About Our Pharmacy

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Parkside Compounding Pharmacy has been serving the community of Sacramento since 2009. Being a community staple, we've proudly taken on the role of improving Sacramento's health care by providing fast and personalized service. We strive to make every experience you have with us a great one. At our pharmacy, your family is our family. Our friendly staff is dedicated to ensuring that you receive expert care on every visit. Stop by today and let Parkside Compounding Pharmacy become part of your family.

Meet The Team

JOHN ORTEGO, PHARM.D PHARMACIST/OWNER

A Sacramento native and 2006 Doctor of Pharmacy Graduate from University of the Pacific, John hopes to carry on in the tradition of the independent pharmacists who served in the Land Park neighborhood before him.

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MICHELLE ORTEGO, MEDICAL AESTHETICIAN/OWNER

Michelle Cohan Ortego was raised in Sacramento, Ca. Michelle attended CSUS and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in 1996. Longing for a career in the world of health and beauty Michelle switched directions and received a license as an esthetician in 1998.

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ALEX CAVALARI - PHARM.D.

Alex is also a Sacramento native and loves working at Parkside in Land Park because of the rich history. He is proud to follow family tradition as a third-generation pharmacist, always saying "I was born in pharmacy". Alex tries to balance his extracurricular time in his passions - youth ministry, pie baking, hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors!

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RAMI ALMILLI, PHARM.D.

Rami is an international pharmacist who graduated from pharmacy school in Iraq in 2007. He has been working in the field of pharmacy ever since in various capacities, including, but not limited to, regulatory affairs. Rami moved to the U.S. in 2016 and has recently become licensed to work as a pharmacist in CA. Pharmacy is his long-standing passion, and he is determined to continually learn and develop his knowledge and skills. His passion stems from the drive to provide the best patient care by being an accessible health care provider and liaison between physicians and patients. Away from work, Rami plays goalkeeper on his soccer team. He also enjoys exploring different restaurants and ethnic foods.

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STEPHANIE FARNWORTH, CPHT

Stephanie did a technician externship at Parkside in 2010 and was hired immediately after its completion. Stephanie is our Quality Assurance 0fficer, which makes her responsible for assisting the Pharmacist in Charge with making sure the entire compounding process adheres to the standards detailed in the policies and procedures mandated for PCAB Accreditation. She enjoys compounding “because it gives me the opportunity to continuously learn new and better ways to serve our clients”. When not at work, she is busy with her 2 children and Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and dance rehearsals.

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ERIC SANDERSON CPhT, PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR

Eric started as a pharmacy clerk in 2005 at the old Land Park Pharmacy and has been working in pharmacy ever since. He completed his BA in Journalism at Sacramento State and became a Certified Pharmacy Technician in 2010. His favorite part about working in the pharmacy field is “helping to take care of our customers’ health and well-being”. Eric is also an accomplished filmmaker in his spare time.

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APRIL GAUTSCHI, NCPHT

April finished her Pharm Tech program in 2009 and started her first compounding job at Grandpa’s Compounding Pharmacy. She says “I’ve been compounding ever since, and I don’t want to do anything else”. She tried hospital pharmacy for a spell but found compounding was really what she enjoys. On weekends and days off, you’ll see April outdoors. She’s a runner with several marathons under her belt. April also volunteers her time helping disabled adults. She is our prize jewel from the acquisition of Grandpa’s!

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DARSH SINGH, CPHT

Darsh has been a Certified Pharmacy Technician since 2009 and sincerely enjoys caring for her patients and coworkers. A married mother of two (twins!), she still has the energy to cook wonderful Indian food, which is always a delight to the Parkside team. Darsh enjoys international travel, reading, and watching romantic films.

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MICHELE ALVORD CPhT, DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING

Michele received her A.A.S for Pharmacy Technology in 2013 and began her pharmacy journey that same year. She says, "Helping people comes naturally to me, and being part of Parkside Pharmacy's team has really strengthened my skills as a technician. I look forward to continuing learning in such an inspiring environment". During her time away from work, she enjoys spending time with friends, her dog Rosa, and exploring the ever-changing midtown Sacramento scene.

