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Friday, June 16, 2017

John Ortego – Parkside Compounding Pharmacy and Wellness Center

Parkside Compounding Pharmacy & Wellness Center opened for business in 2009, taking over a space that had been the neighborhood’s corner drug for fifty-plus years under the name Land Park Pharmacy. Strictly speaking, Parkside was a from-scratch business started in a completely empty shell. A full year passed between Land Park Drug’s closing and our opening. We (my wife Michelle and I) were betting on most of the old drug store’s customers returning, which they did, just not quite at the rate we initially predicted. There were lean times and iffy days of wondering how we’d get through. Nonetheless, business is now thriving, with plenty of demand and fairly little competition in the niche we’ve managed to carve out for ourselves, so we’re very grateful.

The pharmacy’s specialty focus is compounding. If you don’t already know, compounding is the creation of custom dosage forms and/or delivery systems that fit in special situations where a commercially available medication doesn’t exist. One common example is a veterinary patient (usually a cat or dog, but the occasional rabbit, rat, bearded lizard, etc.), where an antibiotic is indicated or a chronic medication for maybe thyroid or blood pressure, and the required dose or suitable dosage form is not commercially available. This is where the compounding pharmacist comes into play to create something the owner can administer or give to the pet to take willingly—the ol’ hide a pill in a hotdog technique doesn’t always work in every situation.

We fill in the gaps in other areas of human medicine as well. The most common is BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement) where we create custom blends of hormones to fit patients’ particular needs– which in women is usually a little more complicated, and in men it’s often simply testosterone supplementation. In both cases, it’s replacing the hormones the body makes less of as it ages and thereby restoring many of the desirable youthful characteristics and functions of earlier years. Pediatrics, dermatology, hospice, pain, rehab, gastroenterology, the list goes on and on with the various areas where compounding finds a place to be helpful.

Most of our outreach is directly to doctors and veterinarians, as the general populace is largely unaware of compounding or how it may serve them until they’re referred by their doctor for a specific need. You might hear our ad on the radio if you’re tuned to 101.5, but aside from that, our marketing efforts aim to maintain solid relationships with our established doctors and spread awareness to prospective new ones.

Michelle operates the “front end” of the business, so there’s a pretty lady to welcome customers and make a good first impression (they hide me in back). Her stylish flare and business savvy shows through her hip and eclectic gift shop/boutique that sells lots of treasures, from gifts, books, cards and toys to jewelry and make-up. Additionally, she runs our skin spa where our medical esthetician provides services like facials and waxing or microderm and peels. She’s knowledgeable about skincare with top-end product lines to support her.

It’s a cool space; a genuine mom and pop, brick and mortar store—a rarity these days. And, we’ve got a lot going on, but I’m always happy to field questions and welcome new opportunities for business. As a wellness center, we try to be a resource for people to find practitioners, traditional or alternative, to help maintain and optimize one’s health (or their pet’s). Please, feel free to drop a line or pop in and check us out. We’re in the Land Park shopping center across from the zoo between Sprouts and La Bou. Stay fit!



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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

David Rygg, Life Changed

David is coming up on his 1 year Aquila anniversary in July.  After seeing his outstanding results form the Nutrition Overhaul, I asked him to do a write up on his experience there and a full testimonial as well.  We are super proud of this guy and honored to be a part of helping him transform not only his body but his lifestyle.  Thank you David for your persistent effort and coachability, you freakin’ rock dude!

Washed up David Beckham Needed Help
Of course I am merely a David Beckham wanna be. I have neither his money nor looks, but I was a soccer player. I have been a soccer fan my whole life and have played just about as long. The last 5 years have been rough. As I got older my injury level seemed to increase, and 3 years ago it climaxed when I busted my ankle playing indoor.

I realized that the injuries stemmed from a lack of general fitness, and carrying too much extra weight.  I really wasn’t willing to correct the problem, so I decided it was time to hang up the cleats. The next couple of years I did nothing and actually found myself depressed. Work was getting to me and I was really not enjoying myself. Then a met a girl that changed my life, and I decided that I needed to get into shape. I started going to 24 hour fitness and thought it would be my answer but quickly realized it wasn’t. There was no social interaction, I wasn’t really sure I was using the machines correctly, and overall everything about it just felt wrong. The answer at the gym was to get a personal trainer. I had watched some of the personal trainers at the gym, and I really wasn’t impressed. They seem really uninterested in their clients. I decided I needed something different.

In July 2016 at the age of 50, some prodding and a Google search turned up Aquila Fitness. So, I signed up for the free intro, met Justin, came home and thought to myself, “what the hell have I got myself into.” I survived CrossFit 101 and made way into the GPP program. After a couple of weeks of GPP, I realized not only could I do this, but I loved it. This was the best thing I had done for myself. I was getting in much better shape, I loved the coaches, and the members were actually talking to each other. It was like a family, and it was exactly what I had been looking for. As I progressed, in class they added another challenge…the Nutrition Overhaul.

