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EDITOR’S NOTE

The Doctors Are In HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN YOUR DOCTOR DURING THE PANDEMIC? I saw one of mine and he was suited up to the nth

degree. He wore an official PPE mask (not the breezy fun ones like the Top Docs got to wear in our photo shoots this month), plus one of those shields that made him look like a welder and a long, crispy blue gown over his usual white coat. Mostly for my protection. It felt funny for me to remove my own mask so he could complete his examination. I didn’t feel like I had COVID, but what if I was an asymptomatic carrier? It got me thinking about the risks our medical providers take. Not just the doctors, nurses, therapists and others on the front lines in COVID treatment, but the ones who must step out from behind phones and computer monitors and actually see patients for everyday skin bumps and sore knees or serious issues like heart attacks and strokes. Let’s face it: There’s only so far an examination can go online or via downloaded cell phone photos. In this issue, we celebrate local doctors who have been rated “tops” by a survey that asks physicians “to whom they would refer a loved one.” I’ve visited a few of the doctors on the list, and they’re legit. More than just a list, we also present some deeper information from top docs interviewed by writer Cathy Cassinos-Carr. Learn about some of today’s hot topics, including virtual visits, adolescent medicine (teens, especially, are struggling right now), dermatology, palliative care, hand surgery and more. Dr. Bayne, on our cover, is probably seeing a lot more carpal tunnel patients as our screen time (and therefore our keyboard time) has increased. Also in this issue, Steph Rodriguez writes about six new businesses that have opened their doors since March. As small businesses are notoriously struggling, these locals are just some of many who managed to realize lifetime dreams despite the time being less than ideal. Meanwhile, dining editor Marybeth Bizjak brings us one of her specialties: chefs’ favorite recipes. Marybeth has been writing about Sacramento’s dining industry for the past 20+ years and can put together a community cookbook with the snap of her fingers. I’ll definitely be trying some of those poached pears. Marybeth also has an eye-opening story in this issue about how it feels to be a server in a restaurant right now. As we close out 2020, I don’t know anyone who’s sorry to see it go. “Don’t let the door hit you . . .” We do wish everyone safe and cozy holidays, and we’re looking forward to a happier, healthier, less socially distant 2021.

AND THERE’S MORE . . . Correction—One patty or two? At Snug Jr., the Deluxe Junior cheeseburger has one; the Deluxe Senior has two. The burger on Sac Mag’s November cover is a Deluxe Junior, believe it or not! Taking the Plunge?—In this issue, you’ll find the Winter/Spring edition of Our Wedding, with plenty of ideas for safe ways to get married right now. The takeaway? Love prevails, and marriage vows can, too. Celebrate now and celebrate later! The Daily Brief—We’re a daily, too—with our newsletter that goes to email subscribers every weekday. Catch the latest updates in dining, arts and culture, wine, recreation, health (including the pandemic) and more. You’ll also find links to other community resources and social media posts that have caught our eye. Subscribe at sacmag.com/newsletters.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Elena M. Macaluso

“‘The Gift That COVID Brought Me’ is a love letter to my family back east [and] my father, who died in 2005,” says Elena M. Macaluso, Sac Mag’s former associate editor. “I always loved hearing Dad talk about growing up in New York—his urban lifestyle and big Sicilian/ Italian family. My first glimpse of a ‘big family gathering’ was the New Year’s Eve we spent in New York when I was 7. I’d never seen so many people congregated in a basement! I had barely seen a basement! It was magical.”

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Kevin Fiscus

“Opening a business during a pandemic seems like a risky move,” says Kevin Fiscus, who runs his own local photography business, “but nobody goes into business thinking it’s going to be easy. With these owners, I see the same resolve and determination you would from someone opening a business pre-COVID. Some unimaginable challenges have been in the way— of restaurants especially.” See Kevin’s photos in “Open for Business” and on his website, kevinfiscus. com, where he’s got examples of portraits and commercial and editorial work he has created.

Cathy Cassinos-Carr

Longtime Sac Mag contributor Cathy Cassinos-Carr’s journalistic journey took her from Sacramento to New York and back, and included stints at newspapers, magazines and book publishers. For this month’s Top Doctors feature, she interviewed eight local doctors from a variety of specialties, from adolescent medicine to neurology. “What struck me most about them is how passionate they are about their work,” says Cassinos-Carr. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music and obsessing about her cats.


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Waterfront Wheel London’s top-rated attraction is the London Eye, a 394foot Ferris wheel that offers unparalleled views of the city’s skyline. Old Sacramento has taken a page from London’s book and installed an exciting new public attraction for the holidays: a 65-foot Ferris wheel. Located at Waterfront Park in front of Rio City Cafe, it offers rides ($6 per rider) daily through Jan. 31, 2021. Riders get bird’s-eye views of the city from atop the Waterfront Wheel, operated by Brass Ring Amusements, Inc. Riders must be at least 42 inches tall. Hours of operation are Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday–Sunday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., and special holiday hours (10 a.m.–9 p.m.) Nov. 25–29, Dec. 20–Jan. 3 and Jan. 15–18. Because of COVID-19, Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink and Theatre of Lights won’t take place this year. —Marybeth Bizjak

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Headshots for Dummies: 8 Tips SORRY, BUT THAT SELFIE YOU’VE BEEN USING AS A HEADSHOT HAS GOTTA GO. THAT’S WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY, ANYWAY. IN TODAY’S INCREASINGLY VIRTUAL (THANKS TO COVID) BUSINESS WORLD, A HIGH-QUALITY HEADSHOT—ONE THAT SHOWS YOU, LITERALLY, IN YOUR BEST LIGHT—IS A CRITICAL PIECE OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL PROFILE. BUT HEADSHOTS ARE TRICKY BUSINESS, REQUIRING MORE HOMEWORK THAN YOU MIGHT THINK. BEFORE YOU STRIKE THAT POSE, CHECK THESE TIPS.

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PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD. Clothes, hair, makeup: They all matter. General rule of thumb? Wear what you feel and look great in. Avoid white, loud colors and busy patterns; you want the focus to be on your face. Women may want to bump up the makeup a bit, especially the eyes and lips, but a natural look is best. Not a makeup maven? Hire a pro.

CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER CAREFULLY. Word-of mouth recommendations are always best. But a photographer who is perfect for your pal may not be right for you, so do your own sleuthing. “You can learn a lot from the telephone consultation,” says Hoyt. “Do they ask what’s important to you? Do they take the time to find out what you want to convey in your photos?” Look at their body of work online. Do the people in their headshots look friendly and approachable? Do they look natural, or scream “photoshopped”? A variety—of people, settings, lighting scenarios—is also something to look for, notes Fiscus. A one-size-fits-all formula is a red flag.

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CONSIDER INDOOR VS. OUTDOOR. The obvious advantage to an indoor shot? Control. (No rain delays!) But, reality check: Not all photographers have studios—and lately, COVID has put the kibosh on some who do, creating an “outdoor shots only” scenario. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The organic beauty of outdoor scenery, enhanced by natural lighting, can produce some gorgeous shots. In sunny Sacramento, though, the brightness factor can be challenging, especially if you squint. Consider scheduling your shoot during the “golden hour”—yes, it’s a thing—shortly after sunrise or just before sunset, when lighting is warm, soft and, yes, golden.

SPEND THE MONEY (IF YOU CAN). But what does it cost? A small survey of local photographers revealed a remarkable range for headshots, from $150 to $450. (This typically includes one final shot, retouched, in low- and high-resolution versions, but check the fine print.) While you may be tempted to err on the lower end, a headshot is an investment, and its impact on your career may pay dividends for years to come. Factor that in when crunching numbers.

TRUST THE PROCESS (AND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER). “When people are feeling tense, I can see it in the eyes,” says Hoyt. While no one is 100% relaxed during a photo shoot, trusting your photographer sure helps. So find one you have a good gut feeling about—and try to have a little fun. —Cathy Cassinos-Carr Portraits: Kevin Fiscus

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KNOW THE WHY. “The ‘why’ is so critical,’” says midtown photographer Kevin Fiscus, whose specialties include headshots for corporate and “talent” (models, actors). Why do you need a headshot? Who is your audience? What do you want your photo to say? To quote an old Joe Jackson song, “You can’t get what you want till you know what you want.”


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Commerce, but that should be enough to get locals through the holiday season. If you’re trying to get your hands on a 4ounce spray ($5) or 750 ml bottle ($15), step into the tasting room to purchase. Larger quantities are available upon request. 11460 Sunrise Gold Circle, Suite C, Rancho Cordova; goldriver distillery.com

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Since the beginning of COVID-19, these two local distilleries— under the same ownership and located in El Dorado Hills—have been turning out hand sanitizers for essential workers. Now, anyone can buy personal-size hand sanitizers or a bulk supply. Come to the bar or grab personal sizes curbside—there are aluminum atomizer sprays and 12-ounce refills available (liquid, not gel formula). For bulk orders, including the 1-gallon and 2½-gallon commercial options, order ahead. The formula is 80% ethanol and follows FDA, CDC and WHO guidelines. Prices run from $5–$9.50 and $35/gallon. 5050 Robert J. Mathews Parkway, El Dorado Hills; drydiggings.com

You don’t have to be close to Patio 29 distillery in Winters to get the 80% ethanol hand sanitizer it produces. The online shop sells twist-top bottles in 2-ounce and 4-ounce options (packs of six and four respectively) as well as ½-gallon, 2-gallon and 5-gallon buckets. (The last two are pickup only.) Costs range from $18–$110. 723 Railroad Ave., Winters; patio29.com

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The Sacramento distillery put vodka and gin operations on hold earlier this year to produce hand sanitizer instead. The team took on the responsibility of helping fill a national shortage in the early days of the pandemic. J.J. Pfister sold the product in 8-ounce bottles for $6.47 and 1-gallon containers for $65, with curbside pickup that on release day prioritized seniors, health care workers and people with disabilities. Today it’s available in-person at the distillery and online through Amazon. 9819 Business Park Drive; jjpfister.com SACMAG.COM December 2020

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Good Reads In the heart of Sutter Street in Historic Folsom is Ruby—and her 12,000 hand-picked books. Ruby is a neighborly 5-year-old golden retriever and the inspiration behind the name of Folsom’s only independent bookstore, Ruby’s Books, which opened in September after nearly a year of dreaming and prepping. “Little towns we’ve traveled to have these cute historic areas, including local bookstores that bring the community together,” says Stacy Gould, owner of Ruby and Ruby’s Books. “I wanted that for Folsom.” The charming and welcoming bookstore offers enticing reads for adults, young adults and children (and dog lovers). If a title is not in stock, the bookstore can almost certainly order it. “Ruby’s Books is a space where people can gather to learn new things and have discussions about reading or what’s going on in the world, to come together,” says Gould, “and for children to be surrounded by books, and have a relationship with books, at a young age.” Gould—a longtime Folsom resident, previous middle school and homeschool teacher and doula—has support from her children and husband with the new business venture. Her 14-year-old son hand-painted the mural in the imaginative children’s corner while her 12-year-old daughter helps with customer service. The bookstore offers children’s story time, authors’ signing events (including local authors), book group bulk orders and partnerships with nearby schools for book fairs and educator discounts. This holiday season, Ruby’s is partnering with local nonprofits to fill 200 book gift requests. Gould encourages readers to support small businesses by “shopping local and ordering your books with us.” 724 Sutter St., Folsom; (916) 790-8760; rubysfolsom.com. Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (closed on Tuesday) and Friday–Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m. —Cherise Henry

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IF YOU ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH to inhabit a nice home full of good things and loving family members, and every holiday season you have the means to pile gifts under a tree or beside the menorah, bravo. If you wrap all those presents in storepurchased wrapping paper with bows and ribbons and lots of tape, then toss those used-once decorative elements into the garbage—bravo rescinded. Because you are reading a column about sustainability, however, you probably are not that wasteful with your holiday wrappings. Later this month you likely will toss the torn-off paper into your recycling bin, hoping that Sacramento’s scheduled pickup is this week and not next, and salvage what you can for re-use with future gifts. There might be more you can do, however, to lighten your festivities’ impact on the planet. Earlier this year, the go-green website treehugger.com listed 12 “eco-friendly alternatives” to traditional wrapping paper. The first suggestion is fabric. “Think scarves, tea towels, handkerchiefs, large napkins, all of which can serve as a bonus gift,” is how writer Katherine Martinko puts it. “Old maps” is the second suggestion. Imagine the wonder THERE MIGHT BE MORE in children’s eyes and the confusion in their minds as you YOU CAN DO TO LIGHTEN explain to them that these colorful, creased pieces of paper YOUR FESTIVITIES’ used to help guide you from place to place. “Grandpa, are IMPACT ON THE PLANET. you telling me that your phone didn’t tell you where to turn and when you’d get there? That’s inconceivable!” The Tree Hugger article’s list of wrapping paper alternatives also includes parchment paper, newspapers (something else the kids might not be familiar with), “inside-out chip bags,” cloth produce bags, baskets, children’s artwork (that’s an inspired idea), clay flower pots and—dare to be different—no wrapping or wrapping equivalent at all. Rather, consider “a scavenger hunt and hide presents around the house with clues.” A few years ago, a Wyoming blogger on prairiehomestead.com offered 15 wrapping-paper alternatives, including tissue paper. “If it’s not too crumbled, you use several layers to wrap a gift—and even decorate it with stamps or colored pencils,” Jill Winger wrote. She also suggested grocery bags (of the brown-paper or reusable variety), pillowcases, towels, blankets and—this probably applies more to rural residents than to city folk—feed sacks. (“Perfect wrapping for the homestead folks on your list.”) Expert Home Tips, another calming website that exists outside the alarming breaking-news world, last year conjured 18 alternatives to wrapping paper, including paper napkins, sheet music, posters and photos (to cover seams in brown-paper packages). If your children or grandchildren have grown up, or you want to instill in them an appreciation for consumer restraint, giving fewer gifts might further soothe your eco-conscience. You could even stop gifting altogether, but that is a topic of sterner substance for another day.


Navigating Grief’s Choppy Waters In 2014, Margo Fowkes’ 21-year-old son, Jimmy, died after an eight-year battle with brain cancer. A year later, her mother died. In 2017, the Loomis resident started the website Salt Water (findyourharbor.com). The website is chock-full of blogs on loss-related topics, including caring for yourself after experiencing loss. It offers resources for the bereaved as well as tips for comforting the bereaved. (It’s not so much what you say but that you say it that matters.) Why did you start Salt Water? I started Salt Water because it was the website that I couldn’t find. I wanted someplace that was more geared toward loss broadly. I am not religious, so while I find it wonderful if people find comfort in that, those sites didn’t help me. Second, there’s a lot of judgment in grief. Some people who’ve lost children feel their loss is more shattering than the loss of, say, a grandparent, and some people who’ve lost a human may feel their loss is more devastating than the loss of a pet. I wanted a site where people could come in whatever place they were in and feel welcome, and where there is no judgment to the loss. What is the history behind the name? When I decided to start the website, I met with two of my dear friends, Francie Dillon and Andee Press-Dawson. I bought them breakfast and I said, “You have to help me find a name for this website.” I gave them a long list of names I had brainstormed myself. Andee pointed at Salt Water and said, “What is this and why is this on the list?” I told her it’s from the quote by Isak Dinesen, “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” The minute I read the quote she said, “That’s it! You call it Salt Water and you organize the blog posts into those three categories.” The food hadn’t even arrived yet. What is most satisfying about doing this? Giving people a place to talk about their loved ones in whatever way they want to do that. For some people, it might be writing a blog post; for others, it might be a conversation on social media, or it might be just emailing with me. What is most difficult? Getting traction. Because there’s nothing for sale on the site and no pop-up windows, it’s harder to get attention for the website. On the other hand, people willingly share the website through word of mouth because they know that no one will bother their friend or family member who is grieving if they connect with it. What surprises you? I will hear from people who say they have been reading the posts for a year or two and I did not know that, because they leave no footprint. —Elena M. Macaluso a niko k iezel

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omewhere up in heaven my dad is smiling. COVID-19 wreaked much havoc on our world. It also brought me closer to my family scattered across the country. Toward the end of March, soon after stay-at-home/shelter-inplace mandates went into effect across much of the United States, my cousin Joanie emailed several of us suggesting we meet up on Google Hangouts, Google’s version of Zoom. So every Sunday for nearly two months, six to 12 cousins/nieces/nephews/aunts/ uncles/parents/children, depending upon the relationship, connected for an hour or two. The group consisted mostly of women, though my cousins Rob, Tommy, Timmy and Thom often joined in, too. Our ages ranged from 20-something to 60+. Most resided back east—New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Vermont and North Carolina—with me in California. The universal theme and probably the impetus for the meetups early on were, not surprisingly, COVID-19 and its repercussions: What restrictions were taking place in our necks of the woods? Who was having luck finding toilet paper or, a few weeks later, yeast to bake bread? Had anyone in the family gotten sick

with COVID-19? (Six and counting.) We kept up to date on the health of Tommy and Martha who, at ages 89 and 90 respectively, were the oldest living among our clan, their remaining living son Tommy caring for them in between caring for his own household, which included his partner, Joe, and two cats. All four humans contracted and survived COVID. (The felines were never tested.) We talked about vacations postponed or canceled. One Sunday in April, Rob and his wife, Alex, showed up on the call dressed for an evening out on the town in the Dominican Republic, where they would have been had COVID not shut down their vacation plans. We commiserated over hair that needed to be cut and roots in dire need of a dye job and shared the challenges—and perks—of teleworking. Life happened while we were forced to stay home: a baby was born; a father died. As the new normal became, well, normal, we moved on from talking about the coronavirus to talking about everyday life. Our conversations always included memories. How Peggy and Patti used to scare younger cousin Carla during sleepovers. The time Paula and Carla’s mom called Paula frantically because she could not find the $15,000 she had stashed in her house. The time Patti SACMAG.COM December 2020

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San Francisco,” but Dad’s song could have easily been “I Left My Heart in New York City.” Dad persuaded my mom, his second wife, to move to California from New York shortly after they were married in 1966 so that he could be closer to his three sons from his first marriage. The move, though warranted and well intentioned, took him away from the close-knit family with whom he’d spent the first 43 years of his life. My dad was one of six siblings. His oldest sister, Nita, was 23 years older than him; his second oldest sister, Josie, was 19 years older, followed by Anne, who was 10 years older. Of the six siblings, five had children, with Aunt Nita the most prolific, bearing more than seven children. (Not all lived to adulthood.) Because of the age dif-

ference, many of Dad’s nieces and nephews and chicken, they were playing cards, and were his contemporaries. I confess that I they were shooting the breeze. am sometimes blurry about where each I may have missed out on most of those person fits into the family. Exfamily picnics and basement LIFE HAPPENED WHILE cept this: I know that if I am visits (except during a few WE WERE FORCED TO uncertain, then their lineage STAY HOME: A BABY WAS trips back east). But I believe connects them with Nita. Still, BORN; A FATHER DIED. these pandemic calls are our when Joanie emailed us copies modern-day versions of of our family tree, I studied it like someone those events, minus the pizza and the card might pore over a map before venturing games. The content has changed, but the out on a cross-country trip, following the themes—what’s going on in the world lines connecting family member to famtoday accented by memories of “long ily member and, in turn, connecting the ago”—remain universal. dots of my family. I am a firm believer that if you can take Family was important to Dad, and he something positive from a negative situaregretted that I, having been born and tion, you must. These calls are the gift that raised in California, had missed out on COVID brought me. I look forward to the day, when this virus is under control and the closeness of the people he so enjoyed travel restrictions are lifted, that I can see as a young man. Family picnics could attract 80-some people; summer barbecues my family, all of whom I’ve gotten to know were commonplace; and the basement of better via these calls and a few whom I’ve my Aunt Josie and Aunt Anne’s house on met for the first time because of them. I Long Island (Josie, a young widow, lived will hug them tighter; the I love yous will with Anne, who never married) was the be even more sincere. I’ll think of my dad hotbed of activity on Christmas Eve and smiling from above saying, “I’m sorry you New Year’s Eve. Wherever family gathered experienced this time in history, but I’m you could be certain of three things: They glad it brought you closer to family.” were dining on Aunt Josie’s famous pizza I am, too, Dad. I am, too.

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home. When we asked eight local food pros to share their favorite winter dishes, the ones they

serve family and friends, we got recipes that run the gamut from an intoxicatingly complex pork-

and-hominy stew to a simple meal ender of wine-poached pears with mascarpone whipped cream. Delish!

Black - Eyed Pea Soup When ROB ARCHIE was growing up, his grandmother used to make a rich, nourishing black-eyed pea soup. Later, his wife took over the soup-making duties. Archie, who owns three Sacramento restaurants (Pangaea Bier Café, Urban Roots and Bawk), looks forward to eating this soup every winter. “It’s warm, wholesome and delicious,” he says.

½ pound bacon, sliced 1 hot link, diced 1 tablespoon avocado oil 1 onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced 2 ribs celery, diced 2 carrots, diced 1 ham shank or ham hock 1 pound dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight in water, drained and rinsed 3 cups chicken bone broth 3 cups water 1 tablespoon Knorr Caldo de Pollo seasoning

2–3 teaspoons red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning ½ teaspoon ground cumin 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon fresh thyme 2–3 cups chopped collard, mustard and/or turnip greens 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes Kosher salt Black pepper Parmesan cheese

In a frying pan, cook bacon over medium heat until it begins to brown. Add hot link and cook until bacon and hot link render their fat and begin to crisp. With a slotted spoon, remove meats from pan and place on a paper towel to drain.

Rob Archie

In the same pan, add the oil to the bacon fat and sauté the onion, bell pepper, celery and carrots over medium heat until softened, 2–3 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients except the greens, tomatoes, salt and pepper to the pan and stir. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low until the black-eyed peas are tender, 2–3 hours. Remove the ham shank/hock. Take the meat off the bone, chop it up and add it back to the pot. Discard the bone. Stir in the greens and canned diced tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue simmering until greens are cooked through. Top with shaved Parmesan and serve. SERVES 8–10

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Homemade Pasta & Meat balls

ANDREA LEPORE owns a Jewish deli in downtown Sacramento, but her heritage is pure Italian. When she was growing up, both her Italian grandmothers served “amazing” homemade pasta every Sunday. Before her maternal grandmother died, Lepore watched her make pasta and meatballs and wrote down every step. Says the owner of Solomon’s Delicatessen, “With a loaf of ciabatta or pugliese, a bottle of Italian red wine and a table of friends and family, that’s a good life!” SERVES 6

Sauce:

½ pound ground pork

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup high-quality breadcrumbs

1 cup chopped red onion 1 cup chopped carrots 1 cup chopped Castelvetrano olives 1 6-ounce can organic tomato paste 3 28-ounce cans whole peeled organic tomatoes

To make the sauce: In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the carrots and olives and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste and canned tomatoes. Lower the heat and let the sauce simmer for at least two hours and up to all day. Add salt and oregano to taste. To make the meatballs: Place ground meats, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, eggs, cheese, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Using your hands, quickly and gently mix the ingredients together until evenly combined. (Do not overmix.) Form the mixture into 3-inch meatballs. Heat the olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs. Cover the pan with a lid and cook, turning the meatballs occasionally until brown on all sides. Add to the sauce and simmer 30 minutes.

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1 garlic clove, chopped ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley 2 eggs, lightly beaten Grated Pecorino, Grana Padano or Parmesan cheese to taste Salt and pepper to taste

Salt to taste

⅓ cup olive oil

Fresh or dried oregano to taste

Pasta:

Meatballs:

1½ cups all-purpose flour

1 pound ground beef

2 eggs

½ pound ground veal

1 teaspoon salt

To make the pasta: Mound the flour on a large wooden board and create a well in the center. Break the eggs into the well and add the salt. With a fork, begin whisking the eggs and slowly incorporate the flour into the eggs. When you have a messy, wet dough, begin to knead the dough with your hands, incorporating the rest of the flour into the dough. Continue kneading the dough until it is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

(Don’t overcook your pasta!) Drain. Return the pasta to the pot over medium-low heat. Spoon 1½ cups of the sauce over the pasta and toss to coat. Add more sauce if necessary. Place the pasta and sauce into a large bowl and top with meatballs.

Divide the dough into two equal parts. Using a pasta machine, roll each dough portion into a long, thin sheet. Cut the sheets into noodles. (Tagliatelle noodles, which are about ¼- to 1⁄3-inch wide, are perfect for red sauce and meatballs.) Lay the noodles flat onto a board dusted with flour so they don’t stick. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the noodles until al dente.

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Poached Pears Wit h Mascarpone Whipped Cream

As the manager of Oak Park Farmers Market, JOANY TITHERINGTON has access to fabulous fresh food. So it’s no surprise that, come holiday time, she makes a show-stopping dessert for family and friends that spotlights products from the market—in this case, local pears and honey. SERVES 6

1 cup water ½ cup lemon juice 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey (divided)

1½ cups Moscato wine or other dessert wine

1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg

2 cups cold whipping cream

1 cinnamon stick

1 pinch salt

3 whole star anise

6 firm Bosc pears

8 ounces mascarpone, softened at room temperature

In a saucepan large enough to hold all the pears, combine water, lemon juice and 1 cup honey. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until honey dissolves. Add Moscato wine, cinnamon stick, star anise, nutmeg and salt and bring to a simmer. Peel the pears, keeping the stems attached. Place the peeled pears into the poaching liquid and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until tender, rotating the pears every 5 minutes to ensure they poach evenly on all sides, including the tops. When the pears are tender, remove them from the liquid and allow them to cool. You can then refrigerate them until serving or serve them at room temperature. Continue to simmer the poaching liquid until it thickens to a syrup and is reduced by half, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon stick and star anise and discard. Set aside. To make mascarpone whipped cream, whisk the heavy cream and the mascarpone in a chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Add 2 tablespoons honey and continue whisking until medium-stiff peaks form. Use immediately or refrigerate until serving. Place one pear on each plate. Pour a little of the syrup on top of each pear and serve with a large dollop of mascarpone whipped cream.

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Nikomi Udon

At their Southside izakaya restaurant, Binchoyaki, TOKIKO SAWADA and CRAIG TAKEHARA are known for their exquisite grilled foods. But when it comes to cooking for their family on cold winter days, they love noodles. “Nikomi” means “braised” in Japanese, and this dish is pure Japanese comfort food. “Japanese food can be more than sushi and teriyaki,” says Sawada. “We love teaching and spreading the love of Japanese soul food.”

