New pharmacist hopes to help community
November 07, 2013Th e hands that prepare and dispense medicine at Community Pharmacy of Valley Center belong to Pete Nguyen, 38, who became the
new owner of the drugstore on Oct. 1.
The pharmacy at 29115 Valley Center Road will continue to offer the same services that were provided before the change of ownership, Nguyen said. Thus, longtime customers of Robert Wisecarver, the former pharmacist at Community Pharmacy, can expect Nguyen to be around for a while.
"The patients who have been going here for a long time, I want them to know I'm here and I'll be here a long time," Nguyen said.
His goal is to continue the pharmacy's tradition by providing a service that is needed, he said.
"Valley Center is a small, tight-knit town," he said. "Before I was here I know the pharmacy was a big fixture in the community, and it's a lot of responsibility."
For the past ten years, Nguyen has been serving patients at a retail chain drugstore in Escondido. A San Diego native, he graduated Rancho Bernardo High School in 1993. Nguyen finished his undergraduate studies at UC San Diego in 1997, and then transferred to the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy where he received his Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) in 2002.
He said he has always been interested in healthcare and medicine, but didn't become a doctor because he can't handle "blood and gut s ," so becoming a pharmacist was an acceptable option.
But after a decade of working for a large chain pharmacy, Nguyen said he felt the pressure of not being able to practice in the ways
that he wanted to. Owning his own pharmacy would allow him to interact more closely with patients.
So when he learned that the partnership of Community Pharmacy of Valley Center was going to sell the business, he said the opportunity came at a good time.
Nguyen is married to his wife, Diana, and they have a son, Charles James, three, and a baby daughter named Morgan.
Nguyen said he enjoys helping people with answers to questions they may have.
"Even cough and cold and daily things," he said.
One thing he is bringing to the community is a flu clinic he hopes to have operating before Thanksgiving. He said supplies of flu shots are limited, but he will be offering them at a minimal cost.
Community Pharmacy of Valley Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and can be reached by calling 760-749-1156.