Our History & Philosophy
Cheek & Scott Drugs, Inc. was formed in 1965 to serve the residents of Suwannee and surrounding counties. Cheek & Scott Home Medical Equipment Division was formed in 1983 to provide customers with a complete healthcare center. In 2000, Jeff Scott R.Ph. and President, purchased the company from his father Allison Scott who originally founded the organization. Jeff has continued in the same traditions of his father by striving to provide complete and quality healthcare to the people of North Central Florida. In 2001, a second home medical equipment location was added in Lake City, FL. And became a full Pharmacy in 2009 to serve the Lake City area. Cheek & Scott Home Medical Equipment serves customers in Suwannee, Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Gilchrist, Taylor, Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Cheek & Scott provides a wide variety of durable medical equipment and supplies, ranging from bath products to oxygen and power mobility.
Cheek & Scott employees are friendly and knowledgeable, seeking to provide excellent customer service. Our customers vary from young adults seeking treatment for sleep apnea, to young at heart seeking items that will maintain and improve their quality of life!
"People just need someone to listen to them."
, President, Owner, and Registered Pharmacist
Jeff started working at Cheek and Scott when he was just twelve years old. Vacuuming the carpets, taking out the garbage, and cleaning the restrooms were his first jobs. By age sixteen, Jeff had worked his way up to delivering medical equipment and by this time had begun considering a career as a pharmacist. Allison Scott, Jeff’s father and owner of Cheek and Scott at that time, encouraged Jeff to pursue a career in pharmacy, which he did. In 1991, Jeff graduated from the University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy and returned to Live Oak to work with his father at Cheek and Scott.
In 2000, Jeff bought the business from his father who retired from Cheek and Scott after forty-one years of serving the community. Jeff understands that God is the true owner of Cheek and Scott and has entrusted Jeff with the responsibility of making it a business with an exceptional work environment and matchless customer service.
Jeff is known as an adventurous follower of Jesus Christ, a faithful husband to his wife Melody, and excellent father to their seven children Anda, Jason, Arvis, AnnMarie, Aaron, Jakeb, and Joy.
T. Allison Scott referred to by all who know and love him as Allison, began his pharmacy career at Cheek Drugs located in the downtown area of Live Oak. Allison, encouraged by his mother, sought a job with Mr. Thomas Cheek who allowed Allison to work as a student after school. Allison became interested in pharmacy as a career and pursued his education in pharmacy at the University of Georgia. After completing pharmacy school, Allison came back to work for Cheek Drugs and soon became a partner in the business which was renamed Cheek and Scott Drugs. Allison’s compassion for people and work ethic were unparalleled. He always had time for questions, concerns, and visits with any customer who needed him. Allison worked long hard hours to build a business of integrity, dignity, and professionalism while keeping the “small-town” atmosphere.
"If a customer comes in with a problem of any kind and I can take that problem and turn it around, I love that!"
Allison gave his son Jeff the same opportunities he had as a boy; allowing Jeff to work and become interested in the business. Allison was always an encouraging father and a great help to Jeff during his own years in pharmacy school. Allison worked in the pharmacy for thirty-five years and is now retired. Allison is married to “his flower” Elizabeth for 50 years as of 2012. His son Jeff is married to Melody and daughter Julie is married to B.J. Allison is affectionately called Papa by his ten grandchildren who think he is the very best Papa in the world.
Full-time pharmacist Joy Lamb serves her Cheek and Scott Family in all our locations. She makes sure all prescriptions are handled with care and filled with accuracy. Joy began working at Cheek and Scott in May of 1996 and has become a vital part of the pharmacy team.
"Interacting with people is my favorite part of this job."
Her determination, tenacity, and knowledge all help make Joy a pharmacist you can count on to help and get it right. She loves to help customers with any problems or questions they might encounter. She says,"If a customer comes in with a problem of any kind and I can take that problem and turn it around, I love that"! Joy is a woman of integrity; doing what is right and doing it well, even if no one else is looking.
Joy is married to Brian and has two wonderful sons, Brayden and Brannan.
, Lake City Pharmacist
Eric started working at Cheek & Scott part-time while he was still in high school. He continued working with Cheek & Scott while attending pharmacy school at the University of Florida and in May 2010 passed his state exams with flying colors.
"I love seeing a customer walk away happy."
Eric is now a full-time staff pharmacist, enjoys his job immensely, and recently assumed management of the pharmacy operations in the Lake City store. Eric loves meeting and interacting with customers and answering questions. He has proven to be reliable and positive making him a favorite among co-workers and customers alike. When Eric is not at work, he enjoys outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, but mostly loves spending time with his beautiful wife Jessica and adorable children Brant and Aubrey.
