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.
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.
MARLA DICKSON – MEDICAL AESTHETICIAN
Marla Dickson is our Medical Aesthetician. Always having great passion for skincare, she has worked in the Medical field for 15 years. Areas include; Dermatology and Plastic Surgery.
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!
Rami Almilli, Pharm.D.
Rami is an international pharmacist who graduated pharmacy school in Iraq 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. At Parkside Pharmacy, Rami feels he has found the perfect opportunity to advance his career. Parkside Pharmacy is "the most perfect pharmacy in terms of providing the best customer service through optimal quality of care and medication education because of its superior workflow, processes, and excellent teamwork!". Away from work, Rami plays goalkeeper on his soccer team every week. He also enjoys exploring different restaurants and ethnic foods.
AHMED ALATTAR, Pharmacist Intern
Ahmed is a foreign-trained pharmacist working on getting his US license while doing his internship here at Parkside. Ahmed aspires to provide accurate and evidence-based information to help patients through their healing process. “Parkside Pharmacy is like no other and allows me to have that kind of experience.” In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, and exploring California.
Stephanie Farnworth – CPhT
Stephanie did a technician externship at Parkside in 2010 and was hired on 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.
Eric Sanderson – CPhT
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.
Jenni Kroplin – Director of Marketing
Jenni has been in sales and marketing in the Sacramento area since 2009. In 2010 Jenni graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Jenni is a third generation Land Parkian. She says, “Working at Parkside has given me an opportunity to build relationships with our customers, long-time neighborhood residents, and partners in the professional community.”
April Gautschi, CPhT
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 whet 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!
Han Vina Vo, CPhT
Vina is passionate about health care! She joined Parkside in 2016, and also volunteers as an EMT for concerts and music festivals in the Bay Area. She graduated UC Davis in 2017 receiving her BS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. She values the knowledge and training she is gaining from working at Parkside, and feels it is helpful preparation for her future career as an emergency physician. “When senior EMTs are going over patient charts, they will refer to me about medications they'll refer to me about medications they are unsure about.” Outside of work she enjoys athletics, site seeing, and concerts.
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.
Christina Howell, NCPhT
Christina has been an NCPhT since 2013, working in human and veterinary medicine. She is passionate about pharmacy - saying "I've always loved chemistry and the human body. Learning new things and new drugs keeps me on my feet". She's married to a military member, and likes that the profession gives her the ability to find employment wherever they happen to be stations. She's a mother of two. Her extracurricular activities include working out, playing volleyball, and bowling! She's even coached bowling and has participated in professional tournaments!
MICHELE ALVORD, CPhT
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 continue learning in such an inspiring environment". During her time away from work, she enjoy's spending time with friends, her dog Rosa, and exploring the ever changing midtown Sacramento scene.
Prashna Reddy, Pharmacy Clerk
Prashna started her employment at Parkside in March 2016. She previously worked at Farmers Insurance as a Commercial Specialist and “baby sat all the time”. She enjoys learning about new medications and what they do, and finds reward in helping people and their animals. She says, “Parkside is truly a loving environment. I love my relationships with my customers, and my coworkers are so fun. And, John and Michelle are the best!!!” Outside of Parkside Pharmacy, Prashna is currently pursuing a BS in Biology at CSUS and plans to become a high school biology teacher. Aside from this, she very much enjoys spending time with her family.
KRISTIN BIGELOW, Clerk
An East Coast native, Kristin studied Animal Science at Virginia Tech and Physiology at Cornell University before settling in California with her husband and two children. Her favorite part of joining the amazing team at Parkside has been 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 is an enthusiastic vegan whose interest in a healthy diet has positively influenced her coworkers. Helping customers and patients comes naturally to her, another aspect of her kind nature. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys swimming, trying to play the guitar and travel.