The Team

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Dr. Stephen Newman, MD
Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer

As Chief Science Officer at Gruene Anolyte, Dr. Newman has been instrumental in pioneering new formulas and use cases for shelf-stable Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL) in Electrolyzed Water for people, animals, and plants alike.

Dr. Newman received his BA from Austin College in 1983 with a major in Biology and completed his medical training at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 1988. 

He remained at UTMB to complete his Internal Medicine Residency and followed with his Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases.

He was a clinical instructor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Internal Medicine and with the School of Allied Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program. 

He completed additional work in coronary artery CT angiography at programs in Newport Beach, CA (Hoag Hospital), Kansas City and Princeton Longevity Center.

He is a Board Certified Diplomate in Cardiovascular Diseases and Nuclear Cardiology.

He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association’s Council on Clinical Cardiology and a member of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism and Council on Epidemiology and Prevention. 

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and served 2 prior terms as Regional Councilor for the Texas Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. 

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and past member of the Committee on Government Relations and Community-Based Practice Standards.

He is a member of the National Lipid Association and American Society for Preventive Cardiology.

He is a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Nursing and Clinical Instructor for the UNT Cardiovascular Fellowship in imaging and prevention.

He served as director of cardiovascular medicine and instructor at NTAMG/JPS Health System in 1994 to 1995.

He joined Dr. Akhtar and Lobstein in 1995 to begin the Heart Center of North Texas.

He has served as Director of Non-invasive Imaging for HCNT since 1995.

He has been voted to FW Top Docs, America’s Top Physicians in Cardiology by Consumers Research Council, Leading Physicians of the World, Vitals Patients’ Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition. 

He has lectured in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean on preventive cardiology and advanced imaging.

His professional interest is in Preventive and Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine and he started the Centre for Heart & Vascular Health at HCNT. 

His philosophy is that you must treat the whole person and that sleep, nutrition and physical activity are necessary components to maintaining a healthy heart and vascular system. 



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Mary Palko, RN (ret.)
Co-Founder & Managing Member

Mary Palko is a former Registered Nurse who cofounded Gruene Anolyte after discovering shelf-stable Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL) in the 2010s.

In addition to Mary's professional career as a Registered Nurse, she has a long-standing history of community and international leadership and has been recognized with local, national and international awards for her service.

In 1984 Mary began her international activity by the founding of Fort Worth Sister Cities International (FWSCI), a non-profit citizen diplomacy organization that manages Fort Worth international partnerships in Italy, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Swaziland, Indonesia, and China.

As a result of her decades of leadership roles with Sister Cities International, today she holds SCI's highest diplomatic appointment, that of Global Envoy, and she is called upon as a municipal expert for successful international partnerships.

In Fort Worth, she is on the Board at The Botanical Research Institute of Texas and is involved with Meals on Wheels and the Art Station.

In 2001, Mary founded PALMEA Corporation, an international real estate investment company that includes 6 B&Bs, 2 vineyard projects, a timber Project, 2 golf course developments, an award-winning hotel in Buenos Aires, as well as many long-term rentals and restoration projects in France, Argentina, Nicaragua and Texas.

Mary is dedicated to helping create a greener, cleaner, safer world and believes strongly in the power of HOCL to lead the way in those efforts.