4 cups water 8 tablespoons Miso & Easy Original Broth Concentrate (in red bottle) 2 medium garlic cloves, grated 2 large shiitake mushrooms, sliced 4 bunches bok choy, bases trimmed and leaves separated 2 carrots, peeled and sliced on the bias

Craig Takehara and Tokiko Sawada

2 packages precooked udon, rinsed in hot water 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 boneless skinless 2 tablespoons chopped chicken thighs, scallions for garnish cut into strips In a large pot, bring water, miso concentrate and garlic to a simmer over medium heat. Add the vegetables and chicken and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the udon noodles and the butter, bring to a boil and cook until the noodles are tender. Divide into two bowls and garnish with chopped scallions. SERVES 2

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Parsi Lamb

RAVIN PATEL comes from a family that simply loves lamb. For tenderness, he prefers to braise lamb rather than roast it. “I apply the flavors we love but cook it the way I would at the restaurants to yield the tenderest meat and allow flavors to develop through layers,” says Patel, who once worked at Ella and now oversees culinary operations for Davis’ Seasons and the Hilton Garden Inn. He’s also executive chef for the new downtown Hyatt Centric, set to open in late spring 2021. SERVES 6–8

½ cup canola or other neutral cooking oil, divided

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

2 large onions, sliced

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons kosher salt, divided

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

2 tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped

2 teaspoons ground red chili

3 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped 2 bay leaves 2 tablespoons cumin seeds

1 tablespoon ground turmeric 2 teaspoons paprika 1 whole boneless lamb shoulder, 6–8 pounds (you can substitute boneless lamb leg)

3 tablespoons coriander seeds

1 cup red wine

1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

1 cup mint leaves for garnish

Heat ¼ cup oil in a large, heavybottomed pan over high heat. Add onions to the pan and lower heat to medium. Cook until onions start to caramelize around the edges. Add 1 tablespoon salt, garlic, ginger and bay leaves and continue to cook, stirring often, 4–5 minutes. Place the mixture into a deep, ovensafe casserole dish. Reserve the pan for cooking the lamb.

Ravin Patel

4 tablespoons tomato paste

In a dry fry pan, toast the whole spice seeds and peppercorns until fragrant. Remove from heat and cool. Place the cooled seeds and peppercorns in a spice mill or grinder and grind them into a powder. In a small bowl, toss the ground spices with cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, red chili, paprika and 3 tablespoons kosher salt. Set aside. Cut the lamb into large pieces, approximately 3 inches square. Coat the pieces thoroughly with the spice mix. In the large, heavybottomed pan in which you cooked the onions, heat ¼ cup oil over high heat. Once the oil begins to smoke, reduce the heat to medium and add the lamb, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Sear the lamb on all sides. Remove the seared lamb pieces from the pan and place them in a single layer on top of the onion mixture in the casserole dish.

Suggestion: Serve lamb on top of hummus.

Reduce the heat on the heavy-bottomed pan to low. Add the wine and tomato paste to deglaze the pan, scraping and stirring continuously. Remove from heat and scrape the mixture onto the lamb. Add 1–2 cups of water to the lamb; the water should come halfway up the meat. Cover the casserole dish with foil, ensuring the foil does not touch the lamb. (There should be 2–3 inches of space above the lamb.) Bake at 300 degrees for 3–4 hours. The lamb should easily fall apart when it’s done cooking. Let the lamb cool in the casserole dish for 1 hour at room temperature. This allows the meat to absorb the cooking liquid and ensures the lamb stays tender and juicy. When ready to serve, transfer the lamb and onion mixture to a deep serving platter. Spoon some of the cooking liquid onto the lamb. Add mint leaves for garnish. SACMAG.COM December 2020

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Sugar Pie Pumpkin Tart

RAMON PEREZ is the genius behind Puur Chocolat, an artisanal chocolate boutique. But at the holidays, this pumpkin tart is one of his favorite things to make for family and friends. “It’s amazing how something so simple can have so much life,” says Perez, who runs Puur with his wife, Nicole. MAKES 1 12-INCH TART

Tart dough:

Filling:

½ cup sugar

2 cups flour

2 cups whole almonds

3 tablespoons brown sugar

¾ cup powdered sugar

1¼ cups sugar, divided

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup water

1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 ounces butter

1 sugar pie pumpkin

½ cup whole milk

½ teaspoon sea salt

Grapeseed or vegetable oil

3 eggs

⅓ cup almond flour

1 egg

beans or pie weights. Freeze 15 minutes, then blind-bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove the parchment and pie weights. To make the filling: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. On a large cookie sheet, toast the almonds in the middle of the oven until fragrant and golden, 15–20 minutes.

To make the tart dough: In a food processor, process flour, almond flour, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, butter and salt until butter is just dispersed throughout the mixture. Add the egg and pulse until the dough comes together in a ball. Remove dough from processor and flatten into a ½-inch-thick square. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 2 hours. (Overnight is best.) On a lightly floured board, roll dough out to a ¼-inch-thick round. Lay the dough into a round 12-inch fluted false-bottom tart pan and gently press into the pan. Roll the rolling pin across the pan to cut off excess dough. Pierce the bottom of the dough with the tines of a fork, then lay a sheet of parchment on top of the dough and weigh down with

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In a heavy saucepan, bring ¾ cup sugar and water to a boil over moderate heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Boil syrup, without stirring, until it turns a deep golden caramel. (It will register 360 degrees on a candy thermometer.) Place the almonds on a lightly oiled piece of aluminum foil. Pour the caramel syrup over the almonds and let cool. Using a food processor, grind the nut-caramel praline into a paste. Measure 1⁄3 cup of the paste for the filling. (Reserve the remaining paste for future baking projects.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Lightly oil the pumpkin’s interior with grapeseed or vegetable oil and season liberally with salt. On a cookie sheet, roast the pumpkin, cut side down, until tender, approximately 30 minutes. Cool. Scoop the

¾ cup heavy cream

pumpkin flesh from the skin and blend in a blender or food processor until smooth. Measure 1¾ cups pumpkin puree for the filling. (Reserve the remaining puree for soup or another pumpkin tart.) In a mixing bowl, combine 1⁄3 cup almond praline paste, 1¾ cups pumpkin puree, ½ cup sugar, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Using an electric mixer, blend at low speed. Slowly add milk and cream, then the eggs, mixing until evenly incorporated. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pour pumpkin filling into the baked tart shell until mixture reaches the top of the shell. Bake until the center is slightly jiggly, 30–35 minutes. Cool.

Ramon and Nicole Perez


Ramon decorates his tart with Tahitian vanilla Chantilly cream, roasted almonds and milk chocolate “twigs.”

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Pozole Rojo

PATRICIO WISE serves this warming pork-and-hominy stew at his popular Roseville restaurant, Nixtaco. “Pozole is a classic winter dish back home in Mexico,” he says. “People say it feeds the soul; it’s especially good on cold days.” This recipe calls for fresh nixtamal, which is corn treated with an alkali substance. You can buy it at Nixtaco by the pound, or you can substitute canned hominy. “Whatever you do,” Wise says, “don’t skip this ingredient.”

1 pork shoulder, 4 pounds

2 dried chipotle chilies

Salt and pepper

2 dried arbol chilies (omit if you don’t want it spicy)

1 white onion 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 large head garlic, peeled 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano

1 dried ancho chile Juice of 2 limes Accompaniments: Diced avocado Toasted hulled pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons cumin seeds

Diced radish

1 pound fresh whole-kernal nixtamal (or 1 25-ounce can hominy)

Diced white onion

2 dried guajillo chilies

Lime wedges

Chopped cilantro SERVES 8–12

Cut the pork into large pieces, approximately 3 inches square. Coat the pieces thoroughly with salt and pepper and refrigerate overnight. The next day, peel the onion and char it over an open flame. (Skip this step if you don’t have an open-flame stovetop.) Slice the onion in half from top to bottom. Then, laying the flat side down, cut each half in quarters and set aside. In a deep, heavy-bottomed pot, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt. Break apart with a wooden spatula and cook until fragrant and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic cloves and continue to stir until fragrant. (Don’t let the garlic burn.) Add the pork to the pan and brown the meat on all sides. Add enough cold water to cover the meat by 3–4 inches. Add the paprika and oregano. While the water comes to a boil, toast the cumin seeds in a small dry pan. When they are fragrant, add them to the water. When the water begins to boil, reduce heat, add the nixtamal and simmer 3–4 hours. (If using canned hominy, add to stew 30 minutes before end of cooking.) In the meantime, seed and devein the chilies. Place them in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. After 1 minute, turn off the heat and let the chilies sit in the water for 20 minutes. Strain and discard the water. Place the chilies in a blender, cover with fresh water and blend completely. You will end up with a bright-red liquid; add it to the simmering pork and mix well with a wooden spoon. Continue simmering the stew, monitoring the liquid level and adding small amounts of water if it gets too low. You’ll know it’s done when the pork shreds easily. Turn off the heat and taste for salt and acid. It might not need salt, but it will need acid. Add lime juice a little at a time, tasting each time until it reaches your liking. Let sit for a couple hours and taste again for salt and acid. At this point, serve with accompaniments or store for future use.

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Potato Lat kes & Homemade Apple Sauce The holidays are crazy busy for MARLENE AND WALTER GOETZELER, who own Freeport Bakery in Land Park. But every year, they look forward to making—and eating— latkes at Hannukah. “I grew up eating them, and my sister took over making them,” says Marlene. “Now, Walter makes them for me.” For Marlene, a great latke is all about texture. They should be “crunchy on the outside, pillowy on the inside,” she explains.

For latkes: 4 Russet potatoes Canola oil ½ medium onion, minced 1 large egg, lightly whisked

2 tablespoons matzo meal or flour Salt Apple sauce Sour cream

For apple sauce: 3 apples Water Optional: sugar, cinnamon, ground cloves SERVES 2–4

To make the latkes: Peel the potatoes and coarsely grate by hand, transferring to a large bowl of cold water as grated. When all potatoes are grated, drain well in a colander. Spread grated potatoes on a kitchen towel and roll up, jelly-roll style, twisting the towel tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible. Transfer potato mixture to a bowl.

In a frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Transfer the onions to the bowl with the grated potatoes. Add egg, matzo meal and a pinch of salt. Gently stir the ingredients together with a fork. Heat ¼ inch oil in a frying pan over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches, spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture per latke into the skillet, spreading into ½-inch thick rounds with a fork. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn latkes over and cook until the undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Serve with apple sauce and sour cream on the side. To make the apple sauce: Peel and core the apples, then cut in wedges. Fill a saucepan with ¼ inch water and add the apple wedges. Cover and cook over low heat until the apples are soft enough to make a lightly chunky sauce, about 30 minutes. Uncover pot and let apples cool slightly. Pass the apples through a food mill, or mash with a fork or potato masher. Season with sugar, cinnamon and ground cloves to your taste. Apple sauce can be made 4 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.

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Open for Business STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS IS HARD ENOUGH IN GOOD TIMES, BUT DURING A PANDEMIC, IT TAKES EVEN GREATER FORTITUDE.

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f opening an independently owned business sounds ambitious, try starting a new restaurant, nail salon or retail shop during a global pandemic. One common thread that connects courageous business owners: an entrepreneurial spirit paired with drive and a passion for following a dream. But even during the novel coronavirus, Amanda Blackwood, president and CEO of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, says the region’s businesses have really shown resilience over the past nine months. “If you take the 66-block district of Downtown Sacramento Partnership, there was a lot of concern about retail and a lot of concern about hospitality,” Blackwood says. “We originally projected we could lose up to 75% of our folks. But the good news is, 80% of the restaurants that were there in Q4 of 2019 are still open, are still operating—and 84% of the retailers that were in that radius are still operating.” Although the more walkable areas of midtown, Folsom and Roseville see a majority of businesses staying afloat, storefronts on Stockton Boulevard and Florin Road aren’t seeing that same flow of foot traffic. According to Blackwood, businesses outside downtown city areas rely heavily on the conscious efforts of their customers to leave their homes and drive to one particular store during a time when many people would rather stay indoors. Still, despite myriad challenges the pandemic continues to aim at small businesses, the majority in Sacramento have managed to stay open. Not only that, but some have opened. Following are six that threw open their doors for the first time during the pandemic.

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By Steph Rodriguez | Photography by Kevin Fiscus


Mari Tzikas Suarez, The Nailtel

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Baby Love

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JAM BABY SHOP

s a stay-at-home mom looking for her next career path, Joanna Miller found inspiration in motherhood, namely in her daughter Margot, who is now 2 years old. “I had wanted to open a brick-and-mortar in Sacramento, because I just couldn’t find the things I wanted to buy for my little girl,” Miller says. The pandemic forced her to create an online store at first where she sold the sustainable, ethically sourced toys and eco-friendly clothes she desired for her own child. In September, Miller opened Jam Baby Shop in Oak Park, the neighborhood where she lives with her family. The store carries items for children ages newborn to 5 years old. At Jam Baby, Miller showcases some of her favorite and most trusted brands such as Sacramento-based Urb Apothecary, with its all-natural baby balms and belly butters. Miller also features additional California products such as plantbased soaps, lotions and oils from Wiley Baby.

Joanna Miller

Flavors Of Home MAYDOON

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Mohammad Fari

aydoon opened its doors in midtown, ready to serve its savory and herbaceous Persian flavors. A week later, Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down indoor dining. So owner Idean Farid and his small staff adopted a takeout-only model and eventually created an outdoor patio space approved by the city. It’s a story many restaurant owners can relate to, with ever-changing guidelines and safety restrictions due to coronavirus. “Opening up during a pandemic has had its ups and downs, for sure. But we wanted to better represent our food in the more foodie area of Sacramento,” Farid says of the cuisine he grew up eating. “They’re all original recipes. There’s some from my grandparents, from my mom and dad’s grandparents, and those have all been passed down.” Farid says Persian food in Sacramento is a little under the radar at the moment, but he aims to lure customers in with fresh ingredients and the aromas of grilled lamb and top sirloin from the kitchen. “It’s not mainstream. So I wanted to bring it more to light, and I’m trying to get the community in the neighborhood just more involved with the flavors of Persian cuisine,” he says. “One of our most popular dishes is our Maydoon Bowl. It comes with rice, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, our house dressing and a skewer of either chicken or beef—or you can get it with our shredded lamb. It’s an easy way to get all of our flavors into one dish.” Another favorite on Maydoon’s menu is the koobedeh, a ground sirloin or chicken kebab served with basmati rice, a char-grilled tomato and roasted red bell pepper. It’s another family recipe that Farid says he enjoys cooking. And hopefully, it brings customers a sense of satisfaction even if it’s simply enjoying a bite during a lunch rush. “I think food is very comforting and brings people together,” Farid says. “You can sit down and have a meal and enjoy time with your family or significant other or loved one. That’s just a good way to unwind from everything.” 1501 16th St.; (916) 382-4309; maydoonrestaurant.com


The name Jam Baby is an acronym of Miller’s family trio: J for Joanna, A for her husband, Aaron, and M for her daughter, Margot—two people Miller says are her biggest cheerleaders. Miller says wooden block toys and cars and modern-style mobiles in earthy tones are some of her favorite things at Jam Baby. If you can find it at a big-box store, you probably won’t find it at Jam Baby, Miller says. “The belief is Montessori-style of play. So toys that allow for a wide range of imagination to happen. So that’s why we carry block toys,” Miller says. “And we have a lot of the toys low to the ground, so that the kids can actually play with them and try them out for themselves.” When asked what advice she would give someone weighing the tough decision of opening a small business, Miller says to believe in your idea and take it one step at a time. “I would say there’s always a reason not to do it. But if it is your dream, then you have to step out and do it. The hardest part to starting a business is taking the leap,” Miller says. “But once it happens, you feel good! It’s definitely the best decision I’ve made as far as my career path.” 3328 Broadway; (205) 965-7528; shopjambaby.com

Indulge in Color THE NAILTEL

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former beauty editor for Sephora in San Francisco, Mari Tzikas Suarez moved back to her hometown of Sacramento for love in 2011 and later saw her dream salon, The Nailtel, open the first week of October to fully booked appointments. “It’s not your average nail salon. It’s inspired by cool hotels and really focused on ambience and hospitality and service,” Tzikas Suarez says. “So when you walk in, it doesn’t really feel like a salon. It feels more like a hip hotel, or your coolest, most-stylish friend’s living room.” Modeled after upscale getaways such as the Parker hotel in Palm Springs, the 1,300-square-foot salon offers a luxury escape from the day-to-day for clients who need a fresh coat (after perhaps months without a proper mani-pedi). At The Nailtel, nail stylists work with only natural nails so there are no acrylic tips or dip powder. It’s all nonacrylic, nontoxic products to keep nails healthy and bring out their natural shine. “We have an online booking platform that makes booking in advance pretty easy. The check-in and checkout process is virtually touch-free, because we’re not accepting any cash—card transactions only,” says Tzikas Suarez. “So in essence, someone could walk in, get their nails done, walk out and leave a tip on their card without having to touch anything.” Additional safety precautions include acrylic glass partitions, sneeze guards and an air filtration system that circulates the air and uses medical-grade filters to combat any airborne bacteria, allergens or viruses. “I think that the silver lining of all of this is that people are so ready to get their nails done and not only to get their nails done, but to go somewhere that’s a pleasant surprise delivering on the ambience and that hospitality experience,” Tzikas Suarez says. “The pent-up demand for self-care in general is so great that I’m really proud of the products I’m going to be delivering to people after they’ve been waiting six months.” 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 2; (916) 285-5713; the nailtel.com

Mari Tzikas Suarez at The Nailtel

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A Tribute to Mom MAJKA PIZZERIA & BAKERY

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Chutharat Sae Tong and Alex Sherry

usband-and-wife team Alex Sherry and Chutharat Sae Tong were inspired by the rotating seasonal pizza menu of Berkeley’s renowned Cheese Board Collective, where they both once worked. So the couple decided to put their own spin on the pizza biz with ingredients sourced from Sacramento’s bounty by creating Majka Pizzeria & Bakery. Pronounced “mai-kah,” and translated to “mother” in Serbian, it’s a name inspired by Sherry’s family name and cultural roots. Majka opened in June. “We only use our sourdough starter to make bread and pizza, so we don’t use any commercial yeast,” Sherry says. “People call their sourdough starter their ‘mother.’ My wife’s also a mother.” Sherry says during the pandemic, they experienced construction delays and wondered if their dream pizzeria would even come to fruition. Ultimately, the two decided it was now or never. “We decided at some point that we would either just forget about it and give up, or go for it,” Sherry says. “We decided we were going to go for it, and we really changed our business model completely. It’s just my wife and I working; we don’t have any employees.” Sherry and Sae Tong significantly dialed back their menu. Originally, Majka was going

to be a bakery with breads and pastries in the morning and switch to a pizzeria for afternoon and evening service. But even with a smaller menu, Sherry says their one-of-a-kind pizza combinations sell out quickly. “We make whole-grain sourdough pizza and we only do one type every day. It’s always vegetarian and it’s always locally sourced organic ingredients,” Sherry says. “I’d say we buy 90% of our produce directly from local farmers.” Seasonal ingredients lead the menu at Majka. One day, Sherry and Sae Tong may serve a sweet potato, caramelized onion and Gruyere cheese variety, then follow up with a butternut squash pizza topped with fried sage and fresh goat cheese. Sae Tong also makes her own miso, tasted in each bite of their house-made chocolate chip cookies. “My passion for cooking comes from my parents, who always made food from scratch every day. My mom was really influential to me and Chutharat’s mom was also very influential to her with her cooking,” Sherry says. “We’re not vegetarians, but we feel like there’s so much great produce grown in California, especially in the Sacramento Valley, that we want to showcase it. And we don’t think there needs to be meat on our pizzas to be good.” 1704 15th St.; (916) 572-9316; majkabakes.com

A Wild Dream

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STRAPPING MIDTOWN

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s a former retail buyer for resorts, Susan Stewart was used to purchasing items for her client’s stores. But getting approval on everything—like what pens she bought—just wasn’t her passion. So after a serious chat with her wife about what career she truly wanted, Stewart decided to open her own store. But this time, it would be filled with all the colorful knickknacks, gag gifts and modern, funky home decor of her heart’s content. “My wife is a very cautious woman and I’m not. I’m like the wild dreamer,” Stewart says, laughing. “My ultimate dream was one day I would just love to have a general store like a neighborhood store. So she gave me her blessing in January of 2017.” Stewart’s first store, Strapping, opened in the Oak Park neighborhood in April 2017 to much acclaim. With more than 4,000 unique items such as birthday cards featuring Beyonce and Lady Gaga, wine openers shaped like cats, cute earrings, warm clothing, stickers and magnets, there’s much on display. “I always say that this is my teenage rebellion store because as a corporate buyer you have a very small box,” Stewart says. “With this store I was like, ‘I’m gonna have stuff that has bad words and I’m gonna have stuff for dogs.’ It was almost like a gluttonous, wild teenager buying for a store—but with a lot of experience.”


Made With Love JUNOON FLAVORS OF INDIA

Roy Singh Strapping did so well, in fact, that Stewart decided to open a midtown location in 2020. But with pandemic restrictions in place in March, Stewart once again found herself at a crossroads. She questioned the likelihood of a second location. At the same time, Stewart also worried deeply about whether her flagship business—and her employees—would weather the storm. “I remember on March 19 hearing the governor, and I went to the shop by myself at night and I just cried for like a good half-hour,” she says. “I built so much and I wasn’t even thinking about midtown at that point. I was just thinking I’m going to lose my Oak Park store and I love it so much. It’s like my child.” After a pep talk with her staff and help from the Paycheck Protection Program, Stewart and six employees painted, patched and set up Strapping Midtown on the corner of 17th and L streets and opened successfully in May. “It gave me a fire in my belly. This was a great location for a second store, and I believe in my store. I believe in my staff,” Stewart says. “You have to have a dream in your heart and you have to have a lot of drive because nothing’s easy. I think that’s why we’re doing so well right now during COVID, because people come here as a way to escape. But more than that, I want you to come in and laugh and chat with us and smell really interesting candles and have a really good experience.” 1731 L St.; (916) 476-3376; strappingstore.com

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ince the day we opened, we knew we’d be OK,” says Roy Singh, co-owner of Junoon Flavors of India in East Sacramento, which opened in July. As Singh, his wife, Bobbie, and their two daughters, Gia, 13, and Esha, 16, were finishing the last decorative touches inside their restaurant, neighbors would pop by to wish them well and express an excitement—and a hunger—for home-style Indian flavors. “We wanted to showcase how we eat at home. This is how we treat our friends and family if they come to our house,” Singh says. “So this is what we’re serving our customers. Everything is made by us, made fresh. We taste everything before it’s served.” Singh managed an Indian restaurant for a decade in San Francisco during the ’90s. He later moved to Sacramento and opened the Barista Brew Cafe in Davis, which he and his family ran for 11 years until he sold it last summer to a customer. It was this move that helped the Singhs open an Indian restaurant of their own. “You’re not going to find the taste anywhere else. Our taste is very unique and very different because of the ingredients we use,” Singh says. “We use fresh ingredients. We grind our own spices and we also roast our own spices. We’ve been in the food industry long enough to know that there is no shortcut and there is no compromise.” Neighborhood favorites include chicken tikka masala with ample cuts of chicken breast served in a rich and flavorful tomato-based sauce. It was a best-selling dish from the start, but customers also enjoy the lamb jaipuri. “It’s chunks of lamb braised in fresh garlic, ginger, onion and tomatoes, and we caramelize the onions, and then we also throw in ground lamb and add curry sauce to it. It all simmers together so it has a very, very unique flavor,” he says. Even with all his business savvy, Singh says opening Junoon, which means “passion,” was a family decision. At the end of the day, he says, they’re grateful to spend time together while nourishing the community. “We feel very welcomed by the community here. For us, there’s a sense of pride when our customers call us back a couple hours later to let us know how good the food was,” he says. “That gives us a sense of pride that we’re doing something right and we’re making people happy by giving them our food.” 3672 J St.; (916) 942-9796; junoonflavorsofindia.com Store manager Kate Burkhalter “

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Cabinetry features shelves for display and a built-in microwave.

Country touch: In the kitchen, a hammered-copper farm sink

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every exterior wall of this home is 100% built out of logs. Half of the interior walls are, too. Needless to say, this house has a lot of wood going on. But that didn’t stop interior designer Molly Carter of Molly Erin Designs from using more when she reimagined this bucolic beauty. “My clients wanted to feel like they were in their own world and didn’t want a lot of color,” she says. “We relied on all kinds of different woods so that it didn’t feel matchy-matchy.” One way Carter was able to pull off this kaleidoscope of natural woods was through pattern. Hardwood planks in various widths and stains can be found throughout the home in straight and herringbone designs. Meanwhile, natural stone finishes, original exposed bricks and copper fi xtures bring a breath of fresh Fiddletown air to the cozy, wood-dense design.

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SACRAMENTO MAGAZINE’S

TOP DOCTORS

Navigating today’s complex medical landscape can be a chore. Luckily, we’ve done some of the legwork by presenting Sacramento Magazine’s Top Doctors, a comprehensive list of physicians who have received a nod of approval from their peers. In fact, they were chosen through a formal process similar to the informal peer-to-peer process doctors themselves use to connect their patients to the right specialists. Professional Research Services, LLC conducted our survey, verifying each doctor’s credentials and specific areas of expertise. To learn more about the selection process, go to prscom.com. We also asked eight Top Doctors to explain the latest information on subjects ranging from stroke care to hand surgery to mental health concerns during the pandemic. Stories by Cathy Cassinos-Carr ADDICTION MEDICINE Alicia Lauren Agnoli

UC Davis Medical Center (800) 282-3284 Alok Krishna

Family Medicine Clinic of Greater Sacramento (916) 569-8585 Martin Leamon

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-5846 Daniel Lewis

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 482-1132 Allison Meisner

Bradley E. Chipps

Marc Ikeda

Nayoung Kim

Rajan Merchant

Capital Allergy & Respiratory Disease Center (916) 453-8696

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 627-7500

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 480-6500

Angelina Crans Yoon

S. Rubina Inamdar

Binita Mandal

Dignity Health Medical Foundation Woodland Clinic (530) 668-2600

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 691-8500

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 844-1590

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 627-7500 Asha Desai

The Allergy Center at Sacramento ENT (916) 736-6644 Victoria Dimitriades

Christopher Zegers

Gordon Garcia

ADOLESCENT MEDICINE Laura Kester

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-3112

ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY Matthew S. Bowdish

The Allergy Center at Sacramento ENT (916) 736-6644

The Allergy Station (916) 238-6238

Sean Deane

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 482-1132 Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 482-1132

Travis A. Miller

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-3112 Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 627-7500 M. Eric Gershwin

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737 Mark I. Grijnsztein

Sutter Health (916) 478-6555 Rosemary Hallett

UC Davis Medical Group Roseville, (916) 783-7109

The professionals listed herein were selected by their peers in a survey conducted by Professional Research Services, company of Troy, Michigan. Professionals may be screened and selected through the verification of licensing and review of any infractions through various applicable boards, agencies and rating services. For further information visit prscom.com or email PRS at sshevin@prscom.com. To purchase Top Doctors plaques, please see prsawards.com.

LAURA KESTER, M.D., M.P.H. Adolescent Medicine, UC Davis Children’s Hospital Ah, the turbulent teen years. When hormones start having a party, things can get woefully wacky. Acne, anxiety, menstrual disorders, sexual issues, eating disorders—that’s just a short list of problems that can crop up around this time. But wait! There is help. Between pediatrics and adult medicine lurks a specialty not everyone knows about: adolescent medicine. “It tends to be a smaller specialty, so number-wise there aren’t as many adolescent medicine providers,” says Laura Kester, M.D., who specializes in pediatrics and adolescent medicine at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. “That may be why it’s not as well known.”

Adolescent medicine covers a wide span of ages (10–26) and an equally wide span of issues, but one of the most common is mental health, Kester says. This pandemic year has been particularly tough. “I’d say for many, mental-health issues have gotten worse during COVID,” says Kester. “There’s a pull for teens to be independent of their parents, so it’s been harder with them doing homeschooling and social distancing because many of them are not engaging as much with their peers, their support group.” Gender and sexuality issues are also common. “We’re seeing a lot more youth feeling more comfortable asking questions about gender,” says Kester. “That’s the interesting thing about working with patients of a certain age. We really need to stay in tune with the issues that are confronting their particular population.” Kester says she’s passionate about treating adolescents because it’s such a “powerful point in their lives to help them make healthy decisions that can have such a great impact on their adulthood and adult health. It’s empowering to work with this age group.”