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EEMA MORAVEJ, CPHT

Eema has been a certified pharmacy technician since 2019. She has a BS in biochemistry from CSUS and is pursuing to become a future pharmacist. Eema is passionate about advancing her knowledge as a pharmacy technician. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog and exploring new places to eat.

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KRISTIN BIGELOW, CLERK

An East coast native, Kristin has been in the Sacramento area since 2000 and joined the Parkside team in 2018. Her favorite part of working at Parkside: getting to know the customers. “I’m so pleased to be able to play a small part in our community’s health care and visiting with our customers when they come in is an added bonus.” Kristin recently went back to school to study nursing and is looking forward to becoming licensed as an RN later this summer. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys swimming, trying out new vegan recipes, and playing the guitar.

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PIPER ANDREWS, BOUTIQUE MANAGER IN CHARGE

Piper is our Gift Boutique Manager in Charge. She has been with Parkside since 2016 and sincerely enjoys helping our customers! She is currently working to attain her BS in Business Administration from Sacramento State. Piper is recently engaged! She thoroughly enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, athletics, concerts, and watching movies!

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CARLY STEWART, OTC MANAGER

Carly started working at Parkside in August of 2020. Carly enjoys learning new things in the field and is intrigued to further her knowledge and eventually become a pharmacy technician. Carly has a BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Wyoming and a Certification as a Medical Assistant. Carly enjoys hanging out with her 3 dogs and her family on her time off.

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ABIGAIL DANILIUC, CPHT

Abigail is one of the new friendly faces here at Parkside Pharmacy! She obtained her Bachelor's in Biology from PUC and is currently completing her Post Bacc at CNSU. She says, "I grew up in Pharmacy with my mother, brother and sister all encouraging me to "join the dark side". Pharmacy was my 2020 pivot and I'm happy I made the transition to a workplace that encourages teamwork and genuinely welcomes me like family." Outside of working at Parkside Pharmacy, Abigail savors her time learning new Romanian recipes from her grandmother, kayaking, working with special-needs patients, and exploring the food in Sacramento with her 4 year old Frenchie Bruno.

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FABJOLA HOXHA, CPHT

Fabjola graduated from pharmacy school in Albania in 2017. Fabjola’s goal is to become a licensed pharmacist in the US and is currently pursuing her dreams working towards her career. She has been a Certified Pharmacy technician since 2018 and has a background in retail pharmacy. Her daughter Eki and her husband give purpose to her life. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking and family- time at the park. Working in pharmacy is my passion and I hope my daughter will see me as an inspiration to become a pharmacist one day too!

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COURTNEY COULTER, ESTHETICIAN

Courtney grew up in the Portland, Oregon area and relocated to San Diego for the sunshine and surf when she was 17. She attended San Diego City College and graduated with an Esthetician license and an Associates in Nursing. It’s at college where she met her husband! After a wonderful chapter in San Diego, Courtney and her husband picked Sacramento to settle down. They love all the trees and abundant nature Sacramento has to offer. Courtney’s personal journey with acne/eczema and her desire for helping others feel confident in their own skin led her to become the passionate Esthetician she is today! She is A Master Esthetician certified in Jan Marini and Epicuren professional skincare products.

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VI TRAN, CPHT

Vi has been a pharmacy technician since 2015. She has been a Compounding technician since 2017 but enjoys doing both duties as a retail technician and compounding. When Vi isn't at work, she enjoys going on hikes and paddleboarding.

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THERESA XIONG

Theresa received her BS in Biohealth Sciences with a Chemistry Minor at Oregon State University. Theresa moved to Sacramento to complete a Post-bacc program and decided to stay ever since. Currently, Theresa is working towards achieving her career goals while gaining meaningful experiences in every aspect of life. During her downtime, Theresa enjoys spending time with her husband and family as well as going on hikes and trying new eats!

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MEGAN GEERTS

Megan was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. She obtained a B.S. in Environmental Science in 2021. Megan has recently switched gears and is interested in furthering her professional career in the world of medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends as well as traveling and going to country concerts.