Captain Mary Elizabeth Neill
Dental Corps, United States Navy
Born in MCAS Cherry Point Hospital, Havelock, North Carolina, CAPT Neill attended University of Maryland Baltimore County campus where she studied Biology and Vocal Performance, affiliated with Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity, and in
1981 earned a BA in Biological Sciences. Upon graduation she entered the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.
While at the University of Maryland, Captain Neill was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontics Honor Society and received the American Academy of Periodontology and Academy of General Dentistry Student Awards. Upon graduation from dental school in 1985, she entered private practice in White Plains, New York. After three years practicing as a general dentist, she received a commission in the Navy Dental Corps with aspirations of pursuing post-graduate dental education. Commissioned as a Lieutenant she was stationed at Naval Dental Center Norfolk, Virginia for a year with a follow on tour aboard the USS Vulcan (AR-5) serving as Assistant Dental Officer deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield in 1990-91.
Returning to the Naval Dental Center Norfolk Command, Branch Clinic Dam Neck, she was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and selected for out-service residency training in Periodontics. From 1994-1997 she attended the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio on an active duty scholarship where she graduated with distinction earning a Certificate and a Master of Science Degree in Periodontics. She was the first recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Kramer Award for Excellence presented to the top graduating senior resident from all Periodontics programs in the nation and was selected to attend an Implant Preceptorship in Basel Switzerland. Upon graduation she was assigned to Naval Dental Center Northwest, NAS Whidbey Island. During her three-year tour as Periodontics Department Head she achieved Diplomat status from the American Board of Periodontology, was promoted to Commander and subsequently invited to serve on the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) in Bethesda, Maryland.
While assigned to NPDS at the National Naval Dental Center, CAPT Neill served as Vice President of the Faculty Forum, Periodontics and Comprehensive Dentistry mentor, and Command Managed Care Coordinator. During this academic tour she was hand picked to serve as Navy Dental Corps Career Planner at Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Upon completing this headquarters assignment CAPT Neill was promoted to the rank of Captain and selected to head the integration of the medical and dental clinics, becoming the first Director Branch Health Clinic at the historic Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. During her tenure as clinic director she was promoted to Associate Director of Ambulatory and Emergency Services at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland. Upon the reorganization of Navy Medicine and the development of Regional Commands, CAPT Neill was selected by Commander Navy Medicine National Capital Area to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff. A command plank owner, CAPT Neill was responsible for building the regional office to support medical and dental operations for National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Naval Health Clinics Annapolis, Quantico, and Patuxent River, and the hospital ship USNS Comfort. Returning to academics in 2006, CAPT Neill was appointed as Chair of Periodontics with oversight of the residency program at Naval Postgraduate Dental School, Consultant to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Oral Health Advisory Board, and Specialty Leader in Periodontics to the Surgeon General.
As Executive Officer of Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, WA from 2008-2010 she successfully led the command through The Joint Commission accreditation and Medical Inspector General survey. Her current assignment is Commanding Officer Naval Health Clinic Quantico. She maintains a clinical practice of Periodontics and professional membership in the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, formerly serving as the Federal Services Trustee to the Board, American Dental Educators Association, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology.
CAPT Neill’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (4), Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), in addition to various unit commendations and campaign medals.
CAPT Neill currently resides in Stafford, Virginia with her husband Cole and German Shepherd Dog, Ranger.