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Neil Parikh

Niroop R. Ravula

Capital Allergy & Residential Disease Center (916) 453-8696

UC Davis Health - Patient Support Services Building (916) 734-5031

Chiraag Patel

Catherine Whang

Granite Bay Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, (916) 771-2531 Troy Scribner

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Riverside Medical Offices, (916) 784-4220 Suzanne S. Teuber

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737

ANESTHESIOLOGY Richard L. Applegate II

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4000 David Lewis Wolf

UC Davis Health - Patient Support Services Building (916) 734-5031 Aubrey Yao

UC Davis Health - Patient Support Services Building (916) 734-5031

BREAST SURGERY

UC Davis Health - Patient Support Services Building (916) 734-5031

Catherine M. Baker

Anitha Ayyalapu

Yona Barash

Sutter Health (916) 878-4950

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2574

Sutter Health (916) 863-1805

Karyn D’Addio-Riley

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5000 Rajvinder Dhamrait

UC Davis Health - Patient Support Services Building (916) 734-5031 Robert Dong

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2574 Richard Dunbar

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4000 Neal Wayne Fleming

UC Davis Health - Patient Support Services Building (916) 734-5031 Erin Kong

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5000

Richard J. Bold

Lisa M. Guirguis

Sutter Health (916) 733-9660 Damon Herr

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 973-5235 Joelle Jakobsen

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 351-4800 Jason Londeree

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5235 Margaret Mentakis

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2014 Melinda Mortenson

UC Davis Children’s Hospital (916) 734-5031

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5235

Seth Lerner

Candice A. M. Sauder

Cathy Lammers

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2574

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

Elmo Orlino

Brooke Vuong

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4000

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CARDIAC SURGERY Michael Chow

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 733-4100 Joseph Huh

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 733-4100 Michael T. Ingram Sr.

Sutter Health (916) 887-4845

Henry Zhu

Reginald Low

Kevin Stokke

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 733-4100

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-5678

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

CARDIOLOGY

Walt Marquardt

Vu Duy Ta

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (530) 477-8358

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4000

Peter Miles

Neelima Vallurupalli

Sundeep Adusumalli

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-3560 Scott B. Baron

Capitol Interventional Cardiology, (916) 967-4278

Richard Kaplon

Rohit Bhaskar

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-6850

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 736-2323

Bob Kiaii

Howard Dinh

UC Davis Health - Cypress Building, (800) 282-3284 Robert Kincade

Sutter Health (916) 887-4845 James Longoria

Sutter Health (916) 456-4428 Allen Morris

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-6850 Teimour Nasirov

Sutter Health (916) 340-0111 Gary Raff

Shriners Hospital for Children, (916) 453-2191 Amy Rahm

UC Davis Children’s Hospital (916) 734-3112 Victor M. Rodriguez

UC Davis Health - Cypress Building, (916) 734-2680 Stephen Rossiter

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-6850 Kapil Sharma

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-6850 Frank Slachman

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-6850 J. Nilas Young

UC Davis Health - Cypress Building, (916) 734-3861

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4000 Richard P. Ericson

Sutter Health (916) 887-4040 Dali Fan

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (800) 282-3284 George Fehrenbacher

Sutter Health (916) 782-2146 Thomas Fitzpatrick

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5657 Kathryn A. Glatter

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Krisztian Kapinya

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4000 Stephen Morrissy

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4000 Navin Nakra

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5282 Stephen R. Peters

Roseville Cardiology Medical Associates, (916) 782-2146 Femi Philip

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5657 David K. Roberts III

Sutter Health (916) 887-4040 Jason H. Rogers

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (800) 282-3284 A. Sheehy

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5282 Harn-Cherng Shiue

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5282

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5657

Anuradha Khurana

Amardeep Singh

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5657

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 535-3488

Robert Kirchner

Gagan D. Singh

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5657

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3761

Joseph Kozina

Thomas Smith

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 736-2323

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (800) 282-3284

David Lao

Jeffrey Allen Southard

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-3560

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (800) 282-3284

Sutter Health (916) 887-4040 Garrett B. Wong

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (800) 282-3284 Zijian Xu

Sutter Health (916) 887-4040 Yingbo Yang

Sutter Health (916) 887-4040 Zoe Yu

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 688-4000

COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY James M. Conner

Sacramento Colon and Rectal Surgery Medical Group, (916) 966-6121 Wissam J. Halabi

UC Davis Health - Cypress Building, (916) 734-2680 Burzeen E. Karanjawala

Sacramento Colon and Rectal Surgery Medical Group, (916) 231-1050 Joshua Kehoe

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4144 Thomas Magrino

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Ranganath Pathak

Sacramento Colon and Rectal Surgery Medical Group, (916) 960-0466 Elizabeth Raskin

UC Davis Health - Cypress Building, (800) 282-3284 David Rodriguez

Capitol Colon and Rectal (844) 269-4349


Daniel Shibru

Clarisse J. Glen

Andrew Norris

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2014

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-7618

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 453-4966

Patrick Sullivan

Amit Gupta

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4144

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-7618

DERMATOLOGY

Jeanne Yu

Jeffry Jones

Sacramento Colon and Rectal Surgery Medical Group, (916) 231-1050

Jeffry Jones MD, Inc. (916) 633-2964

CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE AND PULMONARY DISEASE Jason Adams

UC Davis Medical Group (916) 734-8230 Muhammad Afzal

Pulmonary Medicine Associates, (916) 325-1040 Shawn S. Aghili

Nicholas Kenyon

UC Davis Medical Center (916) 734-8230 Brooks Thomas Kuhn

UC Davis Medical Center (916) 734-8230 Francis Lam

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4821 Petey Lao

Pulmonary Medicine Associates, (916) 786-7498

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4821

Timothy E. Albertson

Gregory Marelich

UC Davis Medical Group (916) 734-8230 Sherry Andrews

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4821

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5375

Imran Mohammed

Mark Avdalovic

Dan-Vinh Nguyen

UC Davis Medical Group (916) 734-8230 Parimal Bharucha

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 537-5079 Hugh Black

UC Davis Medical Group (916) 734-8230

Pulmonary Medicine Associates, (916) 786-7498 Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4821 Seth Robinson

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Christian Sandrock

Oma N. Agbai

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-6111 Mirza A. Alikhan

Sutter Health (916) 733-3792 Smita Awasthi

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-6111 Elyn Bowers

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3304 Alain Brassard

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-6111 Robert Burns

Kaiser Permanente - Rancho Cordova Medical Offices (916) 631-2142 UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-6111 Christie Carroll

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Cynthia Chambers

Pacific Skin Institute (916) 925-7020 Monica Constantinescu

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2045 Christine Doherty

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 771-7700

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4821

Christian M. Sebat

Sean Doherty

Kapil Dhawan

Walter Shakespeare

Pulmonary Medicine Associates, (916) 325-1040

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5375

Nasim Fazel

Ernest Stewart

Michael J. Fazio

Samjot Dhillon

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5375 Darshan Dhingani

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 453-4966

UC Davis Medical Group (800) 482-3284

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4821 Vanessa Walker

Pulmonary Medicine Associates, (916) 786-7498

Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease, Dignity Health/Mercy Medical Group Sacramento air has sucked (pun intended) in recent years, thanks largely to wildfires. That’s not news, but this is: Recent studies show that people exposed to high levels of air pollution are more likely to catch COVID-19—and are also more likely to have a severe case or die. This finding comes as no surprise to scientists, says Darshan Dhingani, M.D., a pulmonary disease specialist (aka lung doctor) at Dignity Health/Mercy Medical Group in Carmichael and Folsom. “Because COVID-19 is predominantly a respiratory disease, scientists expected that air pollution, by altering immune activity and changing the expression of genes involved in inflammation, would make people more susceptible to catching the disease, and then worsen its outcomes,” explains Dhingani. Sacramento-Roseville is the fifth most ozone-polluted area in the country, according to the American Lung Association’s 2020 “State of the Air” report. Short of relocating, what can we do to protect ourselves? Dhingani offers these tips: 

Limit the time you spend outdoors, especially when air quality is rated poor.

Stay hydrated.

Recycle the air in your car, and keep windows closed while driving.

Change clothes after returning home.

Take a shower before bed to remove air particulates that may have collected on you during the day.

Barbara Ann Burrall

UC Davis Medical Group (800) 482-3284

Sabrina Chen

DARSHAN DHINGANI, M.D.

When outdoors, Dhingani adds, it is advisable to use a wellfitted respirator (not a surgical mask) that filters out pollutants larger than 2.5 microns. And though you’ve been hearing it for the past nine months or so, it bears repeating: Don’t forget to wear a mask. Dhingani emphasizes that even a simple cloth face covering will help to lower your chances of coronavirus infection by reducing viral load, which is associated with transmission risk and disease severity.

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 771-7700 UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-6111 Michael J. Fazio, M.D., Inc. (916) 492-1828 Farzam Gorouhi

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2045

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of Sacramento (916) 739-1505

KAREN Y. NISHIMURA, M.D.

Douglas B. Patton

Dermatology, Sutter Health Dermatology 101 pop quiz: If sun is the evildoer that lurks behind all skin cancers, why would melanoma pop up in a hidden spot—like inside your nose? Sutter Roseville dermatologist Karen Nishimura, M.D., answers that question with just one word: melanocytes. Melanocytes are melanin-forming cells that exist on all surfaces of the skin and inside our bodies, including genital regions, nail beds, the mucosa and various regions of the eye. “Malignant transformation can occur from any of these locations, such as ocular melanoma,” explains Nishimura. But these occurrences, she notes, are rare. The vast majority of skin cancers (melanoma is just one variety) are blamed on—you guessed it—ultraviolet rays from the sun. That’s why we’re constantly being told to slather on the sunscreen. Not only does it reduce risk of skin cancer, but it can also help to ward off wrinkles, irregular pigmentation and other unsavory skin scenarios. Even darker-skinned individuals who are less vulnerable to skin cancer are advised to protect their skin with an SPF 30 (or greater) broad-spectrum sunscreen. The reason? “Though their risk of skin cancer is lower, it is not zero,” says Nishimura. “The goal is to reduce risk in each individual across the board.” Other steps to take: Wear a hat and protective clothing, seek shade and avoid midday sun. But all sun-protective practices in the world don’t replace the basics of taking care of mind, body and spirit, notes Nishimura. “All organs in our body are first supported by how we eat, sleep, exercise and focus our minds,” she says.

Sutter Health (916) 733-3792 Adam Pettey

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 771-7700 Jasdeep Sharma

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2045

Sutter Health (916) 733-3792

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 939-8400

Mary E. Horner

Dermatology Consultants of Sacramento (916) 739-1505 Samuel T. Hwang

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-6111

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Anna Juern

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3304 Lia Keller

Kaiser Permanente -

Jesse Kramer

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 844-1591 Sangeeta Marwaha

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2045

Sutter Health (916) 797-4766 Kory Parsi

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2045 Margaret E. Parsons

Dermatology Consultants

Craighton Chin

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic (530) 668-2600 David Cua

Rodney C. Diaz

Pacific Skin Institute (916) 925-7020 Emil A. Tanghetti

Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery (916) 454-5922 Danielle Marie Tartar

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-6111

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-5400 Vishal Doctor

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5880 D. Gregory Farwell

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-5400

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 771-7700

Tim A. Fife

Andrea Willey

Jamie Lauren Funamura

Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat, (916) 782-1291

Andrea Willey MD (916) 922-7546

UC Davis Children’s Hospital (916) 734-5400

Peggy A. Wu

C. Eric Gage

UC Davis Health - Cadillac Drive Clinic, (916) 286-6130

Sutter Health (916) 773-7920

EAR, NOSE AND THROAT

Ben G. Goldwyn

Debbie Aviva Aizenberg

Sutter Health (916) 262-9456

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-5400

Eli R. Groppo

Ben Balough

Karen Y. Nishimura

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5322

Raja Sivamani

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5880

Sacramento Medical Center (916) 771-7700

Anton Chen

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5322

Michael Babb

MaryAnn Johnson

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5322

UC Davis Health - Cadillac Drive Clinic, (916) 286-6130

Marc Silverstein

Sima Torabian

Ann F. Haas

Montague Carr

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 525-6350 Peter Belafsky

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-5400 Arnaud Fassett Bewley

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-5400 Hilary A. Brodie

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-5400

Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat, (916) 736-3399 Anne Johnstone

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 525-6350 Maggie A. Kuhn

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-5400 Levi Ledgerwood

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 525-6350 Allen Lue

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5880


Deanne Nyland

Ruwan Ekanayake

Ginger R. McMullen

Thomas Balsbaugh

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-3600

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106

Sutter Health (916) 455-3700

Mercy Medical Group (916) 667-0600

Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-2420

Gabriel J. Belsky

Kelly E. Burke

Randall A. Ow

Andrew Elms

Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat, (916) 782-1291

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Railyard Medical Center (866) 454-8855 Shaunye Belcher

Christine Braid

Allison Byrne

Nima Pahlavan

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5322 Shannon Poti

Melissa Jones

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5380

Mark M. Moriwaki

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3346 Deborah Kathleen Plante

Nathan Kuppermann

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (800) 282-3284

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737

Brian Rubinstein

Julia Magana

Chaithra Prasad

UC Davis Medical Center (916) 734-5010

Craig W. Senders

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-5400

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5380

Shoab Siddique

Catherine Norbutas

Joseph Morris

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3312

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106

Toby O. Steele

Samuel D. Turnipseed

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-5400

UC Davis Medical Center (916) 734-3790

E. Bradley Strong

Leah Tzimenatos

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-5400 Travis T. Tollefson

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-2347 Matthew Zavod

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

EMERGENCY MEDICINE Emily Andrada

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (800) 282-3284 Megan Brennan

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106 Trevor Cadogan

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106 Rupinder Chima

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106 John P. Dutton

Sutter Health (916) 781-1800

UC Davis Children’s Hospital (800) 282-3284 Sarah Zwehl-Burke

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106

ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES AND METABOLISM Adeela N. Ansari

Adeela N. Ansari, MD (855) 539-5966 Shazia Faiz

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Chu Kwan Lau

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Joyce Leary

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4644 Lara Levin

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4644

Dignity Health -

Sutter Health (916) 285-8100 Kaiser Permanente -

Patricia Ostrander

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 525-6350 Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2600

Dignity Health -

Sutter Health (916) 731-7770

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4004 Pamela T. Prescott

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737 Patrick Richards

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3346 Saima Sajid-Crockett

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4004 Dana M. Sheely

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737 Craig Smith

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4644 You Sher Tay

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Railyard Medical Center (916) 497-3040

DANIEL WONG, M.D. Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Sutter Health If you run hot or cold, are overweight or skinny, tired or revved-up, you may just have a thyroid problem. Or not. And that’s why it’s tricky business, easily undetected and unsuspected. “Thyroid symptoms are not very specific,” says Daniel Wong, M.D., an endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism specialist at Sutter in Sacramento. “Sometimes people just think they’re tired, for example, when they’ve actually got a thyroid problem.” Thyroid disease is just one of many health issues Wong helps patients with, including insulin management, osteoporosis and adrenal disorders. But thyroid is a biggie. According to the American Thyroid Association, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease—and more than half of them haven’t a clue. For such a small piece of the anatomy (it’s a little butterfly-shaped gland, located at the base of the front of your neck), the thyroid leverages a large impact on overall health, especially metabolism. Two of the most common thyroid issues, Wong says, are hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). It’s a yin/ yang thing: While one might cause sluggishness, depression or weight gain, the other does the opposite, with possible symptoms including sleeplessness, anxiety and unintended weight loss. Thyroid nodules are another common issue that can easily go unnoticed. “A lot of times, they don’t cause symptoms, so people may not realize they have them,” says Wong. The vast majority of these are not cancerous, but there is one very aggressive (and rare) variety, Wong says, so if a growth is found, a needle aspiration biopsy is indicated. Thyroid issues often have a genetic component, notes Wong, so if family members have been diagnosed with thyroid disease, you may want to ask your doctor for a screening.

Manish Upadhyay

Roseville Endocrinology (916) 786-6727 Daniel Wong

Sutter Health (916) 455-3700

FAMILY MEDICINE Alicia Lauren Agnoli

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3630 Megan M. Ash

Sutter Health (916) 451-4400

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Olivier Seban

Theodor Feinstat

Jesse Stondell

Thomas Dugoni

Karen Win-Vroom

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Sutter Health (916) 465-7029

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-0779

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4144

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Parul W. Singh

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2028

Sooraj Tejaswi

Sepideh Gholami

Sutter Health (916) 781-9885

Biljinder Chima

Biju Varughese

Chhaya Hasyagar

Sacramento Railyard Medical Center (866) 454-8855 Pin-Chieh Chiang

Rocklin Family Practice and Sports Medicine (916) 624-0300 Rino Dizon

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3440 Jojet Zara

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Railyard Medical Center (866) 454-8855

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-3540

Michael Emerzian

Dawei Zheng, MD, ABFM (916) 896-1682

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Riverside Medical Offices, (916) 784-4050 Kristin Gates

Dawei Zheng

GASTROENTEROLOGY Yasser Al-Antably

Kaiser Permanente Elk Grove Big Horn Medical Offices, (916) 688-2106

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2028

John F. Gisla

Latifat Alli-Akintade

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 351-4800

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2028

Micaela (Mika) Godzich

Ali Azarm

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3630

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5380

Dineen J. Greer

Sreepriya Balasubramanian

Sutter Health (916) 451-4400 Anthony F. Jerant

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3630 Sarah Anne Marshall

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3630 Christopher Olson

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 939-8400 Paul C. Riggle

UC Davis Medical Group (800) 482-3284 Joan Bianca Roberts

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 691-8500 Tracy Sazima

Kaiser Permanente Folsom Medical Offices (916) 817-5200

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Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-6221 Christopher L. Bowlus

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-0779 Kathlynn Caguiat

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5380 Albert Chang

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2028 Renee DeBose

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3370 Rahul S. Dhillon

Sutter Health (916) 262-9370 Serag Dredar

Sutter Health (916) 262-9370

Jason Guardino

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5380 Ronald K. Hsu

Capitol Gastroenterology Consultants Medical Group (916) 773-6200 Abdul M. Khaleq

Sutter Health (916) 262-9370 Rana Khan

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-0779

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

Loc Ton

Hung Sy Ho

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2028 Cara Torruellas

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2028 Jason Umphress

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

UC Davis Health - Cypress Building, (800) 282-3284 Joelle Jakobsen

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 351-4800 Amanda Robinson Kirane

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959 David Leshikar

UC Davis Medical Center Cypress Building (916) 734-2858

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3370

Randell P. Vallero

Linda Lee

Anastasia C. (Ana) Waechter

Sutter Health (916) 262-9404

UC Davis Medical Group Elk Grove, (916) 683-3955

Wen Long

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5380

Sutter Health (916) 773-9655

Robert Levy

Ying Wu

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2028

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2028

Anand Madan

GENERAL SURGERY

Capitol Gastroenterology Consultants Medical Group (916) 773-6200 Palaniappan Manickam

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-2596 John McCracken

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5380 Roger E. Mendis

Sutter Health (916) 262-9370 Kuldip Sandhu

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-2596 Gurpreet Singh

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Mohamed R. Ali

UC Davis Medical Center Cypress Building (800) 282-3284

Eric T. London

Capital Advanced Surgery (888) 497-0230 Richard Parent

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4144 Kristen Rathbun

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 688-2014 Michael Schlieman

UC Davis Medical Center (800) 282-3284

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 688-2014

Michael Beneke

Hazem Shamseddeen

John T. Anderson

Sutter Health (916) 262-9404 Natasha Bir

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Christopher Chiu

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4144 Jana Chtchetinin

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 688-2014

Bhavneet Singh

Andres Crowley

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-6221

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 688-2014

UC Davis Medical Center Cypress Building (800) 282-3284 Sharon Shiraga

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5235 Christian Swanson

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 351-4800 Glenn Tse

GENETICS Kristin Curtis Herman

UC Davis Health - MIND Institute, (916) 703-0300 Mark Lipson

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 614-4075 Madelena Martin

UC Davis Health - MIND Institute, (916) 703-0300 Billur Moghaddam

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 614-4075 Katherine A. Rauen

UC Davis Health - MIND Institute, (916) 703-0204 Suma P. Shankar

UC Davis Health - MIND Institute, (916) 703-0300 Kamer Tezcan

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 614-4075

GERIATRIC MEDICINE Calvin H. Hirsch

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737 Ashkan Javaheri

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3460 Huey Chi-Yu Lin

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3630 Vanessa Mandal

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3460 Jeffrey Yee

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4144

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY

Brooke Vuong

Rebecca Ann Brooks

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2014

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959


CHRISTOPHER O. BAYNE, M.D. Hand Surgery, UC Davis Health Calling Christopher Bayne, M.D., a hand surgeon may be a little misleading. An orthopedic surgeon, Bayne specializes in “all the anatomic structures that make the hand work,” as he puts it. That means not just hands and wrists but elbows, arms and shoulders—in medical lingo, the “upper extremities.” Microvascular surgery is also among his specialties at UC Davis’ Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center. Yes, it’s way more than carpal tunnel surgery—though that’s one of the more common things he does. Also on the hit list: Shoulder replacements, peripheral nerve surgery and microvascular reconstructive free tissue transfer, to name a few. Why would a surgeon choose to specialize in hands, easily one of the most complex structures in the human body? For Bayne, that is precisely the allure. “It’s kind of a nerdy academic interest,” he admits. “The hand has an incredible amount of anatomy in a very small area. On top of that, as a hand surgeon you need to be familiar with every kind of tissue. It’s very intricate and offers unique challenges.” According to Bayne, hand surgery also offers an appealing “instant gratification” aspect that he didn’t find in cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and other surgical disciplines he rotated through in med school. “I really like the ability to give people immediate results that make significant contributions to their health and well-being,” he says. “I see it as a journey we take together.”

Priyal Dholakiya

Neha Shah

Kevin Gramyk

Daniel N. Switlick

Deepti Behl

Brian A. Jonas

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 556-3164

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 614-4055

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4045

Sutter Health (916) 797-4725

Sutter Health (916) 453-3300

Robert Morris Szabo

Kevin Elliott

Jeffrey Skilling

Stephen Hankins

UC Davis Health Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2700

Kristie A. Bobolis

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 556-3164

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 614-4055

Sutter Health (916) 797-4725

Wiley Fowler

Nell Suby

UC Davis Medical Center Cypress Building (800) 482-3284

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 556-3200 Vanessa A. Kennedy

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959 Gary Scott Leiserowitz

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959 Vikas Mahavni

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 614-4055 Rachel Ruskin

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 614-4055

HAND SURGERY Robert H. Allen

Chetan Shawn Irwin

Elspeth Kinnucan

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4045

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2700

Claire Manske

Christopher O. Bayne

Clifford Thomas Pereira

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2700 Benjamin Bluth

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-2584 Jonathan A. Gant

Sutter Health (916) 797-4725

Shriners Hospital for Children (916) 453-2191 UC Davis Health - Cypress Building, (800) 282-3284

Nathan Taylor

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4045 Hoang Tran

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Michael Vance

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 973-5275 Christopher J. Wilson

Sean Rocha

Hand Surgery Associates (916) 457-4263

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2030

HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY

Dora Storelli

Alborz Alali

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2030

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Sutter Health (916) 782-5106 Helen K. Chew

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959 Scott D. Christensen

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959 I-Yeh Gong

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2086 Richard Guy

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5626 Lai Hui

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Railyard Medical Center (916) 497-3100

John Kailath

Sierra Hematology & Oncology Medical Center (916) 962-1544 Elias Nicolas Kiwan

Sutter Health (916) 733-4400 Ram Lalchandani

Sierra Hematology & Oncology Medical Center (916) 962-1544 Primo Nery (“Lucky”) Lara Jr.

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959 Lisa Law

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5626 Tianhong Li

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

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, Delphine Ong

Philip Sardar

Ryan Stevenson

Theodore Wun

Howard J. Homler

Reza Sianati

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 691-8500

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-5626

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2086

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

Howard J. Holmer MD (916) 962-2035

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106

Sivakumar Reddy

Gurvinder Shaheed

David Sun

Sutter Health (916) 782-5106 Sonia Reichert

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Ana Rodriguez Fahrni

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2086

Margaret Leung

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-5300

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2086

HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE MEDICINE

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-6590

Samer Shihabi

Joseph M. Tuscano

Nathan Paul Fairman

UC Davis Health Behavioral Health Center (916) 734-3574

John F. Macmillan Jr.

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 691-8500

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

Shahzad Siddique

Stephen Wang

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 556-3200

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2086

Shelly Garone

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-6590

GREG NAUGHTON, M.D. Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Confused about the difference between hospice and palliative care? You are not alone. “I think there are some general misunderstandings out there,” says Greg Naughton, M.D., a hospice and palliative care specialist for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento. While the two disciplines share a common goal of providing patients comfort and improving quality of life, there is one major distinction: Hospice is for patients with a terminal diagnosis and, generally, a prognosis of six months or less. But palliative care, which is not solely based on prognosis, can be used for patients “of any age and with any kind of illness,” explains Naughton. “It’s important for people to understand it can be used at any time in the course of an illness, and not just when patients are failing or at the end of life.” Patients requiring palliative care are typically those with chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes,

AIDS, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and dementia. Naughton emphasizes that both palliative and hospice care take a holistic approach. “It’s not just symptom management for physical symptoms such as pain or nausea, but we also address issues that may come up outside of the physical—psychological, mental, spiritual,” he says. That’s why it takes a village, from social workers to physical therapists, dieticians and pharmacists, nurses and chaplains and, yes, family members and loved ones. “It takes an interdisciplinary approach, a team, and that’s one of the things I really love about my field,” says Naughton.

