Our Story

There's a better path to well-being
Humble beginnings

Before the idea of “self-care” became the widely accepted term it is now, we sought ways to optimize and care for ourselves through yoga, meditation, plants, and integrative medicine, with the vision to be whole enough to care for others with the same purpose and intention.

Today we're known as successful serial entrepreneurs, but it wasn't always that way. Jill started her career doing interior architecture for skyscrapers, and Gary was an international banker, and we were both unfulfilled.

Revolutionizing the tea category

We knew there must be a better way. And then, we did something that some thought crazy: we left our professional career paths and started a premium whole-leaf tea company when the only tea most Americans knew was Lipton. In 1995 Mighty Leaf Tea was born, and we grew it for nearly 20 years before its sale. It was an extraordinary experience, and when it was done, we knew we still had unfinished business.

What we hadn’t yet discovered is that the foundation of Good Pharma was already forming...

Our professional journey gets personal

Over the past thirty years, we’ve traveled the globe from Europe, Africa, and India, to China and back to seek, honor, and engage with the wisdom ancient cultures and practices offer. As partners in life and business, we’ve always believed in the power of collaboration, Good Pharma being the embodiment of that.

Bringing experts in the fields of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, and science to the table to craft formulas that are more than just effective; they're delicious. We honor the exceptional skills that others share with us to make our products work to increase well-being while infusing a bit of delicious delight into the simple ritual of drinking tea or coffee.

Since we steeped our first proprietary teabag blend, we've been steady on the path to bringing good results from simple rituals. But these days, we need more good than ever, and we need it to do more than fill our cup; we need the good to soothe our being. We believe that if we can enhance that simple act with health and wellness benefits, we can make it easier to elevate our day-to-day experiences overall.

Thank you for being here with us. We are deeply honored to contribute to your well-being.

Jill Portman and Gary Shinner
Co-founders of Good Pharma