Cara has been a practicing pharmacist for eight years and joined the Cheek and Scott family in 2008. She is a staff pharmacist who enjoys all aspects of her job including counseling, checking for accuracy and drug interactions and is concerned for the overall safety of all patients.
"There's a friendship amongst everyone that works here - it's nice!"
Kathy F. Stapleton
Cara is considered caring and sympathetic by her co-workers and customers alike and she doesn't mind going out of her way to make sure customers have all questions answered before leaving the store. Cara says, “I love seeing a customer walk away happy!” Cara always has a big friendly smile for everyone and loves bringing laughter and joy to all who come in the store.
Cara loves the family atmosphere of Cheek and Scott and says, "Not only are you like family working with the company, but Cheek and Scott also allows you to be a family person". This is especially important to this wife and mother of two. Cara has all it takes to work full time and still be able to spend time with Matt and their children Coby and Maci.
, R.Ph., Pharmacist
Kathy has been a pharmacist at Cheek & Scott for 15+ years. She began working for the company in April of 1995. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1991. She has had 19 years of experience in her field.
"People come to us for help. In helping others, you heal the soul. For me, that is what pharmacy is all about."
Kathy values the friendships she has formed over the years working at Cheek & Scott. Growing up in the area has given her an opportunity to be a help and a friend to the customers.
With three children to care for, she considers being a mom her full time job. Going on vacations, a trip to the beach, boating, and anything her kids are interested in she is right there with them.
, Pharm D., Pharmacist
Joey grew up in Live Oak and has had roots in this community his entire life. His father, Joe, was the Executive Director of Camp Weed for over 30 years and helped establish countless ministries here in the North Florida area. His mother, Sharon, was a kindergarten teacher in Live Oak for over 20 years and continues to be active in the community as a retired educator. His brother, Andy, is an Apache helicopter pilot in the US Army and is currently stationed in Alabama.
A tour of the Cheek and Scott facility with Jeff in 2003 inspired him to pursue a degree in pharmacy. Upon graduation from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2008 he began his practice at Publix pharmacy in Lake City. After six years of developing his clinical knowledge and passion for patient care, he decided to enter into a new phase of his pharmacy career. In October of 2014, Joey joined the Cheek and Scott Family to undertake the development and implementation of the Specialty Pharmacy. "I am so grateful to work in a place that is focused on helping others, with God at the center."
Joey has a deep love of the outdoors and enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, and spending as much time as possible with friends and family. He is very active in the community through service at his church and the Lions Club. He is a loving husband to his wife Samantha and a devoted father to his three daughters Madison, Bria, and Abigail.
"In my years of practice, I have learned that anything really worth doing in pharmacy always involves doing something for others."
, PharmD, BS, Pharmacist
Matt has been in community pharmacy for over 20 years. He received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida where he has also been a Clinical Associate Professor. Besides his clinical work within the pharmacy, he has been involved with pharmacy management and administration, as well as a clinical speaker for physician and pharmacist education. He strives daily to be a conduit of God's love and healing for his patients.
"Cheek and Scott pharmacy is what i envisioned a pharmacy would look like 50 years ago. Customer centered, community focused, with a desire to impact lives."
Matt was born and raised in North Florida and has a fantastic family with his wife Leah and four children. All of his children love sports and so his weekends and evenings are filled with a lot of time in bleachers. His boat stays way too dry for his liking.
"In my opinion, Cheek and Scott is as close to the perfect pharmacy for the future of where health care needs to go. The personal touch that patients miss so often in our health care system combined with cutting edge treatments within pharmacy makes this an ideal place to work for and for patients to receive their care. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a great organization."
, Pharm D., Pharmacy Manager
Born in West Palm Beach, FL; Jay moved to High Springs and graduated from the one-red-light-town of Bell, FL. Jay completed his undergraduate at Palm Beach Atlantic college with a bachelors in biology, a minor in education and traveled back home where he taught middle school at Lake Butler, Richardson, and Fort White. Working 5 years in the educational system, he decided to move on to pharmacy where he finished his doctorate degree from the University of Florida.
Shortly after graduating, he accepted a job offer from Publix supermarkets where he worked as a pharmacy manager for 10 years building relationships with his staff and customers.
With the addition of a third Cheek and Scott location in Jasper, FL; Joey Chamberlain sought out to reunite with his old pharmacy friend and bring Jay onboard as the assistant pharmacy manager, working with his past boss once again, Matt Steen. "After meeting Jeff Scott and seeing his passion for Christ, meeting his family and listening to his vision for the future of this company, it was apparent that God was directing me along a different path, a new chapter in my life."
Jay spends a week every year backpacking in Nicaragua working with On Eagles Wings Ministry where they diagnose, treat and provide medications for thousands of people in need. "Life is meaningless without a purpose and mine is revealed the moment I pour into the lives of those less fortunate than me."