Planned Gift Made In Gratitude
By Chris Gregor
Dr. Lisa Emirzian '79, D.M.D, has lifelong connections with Springfield College. She remembers her father, Ashod A. Emirzian '41, hosting many Springfield College alumni events at their home. "At these events, even though I was quite young, I realized the camaraderie among the guests and a certain quality in the people attending," she tells Triangle. "These were people with a genuine interest in understanding and helping others. Because of the exposure that I had to the school and various alumni through my father, Springfield College was my choice when I began looking at colleges in high school."
Her father attended Harvard Dental School and Emirzian joined him in practice in 1982 after graduating from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She has carried on his practice of forty years. Emirzian practices prosthodontics, which is the specialty of implant, esthetic and reconstructive dentistry. Now in practice with her husband Vincent Mariano, they own Emirzian, Mariano and Associates in East Longmeadow, Mass.
Emirzian has been extremely generous in showing her appreciation for what the College means to her. She has made a gift of life insurance in which Springfield College is the owner and beneficiary. This donation qualifies her for the Amici ad Infinitum Society. Additionally, Emirzian has given an outright cash gift for the Campaign to name the microbiology lab in honor of Emirzian and her father, making her a President's Council member.
"It is important for me to support and to show gratitude to the College for helping me achieve my goal to become a successful practicing dentist. With the sound foundation provided at Springfield College, I was able to enter Tufts and complete the difficult training. My donations have helped support facility improvements that will benefit current and future students as well as faculty. I believe it is essential to continue to support the school to help ensure that future generations may share the same successes," she says.
Emirzian is appreciative of the biology, chemistry, and physics professors who were her mentors, including Drs. Barkman, Torre, Walsh, Cohen, Polito and Ross. "With the guidance of these and other professors, I was very well prepared for dental school and had an excellent foundation to compete with students from many different universities and to excel. My background in the sciences from Springfield College was second to none and I was able to embrace the dental school curriculum with confidence. I think of knowledge as a chain reaction: My Springfield College education opened many doors that, in turn, opened even more doors. In addition to my dental school training, the Humanics philosophy I learned at Springfield College has also enhanced my personal and professional development. Humanics is at the core of Emirzian, Mariano & Associates' treatment philosophy, which is having a genuine interest in serving others and establishing a doctor/ patient relationship based on trust." Spirit, mind, body is a philosophy that Emirzian lives by and has also found a place in her dental practice. "I was first introduced to the mind body relaxation response from Josephine Rathbone, author of Relaxation, and spouse of Springfield College Professor Peter Karpovich, and also from Coach Jack Neumann who taught a class at Springfield College. From this, I first recognized the strong mind-body connection and how it affects health and wellness."
The Springfield College familial connection that began with her father also extends to her brother Scott Emirzian '71, and two cousins, Bob Anusbigian '67 and Nancy Caroglania '86. Emirzian and Mariano have two children Brooke and Vincent. When she is not busy with her practice and teaching advanced esthetic dentistry in the postgraduate department at Tufts Dental, she skis, bikes and enjoys creative cooking.
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