Our Pharmacists: Dr. Kavel Bhathela


Dr. Kavel Bhathela

PharmD – Pharmacy Manager

Degree(s) Earned: B.S. in Biochemistry, Doctorate in Pharmacy

Alma Mater(s): North Carolina State University, University of Tennessee

Graduation Year: 2009 and 2013

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Position: Pharmacy Manager

Location: Carolina Pharmacy – Arboretum

Kavel was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. He was a biochemistry major at NC State University. Upon graduating from NC State, Kavel attended the University of Tennessee’s Pharmacy School.

Directly out of school, Kavel began working at Target, in the Pharmacy. He quickly found himself disillusioned by the focus on revenue instead of patient care, and began looking for a better way to serve his community. 

Kavel’s search led him to Carolina Pharmacy Arboretum (celebrating its 100th anniversary this year).

He currently works at Carolina Pharmacy in Charlotte (Arboretum), NC, as the pharmacy manager.  In his down time, Kavel loves to travel, and is a dedicated collector of designer shoes. He also loves to try new local restaurants with his wife, Shannon.

Why did you become a pharmacist?


What interests do you have that you do in your spare time?

“I collect and consign shoes online.”

Do you have a favourite sports team?

“Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, and the Wolfpack.”

What is your favourite food?

“Sushi and pizza.”

What is the country you most want to visit?


Do you have a favourite place to travel?

“Napa Valley, California.”

Brief info about your family?

“My parents immigrated in 1985. Along with my mom’s side of the family, they relocated to Raleigh, NC from India. This included my grandparents and my mom’s five sisters and three brothers. When I was born, my aunts and uncles all had newborn girls. As a result, my parents gave me the name “Kavel,” which means “only” in Hindi.

If you had to choose a celebrity to play you in a documentary about your life, who would it be, and why?

“Hassan Minaj, because he is hilarious and can grow plenty of facial hair.”


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