Dr. Dana Norman was born and raised on Long Island, NY, and despite having not lived in New York for many years, she’s still a New Yorker at heart. Her childhood was fast paced and packed with activities, including dance classes, softball, track, and being on a national championship winning Kickline team. As a teenager she worked at a local pre-school camp and a small amusement park, called Adventureland, as a game operator. That’s when she realized her passion for working with kids of all ages.
Dr. Norman received her B.S. in Biology from St. Bonaventure University in Western New York (Go Bonas!). After college she moved to Bradenton, Florida, for medical school, where she studied at a branch of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
While she enjoyed the warmth and sunshine of Florida, she was drawn back to the northeast for residency to be closer to family. While completing her residency training in Pittsburgh, she met her fiancé, who’s a Pittsburgh native. They’ve since agreed that she’ll be a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, after he became a New York Mets fan.
Dr. Norman’s pediatric passions include sports medicine, healthy habits and lifestyles, and adolescent medicine.
When not at work she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, her family, — especially her niece and nephew — and her dog, Penny (named after Pennsylvania). She also enjoys traveling, and is always ready for her next adventure.
Her favorite places to play in Pittsburgh are riding her bike and walking her dog on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail, cheering on the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena, going to shows at the Benedum Center, and trying all the ice cream parlors. (Her favorite is anything with Nancy B cookies from Paige’s Dairy Mart).
As a kid, her favorite toys were Polly Pockets, which she played with for hours on end. She also loved reading, and her favorite books were the Harry Potter series — she’s a Ravenclaw — which she would often stay up all night reading.