UC Davis Medical Center (800) 282-3284 Janelle Minter

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106 Greg Naughton

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 648-6920 Jennifer Osborn

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 537-5079 Sameera Sandhu

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3460 John Scharf

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 648-6920 Jeffrey Yee

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

HOSPITAL MEDICINE/ HOSPITALIST Michael Abate

Sutter Health (916) 733-3777

Jeffrey Stenger

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 784-4050

INFECTIOUS DISEASE Sanaz Abderrahmane

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-5995 Stuart H. Cohen

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737 Matthew Eldridge

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-6166 Jose-Mario Fontanilla

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 973-5230 Mohammad Jaber Kabbesh

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-5995 Ranjani Kalyan

Pulmonary Medicine Associates, (916) 786-7498 Brett R. Laurence

Pulmonary Medicine Associates, (916) 325-1040 Lenora Lee

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5230

Nelson Chiang

Andrew McNeil

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-6166

Gary Chu

Bilal Naseer

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106

Pulmonary Medicine Associates, (916) 786-7498

Heather McKnight

Pulmonary Medicine Associates, (916) 786-7498

Mithu Molla

UC Davis Medical Center (800) 282-3284

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Jonathan Aron

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (800) 282-3284

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Voltaire R. (Volt) Sinigayan

Meryl Perez

Sriharsha Rao

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 784-4050


Sudershan Singh

Lisa Liu

Colleen Hendershott

Mark A. Underwood

Vijay Rathore

Lin Zhang

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4148

UC Davis Children’s Hospital (800) 282-3248

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-6988

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-3588

George Thompson

Earnest George Manjooran

Sherrie Mcelvy

NEPHROLOGY

Brian Thornton

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737

Roseville Internal Medicine (916) 781-9885

Perinatal Associates of Sacramento, (916) 862-9900

Shubha Ananthakrishnan

NEUROSURGERY

Kathryn Diane Newell

Amelia S. McLennan

Angelique Tjen-A-Looi

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6900

Jon Oide

Edward Mentakis

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5230 Pulmonary Medicine Associates, (916) 679-3590

Kaiser Permanente - Elk Grove Big Horn Medical Offices, (916) 688-2106

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4148

Robert Zimmerman

Milin Ratanasen

Kristina E. Milan

Vinod Trivedi

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-5995

INTERNAL MEDICINE Joi Barrett

Sutter Health (916) 733-8713 Kevin James Burnham

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737 Bayard W. Chang

Bayard W. Chang, MD (916) 929-2526 Jason K. Chang

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-7777 Meghan E. Hayes

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106 Ramesh Sinaee

Sutter Health (916) 733-8713 Jane Tsai

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3400 Morgan Waters

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106 Scott M. Wigginton

Scott M. Wigginton, MD (916) 570-2850 Yunli Zheng

UC Davis Medical Group (916) 783-7109

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4148 Carey Moreno-Hunt

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4148 Sima Parmar

Perinatal Associates of Sacramento, (916) 862-9900 Veronique Tache

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6900

NEONATAL AND PERINATAL MEDICINE Amardeep S. Ahluwalia

Sutter Health (916) 887-0780 Carolyn Getman

Sutter Health (916) 733-8713

MATERNAL AND FETAL MEDICINE

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 537-5135

Zachary Holt

Nina M. Boe

Kristin Robbins Hoffman

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737 Thao Huynh

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2106 Dheeraj Kamra

Capitol Internal Medicine Associates, (916) 984-7880 Craig Raymond Keenan

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6900 Nancy Terrell Field

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6900 Matthew Garabedian

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4148

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737

William Gilbert

Andrew Lee

Herman Locsin Hedriana

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 614-4040

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6900

Perinatal Associates of Sacramento, (916) 862-9900

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3761 Adarsh Bhat

Summit Nephrology (916) 789-1505 Janeline Daubert

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-6988 Joseph De Leon

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-6988 Burl R. Don

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3761 Lana Gafter

Summit Nephrology (916) 789-1505 Elena V. Gelfand

Capital Nephrology Medical Group, (916) 929-8564 Hiba Hamdan

Summit Nephrology (916) 789-1505 Kai-Ting Hu

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-6988 Niti Madan

UC Davis Children’s Hospital (800) 282-3284

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3761

Cindy Korte

Jasminder Momi

Sutter Health (916) 887-0780 Satyan Lakshminrusimha

UC Davis Children’s Hospital (800) 282-3284 Francis R. Poulain

UC Davis Children’s Hospital (800) 282-3284 Catherine AnneMarie Rottkamp

UC Davis Children’s Hospital (916) 734-0491 Gustavo Sosa

Sutter Health (916) 887-0780

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-5336 Ushir Patel

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-5336 Jignesh Patel

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 973-5230 Roopinder Poonia

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-2466

Summit Nephrology (916) 789-1505 Nick Youssefi

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-6988 Annie Yu

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 973-5230 Franklin Yuan

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 973-5230

NEUROLOGY Ryan Armour

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3372 Jason Chang

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2050 David P. Chesak

Sutter Health (916) 454-6850 Halima Karim

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Shawn J. Kile

Sutter Health (916) 454-6850 Suzanne Koopmans

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2050 Neuzil Lai

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2050 Marc Eugene Lenaerts

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-3588

Amit Banerjee

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5490 Samuel F. Ciricillo

Sutter Health (916) 454-6850 Huy Duong

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5490 Griffith R. Harsh IV

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-4300 Mark Hawk

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5490 Brian Jian

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5490 Kee D. Kim

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-7463 Joshua Lucas

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-3670 David Moller

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5490 Kavian Shahi

Spine & Neurosurgery Associates, (916) 771-3300 Kiarash Shahlaie

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-3588 James Silverthorn

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5490 Marike Zwienenberg

Peter Skaff

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-3588

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-3670

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

Nicklesh Thakur

Robert Azevedo

Sutter Health (916) 454-6850

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Railyard

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Medical Center (866) 454-8855 Jennifer Baumbach

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4148 Rachel Dong

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Amira Zaid

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Amy George

Enass Arahman

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6900

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 691-8505

Jocylen Glassberg

Wanda Blaylark

Sacramento Women’s Health, (916) 927-3178

“Time is brain,” says neurologist Peter Skaff, M.D., of Mercy Medical Group in Carmichael and Folsom. It’s a quirky little saying we should all learn and repeat, because the message is so critical: Brain tissue is rapidly lost as stroke progresses—so the faster you get help, the better the odds of a good outcome. Most people likely already know this. But when the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier this year, Skaff and his colleagues noticed a disturbing trend: People weren’t coming for help. “Quite the opposite of our ERs being overwhelmed with COVID cases, they were empty because patients were not coming in with their usual acute illnesses— strokes, heart attacks,” says Skaff. “It appeared people were staying home out of fear of contracting COVID.” That’s the last thing a person should do, says Skaff. “No one should delay care of an acute medical problem for fear of contracting COVID,” he says. “Our ERs are equipped to care for patients with infectious diseases. Patients will be protected.” Although stroke is still a major cause of death (in the United States it ranks fifth, according to the CDC) and disability, patient outcomes are improving thanks to modern medicine. Two of today’s most exciting advances, says Skaff, are telemedicine and endovascular treatment, in which an arterial catheter is guided up to the brain, where the blood clot can be removed and blood flow restored. This treatment is either paired with the clot-busting medicine tPA (which must be administered within 4.5 hours after onset of stroke) or used independently. Telemedicine is a godsend for stroke patients, says Skaff, especially those admitted to a small hospital without a neurologist on staff. “We (neurologists) are the acute care physicians who can be beamed in from a remote location to assist the ER with a critical decision that needs to be made within minutes,” he says. “I think that’s the most exciting, revolutionary thing that’s happened in stroke care since the approval of tPA.”

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6602

OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

Laurie Gregg

Neurology, Dignity Health/Mercy Medical Group

Nandini G. Gandhi

Sutter Health (916) 262-9414

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2055

UC Davis Medical Group (530) 747-3000

PETER SKAFF, M.D.

Carrie C. Yiakis

Jacqueline Ho

Associates In Women’s Health Care, (916) 782-2229 Christine Jang

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2055 Kim Kopecky

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4148 See Lo

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4148 Judy Mikacich

Sacramento Women’s Health, (916) 927-3178 Bahareh M. (Behy) Nejad

UC Davis Medical Group (800) 482-3284

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 David Caretto

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3390 Michael W. Cohen

Sutter Health (916) 797-4700 Stella Dao

Kaiser Permanente Folsom Medical Offices (916) 817-5667 Evelyn Fainsztein

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 351-4800 John Forsyth

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Wesley Hashimoto

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2005

Jennifer Overbey

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 681-6102

OPHTHALMOLOGY Robert Bellinoff

Alexander Grand

Medical Vision Technology (916) 731-8040 Sukhjit Johl

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 614-4015 Richard A. Jones

Eye Site Sacramento (916) 452-8105 Louis Klieger

Kaiser Permanente - Rancho Cordova Medical Offices (916) 784-4185 Samuel H. Lee

Sacramento Eye Consultants, (916) 915-0300 Michele C. Lim

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6602 Mark J. Mannis

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6602 Filbert Nguyen

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Sang-Rog Oh

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 614-4015 Robert R. Peabody Jr.

Medical Vision Technology (916) 731-8040 Joel A. Pearlman

Retinal Consultants (916) 339-3655

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3311

Patricia B. Sierra

James David Brandt

Aaron Skelton

Sacramento Women’s Health, (916) 927-3178

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6602

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-3550

Michael Trifiro

Carmine Cammarosano

Christianna Stuber

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6900

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 351-4800

Nichole Tyson

Mark Drabkin

George Watson

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 525-6400

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Riverside Medical Offices, (916) 784-4185

Clara Paik

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-6900 Kathleen Rooney

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4148

Sacramento Eye Consultants, (916) 915-0300


Robert T. Wendel

Michael P. Leathers

Heather R. Davids

Jeanny K. Park

Stephanie Nicole Mateev

Niyati Skaria

Retinal Consultants (916) 339-3655

Michael P. Leathers, MD (916) 252-9702

Sutter Health (916) 454-6850

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3456

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-2994

Peter Wu

Dahlia Lee

Scott Fishman

Andrew Nicholas Pelech

Michael Myette

Center of Excellence in Diabetes and Endocrinology (916) 426-1902

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 614-4015

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY Amy Black

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2030 William Bragg

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-5700 Christian Bromfield

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2030 Jonathan G. Eastman

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2700 Eric Giza

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-6805 Holly Haight

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5275 Domingo Hallare

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2030 Brian Michael Haus

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2700 Samuel Hu

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-5700 Ron E. James

Northern California Orthopaedic Associates (916) 512-6262 William Junglas

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-2584 Eric Otto Klineberg

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2030 Mark A. Lee

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2700 Holly Bee Leshikar

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2700 Richard A. Marder

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-6805 Dennis Meredith

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Gavin C. T. Pereira

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2700 R. Lor Randall

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-7246 Brian C. Joves

Spine & Nerve Diagnostic Center, (916) 772-5325 Nicolas Karvelas

Spine & Nerve Diagnostic Center, (916) 772-5325 Brian Kim

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-2442 Sharon Leano

Roger B. Stephens MD (916) 564-3377 Andrew Linn

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-5844 Gagan Mahajan

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-7246

Ernesto Rivera

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center, (916) 474-2250 Lance Shirai

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Sherzana Sunderji

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3456 Luca Trento

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Stanley Wright

Capital Pediatric Cardiology (916) 750-2328 Jay Yeh

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3456

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2700

Vinay M. Reddy

Spine and Nerve Diagnostic Center, (916) 419-9900

PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE

Marty Reed

Michael C. Yang

Sara Aghamohammadi

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5275

El Dorado Pain Management (530) 672-1311

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-2994

Rod Youssefi

Robert Alisharan

Rolando F. Roberto

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-7463

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-6353

David W. Tai

PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY

Sutter Independent Physicians,(916) 732-3340

Jonathan Dayan

Matthew L. Tweet

Sutter Health (916) 262-9440 James Voigtlander

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4045

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3456 James Hill

Capital Pediatric Cardiology (916) 750-2328 Frank F. Ing

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3456

Jason Zemanovic

Oleg Kovalenko

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4045

Capital Pediatric Cardiology (916) 750-2328 Naveen Manohar

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-7463

PAIN MEDICINE

Capital Pediatric Cardiology (916) 750-2328

Raphael Klug

David J. Copenhaver

Luz Natal-Hernandez

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4045

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3456

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-7246

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4190 Anne Camerlengo

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4190 Constantine Dimitriades

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-2994 Daniel A. Falco

Sutter Health (916) 887-0360 Kevin Haug

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4190 John Holcroft

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-2994 James P. Marcin

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-2994

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4190 JoAnne E. Natale

Dennis M. Styne

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-2994

PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY

Jennifer L. Plant

Jonathan A. Africa

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-2994

Sutter Health (916) 887-4780

Jessica Kim Signoff

Yinka Davies

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-2994 Craig Swanson

Sutter Health (916) 887-0360 Thy T. Tran

Sutter Health - Anderson Lucchetti Women’s & Children’s Center (916) 887-0104

Sacramento Pediatric Gastroenterology (916) 332-1244 Arthur J. de Lorimier

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Kelly Beth Haas

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Sunpreet Kaur

PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112

Christina Chao

Pratima Kodali

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250

Stephanie Crossen

Sravan Matta

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Mirna Escalante

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Nicole S. Glaser

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Francis Hoe

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Lindsey Loomba-Albrecht

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Ulhas Nadgir

Center of Excellence in Diabetes and Endocrinology (916) 426-1902 Gnanagurudasan Prakasam

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Johann M. Peterson

Sutter Health (916) 887-4780 Daphne Sy Say

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Edward Talya

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Trinh Thi Nhat Truong

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Danielle Usatin

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250

Center of Excellence in Diabetes and Endocrinology (916) 426-1902

PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY

Sudha Reddy

Scott Adams

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250

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Elysia Alvarez

Jean A. Wiedeman

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112

Reuben Antony

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959 Jong Hee Chung

PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY Ari Auron

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

Lavjay Butani

Saunders C. Hsu

Maha Haddad

Sutter Health (916) 469-9337 Kent Jolly

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Sonali Lakshminarayanan

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Christina Lettieri

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Marcio H. Malogolowkin

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959 Anjali Pawar

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959 Aarati Rao

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Yung S. Yim

Sutter Health (916) 469-9337

PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE John Belko

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Dean A. Blumberg

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Natasha A. Nakra

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Elizabeth Partridge

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112

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UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Arundhati Kale

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-2011 Stephanie TramAnh Nguyen

UC Davis Health - Ticon II Building, (916) 734-5177

PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY Shailesh Asaikar

Child and Adolescent Neurology Consultants (916) 649-9800 William Steven Benko

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-3588

PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGERY

PEDIATRIC SLEEP MEDICINE

PEDIATRICS (GENERAL)

Samuel F. Ciricillo

Sanjay Jhawar

Sutter Health (916) 454-6850

UC Davis Health Glassrock Building (916) 734-3112

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 614-4060

Sean McNatt

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2600 Marike Zwienenberg

UC Davis Health Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-3588

PEDIATRIC PSYCHIATRY Srihari Bangalore

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 973-5300 Andrew Bregman

Kaiser Permanente Elk Grove Big Horn Medical Offices (916) 525-6100 Anne McBride

UC Davis Health Behavioral Health Center (916) 734-3574 Murat Pakyurek

Celia H. Chang

UC Davis Health Behavioral Health Center (916) 734-3574

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-3588

PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY

Shubhangi C. Chitnis

Diana Go

Sutter Health (916) 454-6667 Katie Friederich

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4190 Richard Friederich

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4190 Shannon N. Liang

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250

UC Davis Health Glassrock Building (916) 734-3112

PEDIATRIC SURGERY Lisa P. Abramson

Sutter Health (916) 887-4220 Erin Brown

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (800) 282-3284 Jerry Chen

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2600

Sheila Asare-Bediako

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 667-0600 Robert S. Byrd

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Diane Chan

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4190 Sean Cooke

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-6800 Eric J. Crossen

Diana L. Farmer

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-7844

Erik O. Fernandez Y Garcia

Joy L. Graf

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112

Sutter Health (916) 887-4220

Albina S. Gogo

Shinjiro Hirose

Shriners Hospital for Children (916) 453-2191 Jennifer Keller

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2600 Douglas Miniati

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112 Danton Kono

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-3520 Jonathan E. Thygeson

Jonathan E. Thygeson MD, Inc, (916) 924-8754

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 688-2036 John Andrew Dorsett

UC Davis Health Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-7041 Maya Capoor Evans

UC Davis Health Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-7041 Lawrence Manhart

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250 Craig M. McDonald

UC Davis Health Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-7041 Vinay M. Reddy

Spine and Nerve Diagnostic Center, (916) 419-9900 Joel Schaffer

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 688-2036 Akshat Shah

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 688-2036 Jeremy Wren

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3373

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2600

Lenore Reeva C. Youssefi

Sutter Health (916) 817-3700

PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

UC Davis Health Glassrock Building (916) 734-3112

Payam Saadai

PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION

Carrie Black

Rory J. KamermanKretzmer

PEDIATRIC UROLOGY

Sanjay Jhawar

UC Davis Children’s Hospital, (916) 734-3112

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-3588

Kiran Nandalike

Brian Masselink

Myrza Perez

UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-3112

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4190

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250

Gregg Nelson

Wan Tsai

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4190

Kiran Nandalike

Victoria Akins

Satinderpal Dhah

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 474-2250

Shriners Hospital for Children, (916) 453-2191

Shawna Arsenault Andrew Huang

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4160 Eric A. Kurzrock

UC Davis Health Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-2222 Jennifer H. Yang

UC Davis Health Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-2222

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-7041 Ryan Carver

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 771-6611 Steven Chan

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-2400 Christa Clark

Christa Clark. MD, FACS (916) 246-2662 Jesus Garcia

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5515

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-7481

Lynne A. Hackert

Loren Thomas Davidson

Chetan Shawn Irwin

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-7041

UC Davis Medical Center Cypress Building (800) 482-3284

Sutter Health (916) 878-4948


Karly Kaplan

Amy Duckworth

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5515

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4045

David Kaufman

Matthew Garrison

Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery, (916) 983-9895

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3359

Gerald Khachi

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2045 Liza Kim

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3331 James Kim

Namjong Lee

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4045 Daniel Lee

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2030

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2045

Roya Mirmiran

Tom S. Liu

Damon Namvar

Sutter Health (916) 262-9464

Liu Plastic Surgery (916) 333-0246

Sutter Health (916) 262-9464

Pirko Maguiña

Hienvu Nguyen

Shriners Hospital for Children (916) 453-2191

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2030

Minh-Bao Mundschenk

Beth Noe

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5515

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4045

Clifford Thomas Pereira

Kene Ofili IV

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2700

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Kenneth Phillips

Lindsay Russell

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5515

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2030

Lee L.Q. Pu

Michael Scatena

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-7844 Jeffrey Sweat

J. Sweat Plastic Surgery (916) 400-0822 UC Davis Health - Glassrock Building, (916) 734-2347

Michael Starkweather

Michael S. Wong

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-7844

Are more people seeking mental-health help in the year of COVID? The not-too-surprising answer is yes, says Alison Newman, M.D., a psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento. While numbers aren’t available (yet), Newman says it seems clear there’s been an increase in cases at Kaiser, and also an increase in symptoms for people who were experiencing mental-health issues prior to the pandemic. “We know that people are dealing with a lot more anxiety, stress and depression since the pandemic started,” she says. But if anyone hopes to lie on the psychiatrist’s couch any time soon, they’ll probably be doing it in the privacy of their own home. “We’ve transitioned to telehealth,” says Newman. “Probably the majority of our services are now being done by video or phone.” To be clear, telehealth hasn’t completely replaced the old-fashioned office visit. “We’re still seeing people in person,” Newman says. “There are times video or phone appointments just aren’t appropriate.” But generally,

she says, telehealth works very well—and in order to prevent the spread of COVID, she believes it’s the right thing to do. “It’s very important for us to keep everyone safe during the pandemic,” she says. “And there’s also a convenience factor for people who are home with kids and would have a hard time coming to an in-person appointment.” There’s been at least one big upside to this newfangled way of providing services, Newman notes: fewer cancellations and noshows. “It’s just easier to get a hold of people right now,” she says. What will this mean for psychiatric patients, post-COVID? The future is uncertain. But Newman believes the move to telehealth “will definitely have some impact on how we deliver care in the long term.”

Tanya Singleton

Travis T. Tollefson

Centre for Plastic Surgery (916) 791-7088

Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5275 Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2030

Granger Wong

ALISON NEWMAN, M.D.

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Kirsten Van Voris-Scatena

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5275

PSYCHIATRY Vladislav Afanasevich

PODIATRY

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5300

Timothy Bernard

Cheree Dunbar

Brian Fitch

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Northern California Wellness, Inc. (916) 790-5352

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 525-6100

Helen Kales

UC Davis Health Behavioral Health Center (916) 734-3574 Maria Koshy

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, (916) 525-6100 Pachida Lo

Kaiser Permanente - South

Sacramento Medical Center (916) 525-6100 Alison Newman

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 525-6100 Lorin M. Scher

UC Davis Health Behavioral Health Center (916) 734-3574

Andrés Felipe Sciolla

UC Davis Health Behavioral Health Center (916) 734-3574 Humberto Temporini

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 525-6100

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RADIATION ONCOLOGY Rachel Chou

Kaiser Permanente - Rancho Cordova Medical Offices (916) 631-2730 Megan E. Daly

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (800) 362-5566 Ruben Fragoso

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (800) 362-5566 Christopher U. Jones

Sutter Health (916) 781-1225 Charlotte D. Kubicky

Sutter Health (916) 781-1225 Vincent Lee

South Sacramento Cancer Center, (916) 683-9616 Hubert Y. Pan

Sutter Health - Anderson Lucchetti Women’s & Children’s Center (916) 454-6600 Shyam Rao

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (800) 362-5566 Seth A. Rosenthal

Sutter Health (916) 781-1225 Derrick Schmidt

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 771-2871

Tan Nguyen

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2029 Michael Silberstein

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 817-5250

REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY / INFERTILITY Laurie P. Lovely

Northern California Fertility Medical Center (916) 773-2229 Michael J. Murray

Northern California Fertility Medical Center (916) 773-2229 Kenneth Vu

ARC Fertility (888) -990-2727

Gurtej S. Cheema

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737 Minzi Chen

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600 Mohammadomid Edrissian

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2330 Diana W. Lau

RADIOLOGY Matthew Bobinski

Minhchau Nguyen

Ghaneh Fananapazir

UC Davis Medical Center (916) 734-0664 Farhad Farzanegan

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2330 Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 844-1592 Simran K. Thiara

Chia-Li Lai

Kenneth B. Wiesner

Ramit Lamba

UC Davis Medical Center (800) 282-3284

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Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4821 Robert Dias

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 733-3372 Kimberly A. Hardin

UC Davis Health - Midtown Ambulatory Care Center (916) 734-3588 David Tzeng

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-4821 Lydia Wytrzes

Lydia M. Wytrzes MD (916) 564-3610

SPORTS MEDICINE Kaiser Permanente - Elk Grove Promenade Medical Offices, (916) 544-6160 Kevin James Burnham

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737 Susan Joy

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Railyard Medical Center (916) 326-8200 Scott Meier

Kaiser Permanente - Elk Grove Promenade Medical Offices, (916) 544-6160 Jeffrey L. Tanji

UC Davis Health - Cannery Building, (916) 734-6805 Brandee L. Waite

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-7041

Thitinan Srikulmontree

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2029 Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2029

Paramjeet Atwal

Costanzo Di Perna

Kirk Keene

Brandon Doskocil

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-3665

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2081

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 817-5250

Sterling L. Humphrey

Joyce Loeffler

Farhad Farzanegan

Sutter Health (916) 878-2555

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2029

Megan Merrill

Robert Freed

Stephen D. Maxwell

Sutter Health (916) 878-2555 Rick Peng

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5235 Brian Rezvani

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2014 Trevor Williams

Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group (916) 536-3665

Jason Brayley

RHEUMATOLOGY

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (800) 482-3284

SLEEP MEDICINE

Sutter Health (916) 455-3700

THORACIC SURGERY Matthew Agnew

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2014 Lisa M. Brown

TRANSGENDER HEALTH

Maud Morshedi

Folsom Urology Surgical Associates, (916) 540-7070

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2029

Tan Pham

Rex M. Pillai

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2081

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 703-2177

Jennifer Rothschild

Derek Vien

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2222

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 817-5250

Carmen Stapp

Catherine T. Vu

Sutter Health (916) 731-7770

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3606

Christopher Swales

Kimberly Takahashi

VASCULAR SURGERY

Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland Clinic, (530) 668-2600

UROLOGY Carolina Alvayay

Sutter Health (916) 797-4720 Kirk M. Anderson

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4160 Scott Troxel

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4160 Alice Tsao

Sutter Health (916) 262-9386

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2081

Noah E. Canvasser

Jared Whitson

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2222 Samuel T.H. Chan

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2081

Josefina A. Dominguez

Sutter Health (916) 262-9400 Richard Florio

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4144 Blake Hamby

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5235 Misty D. Humphries

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3800

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4160

VASCULAR / INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY

Addison McMurtry

Marc A. Dall’Era

Braden Boice

Matthew William Mell

UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2222

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5720 Matthew Danielson

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

Jonathan Eandi

Barton L. Wise

David Tom Cooke

Christopher P. Evans

UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, (916) 734-5959

Brian N. Naftulin

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 973-5720

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4160

Katherine T. Gardner

Sacramento Rheumatology Consultants, (916) 922-7021 UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2737

Kaiser Permanente - South Sacramento Medical Center (916) 688-2081

Sutter Health (916) 262-9386 UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-2222

Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center (916) 817-5250 Mark M. Davidian

Sutter Health (916) 878-3495

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4144 UC Davis Health - Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, (916) 734-3800 Thomas C. Park

Sutter Health (916) 262-9400 Samantha Stradleigh

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (916) 784-4144


HIGH-QUALITY CARE FROM TOP DOCTORS For the 5th year in a row, more physicians at Kaiser Permanente were selected as Top Doctors than any other health system in the Sacramento area. Now more than ever, our communities are relying on our physicians for their high-quality, comprehensive care, exceptional service, and leadership. With a great team like this, it’s no wonder our members thrive.

Sacramento Magazine’s 2020 Top Doctors are selected by a peer-to-peer survey of local practitioners. Conducted by Professional Research Services (PRS), the survey's goal is to determine which doctors in a speciic geographical area are considered ourstanding by their peers. PRS licenses this data to city and regional magazines and other media around the country.

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PROMOTION

UC Davis Health harnesses the power of a world-class university to tackle our most pressing health issues — and to connect our patients with remarkable health knowledge and discoveries.

Dr. Dean Blumberg

UC Davis Health’s coronavirus response

We’re a nationally recognized academic medical center offering personalized primary care for all ages, renowned specialty care in 150 fields, and the latest treatment options and expertise for even the most complex health conditions.

Bringing expertise, clarity and the latest advancements in research and care to our shared community

Since treating America’s first known case of community-spread COVID-19, UC Davis Health has played important roles both locally and nationally in responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Teams from across UC Davis deliver essential care for those with and without the virus; help to advance treatments and testing; investigate vaccines, and more.

Throughout the pandemic, experts like our chief of pediatric infectious diseases Dean Blumberg (shown) have also worked tirelessly to provide the latest evidence-based safety advice for our daily lives — tracking the emerging science from around the globe, then providing context and insight here at home through web content and hundreds of media interviews.

We’ve responded with extra measures to serve our own patients, such as rigorous safety precautions and increased telehealth video visits for different types of care. We validated our own highly accurate COVID-19 test early in the pandemic, allowing us to test all hospital patients and continue important procedures such as cancer surgeries and kidney transplants.

UC Davis Health coronavirus website and e-newsletter: health.ucdavis.edu/coronavirus

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Highly specialized care for patients of all cultures

In addition to common conditions, UC Davis Health dermatologists are leaders in treating even the most complex skin disorders. With a faculty of 20 board-certified dermatologists and other clinicians, our department is proudly one of the largest in the nation — and home to broad experience and expertise in both general dermatology, surgery, and cosmetic services.

UC Davis Dermatology

We’re also honored to be the home of our region’s first specialty center for multicultural dermatology, established by Oma Agbai. Dr. Agbai’s special interests in pigmentary disorders, hair loss disorders, and other conditions unique to ethnic skin are rooted in her own clinical research — she’s a co-author of multiple scientific publications and book chapters related to these topics.

The UC Davis cosmetic dermatology service offers advanced, clinicallyproven dermatologic and cosmetic treatments to restore the skin’s healthy and youthful appearance. Our respected and experienced board-certified physicians can help erase damage from chronic overexposure to sunlight, years of facial muscle movement, loss of skin elasticity and other factors.

