Desert Life Pharmacy Sponsors a Pickleball Court

Shawne Cryderman, SPA fundraising co-chair (right), presents the Desert Life Pharmacy signage for Court 12 to owner and pharmacist Brianne Spaeth, PharmD (left). (Photo by Jim Schlote)

Raymond H. Goettsch

With great appreciation, the SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association, Inc. (SPA) announces that Desert Life Pharmacy has made a generous donation to assist in the expansion of pickleball at SaddleBrooke. For this sponsorship donation, SPA has designated Court 12 as the Desert Life Pharmacy Court.

Desert Life Pharmacy (Desert Life) is locally owned and operated by Dr. Spaeth in SaddleBrooke and is at 63675 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd., Suite S. Desert Life offers many services, including free medication delivery and immunizations, such as vaccinations for COVID-19, shingles, influenza, tetanus, and pneumonia. The pharmacy also has a wide range of medical equipment available for purchase. In addition, Desert Life has created the Medication Therapy Management program to assist clients in budgeting their medication costs. The pharmacy is covered by most insurance providers and Medicare Part D. Individuals can transfer their prescriptions to Desert Life on the website www.desertlifepharmacy.com, or by email to Dr. Spaeth at [email protected]

In its commitment to the local community, Desert Life offers free health and wellness clinics to allow its clients to better understand their medications and health needs. Also, dermatologist Indy Chabra of DMC Dermatology has office hours at the pharmacy on Tuesdays, which can be scheduled at dmcderm.com or by calling 520-955-8395. Additionally, cardiologist Gordon K. Watson, MD, FACC, FACP, has office hours at the pharmacy in the afternoon on two days monthly, the second Wednesdays and the fourth Thursday, and appointments can be made by calling 520-838-3540.

In addition, the pharmacy has for sale greeting cards by Tucson artist Tracy Foltz of Zinnia Sky Studios and by three SaddleBrooke residents. The pharmacy also has paintings by local artist Jim Morris for sale.

Dr. Sapeth reported that the donation to SPA arose out of the pharmacy’s vaccination program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She acknowledged that she had never heard of pickleball before opening the pharmacy, even though she had been involved in sports from a young age. She explained that as she gave vaccinations, many individuals would choose the arm not used in pickleball. In addition, she learned that the majority of the volunteers assisting in the vaccination program were avid pickleball players. As a result, she viewed the donation as payback to those many volunteers. She added that she is also well aware of the physical and mental benefits of physical activity, such as pickleball.

SPA is grateful to Desert Life Pharmacy for supporting pickleball in the SaddleBrooke community. Since SaddleBrooke is Desert Life’s own community, SPA is heartened that the pharmacy and owner/pharmacist Dr. Spaeth are investing in the improvement of the community, and SPA looks forward to an ongoing relationship with them.

SPA is proceeding with its plans to expand the existing six-court facility to 14 courts with amenities. Currently, SPA’s expectations are to begin construction of the expansion in the fall.