PT Profile: Diane McCann, PT, DPT, CSCS

Diane McCann, PT, DPT, CSCS earned her undergraduate degree in biology and health sciences and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duquesne University.

Her inspiration came from her high school vice principal.

“I was always active myself, growing up as a swimmer,” Diane said. “I thought I wanted to become a sports medicine physician and in high school had to do a week of job shadowing. It was my high school vice principal who suggested I shadow a physical therapist. I loved the experience.”

Diane joined Tidewater Physical Therapy in 2012.

Her treatment philosophy and goals?

Work with patients to “help themselves heal and return to the activities they love, using exercise and movement to get better.”

Diane has seen hard work and determination help patients.

She once worked with a woman who had to have four surgeries on one shoulder. There were not high expectations from the physicians, Diane said, for this patient.

“But she did not listen to what they had to say. She always had such a positive attitude and worked so hard in the physical therapy clinic and at home. Even though she did not return to ‘normal,’ she was functional and able to do everything she wanted to do with her shoulder.”

Diane’s specialties, in addition to general orthopedics, include pediatric sports medicine, sports rehabilitation and the foot and ankle.

“I enjoy working with people who are active and who want to work hard to get back to their activities.”

When she’s not in the clinic, you can find Diane at the beach, anywhere outside with her husband and two dogs or playing volleyball.

Diane practices in our Kempsville clinic in Norfolk.


Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.

Diane  holds Direct Access Certification and is available to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription from a physician.