The Plant Strong Club Feb. 3, 2020 Meeting


Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 3, at Natural Grocers at 6 p.m. and we’re eager to hear from Dr. Gina Drobena, one of our new members who was recently certified in lifestyle medicine! Here’s Gina’s bio:

Gina Drobena, MD FCAP

Gina A. Drobena, M.D.

Gina Drobena is an Arkansas native who is board certified in clinical pathology and transfusion medicine as well as lifestyle medicine. Dr. Drobena began her training at UAMS in 2000 and then joined the faculty as an attending physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. After becoming aware of the impact food was having on her own health, Dr. Drobena became passionate about sharing knowledge of plant-based nutrition and pursued board certification through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. 

In 2018 the Culinary Medicine program at UAMS began as a working group to teach medical students about nutrition and its role in healthcare. Dr. Drobena co-chairs the medical education subcommittee and teaches a culinary medicine elective as well as instructing interprofessional students in experiential workshops using the culinary medicine curriculum.  Whether it is through training future providers or personal consultations with her patients, Dr. Drobena is enthusiastically spreading the message of culinary medicine throughout the state to improve the health of her fellow Arkansans.


We’ll also look forward to hearing from Debbie Burghart who will be sharing her nutrition and lifestyle journey, plus information about the “diabetes UNDONE Interactive Workshop” starting Jan. 30, 2020. Click here for information. And, Kellie will be sharing about her experiences at Stephanie Spencer’s program Plant Based Transformation for Beginners and with Alicia Watson’s delicious meals therein.


Thanks to Marina Ivanovsky, MSN, APRN, FNP- C, for an excellent presentation last month, including the latest information on insomnia and cancer and the effects of lifestyle. Click here for access to an MP3 recording of her presentation, preceded by one heck of a testimony by Dr. Karen Seale!


Lots of other whole food, plant-based lifestyle activities happening, including a presentation and cooking class by Dan Lysk on Feb. 8. Please go to our calendar, click on any events of interest, and find links to details. And, let me know if I’ve missed or mis-reported anything. (Picture of calendar follows – links not active here)

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To your health and well-being!

Kellie & Cathy

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