Born in Cameroon (former French/English and German Colony), Ghislaine Kouamou, the founder of Gale Compounding Pharmacy, is the fourth child out of six children. She feels blessed to have older sisters as mentors who have helped her become a role model to her younger brothers. Kouamou grew up in different parts of the world because her father was a diplomat. She learned to embrace differences in cultures and appreciated similarities in other cultures. While living in Germany, She was impressed with the working spirit of German people, their passion for mother-nature and their use of pharmacy compounding to come up with alternative medicine. It is not with much wonder she decided to pursue her professional studies in Germany. After qualifying as a diplomate of Pharmacy from the Saarland University, Germany, she moved to America, this time with her college sweetheart and husband. Kouamou was a research pharmacist for the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. She made significant contributions to research projects in pharmacology leading to publications of a couple of peer-reviewed scientific papers with several abstracts of her work presented to meetings of learned societies; she is a co-inventor on an international patent application based on her research work on ophthalmic pharmacology. Kouamou also worked for the most prominent pharmaceutical chain stores where she devoted her full-time practice to help meet the unique needs of her patients in order to achieve more positive therapeutic outcomes. She was moved to pharmacy compounding by the need to provide alternative treatment to her daughter who was diagnosed with eczema at the age of three months. Commercially available medications failed to provide relief. Kouamou used her research skills to look for the kind of treatment that would help her daughter. This experience has made her become an advocate of compounding as a mean too expanding treatment options.
“Researching being one of my God-given talents, I looked for treatment alternative and found the answer to my child’s condition through pharmacy compounding. Since then, I have become an advocate of compounding as a mean of expanding treatment options.”-Ghislaine Kouamou, R.Ph.
With inspiration and support from family and friends, Kouamou embarked in a journey to meet the demand of the Greater Houston area and surroundings with compounding services.
Kouamou is dedicated learner and stays abreast of latest advances in pharmacy on behalf of her patients. She successfully completed a thirty CE hour, ACPE-certified, primary training program on compounding techniques at the Professional Compounding Center of America and a twenty CE hour, ACPE-certified, Aseptic training course for pharmacist at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. Kouamou is involved in various professional organizations such as the Professional Compounding Center of America, the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacist and the American Pharmacists Association.
Furthermore, Kouamou is a strong believer of giving back to the community. She has continuously volunteered of her time at her church, her children school and has taken part to various fundraisers to benefit young children education.
In her private time, Kouamou enjoys exercising, shopping, watching movies and outdoor games with her husband and their two adorable children. As a native from Cameroon (former French/English and German colony in Central Africa), Houston has become her second home; she can relate to city’s warm climate, mild winter temperatures and exotic foods.