A new pediatric medicine practice is coming to the Academy and Main development in downtown Canton that re-purposed two of the city’s historic buildings.

Hunter Myers with Second Story Properties said that the middle suite of the first floor of the old Canton Elementary School building will now be occupied by Our Village Pediatrics founder Stephanie Hassel McNeil, a pediatrician who has more than 20 years of experience.

“We are excited to get her because this is a new practice that she has started on her own,” Myers said. “I think she will bring awareness to the area to let people know that we have space for medical uses like McNeil. We would love to couple other medical users with her.”

McNeil said that after more than 20 years practicing pediatrics in a group setting, she felt that it was time for her to pursue her personal vision and approach to medical practice, citing Canton as a perfect choice because it embodies her ideas of community and heritage, which is reflected in the name of her new practice, Our Village Pediatrics.

“My intention is to provide comprehensive and supportive care to the child, as well as the family and ‘village’ connected to that child,” McNeil said. “Part of my love and passion for pediatrics are the very special relationships I have developed with so many families over 20 years. My impression that there is no such thing as a ‘normal’ family fuels my interest in diverse backgrounds, cultures and family constellations. This also impacts my involvement with patients and families with disabilities and special needs. No one in a village escapes the challenges of the human state.”

McNeil said that the fact that she was able to find a historically important location like the old Canton Elementary School for her practice was further confirmation that she is in the right place at the right time.

“The historic nature of the site is especially significant since I want this space to be a place for education and connection,” McNeil said. “It is why the office will feature a room that I will use for group meetings, classes and other events for my patients and partners in the community.”

McNeil added that the efforts that were made to preserve the historic integrity of the building was of particular interest to her because she enjoyed researching the history of the building and the community.

“I look forward to learning more from the historical society and the people with personal connections to the area,” McNeil said. “I was raised to respect the importance of family history and culture. Learning more about the many peoples that passed through this school, and Cherokee country is a priority. That priority and an interest in connecting with and promoting local small businesses add to my enthusiasm for this next chapter of my journey.”

Our Village Pediatrics is expected to open this fall, and will be located in Suite 101. For more information, visit www.ourvillagepediatrics.com.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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