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May 2023 - Spring in Full Swing

Now that spring is in full swing, you know what that means? Farmers’ markets have arrived! You can check out a calendar of where to go to get your fresh produce HERE. Our doctors will be popping up at different ones throughout the season so keep reading to see where your DCPP doc may be. 

As always we are here to bring healthcare to the people – without the hassle!

Updates from Our Docs

  • #ICYMI: Dr. Ashley Loughner has a NEW Wexford location at 1000 Brooktree Road, Suite 211, Wexford, PA 15090 and is accepting new patients. She is now seeing patients once a week at the Allison Park office, as well! 

  • #DidYouKnow Dr. Natalie Gentile has a NEW East End location at 201 S. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. It’s also home to Rebel Wellness, her new community space for movement, learning and nutrition. Check out the Rebel website to learn more about upcoming workshops and workout packages – at a discount for DCPP patients!

  • Visit your DCPP doctors at the upcoming Farmers’ Markets: Come say hi to Dr. Rebecca Byard at the Greentree Farmers Market from 4-7 p.m. May 18 and June 15, with more dates to come. The market is located at 895 Greentree Road in the Green Tree Park lower parking lot. 

  • Walk with a Doc: Join Dr. Gentile as she continues her Walk with a Doc(opens in a new tab) program for another season. The next walk is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 5at the entrance of Highland Park. If you can’t make it this month, fear not! Walk with a Doc will happen every fourth Friday of the month during the nice weather season. The event is free and open to the public.

May is Mental Health Month

Living well not only means being mindful of your physical health. It also includes caring for your mental health. Between family, work and the lingering impacts of the pandemic, life can be tough – and stressful! Here are some ways you can support your mental health: 

  • Go for a walk: Making space for physical activity is good for the body and the mind. 

  • Eat the rainbow: Incorporating a few extra fruits and veggies into your week (and striving to eat fewer processed foods) can be a boost for emotional health. 

  • Connect with a loved one: Research has proven that healthy relationships can help decrease anxiety and depression.

  • Seek support: If you’re navigating life challenges, talk to your DCPP doctor about seeking professional support.​


COVID-19 Support and More

Do you have questions about vaccines, boosters, and staying healthy? We’re here to help you keep track of the latest health guidelines and what you can do to keep your family safe.

DID YOU KNOW: The federal government will be ending on May 11 the public emergency status for COVID-19. To learn more about what this will mean for access to tests and vaccines, please visit and talk with your DCPP doc.

Recipe of the Month: "Snobby" Joes

Recipe adapted from Veganomicon.


  • 1 cup uncooked lentils
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small dice
  • 1 green bell pepper, small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp prepared yellow mustard


1. Pour the lentils and water into a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil; once the mixture is boiling, lower the heat and simmer for ~ 20 minutes, until the lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.

2. About 10 minutes before the lentils are done, preheat a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and saute for a minute more.

3. Stir in the cooked lentils, chili powder, oregano and salt. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.

4. Turn off the heat and let the pot sit on the warm burner for about 10 minutes so that the flavors can meld.

Number of Servings: 5


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Patient Spotlight: Pamela Stephens, BEMER Distributer

Patient Spotlight is our monthly feature where we highlight the stories of our DCPP patients and what direct primary care means to them. From corporate work to creative endeavors, we’re so inspired by our DCPP family. 

Would you like to be featured in an upcoming newsletter? Please let your DCPP doc know!