Through fitness and nutritional development, Aquila has changed my life. In the last 4 months, my weight has gone from 209 to 195, and my body fat was dropped from 19.4 to 14.8 plus I am becoming stronger. I’ve lost about 20lbs total in 10 months, with around a 35lb total fat loss and a gain of about 15lbs of lean muscle.  I sleep better, have more energy and generally feel much better, plus I seem to set new personal records each week. I am in better shape, I feel better, I look better, and I am a much happier person. I get complements about my appearance from family and friends, co-workers, and gym members and it just ads to my enjoyment.

Joining this gym is the best thing I have done for myself in my adult life. I would highly recommend it to anyone, who like me, just wants to look better than most of their friends. The coaches here are the best coaches I have ever worked with. I cannot thank them enough for their support and guidance. Aquila is my gym family now, and I am so thankful for the support I get from fellow members. If you are reading this and on the fence about how to re-vitalize yourself, do yourself a favor and give Aquila a try. Do not get me wrong… learning CrossFit and changing nutritional habits are not easy, but if I can do it, you can too and it will be best thing you have ever done for yourself.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Upcoming Events

East Sac Pops In The Park
Bertha Henschel Park (160 45th St)
@ 6:00pm

This is an annual FREE concert series, and this year we decided to try out a different venue, than the normal Glenn Hall location. FREE music will be provided by The John Skinner Band (think Big Band, Rock & Roll and everything in between), while food and drinks can be purchased from local vendors. Bring your family, friends, something to sit on (chair/blanket) and your own snacks/beverages, and enjoy a little “out of the box” time with your fellow Aquila members.

Yoga In The Park
Tahoe Park (3501 59th Street)
@ 9:00am

This is a FREE offer to any and all ages and skill level! And it happens to be a GREAT rest day workout (and excuse to work on your tan) to help stretch and mobilize from your week’s worth of CrossFit WODs, we know you all will be participating in! Bring your own yoga mat if you have one…if not, there are some available to borrow should you be new to this form of workout. A blanket or towel is also sufficient. Be sure to bring a towel to wipe yourself down with and plenty of water. Try to arrive at least 15 minutes early to park and claim your spot on the lawn. Class length is 75 minutes.

If you have any questions, etc., please feel free to post to comments. Otherwise…we’ll see you Saturday AND Sunday of next weekend!

Last year, a few of us celebrated Father’s Day by letting our kids pelt their dads with paintballs. We would like to do the same this year and thought it would be great to do so with the Aquila membership. If available, please join us for a few fun games of paintball and/or food and drinks after. Details are as follows:

Paintball 12 noon – 3:30; Z Pizza @ 4ish
Capital Edge Paintball,
9391 Florin Road Sacramento
Zpizza, 6601 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento

Anyone over the age of 10 is invited. Please check out for more information. If you haven’t played paintball before, please note the clothing recommendation of athletic shoes, long paints, and long sleeve shirts and/or sweatshirts for protection as the paintballs do sometimes leave bruises. Cost for the rental package is $40 for the day which includes admission, equipment, 100 paintballs and unlimited compressed air refills. 100 paintballs are barely enough for 1 game so it would probably be another $25 or so each to split boxes of paintballs.

Please leave rsvp in comments by so we get a headcount for both paintball and food/drinks to follow.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Danielle Tartar, MD, PhD UC Davis Dermatologist

I grew up in Missouri, where I completed both my MD and PhD at the University of Missouri – Columbia. My PhD was in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, with a focus on autoimmune diseases and T cell biology. I then completed my medicine training at the University of Chicago and moved to California to receive specialty training in dermatology at UC – Davis.
I am currently the chief resident in dermatology at UC – Davis. I will be graduating in July 2017 and staying on as faculty. I treat a wide range of skin diseases, including immune-mediated and autoimmune skin disease. At UC Davis dermatology, we offer skin cancer screenings and treatments, cosmetic procedures, and management of inflammatory skin disease.
Make sure to wear your sunscreen for those outdoor workouts!!
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Sabrina Teller – Environmental Attorney, Remy Moose Manley, LLP

My practice focuses on California and federal environmental and land use law, especially the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. My firm represents state and local agencies, developers, and occasionally neighborhood and environmental groups in all phases of environmental review, land use entitlement processes, agency rulemaking, and litigation. My firm literally wrote the book on CEQA. Our treatise, Guide to CEQA, is used by planners, lawyers, and judges and has been cited in numerous appellate decisions. We counsel our clients on how best to comply with state and federal environmental review requirements in order to get through the entitlement and development process with a defensible record, and defend them in mandamus litigation through the trial courts and appellate courts. I also regularly teach continuing education courses on CEQA to planners and lawyers around the state.

I keep hoping for the day that I get to challenge opposing counsel to a max squat, in heels.

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6-Week Nutrition Overhaul Round 2 Begins Saturday

The next 6-week Nutrition Overhaul begins again this Saturday, June 3rd at Noon. We will have about a 2-hour presentation on the material do Q&A on how to get started. We are providing the nutrition coaching, support and program structure free to members and non-members will have a $40 processing fee this time around.

