Dr. Dianne McNeill was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania as the youngest of three children. Her undergraduate education was completed at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Animal Bioscience, receiving the highest honors as Suma Cum Laude and was the Standard Bearer for her graduating class for receiving the highest GPA. She then entered medical school at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and was awarded a Health Professional Scholarship from the US Army. Upon graduating from medical school, Dr. McNeill completed her residency in Pediatrics at The San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio Texas with a joint military residency program with the Army, Air Force and Navy. She then became a staff Pediatrician at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, NC and also became the Exceptional Family Member Program Manager and Liason for Fort Bragg, NC. Dr. McNeill is Board Certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
After many years in large group practices, in 2012 Dr. Dianne took the leap to open her own small solo practice in Chesapeake, Virginia with a focus on the values she finds most important in medicine right in her local community where her children attended school so she could support their activities and schools. Dr. Dianne's children are a 16 yo son, 18 yo daughter, and 2 dogs who all sometimes visit and help out in the office to help kiddos and their families relax and enjoy the experience.
Dr. McNeill has been in practice for over 20 years and welcomes infants through young adults in her private practice. She even offers free prenatal visits to expectant parents so they can meet her and the staff before delivery of their precious baby. She chose the name Cornerstone for her practice since it suggests a solid foundation for the good health of a child from birth to adulthood. “I enjoy helping families keep their kiddos on a path to becoming healthy, productive and happy adults,” says Dr. McNeill, who feels she has the best job in the world.
Creating a trusting, collaborative partnership with patients and their families is the mission of Cornerstone Pediatrics. “I treat my patients like my own family,” says Dianne McNeill, MD, FAAP, whose warm, friendly approach helps relax children and their parents. “I strive to really get to know my patients and understand where they are coming from and what their struggles may be so I can help them overcome them. I love being able to follow children and their families from the prenatal visit through childhood seeing them grow over time into young adults. I truly feel like they are part of my own extended family and try to treat each of them as valued family members.”
One of her favorite books is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. “Life is all about choices,” she says and quotes from the book, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” She advises folks to “Dream big, go for it, and never give up.”
In addition to Pediatrics, she has an interest in Integrative Medicine which considers the whole body, mind, and spirit in diagnosis and treatments. And in so in 2017 Dr. Dianne embarked on pursuing additional education with a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona which she will complete in 2020.
Dr. McNeill has also reached the level of a Third Degree Level 3 Black Belt in Taekwondo and practiced with her family at Virginia Taekwondo Academy for over 9 years before transitioning into focusing on yoga and obtaining her 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Nook in 2017. She enjoys leading a healthy, active lifestyle including yoga, walking/running, skiing, the beach, and gardening and encourages her patients to do get outside and be active to the best of their ability to stay healthy as well.