By Sossy Yogurtian
BELMONT, Mass. – During my 20 years working at Osco Pharmacy in Belmont, I had the privilege of training many student pharmacists and one student stood out to me the most, Nairi Demirchian-Gazarian.
Demirchian-Gazarian started to work at Osco Pharmacy at the age of 18 as a technician. Nairi always wanted to be a pharmacist. She attended the Massachusetts College Of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University (MCPHSU), graduated, and became a pharmacist herself at Osco Pharmacy. She also joined the Armenian American Pharmacists’ Association (AAPA) as a member and held the position of secretary for 2 years.
At Osco Pharmacy, she was an excellent pharmacist and a team player. She provided great customer service (still does), and was an asset to the pharmacy.
Several years passed and Demirchian-Gazarian transferred to Osco Pharmacy in Waltham, where a technician named Elizabeth Bekelian , had a Bachelor’s Degree in science and wanted to work in healthcare, yet was undecided. Demirchian-Gazarian realized her potential as a pharmacist and suggested she consider the accelerated pharmacy program at MCPHSU in Worcester. Bekelian was not sure if that was the path she wanted to pursue, so Demirchian-Gazarian offered to drive her to Worcester for an interview with an advisor. Three years have since passed and Bekelian is currently studying to take her pharmacy board exam to be a licensed pharmacist. Demirchian-Gazarian’s guidance, mentorship and offer to help secured a future for Bekelian.
Demirchian-Gazarian is a good example of how a small act of commitment and faith in another person can change a person’s life.