Our work is also informed by the leading edge of dermatologic science, with physicians and researchers investigating conditions such as aging skin, psoriasis, dermatitis, diabetes, inflam-

Dr. Oma Agbai

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mation, autoimmunity, and more.

UC Davis Dermatology Clinic: 916-734-6111 or 800-770-9282 Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284) health.ucdavis.edu/dermatology

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PROMOTION

Less-invasive treatment options and extensive support

Dr. Frank Ing

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center

Drs. Jeanny Park, Gary Raff, Sherzana Sunderji, Jay Yeh, Andrew Pelech and Jonathan Dayan

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UC Davis Health’s full-service pediatric heart center provides some of the region’s most sophisticated specialty and surgical expertise. Cardiologists and surgeons work together to offer the least-invasive treatments for each patient, such as “hybrid” options that can reduce bypass time, pain and recovery time.

The center’s co-director is internationally renowned catheter expert Frank Ing, who leads a team of pediatric cardiologists that includes Jonathan Dayan, Jeanny Park, Andrew Pelech, Sherzana Sunderji, and Jay Yeh. They partner with a team of pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists and co-director Gary Raff, a 20+ years experienced pediatric cardiac surgeon.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include the West Coast’s first level I Children’s Surgery Center. In 2016 we became just

the fourth hospital in the nation to earn this verification from the world’s largest organization of surgeons, the American College of Surgeons. Level I centers have specialty trained children’s surgeons in every discipline, with pediatric anesthesiologists and dedicated operating rooms for kids available 24 hours a day.

Many pediatric heart patients also have other associated medical issues, and our pediatric heart center can involve UC Davis colleagues across a “village” of 30 pediatric subspecialties to help. Our nationally ranked children’s hospital offers the highest level of care for virtually every pediatric health condition. UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center Clinic: 916-734-7439 Referrals: 916-734-3456 pediatricheart.ucdavis.edu

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UC Davis Vascular Center The UC Davis Vascular Center unites the Our center’s expert medical director latest proven technologies with personalized care plans in order to provide state-of-the-art treatment for all types of blood vessel diseases, including aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery disease, carotid artery intervention, vascular embolization, uterine embolization, arterial venous malformations, lymphedema and varicose veins.

Our team coordinates the efforts of experts from multiple specialties, including vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, interventional radiology, cardiovascular anesthesia, and vascular medicine. We have access to numerous, innovative clinical trials, creating opportunities to introduce new and improved options for our local communities.

Matthew Mell helped the UC Davis center become our region’s first Center of Excellence for a new carotid artery disease treatment known as Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) that can reduce stroke risk. The Vascular Center achieved this award as recognition for the quality of its team and outcomes.

Help for every vascular condition, from aortic disease to varicose veins

Dr. Matthew Mell

We provide state-of-the-art vascular care offering both minimally invasive and traditional approaches to individualize care. Our highly personalized vein program helps to solve aesthetic issues and our aorta program tackles potentially life-threatening conditions with both minimally invasive “endovascular” procedures and complex surgical reconstructions.

UC Davis Vascular Center Clinic: 916-734-3800 Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284) health.ucdavis.edu/vascular

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PROMOTION

From the Olympics and professional leagues to local collegiate favorites, UC Davis Sports Medicine experts have offered care or consultation for a variety of athletes and teams over the years. Our physicians have served as team doctors for U.S.A. Track and Field, U.S.A. Gymnastics, Sacramento’s professional basketball and soccer teams, the city’s ballet, and regional college teams — plus directed the California International Marathon and international ultramarathon events, just to name a few.

The physiatrists, primary care physicians, orthopaedic surgeons and sports performance experts in our one-stop Sports Medicine center provide the same high-level service for active people of all ages and goals — from aspiring pros to weekend warriors to fitness buffs. Our team can help enhance sports fitness, prevent injuries, extend athletic careers, or reach daily activity goals. And when injuries do occur, we offer expert management of joint, muscle and bone problems.

Fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians Brandee Waite, Kevin Burnham, Brian Davis, Marcia Faustin, Julie Ingwerson, Kevin Mullins, Jeremiah Ray, and Alyssa Speciale offer a wide range of treatment options — from ultrasound-guided high-tech and regenerative procedures, to complementary, alternative and lifestylemanagement approaches.

Our Sports Medicine Program is also home to UC Davis Health’s Sports Performance and Wellness Suite. The performance program offers patients and our shared community a variety of a-la-carte state-of-the-art assessments, including body composition testing, bike fitting, running gait analysis and fitness testing.

The sports orthopaedic surgeons on our team provide expert consultation and intervention when surgery is the right choice for treatment. Our orthopaedics service regularly ranks among the nation’s best and is a key player in UC Davis Medical Center’s level I trauma program, a major source of new knowledge about injury treatment.

Dr

UC Davis Sports Medicine Major-league services for active people of all stripes UC Davis Sports Medicine Program Appointments: 916-734-6805 Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284) health.ucdavis.edu/sportsmedicine

Drs. Julie Ingwerson, Kevin Burnham, Brandee Waite, Alyssa Speciale, Kevin Mullins, Marcia Faustin, Brian Davis and Jeremiah Ray

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PROMOTION

UC Davis Maternal-Fetal Medicine

UC Davis Health Birth Center Birth center: 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284) health.ucdavis.edu/birth-center Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Appointments: 916-734-8068 health.ucdavis.edu/obgyn/ specialties/mfm.html

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Experts in high-risk pregnancies and unique situations

In addition to skilled partnership for routine pregnancies, UC Davis Health’s Birth Center is proud to provide growing families with the highest standard of management of high-risk pregnancies, unique health concerns, complications and unexpected situations. This expertise — available on-site around the clock — is a special hallmark of our care as the region’s only academic medical center, and as one of Newsweek’s Best Maternity Care Hospitals for 2020.

Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine service, led by Herman Hedriana, includes specialists ranked among the region’s top doctors. They offer expertise across all areas of high-risk obstetrical care, from medical complications like diabetes in pregnancy, to pregnancy-related complications related to multiples (twins, triplets, quads), preventing early deliveries, detecting inherited conditions, postpartum depression and early-onset preeclampsia.

The team works to quickly coordinate care across multiple specialties, leveraging UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis Children’s Hospital advantages such as: » our region’s only nationally ranked level IV neonatal intensive care unit (the highest level of care); » our region’s first and only center for on-site fetal surgery, which can intervene in utero or in real time during the birthing process; » the West Coast’s first level I Children’s Surgery Center; and » the area’s only hospital with the nation’s highest recognition for nursing excellence.

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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Medical Center routinely ranks among the nation’s top hospitals for cancer care, and is home to the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center — inland Northern California’s only center to earn “comprehensive” designation from the nation’s top cancer organization, the National Cancer Institute. Held by just 50 other U.S. centers, the designation is a mark of the highest standards and achievements in research, outreach and education — which are then reflected in patient care.

“Comprehensive” designation means patients get access to leading-edge treatments — such as development of personalized therapies based on the unique molecular characteristics of individual tumors — and access to clinical trials in early phases of drug development. The physicians who see patients in clinic collaborate with researchers to develop new approaches to beating cancer.

We leverage the cancer-fighting expertise of the entire University of California system through the UC Cancer Consortium, a partnership between cancer centers to boost early detection and develop innovative treatments. Experts like our center’s physician-in-chief Richard Bold collaborate on problems like pancreatic cancer, one of the few for which survival has not improved substantially.

We provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for nearly every cancer as well as all stages of cancer. Patients can often receive all care in one location from a team of physicians covering the spectrum of treatment specialties, and have access to numerous, innovative clinical trials from a large network — creating opportunities for the latest advances.

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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center New patient referrals: 916-734-5959 or 800-770-9261 cancer.ucdavis.edu

Dr. Richard Bold

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PROMOTION

Drs. Hui “Amy” Chen, Rebecca Ann Brooks, Vanessa A. Kennedy, Rachel Ruskin and Gary Leiserowitz

UC Davis Gynecologic Oncology A focus on minimally invasive approaches

Located at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, our gynecologic oncology team is part of the largest cancer program in inland Northern California. Our board-certified oncologists focus on the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological cancers, including cancers of the uterus, ovary, cervix and vulva.

Our surgeons are highly skilled in minimally invasive techniques such as traditional and robotic-assisted laparoscopy, which may offer patients faster recovery times and less pain, scarring and blood loss than traditional “open” surgery.

Another area of expertise is fertility-preserving surgeries for women with gynecologic cancers, traditionally available only at a handful of institutions nationwide.

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Photo taken prior to COVID-19 social distancing and masking guidelines.

For patients with more advanced disease, our surgeons also have mastery of radical procedures, chemotherapy, and gynecologic cancer specific radiation protocols.

Rebecca Ann Brooks, Vanessa A. Kennedy, Gary Leiserowitz, Rachel Ruskin and Hui “Amy” Chen are all physician-researchers who are active in research, such as clinical outcomes research, sexual health for female oncology patients, and integrative medicine. We publish on best practices in cancer care, and are actively engaged in clinical trial protocols that provide access to leading-edge novel therapies early. UC Davis Division of Gynecologic Oncology Appointments and referral coordinator: 916-736-6958 health.ucdavis.edu/obgyn/specialties/gynonc.html

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Top Doctors: A Special Advertising Section

Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery Dr. Christa Clark,

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon To be nominated by your peer group four years in a row: 2017, 2018, 2019 and now 2020 is an exceptional achievement that Dr. Clark does not take casually. “I want to thank you for this recognition. I believe the key to providing exceptional results is to get to know my patients on a personal level. My ultimate goal is to make sure my patients are confident and happy.” As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon since 2006, Dr. Clark has helped thousands of men and women from Sacramento and beyond feel more beautiful and confident in their bodies through skillfully performed breast and body cosmetic surgery. Granite Bay Cosmetic also offers the latest in non-surgical cosmetic procedures and medicalgrade skincare. All surgeries and procedures are performed at Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery, a state-of-the-art facility Dr. Clark lovingly built from the ground up to create a comfortable, safe, and private experience for every patient. Anyone hoping to make a change is welcome to come say hi! The GBC family always has room for new faces—and they look forward to helping you look naturally beautiful and feel seriously confident. CONTACT INFORMATION: Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery 5220 Douglas Blvd, Granite Bay CA 95746 Phone: 916-242-2662 Web: www.granitebaycosmetic.com Insta:@granitebaycosmetic

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Top Doctors: A Special Advertising Section

Northern California Fertility Medical Center Physicians and IVF Lab

FOCUS: Our vision is your future family. If you are experiencing difficulty becoming pregnant, we offer a full range of infertility services including in vitro fertilization, family balancing, egg donation, egg freezing, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, gestational surrogacy and vasectomy reversal. EXPERIENCE: Since 1992, our physicians, Dr. Laurie Lovely, Dr. John Gould, Dr. Michael Murray, Dr. Manuel Doblado, Dr. Sahar Stephens have helped create thousands of families. WHY NCFMC? We are the largest fertility center in the region. We are proud of our high success rates and commitment to the highest quality care in our state-of-the-art facility. Our exceptional team of nurses, embryology, laboratory, clinical, and administrative staff are here to help you reach your family goals. LITTLE MIRACLES HAPPEN EVERYDAY AT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FERTILITY MEDICAL CENTER

CONTACT INFORMATION: 4320 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95841 • (916) 773-BABY • www.NCFMC.com

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Mercy Medical Group Occupational Medicine FOCUS: Worker’s Compensation Injury Treatment, Employee Health Services including Pre-employment, Surveillance, Fitness for Duty, and DOT evaluations. WHAT SETS US APART: Our practice has been providing evidence-based medicine for workplace injuries for over 30 years in the Sacramento region. Our providers are routinely recognized for achieving quality patient outcomes, improved return-to-work, and lower overall claims costs. We have remained open and available to employers and injured workers during covid-19 pandemic via in-clinic appointments as well as telehealth visits and have provided safe return to work guidance for re-opening of businesses. We have three clinic locations to choose from: Midtown–Dr. Franklin Chinn, Dr. David Caretto, and Dr. Edward Lee; Elk Grove - Dr. Enass Arahman, Patricia Wallrich Physician Assistant Certified; Folsom - Dr. Evelyn Fainsztein Physician Manager. CONTACT INFORMATION: 3000 Q. St., Sacramento, CA 95816; (916) 733-3390 9394 Big Horn Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95758; (916) 691-8505 1730 Prairie City Rd., Folsom, CA 95630 (916) 351-4801 www.mymercymedicalgroup.org

UC Davis General Thoracic Surgery Our general thoracic surgery program helped UC Davis Medical Center earn U.S. News top-50 rankings for pulmonology & lung surgery for 2020-21, as well as the highest score of “high performing” for lung cancer surgery. Our team treats people with lung and other chest problems often using highly precise robotic-assisted surgery, and is Sacramento’s highest-volume robotic general thoracic surgery program. Shown: Program surgeons David Cooke, Lisa Brown and Luis Godoy with one of UC Davis Health’s surgical robots. CONTACT INFORMATION: 2221 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817 • General information: 916-734-5994 • Appointments/Referrals: 916-734-5959 • thoracic@ucdavis.edu • health.ucdavis.edu/surgery/specialties/cardio/thoracic.html

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Capital Pediatric Cardiology Associates SPECIALTY: Full-spectrum Pediatric Cardiology from the fetus to the adult. PHILOSOPHY: We care for each child as if they were our own! UNIQUE QUALIFICATIONS: We are the only group in the area with fellowship-trained pediatric specialists in Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiac Intensive Care, and Advanced Imaging. We also have the most experienced Fetal Cardiology program in the area in addition to an Adult Congenital Heart program, a dedicated Single Ventricle program, and a Cardiothoracic Surgery team that performs the most complex neonatal cardiac surgeries, minimally-invasive surgeries, bloodless surgeries, and chest wall malformation repairs. This makes us the most advanced and comprehensive congenital heart team in the region! And with 10 convenient locations! CONTACT INFORMATION 2929 K Street, Suite 200, Sacramento (916) 750-BEAT (2328) kidsheartMD.com

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Retinal Consultants Medical Group FOCUS: Our specialized eye surgeons provide the highest level of care for all retinal conditions including diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, macular hole, and macular degeneration. WHAT SETS US APART: The Retinal Consultants are honored to again be named top doctors in the Sacramento Area. Serving Northern California for 40+ years, all our surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and have additional years of fellowship training to be members of the American Society of Retina Specialists. Our group has special expertise in the management of intraocular tumors, uveitis, and retinal dystrophies. We also conduct research to develop the next generation of therapies in our field. Margaret Chang, MD, MS • David Cupp, MD • Robert A. Equi, MD • Carlos Medina, MD • Sarju Patel, MD, MPH, MSc • Joel A. Pearlman, MD, PhD • J. Brian Reed, MD • David Telander, MD, PhD • Tony Tsai, MD • Robert T. Wendel, MD

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UC Davis Pain Medicine As an award-winning national Center of Excellence, the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine provides state-of-the-art care that allows patients to recoup function and reengage in healthy and active lives. With over 100 years of combined experience across a variety of specialties, our faculty has received international, national, and local recognition and includes multiple recipients of Sacramento Magazine’s Top Docs award. Our center offers leading-edge treatments including specialized injections, implantable devices, and behavioral based interventions. We take a whole-person approach to care by creating individualized treatment plans that address both physical and emotional well-being. Our Center for Advancing Pain Relief draws on the expertise of individuals across different fields to develop pain therapies for the future. We are honored to serve our greater Sacramento community. Shown (listed in alphabetical order): David Copenhaver, Charlie De Mesa, Scott Fishman, Michael Jung, Ian Koebner, Paul Kreis, Gagan Mahajan, Ravi Prasad, Scott Pritzlaff, and Naileshni Singh. CONTACT INFORMATION: 2315 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817 • Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284 • health.ucdavis.edu/pain

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SPECIALTY: Sports medicine and concussion care and management. EDUCATION: Family Practice residency at San Joaquin General Hospital; Sports Medicine fellowship at Arizona State University; Credentialed ImPACT Consultant. MEMBERSHIPS: American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, Sacramento Valley Concussion Consortium PERSONAL: I am a husband and father of two children. I coach soccer and basketball. PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Being double board certified in family practice and sports medicine by the age of 29. INNOVATIONS: I am a certified ImPACT provider (a neurocognitive test that assists in the assessment and management of concussions and patients’ return to play). BEDSIDE MANNER: I am approachable and like to laugh and engage with my patients. ADVICE: Stretch and stay flexible. CONTACT INFORMATION: 3104 Sunset Blvd., Suite 2B, Rocklin, CA 95677 (916) 624-0300; (916) 624-0631 FAX

Dr. Raja Sivamani, Dr. Chambers, and Dr. Yen Pacific Skin Institute Dr. Cindy Chambers, Dr. Raja Sivamani, and Dr. An Yen are board-certified dermatologists with expertise in integrative skin health and wellness, medical education and cutting-edge clinical research. Collectively, they have lectured globally and published hundreds of research articles and are considered national experts in a variety of skin conditions and natural treatment modalities by integrating the latest prescription protocols with a holistic approach. Their comprehensive approach and desire to make a personal connection with every patient allows them to provide the best dermatologic skin care in Northern California. CONTACT INFORMATION: Sacramento, CA • Folsom, CA • Vacaville, CA • 916-925-7020 www.psiderm.com • www.integrativeskinresearch.com • www.dermveda.com

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Ideal Plastic Surgery FOCUS: With over 40 years of combined surgical experience and thousands of satisfied patients, Dr. Deb and Dr. Pirko have joined forces to create IDEAL PLASTIC SURGERY. Our new State-of-the-art surgery center in Sacramento is your destination for experience and safety when you’re ready to invest in yourself! Con mas the 40 años combinados de experiencia en cirugía plástica, la Dra Deb y el Dr Pirko se han unido para crear IDEAL PLASTIC SURGERY. Nuestro centro quirúrgico certificado es su casa para cuando usted busque los servicios de cirujanos plásticos certificados y de un equipo completo que le hable en su idioma! CONTACT INFORMATION 77 Cadillac Drive, Suite 170, Sacramento, CA 95825 WWW.IdealPlasticSurgery.COM Facebook: IdealPlasticSurgerySacramento (916) 664-3391

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UC Davis Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Tollefson is a fellowship-trained, double board-certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon who has been serving our region and beyond for 16 years. He specializes in pediatric and adult facial restorative and aesthetic surgery, such as rhinoplasty or reconstructive surgery of the face, ears, lip, and palate. CONTACT INFORMATION: 2521 Stockton Blvd., Ste. 6206, Sacramento, CA 916-734-2347 www.drtravistollefson.com

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Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat Facial Plastic Surgery FOCUS: Our experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Donald Clutter and Dr. Annika Meyer, perform the complete spectrum of facial plastic, reconstructive surgery and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. At SacENT, we are exclusively dedicated and highly specialized in the rejuvenation and enhancements of the head and neck, using both conservative and surgical options to provide your desired results. Dr. Clutter and Dr. Meyer use their cosmetic surgical expertise and state-of-the-art techniques to achieve results that are natural and aesthetically pleasing—always with your utmost satisfaction. Dr. Clutter is a Fellow at the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Meyer is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She also mentors pre-medical students and shows young women that surgery can be a career for them. In their spare time, Dr. Clutter enjoys hiking and traveling to unusual destinations, and is an avid bareboat sailor. Dr. Meyer loves to read and run, and of course spend time with her family. One piece of free advice that Dr. Meyer would give: Apply sunscreen every morning, and a retinol every night! Schedule a consultation with either Dr. Meyer or Dr. Clutter today to discuss your cosmetic goals. CONTACT INFORMATION www.SacENT.com/facial-plastics • (916) 736-6698 Sacramento: 1111 Exposition Blvd, Bldg 700 • Folsom: 1561 Creekside Drive, Suite 180

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The Sacramento region is fortunate to have health care professionals who continuously strive to attain ever-higher levels of patient satisfaction through a blend of the latest technologies and careful listening. The following medical professionals stand out in our community.

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David Kaufman, M.D., FACS Drew Davis, M.D. Plastic Surgery

FOCUS: Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery is focused on aesthetic plastic surgery with an emphasis on breast enhancement, body contouring and comprehensive facial rejuvenation. We also offer an array of non-surgical options for aesthetic improvement. EDUCATION: Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Davis are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Kaufman received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and subsequently attended Stanford University for his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency. He is, however, most proud of his time at the U.S. Naval Academy and his active duty service as a Navy SEAL. Dr. Davis attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and also, completed his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. WHAT SETS THEM APART: A combination of exceptional training, extensive experience and a passion for excellence differentiates Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery. Supported by a team of caring, fun and energetic professionals, our goal is to make patients feel confident they are in the right place. For that reason, we strive for patients to feel like “extended family” and to be excited about the prospect of self-enhancement. OFF-HOUR ACTIVITIES: Both Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Davis are family men who love spending time with their wives and young children—preferably playing and exploring outdoors. CHARITABLE WORK: Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Davis work closely with Medical Missions for Children to provide life-changing surgeries for children born with cleft lips and palates in the developing world. Dr. Davis is also a volunteer surgeon for ReSurg International. CHECK US OUT: Still a single location practice, we invite you to visit us at our newly built, state-of-the-art, Folsom office. CONTACT INFORMATION: 1841 Iron Point Road, Folsom • (916) 983-9895 • www.thenaturalresult.com HCP DECEMBER 2020.indd 93

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Daniel L. Monahan, M.D. FOCUS: Our goal is to help people enjoy better self-esteem, happiness, and health by treating unwanted varicose veins and spider veins. Dr. Monahan is Board Certified in General Surgery and Phlebology and specializes in vein disorders. EDUCATION: UC Davis, BA, Zoology, 1976. Medical School: University of Hawaii, 1981, M.D. MEMBERSHIPS: American Venous Forum; American College of Surgeons, American College of Phlebology. PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Marrying my wife, adopting my kids. Spearing a 100+ lbs. grouper while free-diving in Baja. (These are ‘gifts’ more than ‘achievements’.) PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Published a research project which changed the understanding of varicose veins and treatment. INNOVATIONS: I treat varicose and spider veins in stages, reducing the amount and cost, resultant problems and improving results. All the most current knowledge and technology are used in our evaluation and treatment of patients with venous disorders. BEDSIDE MANNER: Patients frequently say ours is the friendliest medical office they have ever been to. We treat people personally, with compassion, and the best possible evaluation and treatment. OFF HOURS: Golf, fly-fishing, reading. CHARITABLE WORK: Long-time member of the area YoungLife committee; participate in YoungLife activities. ADVICE: People may think the treatment of vein disorders is purely for appearance or just for vanity. But how you feel about yourself is much more than “cosmetic.” It’s meaningful, confidence boosting and part of an overall health equation. Reach out for a consultation. You’ll be glad you did. CONTACT INFORMATION: Monahan Vein Clinic 1211 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Ste.120, Roseville (916) 791-8346 (VEIN) • Veinfocus.com

Kendall Homer, D.M.D. Eric Grove, D.D.S. FOCUS: General Dentistry, including cosmetics, implant restoration, and emergency dental care. EDUCATION: Dr. Homer completed his B.A. at Sacramento State and earned his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Washington University. Dr. Grove received a B.S. from Pacific Union College and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: Drs. Homer and Grove belong to the ADA/ CDA/SDDS. Dr. Grove is also an active participant in the SDDS. WHAT SETS THEM APART: Dr. Homer’s and Dr. Grove’s patients’ appreciation is evident in client loyalty, with 40-year plus patients bringing their children and grandchildren in for treatment. CHARITABLE WORK: Dr. Homer supports Save Ourselves, an organization that provides counseling and peer support to people living with breast cancer. Dr. Grove has participated in overseas dental mission trips and also participates in the Smiles for Big Kids program in Sacramento. FREE ADVICE: Studies have linked diabetes, heart disease and stroke to gum disease. Oral health is a significant part of overall well-being. CONTACT INFORMATION: Kendall Homer D.M.D. / Eric Grove D.D.S. 9216 Kiefer Blvd., Suite 5, Sacramento (916) 363-9171 www.grovehomerdentists.com dentist@grovehomerdentists.com

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Kenneth M. Toft, M.D. Dr. Kenneth M. Toft is considered Sacramento’s expert in facial plastic surgery. He began his surgical training at Stanford University, continued his studies as a Clinical Instructor in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA, and has been the Medical Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Mercy San Juan Medical Center for thirteen years. This impressive pedigree is backed up with exceptional results. Focusing entirely on the face, Dr. Toft has a reputation of giving patients natural appearing results with a quick recovery utilizing the most modern techniques available. Dr. Toft uses his expertise to minimize the signs of surgery so his patients can return to their active lifestyle looking refreshed, youthful and balanced. Not ready for surgery? Dr. Toft also personally performs all fillers, Botox®, Dysport®, and Photofacial treatments. In addition, a licensed Medical Esthetician can provide expertise in corrective peels, Dermasweep treatments, and pharmaceutical-grade skincare. If you are considering facial plastic surgery or would like to attend an informational seminar, make an appointment with “the expert” in Facial Plastic Surgery, Kenneth M. Toft, M.D. CONTACT INFORMATION: 959 Reserve Drive • Roseville • (916) 782-TOFT (8638) • www.ToftFacialSurgery.com

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“I DO” With some safeguards in place, you can still have a lovely, memorable day.

The standard timeline for planning a wedding is six to 12 months— and it was of course impossible to foresee an international pandemic in 2019. Faced with the shutdown in March this year, which restricted travel and indoor gatherings and eventually included masks and physical distancing, some couples decided to cancel their plans entirely. Others postponed—and postponed again. But some intrepid pairs, along with creative wedding vendors, are thinking outside the box. They are having weddings that are different, but meaningful nonetheless. “My first wedding, on March 22, the bride said, ‘I’ve been planning this wedding for a year and a half—I just can’t replan this,’” says Beth Baugher, owner of True Love Photo. The wedding originally had hundreds of invited guests, including relatives from Ireland, but instead they streamed the wedding via Facebook Live and had just 10 people in person at the venue. “They had a lovely wedding—she didn’t miss out,” says Baugher. “She was still beautiful. And at Ben and Izzy the end, there was a big giant rainbow.”

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But many wedding professionals say this attitude was rare in the spring and early summer, although that is also starting to change. “It was a gut punch, every time I got those emails: ‘We’re going to reschedule, we’re going to push things out,’” says Michelle Hewitt of Valley Images Photography. “But by August, those clients who’d (rescheduled) weddings from April, May and June were saying, ‘Let’s just do this.’” EASONED WEDDING It’s safe to say, EXPERTS ARE however, that no ENCOURAGING one wants their COUPLES TO MOVE FORWARD wedding to end up on the news as WITH THEIR LIVES. a superspreader event—or wants to infect their loved ones by gathering in risky ways. So how can you have a wedding that fulfi lls at least some of your dreams but is also safe? First, you can certainly document the wedding with beautiful images, a very lowrisk tradition. “Taking pictures, you don’t need to be close to people,” says Baugher, who confirms wedding photographers and videographers can keep physically distanced

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and, when necessary, use different lenses. The subjects of the photos can also be masked or grouped by household or existing pods (the immediate family and the wedding couple, for instance). “It’s really up to them whether they want to be close to people.” Hewitt agrees and says she has modified her interaction a bit to keep it safer. “As a photographer, I often help pose people,” she says, touching them or moving an arm or a chin. “So I had to learn how to give (verbal) instructions and I’ve become much clearer.” In general, gatherings need to be more intimate, with spaced seating arranged by family and household. There also may be fewer activities—and all of them held outdoors. “We are hosting ceremonies only,” says Rachelle Wiggins, the wedding director at Old Sugar Mill in Yolo County. “We are limiting guest lists, currently to 25, and no food and no reception. We also have handwashing stations and hand sanitizer throughout the property, and guests are required to wear face masks and socially distance.” Ceremony-only options are playing out at public venues and in private, with couples essentially breaking their wedding into

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Alison and Richard had their wedding at their Oak Park home instead of the original site in Monterey after the guest list was trimmed to about 10 people.

