We’re part of your team.

Teamwork is important. We know it. Through extensive clinical research and years of experience, we’ve determined the most important aspect in achieving positive health outcomes is an open working relationship between patient, provider and pharmacy. That’s what we do.

Making things happen.

To our staff, working at Apex is more than just a job. Each and every member of our team is dedicated to helping our patients improve their quality of life – and to saving our providers hours and hours of administrative work getting specialty medications approved, so they can do the same. Meet the team that makes this happen.

Darren Lea

Darren Lea, Pharm. D.

President, Owner

Darren received his Pharm. D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has over 20 years pharmacy experience. Darren runs his business the way he runs his life – with loyalty and integrity. He is a devoted husband and father, and avid sports fan.  In his free time, you can find Darren out on the golf course, playing a Wednesday night softball game or cheering on the KC Royals.

Favorite part of working at Apex :: the extremely friendly and casual environment

Adam Emo

Adam Emo, Pharm. D.

Director of Patient Support Services, Owner

Adam received his Pharm. D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is AAHIVM certified, specializing in HIV care. Read more about his dedication to HIV/AIDS medicine by clicking here. His quiet, yet compassionate demeanor makes Adam a trusted partner among patients, friends and family. Adam enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children… And is quite the chef, when he has the time!

‘Best Thing I Ever Ate’ :: The first time I had a Z-Man sandwich

Anitra Addis

Anitra Addis, Pharm. D.


Anitra received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and brings with her over 12 years of retail and corporate pharmacy experience. Though she describes herself as busy, her patients find her to be patient, compassionate, informative and thorough. When she’s not at work, Anitra is on the move – with her family, her adorable, yet mischievous puppy or taking Zumba classes.

Anitra’s favorite show :: House Hunters International

Doug Albers

Chief Operating Officer

A son of a pharmacist, Doug grew up helping his dad around the family’s independent retail pharmacy dusting shelves, stocking the pop cooler and making deliveries. However, he did manage to learn a bit about the business of pharmacy as well, some of it thanks to a couple of pharmacy students he worked with, namely Darren Lea and Adam Emo. Before coming to Apex, Doug amassed work experience in medical sales, pharmacy benefits, medication therapy management and employer sponsored health plans – all of which have proved useful in leading Apex’s operational and sales efforts.

Alissa Anderson

Alissa Anderson

Patient Services Coordinator

Alissa has been with Apex from the very beginning, bringing with her a background in retail pharmacy and Medication Therapy Management. Her dedication to patients and relationships with providers make Alissa an integral part of the Apex team. Her willingness to go ‘above-and-beyond’ is unrivaled. Though she can rarely be found outside of her cube, she enjoys supporting Sporting KC and spoiling her cat, Romy.

She describes herself as ‘nutty,’ but we find her to be endearing.

Bob Emo

Bob Emo

Shipping Manager

Bob does it all. Literally. He has a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and an MBA and brings with him industry knowledge from education to insurance to human resources to home health. He keeps Apex running and ensures that our patients medications are delivered on time, every time. Dependable is an understatement when it comes to Bob. And with his quick wit, he keeps us laughing every day.

When Bob isn’t tracking packages on Fedex.com, he enjoys music composition and remastering.

Brent Johnson

Brent Johnson

Director of Patient Support Services

No one is more dedicated to our patients and providers than Brent. He would probably sleep at Apex if we didn’t kick him out each night. Brent came to Darren, Adam and Pete with his laptop, an unrivaled knowledge in the specialty pharmacy industry and utter dedication to patients and providers. And he has worked tirelessly to grow the business and continue to strengthen our business and patient relationships. When Brent is forced to stop working, he enjoys spending time with his family or cheering on Sporting KC from the sidelines.

Hide your peanut butter…  Brent has been known to steal your jar eat it on anything!

Kelli Kelly, RN, BSN

Director of Clinical Services

Kelli started her nursing career in Nebraska working on the mother/baby floor and NICU at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. She loved the close bonds she built with patients during some of the scariest and most uncertain moments of their lives. In addition to her clinical expertise, Kelli considers kindness, compassion and empathy to be the foundational elements of delivering the highest quality patient care. Today, Kelli delivers her special blend of upbeat and compassionate care to patients at APEX, leading the development and execution of our PEAK patient management program.

Taking care of things (and people) is simply what Kelli does best – her two young daughters, their busy life…and our patients. And she does it all with a smile on her face.

Julia Koontz

Certified Pharmacy Technician

In the pharmacy world, Julia has done it all – retail, compounding, long-term care, specialty. If you’ve filled a prescription at Apex, chances are Julia scheduled it. She works with our patients to get them what they need when they need it – and based on oodles of unsolicited feedback, our patients adore her!  Working for and with people that truly care about her and her daughter is Julia’s favorite part about working at Apex.

Julia loves learning useless facts and trivia… if she wasn’t shy around strangers, she’d probably be on a game show!

Becca Nachlas, LMSW

Becca Nachlas, LMSW

Director of Financial Solutions

Becca comes to us with 6 years of social work experience at the University of Kansas Hospital and as a Ryan White Case Manager at the Kansas City CARE Clinic. ‘Access to care’ is what she’s about. With her determination and resourcefulness, she provides patients access to expensive specialty medications they would otherwise be unable to afford – improving their quality of life (and often leading to a cure!). She makes a difference in the lives of others. Every. Single. Day.

To relive stress, Becca enjoys Crossfit (and has met some awesome people at the gym)!

Dawn Shull

Patient Services Coordinator

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who works harder than Dawn.  She brings years of pharmacy experience to our intake team – gets the ball rolling for our patients, manages the fax queue and verifies patient coverage (among lots of other things!). Her favorite part of working at Apex is the atmosphere. Each and every day she comes to work with a positive, get-it-done attitude… and you better believe she gets it done.

Dawn’s favorite website :: YouTube

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We know that filling a Specialty Medication can be a long, confusing and expensive process.  We’re here to help.

At Apex, we strive to make filling a Specialty Medication as simple and seamless as possible for both the patient and provider. If there’s anything we can do to assist you, please let us know.

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