Program Components:
-Required Reading (
-Presentation of The Zone and Basic Strategy
-Body Fat Testing (Fee required)
-FaceBook Private Support Group
-Weekly Reporting/Logging
-General Access to Q&A and Group Support
(No workout test this session)

The BodyFat Test is an additional cost and is highly recommended.
Initial Test $49 ($39 for repeat customers or if you pay for re-test at initial test)
6-Week Re-Test $39

Body Fat testing is here tomorrow night, Thursday June 1 3-6PM,
sign up binder at Front Desk.

Additional Pre-Test Dates and Locations, if you cannot make it tomorrow night.

This program is geared toward creating long term habits and was hugely successful last time around with major drops in body fat percentages down the board. To see member reviews/success stories on the program and download the reading material visit

To enroll please email



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Friday, May 26, 2017

Ed Asmus Photography

For the past 30 years I’ve been providing exceptional architectural and location photography services to leading architectural design firms, advertising agencies, interior designers, contractors, product manufacturers, engineering firms, developers, and other associated companies for use of marketing, publishing and communications.

I strive to produce images on each assignment that exhibit the best creative vision as well as reflect my technical expertise to enhance the design and creativity of my client’s projects. I believe in building strategic alliances with my partners to achieve the company’s goals.

Based in Sacramento, taking assignments: Sacramento Valley, Lake Tahoe, Bay Area, Napa, and North America.

See Ed’s listing on the Aquila Professionals Directory
Stay tuned for many more posts over the next few weeks.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cori Preheim – Extreme K9’s Dog Walking Service

I am currently the only dog walking business providing off leash adventures on the river. Probably because off leash dogs are not legal at the river and I’m the only one crazy enough to walk six dogs at a time. How does one learn this skill you ask? I am completely self taught and I’ve watched every episode of the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. I am totally qualified! While this is all true, I have now spent over six years honing my skills and logged thousands of hours out with the dogs. Malcom Gladwell wrote about the “10,000 hour rule”. It takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery in any given field.  I’m getting close folks, very close to achieving pack leader mastery in off-leash dog walking. There should be a certificate for these things!

In 2010, I had been a police officer for 12 years. We were planning to have our first child and I desperately wanted to be present when we raised our babies. I took our dog out to the river often and looked online for someone who could hike with her when I was at work. None of the local dog walkers offered this service. The idea for off-leash adventures and the call of the outdoors took hold and never let go. I borrowed my friends dogs, I scouted river accesses and trails, removed fish hooks, avoided rattle snakes, had all the dogs jump out of the truck on me…it was regularly a three ring circus for the first year. I thought, “No wonder no one is doing this; I must be insane.” Thankfully I am a little nuts and when our first daughter was born in 2012, I quit my very secure career (pension and all). I have never been happier, even when one of the dogs rolls in dead fish.
Today we are a legit service. I hired my first employee this year (thank you Ballas for the background check!). We offer daily pack hikes at the river rain or shine, Monday through Friday. We can also do weekends with a little notice and I am able to board well behaved dogs in our home. When your dog becomes a pack member, you are considered family to us. Check out our website and like our Facebook. Come run with the pack! 
See Cori’s listing on the Aquila Professionals Directory
Stay tuned for many more posts over the next few weeks.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Will Camy – Litigation Attorney Porter Scott, APC

Avenue about a mile from Aquila Fitness. I currently specialize in defending public entities located throughout northern California in personal injury, civil rights, and employment matters in both federal and state court. I have also defended small businesses and landowners in ADA lawsuits and contract disputes. On occasion, I have also represented personal injury Plaintiffs. Our firm has a broad civil litigation practice including personal injury, construction defect, medical malpractice, employment, and business related matters. We also have attorneys who perform transactional work including business planning and contracts. Two very important things to know: (1) I am a much better attorney than Chad Roberts and (2) Our firm is the reigning back-to-back-to-back Sacramento Barrister’s Co-Ed Softball League Champions.

See Will’s listing on the Aquila Professionals Directory
Stay tuned for many more posts over the next few weeks.
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Dr. Pat Penney – East Sac Dental

When you visit East Sac Dental, your smile is our top priority. We utilize the latest technology in dentistry in order to provide convenient and comfortable care.

Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle attention that you deserve. Part of our commitment to our patients includes providing education and compassion, enabling informed decisions tailored to individual oral health.

Naturally, we want you to feel right at home when you visit us. We share the same community, so giving back is a key. Throughout the year we sponsor local events, fundraisers for schools and other groups in the East Sac area. We love to spread the word about whole body wellness, especially how much dental health and happy smiles contribute. We look forward to making a new friend from the neighborhood and changing the way you view going to the dentist!

See Dr.Penney’s listing on the Aquila Professionals Directory
Stay tuned for many more posts over the next few weeks.
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