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Keri and Tyler’s March wedding originally had hundreds of invited guests, including relatives from Ireland (shown in poster), but instead they streamed the wedding via Facebook Live and had just 10 people in attendance at the venue.

two events. “Get married this year and have a big party next year,” says Baugher. Th is also allows the small ceremonies to be more personal. For example, Hewitt tells about a wedding she recently photographed that ended up being held outside the bride’s home. “She gave up a million-dollar condo in Monterey (the original site for the wedding),” says Hewitt. “They had it in Oak Park instead, did it in the front yard, with about 10 people. The neighbors all came out and saw, wished them luck.” Many venues will even welcome you back for the party when things are back to normal. “We are excited for next year,” Wiggins says. “Every couple deserves a celebration of their love, and we hope they get it in 2021.” For couples who do choose to have a reception now, seated service is safest, according to Dani Luzzatti, chef/owner of BellaLu Catering. “The server is masked, no talking, and we stagger the seating so no one is sitting directly across from each other, but (rather) diagonally,” she says. “We put a lot of effort and expense into the protocols.” But Luzzatti has also successfully put on buffets, with masked and gloved servers each

plating two items for guests. And she has even had some fun providing couples with a safe wedding dinner: individual picnic baskets. “The picnic baskets were completely part of the theme of the wedding,” she says, adding they seated people in family/household groups. “We gave everyone a lantern, a blanket and a picnic basket—it was completely self-contained. And guests could take home the baskets.” The menu, while casual, was still elegant: grilled citrus chicken, a trio of seasonal salads, a cheesecake brownie and sparkling wine for adults, plus salami, cheese, fruit and a baguette for the kids. Whatever you decide, many seasoned wedding experts are encouraging people to move forward with their lives. “I would say to couples to remember what you’re doing and why you’re doing it,” says Hewitt. “Yes, you want a celebration, a party, but you’re making a commitment to your partner.” In fact, getting married now may symbolize an even bigger romantic statement than during normal times. “It’s important for couples to stand up to adversity,” says Baugher. “To say, ‘I’m going to get married to you no matter what—nothing’s going to stop me.’” OW OU R W E D D I N G M A G.C O M

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Over the summer, with the pandemic in mind, Dee and Kris Photography published a list of great elopement spots around the Sacramento region. The wedding industry has had to adapt day by day, and engaged couples have found new ways to take control over their wedding plans. Maybe that means: elope now and party later. For inspiration, here’s a collection of the photographers’ favorites. KIMPTON SAWYER HOTEL Th is luxury hotel is one of our favorites in Sacramento. Located in the heart of Downtown Sacramento and just steps away from the DOCO, the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel offers spectacular city vibes and modern luxury. The Kimpton Sawyer has lots of different wedding options, but for elopements and micro-weddings, we love the roof top. It offers panoramic views of downtown and a one-of-a-kind view of Golden 1 Center. Chefs cook farm-to-fork meals and will leave you and your guests thinking about the fine dining experience for years to come.

LAKE NATOMA TRAIL ACCESS Th is special little lake access point doesn’t have an official name, but we’ll call it the Lake Natoma waterfront trail access. Just down the hill from Folsom’s famous Sutter Street, behind the Lake Natoma Inn, is a beautiful cove with a bench and close access to the water. It’s part of the

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Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, but tucked into a portion that doesn’t see a lot of foot traffic. If you’re looking for a small, quiet place that’s close to home we recommend checking out this special spot for your vows. Th is location is small and intimate, which makes it ideal for a private elopement. There are so many beautiful spots along the trail for photography. You’ll have views of the unique architecture of Lake Natoma Crossing and the famous Rainbow Bridge. Plus, after your intimate ceremony we recommend popping into Karen’s Bakery, just up the hill, for a sweet treat.

UC DAVIS ARBORETUM AND PUBLIC GARDEN The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is one of the most popular engagement session locations in Sacramento, but it also serves as a beautiful backdrop for an elopement. The arboretum has different collections of plant species that create many possible spots for your elopement ceremony. Choose from the California Foothill Collection, Desert Collection, Hummingbird GATEway Garden or many of the other beautiful landscapes along Putah Creek Riparian Reserve.

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If you are looking for a spot to say your vows that brings all the Sacramento vibes, West Sac’s River Walk Park offers stunning views of the Tower Bridge, Old Sacramento and The Ziggurat. If you’re looking to host a small picnic wedding, the park can be reserved next to the grand staircase. We often photograph downtown engagement sessions near the River Walk and have been blessed with incredible sunset views every single time! You definitely can’t go wrong with these classic Sacramento views.

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DELTA KING The Delta King is an important part of Sacramento’s history that dates back almost 100 years. After serving in World War II and renovated in 1984, this authentic riverboat is a beautiful spot to elope on the Sacramento River. The Delta King offers elopement packages that will help you create a special evening complete with dinner on the river. You’ll find multiple locations to say your I do’s on the boat, a uniformed captain will officiate your ceremony and all reception essentials are on hand.

OLD ST. MARY’S CHAPEL Delta King The beautiful and historic Old St. Mary’s Chapel, located in Rocklin, is perfect for a classic little white church wedding ceremony. Rocklin’s oldest building features the original design on its reconstructed steeple and a church bell so that everyone can hear those wedding bells ring after your ceremony! While small, the church has all the amenities for a ceremony and small reception on a dazzling landscaped patio. If a white-church background is your thing, check out Old St. Mary’s Chapel and let the wedding bells ring.

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he arrival of COVID-19 put the kibosh on large gatherings and warned high-risk groups to avoid family gatherings. So how could couples have a wedding and still have their grandparents, for instance, a part of the day? The answer is the same way we are working, seeing our doctor, going to school: remotely. But how do you make a Zoom wedding meaningful and special? First, it’s important to realize that fi lming weddings—even livestreaming them—is nothing new. For instance, Matt Brys of Extreme Productions Entertainment, LLC , has long specialized in virtual weddings. “For 25 years, we’d been virtually streaming events in the corporate world and doing the occasional wedding,” he says, but the wedding business amped up when travel restrictions hit in early 2017. “We had a couple who had 40 guests who couldn’t come; they couldn’t get here.” Adding to the challenge, he says, was an 11-hour international time difference, but they made it work. Now with COVID, the demand is even higher, of course. “If a couple wants to keep the date, (this) gives them safe protocols to get married,” Brys says, with just a small crew and the couple, maybe some immediate family, there on-site. “We can get a wedding to Houston, New York, other countries. But how do you make it engaging?. . . Everyone’s been to a Zoom meeting that you just want to click off.”

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If you employ a company like Extreme Productions Entertainment, you can be assured of a quality production. “We have multi cameras in place, so the audio and the visual (makes you feel like) you’re live in the front row,” he says. “We can even put a big TV screen in place so the (wedding couple) can see the audience. It’s got the creative and theatrical feel of a well-polished TV broadcast. But there’s the authenticity—it’s not super-dramatized. It just removes the hurdles of distraction. ‘Oh, my gosh, I feel like I’m there.’” In fact, some couples, who are forgoing other expenses like a big venue and a reception, are spending their wedding budget for this Facebook Keri and Tyler livestreamed their wedding via type of experience, which includes . Live and had just 10 people in person at the venue a private landing page and can be further enhanced, says Brys, by chat rooms, two-way interaction with the couple and virtual guest books to leave permanent messages. “It just makes safe sense, logistical sense,” he says. “And I challenge any industry to be so well poised to adapt as the wedding professionals are. From the florists to the DJs, they have been so creative.” Another option to a completely virtual wedding is a hybrid wedding, where there are some inperson guests—maybe a fraction of the intended invitees—and many remote ones. “Every single wedding I’ve done (during COVID) has had some livestreaming component,” says Michelle Hewitt, a Sacramento wedding photographer and the owner of Valley Images Photography. “At a wedding in July, there was the couple, their two kids and one other couple, so like six people there in person. But 100 people streamed via Zoom. After the ceremony, they showed their rings, had conversations with (remote) guests, talked to everyone. It was a lot of fun.” Even bigger weddings, which might otherwise have been further postponed or canceled, can move ahead if livestreaming can include the important people. “Originally our wedding was scheduled for June 13, (but) we moved it to Aug. 1 in hopes of being able to have more guests,” says Jenna Grubaugh, who married her longtime beau, About 50 guests attended Jenna Garrett Grubaugh, in Granite Bay. “Since there and Garret t’s wedding on Zoom. was an increase in cases of COVID (in August), we eventually had to cut our guest list in half. . . . W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2021

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Melody and Paran’s family me mbers witnessed their wedding via livestream.

We had about 100 guests at an all-outdoor venue. We had guests sit with family members and . . . all ceremony and reception seating was socially distanced.” Guests and the wedding party also wore masks much of the time, with bridesmaids in white masks and groomsmen in black. But between the reduced guest list and a large contingent of out-of-town family members, including the couple’s grandparents and other loved ones in high-risk categories who couldn’t attend, they worried a lot of people would be left out. “So we livestreamed our ceremony on Zoom for those that couldn’t make it,” she says. It did not go perfectly, as possibly a professional production might have, but it worked. “About 50 people attended our ceremony on Zoom,” Grubaugh says. “The one glitch was the phone we were using for the Zoom call overheated just as the ceremony started. Thankfully we had a family member who was the host of the Zoom call and she was able to T ISN’T ALL communicate with our day-of coordiABOUT THE nators . . . and they DAY BUT were able to start it INSTEAD THAT on another phone.” WE ARE MARRIED The vows, the kiss, AND WILL SPEND THE the pronouncement and the walk back REST OF OUR LIVES up the aisle were all TOGETHER.” captured, and the wedding couple and the wedding party circled back around to interact with the Zoom audience. “It was great to know that people that couldn’t attend due to COVID-19 could still be a part of our day virtually,” she says. Finally, whether you decide to hire professionals or use an iPhone, it will be meaningful to your guests, who want to see those moments live, not days later in a video or photograph. And for the couple, knowing those loved ones can be “there”—safely—might be the tipping point in deciding to move forward with their lives. “We decided we wanted to go ahead with our wedding after postponing seven weeks because we know that our wedding day was about celebrating the beginning of our marriage,” says Grubaugh. “It isn’t all about the day but instead that we are married and will spend the rest of our lives together.” Her advice to other couples? “Do what is best for you and know it may not go as perfectly as planned, but that it will still be the most amazing day.” OW

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SODA SPRINGS | $2,995,000 Stunning lakefront home at Serene Lakes. Beautifully crafted log home has expansive windows & gorgeous lake views. Chef's kitchen has 2 ovens, 2 refrigerators, granite counters, island & bar area. This location is a special place with two tranquil lakes and access to many trails for hiking, biking and Nordic skiing. Sugar Bowl and Boreal ski areas are just minutes away. Lynn Richardson 530.412.0706 lynn.richardson@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00937210

EL DORADO HILLS | $2,499,999 Custom craftsmanship at its finest! Features include Control4 Home Automation, state-of-the-art light fixtures and European oak floors! This lavishly open floor plan flows to an outdoor sanctuary with an alfresco kitchen with a pizza oven and pellet grill, pool/spa, fireplace and firepit. Thermador appliances highlight the kitchen, and a luxury spa bath and fireplace compliment the master suite. Patricia Seide 916.712.1617 patricia.seide@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00892540

CARMICHAEL | $2,495,000 This architecturally stunning home overlooking Ancil Hoffman Park and golf course features spacious living areas, chef’s kitchen, private master suite, and fully equipped office. The guest house is lovely with a bedroom, living room and kitchen. The backyard flows beautifully with plenty of areas to relax and enjoy the serenity this home offers. This private estate is breathtaking and simply timeless. Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 angela.heinzer@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01004189

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SACRAMENTO | $2,400,000 Set in the heart of East Sacramento, is this meticulously designed custom craftsman style home with 7 Beds/5.5 Baths/5045 sqft. Enjoy gorgeous oak floors, 9' ceilings, a large living room w/bay windows, formal dining room, library plus kitchen featuring a subzero fridge, granite counters, double ovens & 2 islands. Spacious master with en-suite bathroom. Huge basement. 1/3 acre lot. Tim Comstock 916.548.7102 tim.comstock@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01879462

EL DORADO HILLS | $2,375,000 This exquisitely designed Serrano Country Club residence showcases five bedrooms, six and one-half baths and striking architectural details. The remodeled kitchen has dual ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and opens to the cozy library with a wet bar. The master suite offers a sitting area, spa-like bath and access to a built-in spa. Outside features a pool, outdoor kitchen and a gas stone fireplace. Patricia Seide 916.712.1617 patricia.seide@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00892540

PENRYN | $2,244,000 Beautiful Penryn home was custom built in 2011 features 3 bedrooms & 4 full baths in over 4900 sq ft of living area on 5 acres. It features a gourmet kitchen, breakfast nook, great room with coffered ceiling and huge master suite. Enjoy the covered patio overlooking the saltwater pool. The grounds are beautiful and feature a fire pit, play structure, pond,pastures & 2000+-sq ft shop w/full bath Jane Miller 916.799.7397 jane.miller@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00640671

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CARMICHAEL | $1,699,000 This home features, dark wood wide plank hardwood flooring, quintessential built-ins, wainscoting and spacious bedrooms. Dreamy backyard with pool and spa, fire pit and outdoor kitchen with built in BBQ and island. The meticulous landscape features plush countryside garden elements with overhead gazebo for lounging. Established location in Del Dayo Estates located near the end of the cul de sac, this home will leave a lasting impression. Thomas Phillips 916.799.4571 TomPhillipssacrealtor@gmail.com | CalRE #01401556

SACRAMENTO | $1,075,000 This updated fourplex in the heart of Midtown is within walking distance to shops and restaurants. Each of the 4 units features 1br/1ba and a deck. The kitchens include a gas range and dishwasher. Tenants also will be able to enjoy one off-street parking space per unit and individual washers and dryers. Jared Cartwright 916.936.0090 | CalRE #01979225 Mark Peters 916.600.2039 | CalRE #01424396

SHINGLE SPRINGS | $1,033,000 Incredible approx. 3,711 sq ft home nestled in majestic oaks with off road privacy and vinyl fencing. This home offers an updated "chic" kitchen, family room with fireplace insert, living/dining room combo and wine cellar. Enjoy pool, waterfalls, lush landscaping, gazebo, and exterior patios. Conveniently located in desirable Royal Equestrian Estates, a desirable gated community just minutes from Hwy 50. Debi Ambroff 916.425.9930 debi.ambroff@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01017131

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ROSEVILLE | $649,000 This elegant home features 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 3 car garage on an over 10,000 square foot lot. This dream kitchen features maple cabinets, built-in stainless-steel appliances, a 5 burner gas range, Granite counters and large island. The family room has a Gas fireplace with hearth. Enjoy the large covered patio in the back with ample lighting and multiple ceiling fans. Lynn Adams 916.799.3518 lynn.adams@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01062841

SACRAMENTO | $1,395,000 This private home is fully remodeled throughout and features vaulted ceilings, terrazzo floors, wood floors, fireplaces, state-of-the-art kitchen, expansive glass windows, grand rooms and a private courtyard & orchard.

CARMICHAEL | $1,075,000 Spectacular Del Dayo Estates Ranch offers tons of natural light, a huge living room, formal dining room, a wonderful gourmet kitchen & oversized master suite. Enjoy the park-like yard with a detached guest cottage.

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 angela.heinzer@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01004189

Thomas Phillips 916.799.4571 TomPhillipssacrealtor@gmail.com | CalRE #01401556

SACRAMENTO | $995,950 Custom-built home features a kitchen w/double ovens, granite slab counters, a breakfast nook & dining bar. It offers a family room w/gas fireplace, a private master suite w/spa-like master bathroom & spacious backyard.

COLFAX | $799,000 Shangri-La! This exquisite home with over 3,700 square feet is nestled on approximately six acres. Features include three bedrooms, three baths, a massive kitchen, home theatre room, a huge bonus room and amazing views!

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 angela.heinzer@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01004189

Traci Petersen 916.224.1515 traci.petersen@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01267649

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RESCUE | $789,000 2 story custom home boasting approx. 2960 sqft., a formal dining room, living room w/fireplace, family room w/brick hearth, kitchen w/granite countertops & island and master w/spa-like bath! Enjoy the private rear yard.

EL DORADO HILLS | Price Upon Request This beautiful Serrano home features updated newer laminate flooring, designer tile, kitchen with marble counters & stainless appliances, family room with fireplace, large master bedroom and lovely backyard.

Debi Ambroff 916.425.9930 debi.ambroff@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01017131

Crystal Harris 916.214.8606 Crystalharrisre@gmail.com | CalRE #00647858

SACRAMENTO | $750,000 Beautiful & naturally lit custom-built home with 3 bedrooms & 2 full baths plus office. It features a grand entry, high ceilings, hardwood floors, open kitchen with center island and a master suite with walk-in closet.

SACRAMENTO | $729,000 East Sac McKinley Village Tudor with an open floorplan. 3 beds, 3 baths with a full bed/bath downstairs, plus upstairs loft space. Low maintenance yard. Low HOA dues include clubhouse, pool/spa/gym, exterior landscaping.

Antonio Cardenas III 916.541.4051 Sacramento.Realtor916@gmail.com | CalRE #02017793

Amanda Watson 415.823.2840 amanda.watson@cbrealty.com | CalRE #02072062

SACRAMENTO | $699,900 Stunning 6br/2ba home with living room, family room, dining room & bonus room. This amazing property features an updated kitchen w/ Quartz counters & newer appliances, master suite oasis & beautifully landscaped backyard.

ELK GROVE | $699,000 Stunning 4br/3.5ba home with a bonus room. It features a kitchen with island and granite counters and an owner’s suite with walk-in closet, soaking tub & separate shower. Enjoy the fully landscaped yard & covered patio.

Wendi Reinl 916.206.8709 wendi@wendireinl.com | CalRE #01314052

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 shanda.lusich@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01070238

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ROSEVILLE | $665,000 Beautiful 4 bedroom home featuring a great floorplan with RV parking, formal dining room, amazing family room, gorgeous open kitchen, master suite and loft.

ELK GROVE | $665,000 5br/3ba open concept home w/ kitchen, breakfast nook & family room combo w/ a fireplace.Spacious master en-suite w/ spacious walk-in closet. Outside oasis w/ pool, water features & built-in barbecue with pergola.

Greg Larson 916.223.1500 greg.larson@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00838126

Jared Cartwright 916.936.0090 jared.cartwright@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01979225

EDH | $634,900 Beautifully updated 4br/2ba one-story ranch style home in Green Valley Hills. The updated kitchen has stainless steel appliance and granite & quartz counters. Enjoy the backyard with plants, trees & brick patio.

ORANGEVALE | $629,000 This custom home sits on about an acre of land with granite counters, luxury vinyl plank flooring and a game room with its own bath. The home maintains a family room, living room, dining room and a built-in office space.

Pat Quan 916.812.4341 pquan@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01918240

Lawrence Hemsley 916.533.1216 lawrence.hemsley@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01802624

ELK GROVE | $625,000 4 bedroom and 2 bath home with phenomenal curb appeal. The updated kitchen offers Quartz countertops, white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the beautiful backyard with a newly resurfaced pool.

ROSEVILLE | $615,000 This stunning showcase home in the 55+ active adult community of The Club offers 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths with a spacious family room, a gourmet kitchen, relaxing master suite and amazing backyard with covered patio.

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 shanda.lusich@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01070238

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 melinda.shrader@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00994757

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SACRAMENTO | $585,000 Lovely East Sac home features a fantastic living room that overlooks the front yard. The kitchen boasts quartz counters, newer cabinets & stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the beautiful spacious backyard.

SACRAMENTO | $579,950 2br/2ba home offers formal living and dining rooms and open kitchen with a gas stovetop and island. The Master suite hosts 2 spacious closets, outdoor access & ensuite bathroom. The backyard presents a peaceful retreat.

Christina Hinds 916.341.7806 christina.hinds@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01902832

Rich Cazneaux 916.212.4444 rich@eastsac.com | CalRE #01447558

ELK GROVE | $569,000 This 4br home offers a family room w/fireplace and kitchen w/stainless steel appliances & island. The owner’s suite has a bath with double sinks, shower & soaking tub. Enjoy the fully landscaped yard w/pool & patio.

LINCOLN | $565,000 You will love this five bedroom, three bath home with a built-in pool and owned solar! Features include a downstairs bedroom and bath, a gourmet kitchen, a cozy gas fireplace, bonus room and a three-car tandem garage.

Mark DeGennaro 916.849.4810 Mark@MarkDRealty.com | CalRE #01394970

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 melinda.shrader@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00994757

WEST SACRAMENTO | $539,900 This 3BR includes an office, eat-in kitchen & a formal dining room. The great room concept is ideal for gatherings w/guests. This layout has the master at one end of the home & the secondary bedrooms at the other.

SACRAMENTO | $539,000 Darling 1940 South Land Park that has been perfectly appointed for California living. High-end cabinets, counters, and appliances in the kitchen, built-in bookcases in the living room, and a sun-filled family room.

Marc Traverse 916.802.4141 marc.traverse@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00876065

Mark Delgado 916.705.2298 mark.delgado@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01411594

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SACRAMENTO | $539,000 This charming East Sacramento 2 bedroom, 1 bath home boasts an ample living room and an updated kitchen. Enjoy a large backyard just waiting for your touches. Close to East Portal Park, Trader Joe's, and restaurants.

ROSEVILLE | $525,000 This wonderful home in the Heart of East Roseville has four bedrooms, two and one-half baths, an updated kitchen and a cozy fireplace/pellet stove. Outside has a deck, storage shed, garden beds and a built-in pool/spa!

Elise Brown 916.715.0213 eliseivesbrown@gmail.com | CalRE #01781942

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 melinda.shrader@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00994757

ROSEVILLE | $515,000 Highly sought after and gorgeous Grove model is situated in one of the finest 55+ communities of Sun City featuring 2br/2ba, Den & 3 car garage. The home offers an open Concept, sunroom & beautifully landscaped backyard.

SACRAMENTO | $499,000 2 bedroom, 1 bath cutie featuring natural light, a charming kitchen overlooking the spacious backyard, hardwood floors in the living room, crown molding throughout, generous master bedroom & ceiling fans in all bedrooms.

Josh Lasquete 916.967.6400 josh.lasquete@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01941338

Sidney Poritz 916.500.1522 sidney@poritzrealestate.com | CalRE #01848054

CITRUS HEIGHTS | $495,000 Located on .4 of an acre, this 3/4 bedroom, 2 bath gem has a stunning remodel. Enjoy a gourmet kitchen, luxury vinyl flooring and remodeled baths. Outside has a covered deck, pool, chicken coop and room for your toys.

SACRAMENTO | $489,950 Charming home in the coveted Garden of the Gods neighborhood. It features a living room with fireplace & updated kitchen with island that opens to the family and dining room combo. Enjoy the private and serene backyard.

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 melinda.shrader@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00994757

Shirla Carnefix 916.715.4854 shirla.carnefix@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #02041980

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Lockeford | $489,000 Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features a foyer, living room with sprawling ceilings, newly remodeled kitchen & cozy loft area with deck. The back patio room has a beautiful brick floor and lots of natural light.

ELK GROVE | $485,000 Charming home with original hardwood flooring, kitchen w/updated appliances, dual pane windows & cozy family room, all with views to mature trees & shady landscapes. Enjoy a guest house, chicken coop, workshop & decks.

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 tammy.goolsby@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01987204

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IONE | $469,000 3br/2ba home has beautiful views of the Castle Oaks golf course. The home offers tons of upgrades including laminate flooring, granite counter tops, custom outdoor patio, covered pavilion & landscaped yards.

ELK GROVE | Price Upon Request There is beautiful curb appeal to this single-story Guttridge home located in the heart of Elk Grove/Old Town has been updated recently. Enjoy a den, breakfast nook area, fireplace and a landscaped private backyard.

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 tammy.goolsby@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01987204

Jan Detrick 916.812.8180 jdetrick@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01208861

Sacramento | $449,900 This 3 bedroom, 2 bath Del Paso Manor Farmhouse situated on a prime corner lot features beautifully refinished hardwood floors, updated master ensuite & hall bathroom, contemporary fireplace and updated chef’s kitchen.

SACRAMENTO | $449,000 The front yard features a flagstone patio & low maintenance landscaping. The home boasts original built-ins, hardwood floors, fireplace, kitchen w/ granite counters & newer appliances and courtyard style backyard.

Karen Tolliver-Jones 916.825.8465 karen.jones@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01743516

Chris Reyes 916.871.9228 Chris@RealEstateReyes.com | CalRE #01999258

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FAIR OAKS | $429,999 4br/3ba charming single-story home in Fair Oaks! Newer master suite w/ a walk-in closet, separate shower, deep tub & backyard access. The backyard offers a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi spa, a storage shed & RV/boat access.

SACRAMENTO | $425,000 An elegant ranch-style home featuring a huge front living room with a fireplace, a formal dining area with a bay window, remodeled kitchen with granite counters, spacious family room with fireplace and private backyard.

Michelle Baker 916.849.3110 michelle.baker@cbrealty.com | CalRE #01964902

Jaime Hayes 916.947.2809 jaime@jaimehayes.com | CalRE #01409330

AUBURN | $403,000 2br/2ba home at Lake of the Pines w/updated kitchen featuring SS appliances, granite counters and backsplash. Slider doors from the breakfast nook leads to wood deck and patio. Large private master suite w/a cozy gas FP.

SACRAMENTO | $399,000 Charming 3br/2ba ranch style home could become the home of your dreams with a little loving care. It offers a spacious kitchen, open living room, separate family room, generous master bedroom, RV access & huge backyard.

Carla Layton 916.580.8018 carla.layton@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01395619

Sidney Poritz 916.500.1522 sidney@poritzrealestate.com | CalRE #01848054

IONE | $365,000 This wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has 2 living areas. The large front is ideal for entertaining. The kitchen opens to the family room and has granite counters & cherry cabinets. The front yard has just been reseeded.

SACRAMENTO | $349,900 Opportunity knocks in Arden Manor on a serene street. Enjoy the many updates including granite counters, laminate floors, indoor laundry, dual pane windows, a tankless water heater & an en-suite master bathroom.

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 tammy.goolsby@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01987204

Tim Comstock 916.548.7102 tim.comstock@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01879462

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SACRAMENTO | $335,000 3br/2ba home featuring a studio unit w/ its own kitchen & laundry. Live in the front unit & collect rental income, or easily convert the back unit to a master suite! The backyard is massive, w/ options to be creative.

SACRAMENTO | $325,000 Single story home nestled in the Golf Course Terrace neighborhood on a peaceful circle. This really nice home offers 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, spacious 2 car garage, laminate & hardwood floors and peaceful backyard.

Tiegen Boberg 916.747.0773 tiegen@tiegenboberg.com | CalRE #01964215

Nancy Beland 916.206.5007 nancy.beland@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01392600

SACRAMENTO | $325,000 Gorgeous, beautifully remodeled home with modern flair. Recently updated, this 3br/1ba home, with 2-car garage sits on a cul-de-sac in Foothill Farms area. Large back and side yards complete this wonderful home.

