Seven years ago I was asked by Dr. Berdj Kiladjian to join his mission on delivering dental health care to the Artsakh region of Armenia. At that time, I was told I would be accompanied by several of my colleagues from the Boston area and an international group from Canada and Europe.
I accepted the invitation by Dr. Kiladjian to bring my 25 years of current orthodontic experience to a desperately needed area of Artsakh.
During the past seven years, a lot has happened to the dental clinics in Shoushi, Mardagert, Marduni , and Hadrout. I have worked with my dental colleagues to establish a lab in the Shoushi clinic and to education the Armenian dentists who work at the clinics.
We have advised, educated and taught the dentists the most modern techniques and procedures in the field of dentistry.
We have made great progress and can see positive changes that our efforts there are improving the dental care of the children and adults.
Many of you may ask why I am still going to Armenia after 7 years? The first year was a very special year for me both emotionally and spiritual. Believe it or not, a part of me still resides in the Artakh region. The people that I have met, the land that I have stepped on are my family and my home. I have been treated like family and have been welcomed by all Armenians. My efforts have been fueled by their appreciation for my services, and I do it willingly and with a sense of passion.
Dr. Kiladjian’s mission to improve the dental care has been OUR mission to improve the dental care. I am happy that as an orthodontist, I can at least contribute to this important and vital mission to the Artsakh community.
Alex M. Bejian, D.M.D.