Dr. Patricia Wiegand Grinton

Patricia WiegandSince graduating Salutatorian from the 1987 Canastota High School Class, Dr. Patricia Wiegand Grinton has dedicated her life to love of family, academic excellence, athletic achievement and a sense of civic responsibility.

Patty graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1991. While there she earned numerous academic distinctions and amassed a record in Track and Field which includes: 1991 NCAA Woman of the Year National Finalist, 1991 NCAA Woman of the Year for the State of Tennessee, 1991 H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, seven-time All American in Track and Field, and 1991 NCAA Indoor Champion in 3,000 meter.

She led her 3,200 meter relay team to the 1991 NCAA Indoor title, accumulated 14 All-SEC certificates, including nine for titles; Double SEC champion twice in 1991 (the mile and 3,000 meter indoors and the 3,000 meter and 5,000 meter outdoors); She held school records for indoors and outdoors in the 3,000 meter and 5,000 meter events and for the 4 x 1,500 meter relay outdoors). In addition, Patty captured an individual title at the 1990 SEC Cross Country Championships. A renowned scholar/athlete, Patty went on to be inducted into the University of Tennessee Hall of Fame in 2002.

Following her undergraduate work, she returned to Upstate New York to attend SUNY CollegeWiegand Graduation of Medicine at Upstate Medical University in pursuit of her doctorate which she earned in 1996. During that period, she likewise excelled in athletics representing USA Track and Field in Japan, Portugal, Korea and China.

Patty has resided near Charlotte, North Carolina since 1996 where she practices as a pediatrician and is an advocate for children. As the co-founder of the Recess Running Club, she helps the fight against childhood obesity and encourages a sense of well-being and self-confidence among school age children. She is an expert in the medical findings associated with child abuse and has worked to protect these children through legal and monetary contribution. She serves on committees of numerous civic organizations and is an active parishioner in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She is happily married to Dr. Stephen Grinton and has five children including two year old twins.