Elsa Lam, RPh, HC, FDN-P
President, Golden Health Pharmacy, Inc.

Elsa has been a pharmacist for big-box pharmacies for more than 25 years. During her tenure, she noticed too many people were sick with chronic illnesses, even with the best doctors and hospitals available. She developed a dream to combine pharmacy services with nutritional education support to help people live healthier and happier lives. Lam received her Bachelor's degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1990 and her certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2013. In August 2015, she became a Certified Food For Life Instructor of the Physician Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a non-profit organization translating nutritional research into disease prevention and management.

Golden Health Pharmacy is an Educational Alliance Program Partner with PCRM and will continue to provide nutritional education in conjunction with our pharmacy services in chronic disease prevention and management. 

Dr. Hanieh Afkhami, PharmD
Pharmacist & Nutritionist

Dr. Afkhami has over 10 years experience promoting and establishing health regimes to improve eating habits and overall health of individuals and families. She believes that many chronic conditions and diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and obesity can be dramatically improved and controlled by consuming healthy meals. One of her assets to our team is her scientifically customized and developed diverse meal plans that address people's specific dietary needs. She is truly dedicated to encouraging everyone to eat unprocessed, nutritious and wholesome food that also tastes great.

She is an active member of the American Society of Nutrition, a Fellow in the American College of Nutrition, and has assisted the Obesity Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators as a volunteer.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from University of Maryland, and her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Howard University.


Josee Arel
Certified Qigong Instructor

Josee Arel has always been interested in being healthy and living well.  Her passion for health brought her to Chinese Medicine and the soft martial arts.  She has been a practitioner of Therapeutic Qigong for over 17 years and a Level 2 instructor. Qigong is a gentle exercise using the whole body, mind and deep breathing to promote relaxation, focus, and healing. Josee also has a black belt in Taekwondo.

Josee earned her B.A. degree in Chemistry and has been working at Waters Corporation for over 20 years supporting liquid chromatography. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, and working with Golden Retriever Rescue Education and Training. Josee teaches Qigong class once a month at Golden Health Pharmacy and believes that we are incredible beings and by listening to our bodies, treating ourselves with kindness and love that we can heal ourselves.

Join Our Team

Do you believe in our vision for healthier, happier individuals through integrative health?
Join the Golden Health Pharmacy team!
Please apply to the appropriate listing below and we will be in touch. Thank you. 

Full-Time Pharmacy Technician/Customer Specialist

  • At least 2 years of experience as a Pharmacy Technician in a retail setting
  • Active CPHT certification required. (Pharmacy students are exempted from the CPHT)
  • Extensive knowledge of medical terminology, generic drug names, pharmaceutical calculations, and ability to assume responsibility for coordinating drug inventory control in medical clinics
  • Proficiency in the use of applicable computer software
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Preferred: Bilingual in English and Spanish

Part-Time Nutritionist

  • Extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition
  • Experience in designing nutritional plans for individuals
  • Nutritional training certification
  • Must adhere to local and state licensing laws and regulations
  • Experience in planning health related workshops
  • Able to host cooking demos
  • Customer-facing experience at an organic juice bar
  • Must be customer service oriented and possess effective communication skills
  • Preferred: Bilingual in English and Spanish

Part-Time Pharmacist

  • Must have at least one year experience working at a retail pharmacy
  • Graduated from a School/College of Pharmacy accredited by American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE)
  • Licensed by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy
  • Certification in MTM and immunization
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Preferred: Bilingual in English and Spanish

Independent Health & Wellness Instructor

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  • Experience in nutrition management
  • Comfortable teaching group workshops
  • Self-motivated to arrange workshop content
  • Able to conduct individual coaching sessions 


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