty Pharmacy. Peggy has presented to clinical experts across the country and lobbied on behalf of transplant patients at the nation's capital.

Adam Winstead, Vice President, Information Technology

Adam Winstead has been driving technological innovations at Hy-Vee, Inc. and Amber Specialty Pharmacy for over 15 years. His knowledge of both retail and specialty pharmacy allows Adam to lead a team that implements large, complex systems as well as provide technology solutions to improve the patient experience. Adam values the collaboration across all departments to continue improving the overall patient experience.
Adam Winstead
John Ortner

John Ortner, Vice President, Controller

John Ortner has been with Hy-Vee, Inc. for 18 years, the last four at Amber Specialty Pharmacy. John is responsible for all financial functions of the company; he and his team work tirelessly to safeguard the company's overall financial security. John has great admiration for the company's commitment to taking care of patients.

Joseph M. Acierno, Vice President, Compliance, Privacy and HIPAA Officer

  Joseph Acierno has served as Amber Specialty Pharmacy's Vice President of Compliance for three years. As the former Chief Medical Officer for the State of Nebraska, Joseph brings over 25 years of Health Care Law expertise to his role. He oversees compliance, contracting and licensure for the company. Joseph provides in-house legal counsel to protect and strengthen Amber Specialty Pharmacy's position in the specialty pharmacy sector.
Joe Acierno
Amber Specialty Pharmacy Specialties

Specialties

Choosing the right specialty pharmacy partner can transform an entire health journey.

Amber Specialty Pharmacy treats every patient with exceptional care designed around their individual needs.

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