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May 2022 - Let The Sunshine in!

With the warm weather (finally!) upon us, it is a beautiful time to be in Pittsburgh. At DCPP, we are proud to serve our communities in three locations. This summer, we have plenty of fun activities throughout the area, from farmers’ markets to CSA giveaways! Take a walk with our docs or chat with us at upcoming neighborhood events. We love to serve the people of this region and look forward to connecting with you soon. And are you a small business owner or work for a small business? Keep reading – we have some interesting news for you, as well. 

Exciting Updates from Our Doctors

  • Own a small business? Looking for healthcare options for your employees? Do you work for a small business that wants to provide health benefits? Dr. Kirsten Lin and Dr. Natalie Gentile have been meeting with small businesses to discuss direct primary care as a healthcare benefit for employees(opens in a new tab)

    Small business owners want to attract great employees who are there for the long haul. It’s important to prioritize their health and wellness, and many are realizing now that direct primary care through Direct Care Physicians of Pittsburgh is a great option because it’s cost-effective and accessible for businesses with up to 20 employees. 

    Learn more about direct primary care healthcare for employers on our website(opens in a new tab).

  • Curious about CSAs? Check this out! DCPP Allison Park’s “SHARE the Love CSA” Campaign is live! Share your love for your direct primary care doctor, and we’ll give you a chance to share in our CSA. 
    • Here's what to do: Leave us a review on one of our platforms: our website(opens in a new tab), Google(opens in a new tab) or Facebook(opens in a new tab)
    • Here’s what you’ll get: We have 11 shares to give away for the summer (every other Tuesday starting June 14). Harvest Valley CSA functions similarly to a farmers’ market with generally 30+ products to choose from. A share consists of 7 products, usually given in groups of 1-6 (i.e., one product choice, along with maybe three cucumbers, two butternut squash, one head of cauliflower or 10 eggs). Learn more at in a new tab)

* Love farmers' markets? Dr. Rebecca Byard will be at the Green Tree Farmers' Market(opens in a new tab) which runs May 20-Oct 28. She will provide free blood pressure checks. Come visit there in the community tent. 

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DCPP in the News

  • Dr. Gentile and Dr. Lin recently were featured in coverage by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the two-year anniversary since the COVID-19 shutdown in the U.S. They were spotlighted for “working to rebuild trust” with patients through the direct primary care model. Read the story on in a new tab).

  • Elation Health featured Dr. Byard’s journey in medicine in a recent profile story. Did you know she was an urgent care member and a jail “sick doctor” before becoming a direct primary care doc? Visit in a new tab) to learn more about her personal and professional story.

Recipe of the Month

With summer around the corner, let’s indulge in delicious, seasonal flavors! This strawberry spinach salad is one of Dr. Byard’s favorites. 


  • 1 bag fresh spinach
  • 1 qt fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup almonds, blanched and slivered
  • 1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce (or opt for a vegan version) 
  • 1/4 tsp paprika


  • In a medium bowl, mix together poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, worcestershire and paprika. 
  • Chill for one hour in the refrigerator.
  • Mix in the strawberries, spinach and almonds. (For added protein, toss in tofu or your favorite bean.) 
  • Enjoy! 

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Patient Spotlight

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.