SACRAMENTO | $325,000 3br/2ba home offers over 1,200 sq ft of livable space, a living room w/ vaulted ceilings, arched doorways & crown molding, kitchen w/stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops & tile floors and large backyard.

Lynn Adams 916.799.3518 lynn.adams@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01062841

Timothy Pantle 916.834.6376 Tim@TimPantle.com | CalRE #01377493

IONE | $320,000 This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has been updated and remodeled. It has impressive views of the rolling foothills for miles. The home features beautiful hardwoods floors and an updated kitchen and master bath.

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Arts & Culture

Brooklynn T. Solomon

A Versatile Talent BY CATHY CASSINOS-CARR COVID MAY BE PUTTING A KIBOSH on live performances these

days, but that’s not stopping actress Brooklynn T. Solomon from getting creative. Perhaps best known for her recurring role as local journalist Ginger Rutland in Rutland’s autobiographical play, “When We Were Colored: A Mother’s Story,” the midtown resident says she’s currently on a “creative kick, branching out, making my mark in as many realms as I can”—meaning everything from modeling to helping a friend who has a photography business. “I want to lift up as many of my fellow artists as I can,” says Solomon. But heck, let’s be real: She’s dying to get back to work. “We’re all itching to get back on stage,” says Solomon, who turns 37 this bet h baugher

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month. Until COVID -19 hit, she was busily bopping around on a bevy of local stages, including Celebration Arts, Big Idea Theatre and Sacramento Theatre Company. Doing plays via Zoom, she says, isn’t the same. Born in Germany to military parents, Solomon was nearly 5 when she moved with her family to California. The acting bug bit while she was attending Woodcreek High in Roseville and never let go, as she shared during our recent phone interview.

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on stage was “To See the Stars.” It was such a rush! In my senior year I got into our drama class, which was like a professional drama class. I think we did six shows a year. [The late] Tom Fearon was our director, and he was the toughest director I ever had. He ran a really tight ship and instilled so much discipline, focus and professionalism in all of us.

Sounds like he laid a great foundation for your career path. He did! I had been planning to go to college to study criminal justice but changed my mind in my junior year of high school. I went on to get my theater arts degree at Sac State in 2007. Which have been some of your most memorable roles, and why? Definitely one of my favorite roles was Claudia in “The Bluest Eye” at Celebration Arts. It’s just such a powerful “I JUST LOVE THE CONTINUITY show, and it was an amazing cast and an absolute blast to do. I’ve OF STAGE WORK. I LOVE also been in Ginger Rutland’s BEING FULLY IN THE MOMENT. play “When We Were Colored” YOU CAN’T BEAT IT.” three times! In fact, we were putting it on at The Guild Theater earlier this year when the quarantine started. But we only had to cancel one show, so we were very lucky. It’s a great show because it’s a local story, about a local family, and it’s one of the most feel-good shows I’ve ever done. It was also great to be a part of the evolution of that show, because from the first time I did it to the last time, Ginger made dramatic changes to the script.

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Tell me about playing the part of Ginger. Why do you think you were selected for that part? Ginger is the narrator of that show, and I kind of thrive in narrator roles, so I really connected to it and I connected to Ginger in general. She found me through Celebration Arts. I had done a staged reading there and I believe she asked James [Wheatley] for my email and she reached out and said, “I’d like you to play me in my show.” And I auditioned and was hired right away. Ginger was there for most of the rehearsals, and to play her as a teenager, college student and adult was just amazing. You’ve also done a few films, including “Crème Brûlée” and “Whirlpool.” What can you share about those experiences? It was really fun, and I’d like to do more film work. But stage is still my main passion. With filming, it’s a lot of stopping and starting, and I just love the continuity of stage work. I love being fully in the moment. You can’t beat it. Any thoughts about local theater organizations that are expanding programming to include more Black voices and stories? I think it’s amazing, because it’s traditionally been hard to find roles that really speak to me. The main place I’ve been able to find that locally has been Celebration Arts. When I do a production there, I know I’ll be doing something powerful, something that will teach the audience something about the Black experience. But now some of the other local theaters seem to want to make this a priority. I’m excited to see where it goes.

“When We Were Colored: A Mother’s Story” at Sacramento Theatre Company

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Dedicated to Diversity BY CATHY CASSINOS-CARR

Local theater companies struggled mightily to survive in the upside-down year of 2020. Despite that struggle, many also poured energy into building new programming illuminating the Black experience. While Celebration Arts and Images Theatre Company continue among local leaders in that quest, others are actively joining the cause.

Opposite page, left: Charr Crail; opposite page, right: Yarcenia Garcia

CELEBRATION ARTS’ JAMES WHEATLEY: LEADING THE WAY

“WE’RE TRYING

When Celebration Arts founder James Wheatley came TO OPEN DOORS.” to Sacramento from Los Angeles in the mid-’70s, he saw —JA MES W HE ATLE Y a void in the local arts community and sought to fill it. He’s been a leader in championing Black history and culture through the arts ever since. “African-Americans were not being admitted into dance programs in the schools, and if they got in, they were usually typecast as a spear carrier or something,” remembers Wheatley. His first step in those early years was to offer free dance classes in Oak Park. That led to Celebration Dance Company, which Wheatley started in 1976. Ten years later, the mission expanded when he founded Celebration Arts, which offers training and performance opportunities in theater, dance and music to underserved individuals of all ages, especially African-Americans. The goal, he says, is to “provide access and empower. We’re trying to open doors.” As an actor/singer/dancer/choreographer/playwright/ director (he directs most of Celebration Arts’ plays), Wheatley is perfectly cast in his role to lead this ambitious charge. And you can rest assured he’s not giving up now, COVID 19 be damned. While waiting to reopen, he’s making sure Celebration Arts maintains community connections any way it can, including livestreaming plays on Zoom. Latrice Madkins Being forced into an online world is frustrating for all performing arts organizations. But for Celebration Arts— which started at a church, then lost the lease on its D Street location before finally landing in a plum spot at 2727 B St., former home of B Street Theatre, in January 2018—the loss of a home cuts especially deep. “It’s a point of pride for our community to have this building in midtown,” says Wheatley. “We want to keep the building, because if this thing [COVID] clears up, it’s a place where we can do a lot more. It’s disconcerting for your audience when you have to move around.” For now, Wheatley is taking it month by month and focusing on survival. Locals can lend support by contributing to a GoFundMe campaign or offering a donation. For information: celebrationarts.net.

B STREET THEATRE’S LATRICE MADKINS: “IT’S A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT” In July, as momentum for the Black Lives Matter movement continued to ratchet up across the nation, B Street Theatre announced Latrice Madkins as its equity, diversity and community inclusion director. SACMAG.COM December 2020

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Though one of the primary goals of that role is to amplify Black voices, “inclusion” is much more than that, notes Madkins. “It’s not just a racial thing, but inclusion for LGBTQ and all marginalized groups,” she says. “It’s a full inclusionary approach.” Madkins was a natural choice for the job. For five years prior, she’d built valuable community connections as administrator of B Street’s Fantasy Theatre (now known as School Tour), both with schools and with African-American-centered organizations such as the Sacramento chapter of The Links, Incorporated. “I was not just building relationships, but also diversifying the locations geographically in terms of which teachers and students B Street was serving,” says Madkins. “IT’S NOT JUST A RACIAL THING, While COVID closures keep The Sofia/B Street’s doors at 2700 Capitol Ave. shuttered BUT INCLUSION FOR LGBTQ AND (for now), Madkins and the rest of the team are going full steam ahead, rolling out ALL MARGINALIZED GROUPS,” new diversity-based programming in the virtual space. One of the biggest and most visible is the “Re-Imagine” series, livestreamed weekly via Zoom with performances, LATRICE MADKINS SAYS. “IT’S A interviews and other programming featuring Black artists and other people of color. FULL INCLUSIONARY APPROACH.” B Street also hosted a virtual Juneteenth event, Say It Loud!, highlighting the history of Black art and featuring poetry and readings. Madkins notes she’s the only Black staff member—at least on the administrative side—in B Street’s 34-year history. “No one is used to coming to Latrice for artistic decisions,” she says. To that end, she established a diversity and inclusion advisory council within B Street. “The objective is to advise on strategies and practices,” she says. “Let’s just say I’m the chair of it, and all these people are on the council. That’s the kind of internal accomplishment that’s happened. The dynamics have shifted.” Madkins says she’s “very honored” to have this new opportunity and recognizes the long road ahead. “This is a marathon, not a sprint,” she says, “and we want people to embrace it.”

CAPITAL STAGE: MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN On the heels of George Floyd’s killing in late May, Capital Stage producing artistic director Michael Stevenson took a stand with an open letter, posted on the theater’s website. “We have failed,” he wrote. For things to change, he continued, “We will have to change. To take action. But first, to listen.” CapStage is doing just that. Diverse programming is nothing new for CapStage. Had it not been for COVID shutdowns, the week of Floyd’s death coincided with what would have been the closing week of “Pass Over,” a drama about two young Black men trying to escape their violent and impoverished neighborhood. But in keeping with their pledge to take action, Stevenson and the CapStage crew have stepped up to the plate, creating new programming focusing on people of color. “Our first thought was ‘let’s give Black voices a space to talk about whatever they want to talk about,’” says Stevenson. That thought spawned the creation of “The Ghost Light Chronicles,” a virtual series featuring a changing array of local artists and hosted by African-American actor/ director/teaching artist Atim Udoffi a. “We usually have two guests, sometimes three, and Atim is able to have some really fascinating discussions,” says Stevenson. Featured guests have included director/actor/teacher Judith Moreland, actor Adrian Roberts and Celebration Arts’ James Wheatley. The series continues about once every six weeks, according to Stevenson, with no end date in sight. “This is something we should keep Michael Stevenson doing, no matter what,” he says.

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Let them tell you what they wish every diner knew about what it’s like to work as a server during the greatest public health crisis in a century.

“I was in the first wave of staff that got called back. I know a lot of individuals who didn’t get called back until July, so I’m grateful for that.”

Demetri Gregorakis serving customers outdoors at The Rind

Dining’s Front-Line Workers What it’s like to be a server in COVID times. BY MARYBETH BIZJAK

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eing a restaurant worker in a pandemic is no picnic. After recently talking with more than a half-dozen servers and bartenders, I came away with a new appreciation for these unsung heroes. For the past eight months, they have made it possible for the rest of us to escape our own home cooking, forget about the pandemic for a brief moment and experience one of the great joys of the before times: going out to eat. As restaurants have lurched through the pandemic, servers have been on the front lines, trying to take care of customers and make a living while running the risk that, just by doing their jobs, they could get sick with COVID. They’ve had to deal with a lot: loss of income, fear, stress, new routines, difficult working conditions. Oh, yeah, and cranky diners who don’t understand why they have to wear a mask.

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During the government-ordered shutdown last spring, many restaurant workers found themselves out of work. Thanks to the federal CARES Act, they received $600 a week in addition to state unemployment. For servers accustomed to the vagaries of shift work and tips, it was a rare and unexpected period of financial stability. But the CARES money ran out in July and Congress failed to pass a second round of COVID relief, leaving restaurant employees in a tight spot. Some, but not all, returned to work. Most are not working as much as they did before the shutdown. Landon Prints, a server at Solomon’s Delicatessen on K Street, says he’s working only 30 hours a week. Still, he knows he’s one of the lucky ones. “I do not take it for granted,” he says. “I’m grateful for the work I have.” Jake De La Hoya is a server at Yard House in downtown’s DOCO, near Golden 1 Center. He was out of work for two months. Now, like many of the servers I talked with, he’s pulling fewer shifts—and making less money— than he did pre- COVID. “Shifts have definitely been reduced,” he says. “We can’t have the same volume, so shifts are sparse. Servers are looking to pick up shifts whenever they can. They’ll even pick up host shifts. We have one female server who’s hosting on the weekends because she needs the extra money.”

“I was very hesitant to come back to work because I don’t even get to see my mom. She has lupus, so I can’t be around her. We’re definitely sacrificing a lot so people can have a hamburger.” Christopher Fairman is the general manager at The Shack, a popular sandwich-and-beer joint in East Sacramento. Before COVID, The Shack had 26 workers. Today, it has seven. “Basically, no one can get sick or we won’t have anybody,” says Fairman. To stay afloat, the restaurant reduced its hours and days of operation. To avoid paying a dishwasher, it uses disposables. “We’re not making even close to the money that we used to,” he notes. According to Fairman, most Shack customers are understanding about the changes wrought by the pandemic. However, mask wearing is sometimes a sticking point. At The Shack, customers are required to wear a mask when entering and ordering. Fairman started to see pushback in early October, when President Trump, fresh off his hospitalization for the coronavirus, tweeted, “Don’t be afraid of Covid.” “After that, we’ve had susa n y ee

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more people upset about having to wear a mask for 30 seconds while they order,” Fairman reports. He really appreciates customers who put on their mask while he’s dropping food at their table, even though it’s not required. “I always personally thank them,” he says. “It’s a sign of respect. I feel like restaurant workers always were treated like, yeah, you just work at a restaurant. But now it’s even more pronounced: ‘I don’t have to wear a mask, but you do. You’re my server.’”

“I’m working maybe three, four shifts a week. But I don’t feel I could work more than that. It’s terrifying and exhausting. By the last shift of the week, I’m holding it in with everything I’ve got.”

percent or more, according to Gregorakis. The Karens? They tip poorly (if at all) and don’t want to wear a mask. Mask wearing is a political fault line in restaurants, as it is in society in general. A customer refusing to wear a mask can feel hostile and dangerous to a server. For her own safety, Holly Leighton, who works at East Sac’s Allora, doubles up, wearing an N95 underneath her cloth mask. Says Schumacher, the bartender: “It’s really scary. Somebody pulls down their mask and starts slurring at you, and it’s like, is this the moment I get COVID? That fear is always there.”

“This industry needs a change.”

Even before COVID -19, there was talk about the inequities of the restaurant industry, including the income Bartender Melody Schumacher loves her work. “Craft disparity between the front of house (tipped waiters) bartending is my passion,” she says. “Hospitality is my and back of house (low-wage-earning cooks, bussers industry, my career.” But the pandemand dishwashers). “I love this busiic has changed her relationship with DINERS CAN DO A LOT TO SHOW THEIR ness, but there’s no safety net,” says customers. “It’s a weird dynamic,” ex- APPRECIATION TO SERVERS. HERE Allora’s Leighton. “No benefits. No plains Schumacher, who works at ARE A FEW SIMPLE RULES: BE KIND TO paid time off. I would like to see that YOUR SERVER. WEAR YOUR FREAKING Honey and the Trapcat in Old Sacrachange.” Already, there are changes MASK. AND TIP TILL IT HURTS. mento. “You want to give guests what afoot. At some restaurants, servers they want. But now I’m telling them: ‘You can’t order are pooling tips with the kitchen. A nascent movement here, you have to order there. Please pull up your mask. to get rid of tipping in favor of a living wage dissipated Use hand sanitizer. Don’t touch that.’ I feel like the during the pandemic. The Shack’s Fairman doesn’t see strict but kind schoolmarm.” that happening now. “If we eliminate tipping, you might Schumacher finds herself constantly apologizing as pay $25 for a hamburger,” he says. she tries to satisfy customers while keeping them in line. As the pandemic grinds on, diners can do a lot to She often uses humor. If a man comes in without a mask, show their appreciation to servers. Here are a few she’ll say, “You have to cover that adorable face. I’m simple rules to remember: Be kind to your server. Wear overwhelmed; I just can’t handle it.” When somebody your freaking mask. And tip till it hurts. leans over the bar, pulls down their mask and shouts their order, she worries about droplets contaminating the glasses and garnishes. The strain has started to get to her. “It’s incredibly stressful,” she says. “I came home last night and cried. My boyfriend asked why. I said I feel like I’m bad at my job—a job I’ve been given no way to do well at.” She continues: “I feel like my job isn’t about serving alcohol and food anymore. I’m a hall monitor. My job is to keep you as safe as possible and have fun while you’re doing it. It’s like monitoring a playground in a war zone. There’s danger all around, but the kids still need to play.”

“To have people sitting in the dining room, drinking and laughing—it’s nerve-wracking. With that amount of exposure, I’m kind of waiting to get it. There’s not really a lot you can do.” Demetri Gregorakis, the lead server at midtown’s The Rind, divides customers into two groups: the ones who are understanding, patient and appreciative, and the ones who complain about everything. “The entitled people,” he says. “I guess Karens is what they’re called now.” Being a server these days means depending on the kindness of strangers. The kind ones tip well—30

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3 Reasons You Need Tamales This Christmas

1 It will make your abuelita smile l

The recipes for the tamales at Yolanda’s—pork or chicken in red sauce, chili with beans and cheese, veggie with vegan masa—originate from the matriarch herself. “She has been cooking since she was a little girl in Michoacán and has been selling her tamales since 1988,” says Sandra. And like many Mexican grannies, “she is an amazing cook. It makes her happy to see everyone eating her food.”

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“Tamales are just such a good, warm comfort food,” says Sandra. “They’re like a present you can eat. You unwrap them and under the husk you’ve got this steamed masa with filling inside. Tamales are one of the best-known Mexican comfort foods, and everybody falls in love with them, whether they’re Mexican or not.”

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“Making tamales is a great tradition that families can do together,” says Sandra. “In Mexico, that’s the tradition in every home: hot, fresh tamales that you make as a family. It’s a wonderful gift to pass down to the kids.” Yolanda’s sells prepared masa to home cooks who don’t have the time or inclination to prepare the maize dough themselves. “Let us make it for you so you have more time to spend with each other during the holidays.” —Catherine Warmerdam

Pork tamale from Yolanda’s Tamales Factory

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Ham with beet horseradish slaw and apple butter from Timmy’s Brown Bag

All in the Bag What do smoked baby clams, Spam, trip to a local grocery stocked with kimchi, chow mein noodles, pome- Russian, Indian or Korean foods. He’s granate boba and crunchy Sriracha drawn to ingredients he’s never bepeas have in common? They’re all fore tried or that derive from complex sandwich ingredients at Timmy’s cultural intersections. Brown Bag, a compact Placerville “I don’t treat the local farmers marlunch joint that surprises and de- ket as the entire milieu or my entire lights customers with some of the palate,” he explains. “It’s an internamost offbeat food combinations ever tional kind of world we live in.” found between two slices of bread. When dreaming up a new creation, Texas native Tim Swischuk might start Swischuk taught college TIM SWISCHUK’S SOURCES with an ingredient, say architecture courses OF INSPIRATION ARE a hash brown patty, INFORMED AS MUCH BY before making a midcathen read up on variaONLINE RESEARCH OF reer shift to cooking, tions of fried potatoes HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY working at Michael Chiacross cultures, arrivAS THEY ARE BY A VISIT arello’s Bottega and TO THE FARMERS MARKET. ing at the vada pav, a deep-fried potato other Napa Valley kitchens for seven years. “I opened the dumpling popular in India. With that sandwich shop in 2016 so I could do element as the foundation, Swischuk my own thing,” he says. Since then, will build upon a concept, adding he’s been experimenting with flavors ingredients according to his unand textures that push the boundar- conventional culinary intuition. ies of what a sandwich can be. Somehow it all works. Take Timmy’s Cauliflower 65: fried The menu, which he alters frecauliflower, Indian spiced gravy, pani quently, is an intentionally dense puri mayo, chutney, arugula, cilantro read. “I make the menu hard to read and crunchy Indian snacks on Texas on purpose so that customers have toast brioche. Or the ham sandwich to jump into it,” he says. “That way with balsamic strawberries, lemon they become part of the research.” chevre, pepper bacon marmalade Customers are willing participants slaw and Pop Rocks candy. Or the in Swischuk’s grand sandwich exBLT with Tang-laced tomatoes. periment, and they don’t shy away “There’s nothing on the menu that from all the zaniness that entails. customers have ever had before,” says There’s little room to accommodate Swischuk, and he’s right. picky eaters or fad diet adherents Swischuk’s sources of inspiration when the ingredients are this unaren’t always obvious, and are in- orthodox. As Swischuk puts it, “Most formed as much by online research people who come in know what of history and geography as they are they’re getting into.”—CATHERINE by a visit to the farmers market or a WARMERDAM

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Tamales have long been a Christmastime staple in Mexican households. But if the folks behind Yolanda’s Tamales Factory had their way, everyone would be noshing on them during the holidays. Founder Yolanda Vega, working alongside her son and daughter-in-law, Andres and Sandra Yanez, has so impressed tamale fans that many of them drive up to 45 minutes to the family’s South Sacramento restaurant to experience what a tamale should taste like. (They also have a food truck that makes the rounds to farmers markets and the like, and a Carmichael restaurant is in the works.) “We make our tamale sauce and masa from scratch,” explains Sandra. “The sauce alone takes a whole day—boiling the chilies, blending the spices. It’s very time consuming but it’s worth it.” Sandra says there are plenty of reasons why tamales deserve a spot on your holiday menu.

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Restaurants When this issue of Sacramento Magazine went to print, some restaurants were open for limited indoor dining. Meanwhile, many were offering outdoor dining and takeout. Before heading to a restaurant, call or check its website to make sure it’s open.

ARDEN ARCADE ABYSSINIA ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT If you can’t decide on one of the Ethiopian stews, served here with injera bread, opt for a grand sampler that includes four different stews, along with spicy red lentils, split yellow peas, collard greens and cabbage. 1346 Fulton Ave.; (916) 481-1580. L–D. Ethiopian. $$ DUBPLATE KITCHEN & JAMAICAN CUISINE One of the few places in Sacramento where you can get Caribbean food, this restaurant serves Jamaican specialties such as curry goat and jerk chicken. 3419 El Camino Ave.; (916) 339-6978; dubplatekitchencui sine.com. L–D. Jamaican. $$ FAMOUS KABOB Meat kabobs are the starring attraction here. Smokily delicious, the meats are served with fluffy basmati rice and grilled tomatoes. 1290 Fulton Ave.; (916) 483-1700; famouskabob.com. L–D. Persian. $–$$ THE KITCHEN Part supper club, part theatrical production, part cocktail party: This is like no other restaurant in Sacramento, and it’s Michelin starred. You need to make reservations months in advance for the multi-course dinner. The food is complex and mindblowingly creative. 2225 Hurley Way; (916) 568-7171; thekitchenrestaurant.com. D. American. $$$$ LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY Go for the ice cream, all made on the premises and used in shakes, malts and towering sundaes. 2333 Arden Way; (916) 920-8382; leatherbys.net. L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $ PLAN B The menu is compact, with a handful of appetizers and several wonderful salads. Plan B’s claim to fame is its stellar mussels, offered six ways. 555 La Sierra Drive; (916) 483-3000; planbrestaurant.com. D. New American/French. $$–$$$

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TEXAS WEST BAR-B-QUE This no-frills establishment serves slow wood-cooked meat in big portions. Dig into the tender Western-style pork spareribs and beef brisket or the smoky chicken. 1600 Fulton Ave.; (916) 483-7427; texaswestbbq.com. L–D. Barbecue. $–$$

SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFE Choose from an array of appetizers and hot items along with crowd-pleasing side dishes and pizza. This high-quality takeout food can be a real lifesaver on nights when you’re too busy to cook. 915 Broadway; (916) 732-3390; sellands. com. L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$

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ANDY NGUYEN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT This bastion of Buddhist-inspired vegetarian cuisine serves food that is fresh and flavorful. 2007 Broadway; (916) 736-1157; andynguyenvegetarian.com. L–D. Vegetarian/Asian. $

ROAD TRIP BAR & GRILL This family-friendly joint serves up classic roadhouse fare, from salads and burgers to chops. 24989 State Highway 16; (530) 796-3777; roadtripbg.com. B–L–D. American. $–$$

REAL PIE COMPANY At this homey pie shop, you’ll find the pies of your dreams, made with all-butter crusts and seasonal fruit sourced from local farms. In addition to dessert pies such as jumbleberry and butterscotch banana cream, you can order savory pot pies, shepherd’s pies and dishes like mac and cheese, all available to eat in or take out. 2425 24th St.; (916) 838-4007; realpiecompany.com. L–D. American. $

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D’MILLER’S FAMOUS BBQ Ribs, hotlinks, tri-tip and more are served with traditional accompaniments such as cornbread, coleslaw and baked beans. The food, simple and hearty, arrives on disposable plates at this casual eatery. 7305 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 974-1881. L–D. Barbecue. $$

MARK & MONICA’S FAMILY PIZZA The pizzas here are belly filling and hearty. 4751 Manzanita Ave.; (916) 487-1010; markandmonicaspizza.com. L–D. Pizza. $$ MATTEO’S PIZZA & BISTRO The menu is compact, and there’s no skimping on first-rate ingredients. The pizza crust is damned good, attaining that chewycrispy-airy trifecta. You also can order pasta, steak or a burger. 5132 Arden Way; (916) 779-0727; pizza matteo.com. L–D. Pizza/American. $$

CITRUS HEIGHTS LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 7910 Antelope Road; (916) 729-4021; leatherbys.net. L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $ SAM’S CLASSIC BURGERS At this drive-up burger shack, the shakes are great and the burgers wonderfully straightforward. 7442 Auburn Blvd.; (916) 7237512. L–D. Burgers. $

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Restaurants CURTIS PARK PANGAEA BIER CAFE While it’s known as a beer cafe and bottle shop, this casual spot also serves up tasty bar food, including a burger that has taken home top honors more than once at Sacramento Burger Battle. 2743 Franklin Blvd.; (916) 454-4942; pangaeabier cafe.com. L–D. American. $$

DAVIS BURGERS AND BREW The casual, publike restaurant uses high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and serves an interesting selection of beers and ales. 1409 R St.; (916) 442-0900; burgersnbrew.com. L–D. Burgers. $ CAFE BERNARDO For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 234 D St.; (530) 750-5101; cafeber nardo.com. B–L–D. New American. $ CREPEVILLE This bustling creperie serves many variations on the crepe theme, from entrée to dessert. 330 Third St.; (530) 750-2400. B–L–D. Crepes. $ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 500 First St.; (530) 756-2111; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ THE MUSTARD SEED The restaurant (a former house) is composed of three tiny rooms, plus a shaded patio out back. Dinner selections feature elegant California cuisine, and range from crab-stuffed Idaho trout to shrimp and sun-dried tomato risotto. Wines are reasonably priced and exclusively from California. 222 D St.; (530) 758-5750; mustardseedofdavis.com. L–D. New American. $$–$$$ OSTERIA FASULO This restaurant has a beautiful outdoor courtyard bordered by trellised grapevines and punctuated by leafy trees strung with tiny lights. The menu is proudly Italian, with wonderful pastas and robust meat dishes. Try the vanilla panna cotta for dessert. 2657 Portage Bay East; (530) 758-1324; osteriafasulo.com. L–D. Italian. $$$–$$$$ PAESANOS For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 139 G St.; (530) 758-8646; paesanos.biz. L–D. Pizza/Italian. $ YAKITORI YUCHAN This busy little restaurant focuses on skewered grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. Most items are meant to be shared; bring an adventurous palate and a group of food-loving friends. 109 E St.; (530) 753-3196; yakitoriyuchan. com. D. Japanese. $–$$ ZIA’S DELICATESSEN This casual, Italian-style deli makes hot and cold sandwiches, salads and hot entrées such as lasagna, penne with creamy tomato sauce and tortellini with pesto-cream sauce. 616 Third St.; (530) 750-7870; ziasdeli.com. L. Deli. $

