Ed & Laila Zeid

My name is Ed Zeid, and my wife (Laila) and I are the proud owners and pharmacists at Apothicare Lakewood Ranch. We moved to Lakewood Ranch nearly 4 years ago to plant our family roots here and we have fallen in love with our community. Our professional mission is educating our community on the benefits of natural and traditional medicine and we consider ourselves experts in the bridge between the two style of medicine. We opened our compounding pharmacy in 2018 called Apothicare at Lakewood Ranch and our mission is now coming to a reality. Personally we enjoy the outdoors and you can find us usually on our near a beach on the weekends. We love family gatherings and more importantly we enjoy cooking and preparing different foods from all around the world.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
We are a growing family, we have 1 boy 1 dog and a little baby girl on the way.

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
My wife and I were both in pharmaceutical research and development and worked for major pharmaceutical companies when we lived in NJ. After moving to FL Laila and I started our own compounding pharmacy which allows us to now incorporate our knowledge and bring it to our local community. What we love most is that we are able to impact so many lives, reduce patients out of pocket costs, customize medications to meet their particular needs, most of all we prepare our medications using no colors, toxic chemicals or fillers. Everything we use is plant based and safe for usage.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
We love to eat at MacAllisters Grill and Tavern

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
5 years

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Ken Burke

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Italy because I love the history, the food, the cars and the views.

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
My favorite movie is the Pursuit to Happiness by Will Smith and my favorite TV show is the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (can you tell I’m a fan of Will Smith)

Q: What advice would you give to people?
Live your life to the fullest each and every day! Because yesterday is to be forgotten, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a present!

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Call me crazy, but I would love to conquer my fear and swim with sharks

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Hmm, tough one, but usually I can just listen to Tiesto and have a great time

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
LWR business alliance is a great representation of LWR

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
I would choose Arnold Schwarzenegger, reason is because he has accomplished so much and I feel he would have the most amazing advice to give. I would probably take him to my favorite restaurant locally which is MacAllisters.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
I love the diversity in age, the abundance of: parks, local businesses, restaurants, and its commitment to an active lifestyle.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
I see myself still here in Lakewood Ranch and hopefully being even more involved locally with my children being of school age.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I love art and more importantly I find peace in drawing on my sketch pad.

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
St Maarten

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
January, Halloween and my favorite day on the calendar is January 1st (fresh start)

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My children

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
the smell of fresh pie and the smell of hot coco

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
relax, sleep, family