Hey there! My name is Vince Gaspar Bellitti. Thanks so much for checking out our site!
We created Gaspar's Best® out of HB Pharmacy to commemorate the memory and values of Gaspar Bellitti: a pharmacist, HB Pharmacy's founder, and my grandfather. My father, John, is also a pharmacist and runs HB Pharmacy today. I help run the business and am also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, and Precision Nutrition Certified Coach. We've been taking care of our community in North Arlington, NJ since 1964.
I know I know...what's a family of pharmacists doing talking about building healthy lifestyles, right?
Fun fact...my father and I (and my grandfather before us) talk to everyone who walks through our doors about taking as little medication as possible, if any! Kinda counterintuitive, huh? But that's what makes us different!
If there's one other thing my grandfather taught me, it's this:
Healthcare is about honesty, compassion, and knowledgeable people you can trust. We also understand that trust is earned, not given. We hope to earn your trust here at Gaspar's Best.
As a pharmacy, we were named the 2016 Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year. This is a national award for independent pharmacies with over 5,000 pharmacies in contention. However, we realized that we weren't doing enough for our community.
You see, pharmacy and a lot of healthcare by nature is REACTIVE. You get sick, you go to the doctor or take medication.
We believe that it's not just our job to dispense medication at the pharmacy. It's also our job to help get people OFF of their medication.
What's the best way to achieve this? By being PROACTIVE and helping you understand how to stay healthy and well in the first place. Thus, Gaspar's Best was born.
How did I end up here? Well, that's a long story. If you've seen me in any videos we've done thus far, then you know I'm not a short-winded person! But I'll do my best 🙂
I was a self-conscious and chubby kid as a child. As an adult, my weight went through some ups and down, too. Being honest, my biggest challenges with my weight weren't on my body at all...they were in my head!!!!
At one point, I dropped 50lbs and then regained over 30lbs all within the span of a few months!!!
I did some CRAZY things to lose the weight...and of course went back to doing some crazy things to gain it again.
Then everything changed.
I quit my job and started a business years ago with two friends from college, one of whom I was dating. Long story short, after a few years of sleepless nights, the business failed. The relationship failed.
I was a completely different person. It felt like there was a constant weight on my shoulders and clouds in my head. It was paralyzing. Never before in my life had I so strongly doubted my self-worth. Everything I worked so hard for crumbled to the ground around me and it felt like I'd never get back to being me again.
That's when I reignited my health and wellness journey.
Sure, I wanted to build muscle, lose weight, and gain confidence like you probably do too.
But to me my journey was so much more than that. It was about proving to myself that I could put in the work and succeed at something. At a time in my life where I was surrounding by seemingly insurmountable failure, I needed to succeed at this. It was about regaining control of my life. It was about rediscovering me.
That's why I'm here.
To me, Gaspar's Best is not just about sharing my grandfather's values and continuing my family's proactive care legacy.
I've personally witnessed the power that taking control of your health and wellness can have on your physical and mental health. That is what inspired me to become a personal trainer and nutrition coach.
I'm here to share that same sense of accomplishment, purpose, happiness, and ultimately help you rediscover your "you" just like I did by building a healthy lifestyle.
Thank you again for checking out our website and reading our story (see, I told you I was long-winded!).
Can't wait to talk to you soon!
P.S. If you haven't scheduled a free nutraceutical consultation with me or one of our pharmacists, do so here!
Vince Gaspar Bellitti
Lifestyle Transformation Specialist
NASM-CPT, Pn1, WLS
Gaspar's Best Founder