DIXON CATTLEMENS This classic Western steakhouse serves up big slabs of prime rib, porterhouse, T-bone and cowboy steaks, plus all the trimmings: shrimp cocktail and loaded potato skins. 250 Dorset Court; (707) 678-5518; cattlemens.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$

DOWNTOWN BRASSERIE CAPITALE Owned by the family behind midtown’s Aïoli Bodega Española and The Grand wine bar, this beautifully designed restaurant is based on a traditional French brasserie. The menu hits the

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Pangaea Bier Cafe’s burger high points of the brasserie canon, everything from onion soup to steak frites. 1201 K St.; (916) 329-8033; brasseriecapitale.com. L–D. French. $$–$$$ CAFE BERNARDO The menu offers straightforward fare guaranteed to please just about everyone. Breakfast includes huevos rancheros and eggs Bernardo, drizzled with hollandaise sauce. Lunch and dinner feature chewy-crusted pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and substantial entrées such as pan-seared chicken breast with mashed potatoes. 1431 R St.; (916) 9309191; cafebernardo.com. B–L–D. New American. $ CAFETERIA 15L Go to Cafeteria 15L for modern, approachably priced comfort food in a casual yet stylish environment. The menu emphasizes fun fare, such as mac ’n’ cheese, truffle tater tots, and fried chicken and waffle with gravy and pecan butter. 1116 15th St.; (916) 492-1960; cafeteria15l.com. L–D. Californian. $$ CAMDEN SPIT & LARDER Chef Oliver Ridgeway’s swank brasserie appeals to lobbyists, lawyers and legislators with its gin-forward cocktails (martini, anyone?) and a menu that’s an interesting mash-up of British chop-house classics, English schoolboy favorites and elevated pub fare. 555 Capitol Mall; (916) 619-8897; camdenspitandlarder.com. L–D. Steakhouse. $$$–$$$$

this outpost of a Vegas steakhouse is sleek and unstuffy. Prices are considerably gentler than at most other steakhouses, but the quality of the meat is high. In addition to standard cuts like filet, NY steak and rib-eye, you’ll find butcher cuts such as hanger, bavette, skirt and tri-tip. 500 J St.; (877) 678-6255; echoandrig.com. B–L–D–Br. Steakhouse. $$$ FOUNDATION RESTAURANT & BAR Located across from the Golden 1 Center, this downtown hangout serves modern-style comfort food, along with old favorites like burgers, fish tacos and hot wings. 400 L St.; (916) 321-9522; foundationrestaurantandbar. com. L–D. American. $$–$$$ FOX & GOOSE PUBLIC HOUSE This tavern plates up some of the best breakfasts in town, along with pub staples like beer-battered fish and chips, a Cornish pasty or Welsh rarebit. 1001 R St.; (916) 443-8825; foxandgoose.com. B–L–D. English pub. $ FRANK FAT’S Downtown Sacramento’s oldest restaurant, Fat’s is a favorite of the Capitol crowd. The restaurant is well known for its steaks—especially Frank’s Style New York Steak—and its brandy-fried chicken. This is Chinese cuisine at its most sophisticated. 806 L St.; (916) 442-7092; fatsrestaurants. com. L–D. Chinese. $$$

DE VERE’S IRISH PUB Don’t head to de Vere’s if you’re seeking a quiet evening—the raucous, high-energy pub is noisy and packed with revelers. The wood bar (imported from Ireland) is enormous, and the food is high-quality pub fare. 1521 L St.; (916) 231-9947. deverespub.com. L–D. Irish pub. $$

GRANGE RESTAURANT & BAR Located in The Citizen Hotel, Grange proves that a hotel restaurant doesn’t have to be pedestrian. The menu changes frequently and spotlights some of the area’s best producers. The ambience in the stunning dining room is seductive and low-lit. 926 J St.; (916) 492-4450; grangerestau rantandbar.com. B–L–Br. Californian/American. $$$$

ECHO & RIG Located in the lobby of The Sawyer hotel,

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Restaurants Ngo, this below-ground ramen shop takes the Japanese noodle soup to a whole new level. Ingredients are organic, and almost everything is made in-house. For a fun experience, sit at the six-person ramen counter and chat with the chefs. 718 K St.; (916) 426-8863; kodaikoramen.com. L–D–Br. Japanese/ ramen. $$–$$$ MAGPIE CAFE This restaurant has a casual, unassuming vibe, and its hallmark is clean, simple fare that tastes like the best version of itself. 1601 16th St.; (916) 452-7594; magpiecafe.com. B–L–D. Californian. $$ MAS TACO BAR Tasty little tacos are the headliners at this casual eatery. You can also get Latin-flavored rice bowls, salads and starters such as elote (Mexican street corn) and habanero fire balls (a mixture of roasted chilies, cream cheese, bacon and pepper jack, rolled into balls and fried). 1800 15th St.; mastacobar. com. L–D–Br. Mexican. $$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR This hip sushi bar serves its sushi with a side of sass. There are three sushi bars and a dense menu of appetizers, rice bowls, bento boxes and sushi rolls. 1530 J St.; (916) 447-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ SHADY LADY SALOON The charming faux speakeasy is an excellent place to meet up with friends for a round of cocktails and a first-rate meal. Bordelloinspired wallpaper and dim lighting set an alluring stage for the robust and flavorful food. 1409 R St.; (916) 231-9121; shadyladybar.com. L–D. American/ Southern. $$ TIGER This late-night hangout serves casual salads, sandwiches, burgers and bowls, along with a nice selection of craft cocktails. 722 K St.; (916) 382-9610; tiger700block.com. L–D–Br. $$ URBAN ROOTS BREWING & SMOKEHOUSE At this brewery, a massive smoker turns out succulent meats— brisket, ribs, turkey and sausage—in the tradition of the great barbecue houses of Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Sides include collard greens, mac and cheese, yams and poblano cheese grits. Sit indoors or out at long picnic tables. 1322 V St.; (916) 706-3741; urbanrootsbrewing.com. L–D. Barbecue. $$ ZIA’S DELICATESSEN For description, see listing under Davis. 1401 O St.; (916) 441-3354; ziasdeli. com. L. Deli. $

Sandwiches from Juno’s Kitchen and Delicatessen JUNO’S KITCHEN AND DELICATESSEN This tiny eatery serves some of the best sandwiches in town. Owner Mark Helms also offers an intriguing selection of salads and “pan” dishes such as shrimp mac ’n’ cheese. But you can’t go wrong with the smoked trout sandwich or the grilled chicken sandwich. Though there’s only a handful of tables, takeout is a tasty option. 3675 J St.; (916) 456-4522; junoskitchen.com. L. Bistro. $

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KRU Kru turns out exciting Japanese fare, and there’s a craft cocktail bar, outdoor patios and an omakase bar. 3135 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 551-1559; krurestaurant. com. L–D. Japanese. $$$–$$$$

CANON With Michelin-starred chef Brad Cecchi at the helm, this chic restaurant offers an ambitious menu of globally inspired plates. Much of the menu is vegetarian, vegan or gluten free, but you can also order from a small selection of hearty meat, poultry and fish dishes. 1719 34th St.; (916) 469-2433; canoneastsac. com. Global/New American. D–Br. $$$–$$$$

OBO’ ITALIAN TABLE & BAR This casual Italian eatery has hot dishes and cold salads behind the glass cases, ready for the taking. But the stars of the menu are the freshly made pastas and wood-oven pizzas. There’s also a full bar serving Italian-theme craft cocktails. 3145 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 822-8720; oboitalian.com. L–D. Italian. $$

CELESTIN’S Gumbo is the signature dish at this charming, minuscule restaurant specializing in Creole and Cajun cuisine. It comes in six varieties, including chicken, vegetarian and seafood. But the pièce de resistance is the namesake Celestin’s gumbo, chock-full of chicken, sea scallops, wild shrimp, rock cod and sausage. 3610 McKinley Blvd.; (916) 2584060; celestinsgumbo.com. L–D. Cajun/Creole. $$

ONESPEED Chef Rick Mahan, who built his stellar reputation at The Waterboy in midtown, branched out with a more casual concept at his East Sac eatery. The open bistro has a tiled pizza oven that cranks out chewy, flavorful pizzas. 4818 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 706-1748; onespeedpizza.com. B–L–D. Pizza. $$

CLUBHOUSE 56 This is your classic sports bar, from the multiple TVs and two giant screens broadcasting games via DIRECTV to the local sports memorabilia on the walls. The food, too, is classic sports-bar fare: burgers, sandwiches and apps such as tacos and jalapeño poppers. The place is dark, casual and convivial, Sacramento’s very own Cheers. 734 56th St.; (916) 454-5656; ch56sports.com. Br–L–D. Sports bar. $$

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ORIGAMI ASIAN GRILL This fast-casual eatery serves Asian-flavored rice bowls, banh mi sandwiches, salads and ramen, along with killer fried chicken and assorted smoked-meat specials from a big smoker on the sidewalk. 4801 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 400-3075; origami asiangrill.com. L–D. Asian fusion. $–$$ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFE For description, see listing under Broadway. 5340 H St.; (916) 736-3333; sellands.com. L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$

STAR GINGER ASIAN GRILL AND NOODLE BAR Offering affordably priced dishes inspired by the street foods of Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, this restaurant serves a spicy Thai chicken soup that is a delicious bargain. 3101 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 231-8888; stargingerrestaurant.com. L–D. Pan-Asian. $

EL DORADO HILLS AJI JAPANESE BISTRO This casually elegant restaurant offers an innovative menu of Japanese street food, interesting fusion entrées, traditional dishes such as teriyaki and tempura and sushi. 4361 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 941-9181; ajibistroedh.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $–$$ C. KNIGHT’S STEAKHOUSE An upscale dinner house serving steaks, chops and seafood, this restaurant offers classic American fare that’s stood the test of time. Make sure to order the Green Phunque, a tasty side dish that’s like creamed spinach on steroids. 2085 Vine St.; (916) 235-1730; cknightsteakhouse. com. D. American steakhouse. $$$$ MILESTONE This unstuffy eatery serves great takes on comfort-food classics like pot roast and fried chicken. It’s straightforward, without pretense or gimmickry. The setting is like a Napa country porch, and the service is warm and approachable. 4359 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 934-0790; milestoneedh.com. L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$ RELISH BURGER BAR This burger place offers so many enticing choices, it’s hard to avoid order paralysis. We’ll make it easy on you: Get the teriyaki burger. The beef patty is embellished with slices of warm grilled pineapple, fried onions and melted Swiss cheese. A copious splash of teriyaki sauce rounds out the flavor

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Asian cuisine, from Mongolian beef and Hong Kong chow mein to Thai chicken satay served with a fiery curry-peanut sauce. 2585 Iron Point Road; (916) 983-1133; fatsasiabistro.com. L–D. Pan-Asian. $$ LAND OCEAN The menu hits all the steakhouse high notes: hand-cut steaks, lobster, seafood and rotisserie, entrée salads and sandwiches. 2720 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 983-7000; landoceanrestaurants.com. L–D–Br. New American/steakhouse. $$$ SCOTT’S SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR This restaurant offers a solid menu of delicious seafood, from crab cakes and calamari to roasted lobster tail. 824 Sutter St.; (916) 989-6711; scottsseafood.net. L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$

GARDEN HIGHWAY CRAWDADS ON THE RIVER This riverfront restaurant is festive and lively. The Cajun-inspired menu includes fish tacos and several fun entrées. 1375 Garden Highway; (916) 929-2268; saccrawdads.com. L–D–Br. Cajun/American. $$

GRANITE BAY HAWKS One of Placer County’s best restaurants, Hawks is known for its elegant cuisine and beautiful interior. The seasonal menu is full of delicious surprises, such as seared scallop and sea urchin. 5530 Douglas Blvd.; (916) 791-6200; hawksrestaurant.com. L–D–Br. New American/French. $$$–$$$$

GREENHAVEN/POCKET Bacon, potato and goat cheese pizza from Selland’s Market-Cafe of this delectable burger. 1000 White Rock Road; (916) 933-3111; relishburgerbar.com. L–D. Burgers. $ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFE For description, see listing under “East Sacramento.” 4370 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 932-5025; sellands.com. L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$ SIENNA RESTAURANT The menu includes a playful melange of global cuisine, including fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, stone hearth pizzas, inventive appetizers and a stacked French dip sandwich. Sunday brunch includes a made-to-order omelet bar and unlimited mimosas. 3909 Park Drive; (916) 941-9694; siennarestaurants.com. L–D–Br. Global. $$–$$$

ELK GROVE BOULEVARD BISTRO Located in a cozy 1908 bungalow, this bistro is one of the region’s best-kept dining secrets. Chef/owner Bret Bohlmann is a passionate supporter of local farmers and winemakers, and his innovative food sings with freshness and seasonality. 8941 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 685-2220; blvdbistro. com. D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 8525 Bond Road; (916) 714-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ PAESANOS For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 8519 Bond Road; (916) 690-8646; paesanos. biz. L–D. Pizza/Italian. $ THAI CHILI This plain restaurant offers an entire menu just for vegetarians, plus interesting meat and

fish dishes. 8696 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 714-3519; thaichilielkgrove.net. L–D. Thai. $$

FAIR OAKS MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 4323 Hazel Ave.; (916) 961-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ SUNFLOWER DRIVE IN This casual spot serves healthful, wholesome vegetarian and vegan fare. Faves include the Nutburger, the egg salad sandwich and fruit smoothies. 10344 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 9674331; sunflowerdrivein.com. L–D. Vegetarian. $

FOLSOM BACK BISTRO A warm pocket of coziness and urban sophistication in a retail center, this place offers an appealing menu of casual nibbles and swankier entrées. But it’s the wine program that really knocks this charming little bistro out of the park. 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1201; (916) 986-9100; backbis tro.com. D. New American/Mediterranean. $$–$$$ CHICAGO FIRE Oodles of melted cheese blanket the pizzas that fly out of the kitchen of this busy restaurant. Here, you get to choose between thin-crust, deep-dish and stuffed pizzas. 310 Palladio Parkway; (916) 984-0140; chicagofire.com. L –D. Pizza. $ FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR This glamorous restaurant looks like a set from an Indiana Jones movie, with tall palm trees and an enormous golden Buddha atop a water fountain. The menu focuses on

SCOTT’S SEAFOOD ON THE RIVER Located in The Westin Sacramento, Scott’s has a patio and a view of the river. Breakfast dishes include crab cake Benedict, and lunch entrées range from petrale sole to a prawn Caesar salad. For dinner, splurge on a lobster tail or choose a more modestly priced grilled salmon. 4800 Riverside Blvd.; (916) 379-5959; scottsseafoodon theriver.com. B–L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$

LAND PARK RIVERSIDE CLUBHOUSE The busy kitchen focuses on a solid menu of American classics. Beautifully designed, the restaurant features a stunning outdoor waterfall and a tri-level fireplace. 2633 Riverside Blvd.; (916) 448-9988; riversideclubhouse.com. L–D– Br. American/New American. $$ TAYLOR’S KITCHEN Step inside the cozy space and you’ll notice the focal point is an open kitchen where the chefs prepare meats and produce sold at Taylor’s Market next door. 2924 Freeport Blvd.; (916) 4435154; taylorskitchen.com. D–Br. American. $$$

LINCOLN HIGH STEAKS This Thunder Valley Casino restaurant is a meat lover’s paradise, offering up everything from an 8-ounce prime filet to a 26-ounce bone-in New York steak. The kitchen sources some of the best products in the country, and side dishes range from sweet potato casserole to five-cheese macaroni. 1200 Athens Ave.; (916) 408-8327; thundervalleyresort. com. D. Steakhouse. $$$$ MERIDIANS Located in Sun City Lincoln Hills’ Orchard Creek Lodge, this elegant restaurant offers comfort and reliability. The dining room has live piano music and a patio overlooking rolling green hills and waterfalls. The menu is American to its core,

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Restaurants featuring classic dishes such as grilled porterhouse pork chop and pot roast with mashed potatoes and pan gravy. 965 Orchard Creek Lane; (916) 625-4040; meridiansrestaurant.com. B–L–D. American. $$$.

MIDTOWN BEAST + BOUNTY The heart of this chic restaurant is its open hearth, where meats and vegetables are roasted over a wood fire. The meaty rib-eye is meant to be shared. So is the pizza, thin, flat and seductively charred from the wood-burning pizza oven. 1701 R St.; (916) 244-4016; eatbeastandbounty.com. L–D–Br. American. $$$ BRODERICK MIDTOWN This midtown outpost of West Sac’s divey Broderick Roadhouse serves the same fare, but in slightly nicer digs. The menu is dominated by burgers. Wings, fries and beer round out the bro-friendly menu. 1820 L St.; (916) 469-9720; broderickroadhouse.com. L–D–Br. Burgers. $$ HOOK & LADDER MANUFACTURING COMPANY Located in a Quonset hut, this restaurant is both hip and cozy. Despite the barlike ambience, Hook & Ladder is serious about food. All the pastas and desserts are made in-house. 1630 S St.; (916) 442-4885; hook andladder916.com. L–D–Br. Californian. $$ KUPROS This fun gastropub is housed in a beautifully renovated 1910 Craftsman building. Belly up to the ground-floor bar for a pint of beer, or head upstairs for a seat in the dining room or the outdoor balcony, where you can tuck into fare such as steak frites or pot roast. 1217 21st St.; (916) 440-0401; kuproscraft house.com. L–D–Br. New American/gastropub. $$ LOCALIS This upscale restaurant is a pleasant surprise. Localis (Latin for “local”) is a dinner-only restaurant with a tiny, inventive menu of ingredientdriven dishes. Chef Christopher Barnum-Dann works with local farms to source most of the menu within 100 miles. 2031 S St.; (916) 737-7699; localissacra mento.com. D. Californian. $$$–$$$$ LOWBRAU BIERHALLE This chic yet casual watering hole serves house-made sausages, duck fat fries and stand-out beers. Long communal tables make for a convivial experience. 1050 20th St.; (916) 706-2636; lowbrausacramento.com. L–D–Br. Beer hall. $ LUCCA RESTAURANT AND BAR The popular restaurant serves an eclectic, Mediterranean-inspired menu. The food is flavorful and prettily presented. Start with a plate of the fabulous zucchini chips, which are hot, salty and addictive. 1615 J. St.; (916) 669-5300; luccarestaurant.com. L–D. Mediterranean. $$ MULVANEY’S BUILDING & LOAN Distinctive and cozy, this topflight restaurant exudes the generous affability of its owner, chef Patrick Mulvaney. Housed in a brick firehouse from the late 1800s, the menu changes frequently and is focused on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. 1215 19th St.; (916) 441-6022; mulvaneysbl.com. L–D. Californian. $$$ PARAGARY’S This legendary restaurant focuses on elegant, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. 1401 28th St.; (916) 457-5737; paragarys.com. L–D–Br. New American/Californian. $$–$$$ RICK’S DESSERT DINER This diner has a playful ’50s vibe, with red booths and a jukebox. The ever-present line of customers in front of the display case can make it difficult to see the mind-boggling assortment of sweets. 2401 J St.; (916) 444-0969; ricksdessert diner.com. Dessert. $ THE RIND At this cheese-centric bar, you can savor cheese in a number of ways. The menu includes variations on macaroni and cheese, cheese boards

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fried catfish, and shrimp and grits. 3428 Third Ave.; (916); 999-7685. fixinssoulkitchen.com. B–L–D–Br. Southern. $$

SAIGON ALLEY KITCHEN + BAR This hip restaurant and bar serves modern versions of Vietnamese street food. A big draw is the $3 happy hour, featuring snacks like banh mi taco, fish sauce chicken wings, taro fries and sugarcane shrimp. 1801 L St.; (916) 758-6934; saigonalley.com. L–D. Vietnamese. $$

LA VENADITA This inviting, casual taqueria has a concise menu that includes inventive street tacos, a brightly flavored ceviche and an enchilada with rich mole sauce. It also boasts a full bar and an enticing menu of craft cocktails. 3501 Third Ave.; (916) 4004676; lavenaditasac.com. L–D. Mexican. $$

THE WATERBOY This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant produces perhaps the finest cooking in the region. Chef/owner Rick Mahan honors local farmers with his commitment to simply prepared, highcaliber food. You can’t go wrong if you order one of the lovely salads, followed by the gnocchi, ravioli or a simple piece of fish, finished with butter and fresh herbs. You’ll also find French classics such as veal sweetbreads and pomme frites. 2000 Capitol Ave.; (916) 498-9891; waterboyrestaurant.com. L–D. Mediterranean. $$$$ ZÓCALO This Mexican restaurant is one of the best places to while away an evening with friends over margaritas. The wraparound sidewalk patio is one of the most popular spots in town. The menu has regional Mexican specialties such as tacos de cazuela, a casserole-ish concoction of steak, chorizo and cheese served with tortillas. 1801 Capitol Ave.; (916) 441-0303; zocalosacramento.com. L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

OAK PARK FIXINS SOUL KITCHEN This bustling place, partly owned by former mayor Kevin Johnson, serves up friendly Southern hospitality along with delicious Southern fare, including chicken and waffles, gumbo,

OLD SACRAMENTO THE FIREHOUSE Located in a 1853 firehouse, it’s white tablecloth all the way, with crystal wine glasses and top-notch service. The food is special-occasion worthy, and the wine list represents more than 2,100 labels. 1112 Second St.; (916) 442-4772; firehouse oldsac.com. L–D. Californian/American. $$$$ RIO CITY CAFE Located on the riverbank, the bustling restaurant offers stunning views of Tower Bridge. The menu changes seasonally and offers a wide selection of creative, solid dishes. 1110 Front St.; (916) 442-8226; riocitycafe.com. L–D–Br. New American. $$

RANCHO CORDOVA CATTLEMENS For description, see listing under “Dixon.” 12409 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 985-3030; cattle mens.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$

ROCKLIN ANATOLIAN TABLE The menu here is lengthy, with an enticing lineup of kebabs and “oven foods” such

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RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE For description, see listing under “Roseville.” 501 Pavilions Lane; (916) 286-2702; ruthschris.com. L (Fridays only)–D. Steakhouse. $$$$ WILDWOOD RESTAURANT & BAR This chic restaurant serves New American and global cuisine, with naan, ahi poke and rock shrimp risotto sharing the menu with an all-American burger. The spacious patio is a great place to grab a drink and listen to live music. 556 Pavilions Lane; (916) 922-2858; wildwoodpavil ions.com. L–D–Br. American/global fusion. $$$

SOUTHSIDE PARK BINCHOYAKI Small plates of grilled meats, fish and vegetables are the stars at this izakaya-style restaurant. But you can also order ramen, tempura and other Japanese favorites. 2226 10th St.; (916) 4699448; binchoyaki.com. L–D. Japanese. $$–$$$ SOUTH In a town of great fried chicken, this restaurant may serve the very best fried chicken of all. It’s moist and crunchy and comes with greens and a biscuit (made from a secret family recipe). Other delights include a fabulous hamburger and Southern desserts such as sweet potato pie. 2005 11th St.; (916) 382-9722; weheartfriedchicken.com. L–D. New Southern. $$

TAHOE PARK BACON & BUTTER Lively and urban, the place is packed with fans of chef Billy Zoellin’s homey flapjacks, biscuits and other breakfasty fare. 5913 Broadway; (916) 346-4445; baconandbuttersac.com. B–L. Breakfast/American. $–$$

Pork dumplings from P.F. Chang’s China Bistro as kusbasi pide, a Turkish dish similar to pizza. 6815 Lonetree Blvd.; (916) 772-3020; anatoliantable.com. L–D. Turkish. $–$$ ZEST KITCHEN Everything served at this casual cafe is vegan, and most of the dishes are gluten-free. 2620 Sunset Blvd.; (916) 824-1688; zestvegankitchen.com. L–D. Vegan/vegetarian. $

ROSEVILLE CATTLEMENS For description, see listing under “Dixon.” 2000 Taylor Road; (916) 782-5587; cattle mens.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$ LA PROVENCE RESTAURANT & TERRACE This elegant French restaurant offers some of the region’s loveliest outdoor dining. The seasonal menu features items such as bouillabaisse and soupe au pistou. 110 Diamond Creek Place; (916) 789-2002; laprovencerose ville.com. L–D–Br. French. $$$–$$$$ PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN BISTRO The comfortable restaurant is a local favorite. The kitchen offers a great list of small plates and approachable entrées. 1455 Eureka Road; (916) 783-3600; paulmartinsamerican grill.com. L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO The extensive menu offers dishes whose origins spring from many regions in China but that reflect a California sensibility. 1180 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 788-2800; pfchangs.com. L–D. Chinese. $$ RUEN THAI Simple and serene, Ruen Thai is a family-owned restaurant that offers a surprisingly large selection of fresh-tasting food. 1470 Eureka Road; (916) 774-1499; ruenthai.net. L–D. Thai. $

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE This swanky dinner house serves some of the tastiest meat in town. Expertly cooked steaks are seared at 1,800 degrees. Don’t miss the cowboy rib-eye or the fork-tender filet mignon. 1185 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 780-6910; ruths chris.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$$ YARD HOUSE With its lengthy menu, big flavors and loud music, there’s nothing retiring about this restaurant. There are close to 130 beers on tap, and the food includes beer-friendly small plates. 1166 Roseville Parkway; (916) 780-9273; yardhouse.com/CA/ Roseville. L–D. American/bar food. $$ ZÓCALO For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 1182 Roseville Parkway; (916) 788-0303; zocalosac ramento.com/roseville. L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

SIERRA OAKS ETTORE’S This bakery is a convivial spot for a casual meal. It’s hard to take your eyes off the dessert cases long enough to choose your savory items. But you’ll soon discover the kitchen’s talent extends to the wonderful pizzas, cooked in a wood-burning oven, hearty sandwiches and burgers, and fresh salads. 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 482-0708; ettores.com. B–L–D. Bakery/New American. $–$$ ROXY RESTAURANT AND BAR From the cowhide booths to the sparkling light fixtures in the bar, Roxy is a class act that happens to also serve chili and fried chicken. The innovative New American menu is seasonal and locally focused, with many of the ingredients sourced from area farms and ranches. 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 489-2000; roxyrestau rantandbar.com. L–D–Br. American/Californian/ steakhouse. $$

MOMO’S MEAT MARKET This family-run business serves simply first-rate barbecue, smoked over wood in huge drums in the parking lot. Sides include pepper Jack mac ’n cheese, cornbread and deep-fried cabbage. 5780 Broadway; (916) 452-0202. L–D. Barbecue. $$

WEST SACRAMENTO DRAKE’S: THE BARN Located in a modern indooroutdoor structure along the river, Drake’s serves thincrust pizzas, along with a few salads and appetizers. You can get table service indoors or on the patio. But if you prefer something more casual, grab a folding lawn chair, find a spot at the sprawling outdoor taproom and order a pizza to go. It’s fun galore, with kids, dogs and fire pits. 985 Riverfront St.; (510) 423-0971; drinkdrakes.com. L–D. Pizza. $$ LA CROSTA PIZZA BAR From the people behind The Rind in Sacramento, this casual pizza joint serves first-rate pies baked in a wood-burning oven, along with inventive flatbread sandwiches and a small selection of Italian entrées. 330 Third St.; (916) 389-0372; lacrostapizzabar.com. L–D–Br. Pizza. $$–$$$

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