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June 2022 - Fun in the Sun!

Summer is (almost!) in full swing, and here at Direct Care Physicians of Pittsburgh we know what it’s like to juggle work, family and some summer fun – all while trying to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Dr. Rebecca Byard(opens in a new tab) knows how challenging that task can be for families, and she recommends having a first aid kit on hand for inevitable scrapes and bumps that come from children (and even adults) being outside. “Make sure you have something to cleanse the area if the skin is broken, like hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes. Tweezers and scissors can really come in handy, too,” she recommends. Other things to have on hand:

  • Elastic bandages (different sizes)
  • Gauze (both 4” squares and rolls of gauze)
  • Medical tape roll
  • Bandages of different sizes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Instant ice pack
  • Gloves
  • Pain relievers (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) 

Have a fun and safe summer!

Exciting Updates from Our Doctors


  • Meet Dr. Ashley Loughner: We are thrilled to welcome the newest addition to the DCPP family, Dr. Loughner. She’s an osteopathic doctor trained in family medicine. Plus, she’s a fitness instructor, mom of three and a military veteran. Her practice will be in Highland Park. 

    “Direct primary care is medicine the way it should be – putting our patients first and giving them the care they deserve,” she said. “I am excited to be back home in Pittsburgh and thrilled to be a part of the DCPP family. I am ready to hit the ground running and looking forward to working with such an amazing group of doctors to serve our community.”

  • Love farmers’ markets? Dr. Byard will be at the Green Tree Farmers’ Market(opens in a new tab) from 4-7 p.m. June 23. Come visit her in the community tent.

  • You won’t want to miss the Hampton Community Day on July 3. Dr. Kirstin Lin and Dr. Lela Dougherty will be there to chat with you and provide free blood pressure checks. Don’t forget to stop by their booth! For more details, visit in a new tab).

Walk with our Docs

Follow Dr. Gentile on Instagram @nataliegentilemd(opens in a new tab) for updates.

DCPP in the News

  • Congratulations to Dr. Lin, Dr. Gentile and Dr. Dougherty for being named “Top Doctors” in Pittsburgh Magazine. Check out the full list at in a new tab).

  • Dr. Gentile was named one of the 2022 “Top Physicians Under 40” by the Pennsylvania Medical Society. “She practices what she preaches, serving as an excellent role model for co-workers, patients, staff, her family and the community at large,” said her nominator. See more at in a new tab).

  • Hear special episodes from the podcast “My DPC Story” featuring Dr. Lin and Dr. Gentile, as well as one with Dr. Byard. Go to in a new tab) to listen. 

Recipe of the Month: The Best Potato Salad Ever (According to Dr. Lin!)


  • 6 large red potatoes, cut into quarters about 3lbs (skins, optional)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced red or yellow onion 
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley  
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes  
  • 2 dried dates, pit taken out and soaked in super hot water for 10 minutes
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast  
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water 


  • Add the potatoes to a large pot and cover them completely with water by 1-2 inches. Place a lid on the pot at an angle and simmer over medium heat for 20-25 minutes, or until you can pierce them with a fork.
  • Drain the potatoes and set them aside to cool.
  • Make the dressing by draining and rinsing the cashews and placing them into the blender, along with the rest of the "dressing" ingredients (For the dates, make sure to drain the water and remove the pit before adding them to the blender. Then add the garlic, mustard, nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, salt and water.) Blend until totally creamy and smooth. Set aside.
  • When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them into bite-sized pieces and place them into a large mixing bowl, along with the celery, onion, parsley, dill and dressing.
  • Gently stir until everything is combined and add salt and pepper to taste. Chill for at least an hour. 

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Patient Spotlight

Dana Wangler owns and operates Steel City Supply(opens in a new tab), a small e-commerce business that sells industrial hardware. 

Not only is he a DCPP patient, but he also offers his employees access to the direct primary care model – and recommends it to many family members and friends, too. He views DCPP as a cost-effective way for small business owners to provide top-notch primary care to their employees. 

Dana values the relationship he’s formed with his DCPP doctor through the direct primary care model and feels that he has control over his care. He also appreciates how DCPP respects his time and money. 

“You get the sense and the feeling that they have the mindset of a small business because they are a small business themselves,” he says. 

Visit in a new tab) to learn more about DCPP’s options for employers.

Would you like to be spotlighted? Do you know another DCPP patient who would make for a great profile? Let us know, and you could be featured in a future newsletter.