My name is Mario Gagliardo and I am the Supervising Pharmacist at Cross Bay Chemist in Ozone Park. I was born and raised in Middle Village, New York. I am a second-generation Italian-American whose family comes from Sicily. l attended Saint Francis Prep high school and went to pharmacy school at the University of Connecticut.
On my free time, I love to spend time with family and travel to different parts of the world. During pharmacy school, I had the honor to live in China and study Traditional Chinese medicine in Beijing for five weeks. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that gave me the chance to compare westernized medicine to Traditional Chinese medicine and bring back what I learned. Also, I enjoy playing golf, hockey, baseball and soccer. During the winter, I like to ski with family and friends.
Growing up, I always wanted to give back to the community and help make a difference in someone’s life. I finally have this opportunity becoming a pharmacist. I have nine years of experience working in a pharmacy and look forward to serving the community of Ozone Park. For me, being a pharmacist isn’t about the prestige but to give back and ensure people receive the right care they deserve. I love being a pharmacist because of the patients I have touched and also the impact they have on me. Not only do I verify and dispense medications, I provide advice about health and talk to patients about their families. I am fortunate enough to work at CBC and extend my care to such a wonderful community.
One of my favorite aspects working as a pharmacist in an independent pharmacy is developing one-on-one relationships with each patient and having that personal connection. You cannot get that type of service I can provide at chain pharmacies. With me, it is all about personal care, not just a number. If you would like to continue or start care with me, all you have to do is provide your name, date of birth, medication and old pharmacy phone number and I’ll take care of the rest. Feel free to stop by and meet me at Cross Bay Chemist in Ozone Park!
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