Dr. Mary McNeal completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from Western Kentucky University, graduating Cum Laude. She achieved her medical doctorate from University of Louisville School of Medicine, Class of 1998. During her second year of pediatric residency at Charleston West Virginia University, Dr. McNeal was appointed to the Governor’s Cabinet for Children and Families where she served for two years on the West Virginia Child Fatality Review Team. The purpose of this team was to evaluate accidental childhood deaths and recommend public policy to prevent these accidents. Dr. McNeal joined the physician staff of Dickson Medical Associates in July 2001, shortly after completing her residency program.
Dr. McNeal specializes in the health of infants, children and adolescents from birth to age 18, managing the physical, mental and emotional well-being of patients in every stage of development. She provides regular health examinations and immunizations, and engages in preventive health maintenance and effective treatment of common problems, as well as caring for children who are acutely or chronically ill. She is very comprehensive during her well child care visits and efficiently incorporates development and age appropriate anticipatory guidance. Dr. McNeal quickly gains rapport with both children and their parents and helps build the bonds of a caring relationship.
Professional memberships include the Tennessee Pediatric Society, Tennessee Medical Association, American Medical Association and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has served as the Medical Advisor for the 23rd Judicial District Child Advocacy Center for the past three years. During her tenure with DMA, she has fulfilled the duties as a shareholder and Board of Director member since 2004. Dr. McNeal is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Originally from Staunton Virginia, Dr. Mary McNeal and her six siblings grew up in Morehead, Kentucky. Her decision to become a physician was inspired by her mother’s career as a registered nurse.
When she is not working, Dr. McNeal and her husband, Rodney Pope, enjoy traveling and spending time with their extended families. Dr. McNeal is a parishioner and member of the choir at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church. Her hobbies include music, theatre, and yoga. Dr. McNeal’s talent for music and song has led her to participate in theatre productions such as Steele Magnolia’s, Smoke On The Mountain, and The Music Man.