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Her medical family at The Group – Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists, P.C. will continue to paint the night sky purple through the end of this month in loving memory of the late Dr. Anita Pinc, former medical director of Revive at The Group Med Spa. Purple was Dr. Pinc’s favorite color, friends at The Group announced on Facebook last month, adding “so we felt it only fitting that, throughout the month of July and August, The Group shine bright PURPLE in her honor and loving memory.” The lighting also coincided with the Wednesday, Aug. 3, sentencing of James Thiel Sr., who was convicted and sentenced to a year in jail for his role in the 2020 LeClaire boat crash that killed Dr. Pinc and her fiance Craig Verbeke. Mr. Thiel is expected to serve 90 days in jail after much of that sentence is suspended. At the time of her death, The Group said in a statement it “is a loss to the entire Group family and to the many patients who benefited from her skills.” Scores of those whose lives she touched also took to social media to support her family and colleagues and to thank the late doctor. In addition, The Group created a scholarship in her honor. “Education is the gift that lasts a lifetime, and we feel carrying her legacy forward to future generations of students is one meaningful way to honor her work, accomplishments, and loved ones,” the company said. The money is awarded to women attending an accredited medical school with the goal of becoming a medical doctor and the desire to practice within the Quad Cities region. “Anita loved to nurture others to grow and was an advocate for many local charities and community organizations,” The Group’s Facebook post said. “She was especially passionate about and supportive of women in medicine. It is because of this that we created a scholarship to encourage and support another’s passion and love for medicine. It is our sincere wish and hope that this scholarship will do just that, in Anita’s legacy.” Dr. Jana Van Rybroek, who took over as Revive’s medical director after Dr. Pinc’s untimely death, said her colleague’s “focus on preventative medicine, lifelong wellness, and caring for others, naturally led to the creation of Revive at The Group Med Spa.” Dr. Pinc grew up in Naperville, Illinois, and attended Augustana College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in biology with a minor in psychology. She earned her medical degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and developed an interest in obstetrics and gynecology. She returned to the Quad-Cities to begin her practice in 2001.