meet our metro team

Metro Integrative Pharmacy is locally owned and operated with a dedicated and experienced staff of certified pharmacists and integrative practitioners. We believe that being a local New York City pharmacy means providing the best services to our patrons that are customized to meet their needs.

integrative practitioners

Metro Integrative Pharmacy is home to a team of Certified Healthcare Practitioners and Estheticians who are ready to assist and guide our valued customers to maximize their wellness. Please feel free to book an appointment with any of our qualified practitioners.

dr. sally warren | naturopath

Originally from the UK, Sally moved to the US in 1994 and to the East Coast 3 years ago from California, where she worked and practiced for 20 years. She holds doctorates in Traditional Naturopathy, Metaphysical and Naturopathic Psychology and a PhD in Holistic Life Coaching, as well as many certificates in nutrition and herbal medicines. Working in the educational field as a professor of natural medicine, she helps students all over the world, and as a practitioner she sees clients on a regular basis. Sally works at Metro Integrative Pharmacy in Manhattan on a part time basis, to advise customers on the best supplemental choices for their health and healing paths.

karen wright, CNS, CDN | nutritionist

Karen Wright is a New York licensed nutritionist (CDN), CNS (Certified Nutrition Specialist), functional nutritionist and transformational health coach.  Karen is passionate about helping people transform their health using delicious foods, movement and by detoxifying their living environment.

Her passion to help others began when she became extremely ill from the toxins released after the planes hit the World Trade Center on September 11th.  After healing herself, she earned a masters of science degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and a doctor of traditional naturopathy.  Karen is the author of the book “Is It Mold?  A Holistic Approach to Managing a Commonly Overlooked Condition” and a contributing author to the book “Visionaries with Guts.”  She is currently training as a Master Herbalist.

caroline nuytten | esthetician

Beauty has always been a passion for Caroline.  She first launched her her career as an esthetician in her native home of France by graduating at an early age from beauty school.

She brought her love of beauty and skin care with her to the United States, receiving her New York State license in 2001.  Her passion quickly became a successful career helping both men and women with all their skin care needs, working for a variety of manufacturers and brands.  She prides herself on  her clients’ loyalty and enjoys pampering them by doing facials, makeovers, skin care analyses and properly matching the best products to each person’s unique needs.

Metro is pleased to have her on board as a vital part of our team, helping our clients to utilize natural and organic skin care products that are part of whole body wellness.  Caroline’s growing fan base of regular clients appreciate her time, expertise and counsel in helping  them to achieve their beauty and skin care goals.

leadership team

joe tawil | founder

Joe grew up in New York City and has been working in pharmacy since he was sixteen years old. He is married with five children. Joe has been involved in the fertility specialty since 1991 and and has a passion for helping hopeful parents build their families.  As a father, Joe values family life and wants to help others experience firsthand the joys of family.  Joe leads Metro and our team in our dedication to being an integral part of that dream for our patients.

liza ramdyal | store manager

Liza Ramdyal recognized quickly that the traditional retail pharmacy model was far too transactional and quickly sought to join the Metro Integrative Team.

She had led the retail teams at three different Fortune 500 retailers, working at the store level as well as district management level.  Liza believes that exemplary customer service begins with extraordinary employee satisfaction, and she seeks to build coherent, responsible and autonomous teams in every door she manages.

Liza is a native New Yorker, growing up and now lives in Queens with her family.

Liza believes strongly in independent retail and is delighted to offer the upper east side community an opportunity to experience retail, as it should be.

rob schwartz | director of pharmacy

Rob was born in New York and grew up working for his father’s independent community pharmacy. He graduated from A & M Schwartz College of Pharmacy in 1991, and registered to practice in 17 states. He’s an experienced regional director of pharmacy with a demonstrated history of working in several areas of the pharmaceutical industry. Skilled in specialty fertility pharmacy, sterile compounding, and is a certified regulatory specialist. Rob is married, with four children. He’s extremely passionate about our company mission of “being a valuable resource to all of our patients and caregivers.”

pharmacy team

vinny ognibene | assistant director of pharmacy

Vincenzo has been a pharmacy technician and an asset to Metro since 2001.  He has over 20 years of fertility experience and has been in the drug store business since he was 13 years old.  Vincenzo’s patience and compassion for couples going through fertility is limitless.  As a technician he enjoys the opportunity to work one on one with nurses, doctors and patients to achieve their dream of conceiving a child.

shazreen kristona, cpht | senior compounding technician

As the senior compounding technician at Metro Drugs, Shazreen supervises all compounding production for the company.  Formally trained at PCCA, she has the knowledge to utilize the state of the art equipment at Metro Drugs, and is able to make a wide variety of medication ranging from hormones to veterinary compounds. Working hand in hand with the physicians Shazreen and Metro Drugs can custom tailor any medication in any usage form.

claudia yanka | third party specialist & donor coordinator

Claudia has over 15 years of experience with Metro Drugs and is the contact person for insurance questions and needs.  She will work with your nurse and insurance company to provide screening and prior authorizations as needed.  She also works closely with surrogates and donors while maintaining strict anonymity and recipient compliance, following HIPAA compliance. When anyone from the Metro team is out in the field, they consistently hear praise from nurses and patients about Claudia.  She understands how difficult and frustrating the fertility process can be and is there for the patient to make the process easier.