To the Editor:
Shattuck Pharmacy is the most important experience I have had in my life. My name is Jeremy Spiewak, and I grew up in Northborough playing jazz trumpet with local greats such as Brent Ferguson and the late Dennis Wrenn. During my high-school experience at Algonquin, music was my life. Amidst all of this music making, Paul Shattuck found me working at the Victory grocery store and asked me to help him find some onion crisp toppers. Little did I know how this interaction would be a pivotal moment in my life. Soon thereafter, he offered me employment. I didn’t quite realize at the time that this offer was the chance to be part of something amazing. Thankfully, I accepted the position and began a journey that would transform me from a quiet band geek to a knowledgeable pharmacist with a life’s mission and purpose: to care for others in my community.
Paul’s attention to his patients and customers was unparalleled. He bowed to no corporate headquarters and treated everyone as a friend rather than as a statistic. He was kind, helpful, and truly caring. As Paul mentored me, he encouraged me to become excited with and stay up to date in the many areas of pharmacy practice.
At the time I graduated with my Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, Shattuck Pharmacy was not able to hire an additional pharmacist. I searched for a company whose values closely align with the values I cherish most. I am grateful to be in my hometown area at a community pharmacy located at the Southborough Medical Group on 24 Newton St. in Southborough. I am very proud to call Paul Shattuck one of my closest friends, and to have served alongside him at Shattuck Pharmacy. While the closing of Shattuck Pharmacy is truly a loss for our community, I am grateful to have found a location that allows me to practice as Paul taught, and to continue to care for many of Shattuck Pharmacy’s patients and friends.