And now, Introducing Our Physicians and Staff...
James Richard Weidner, MD
, grew up locally, having been born at Cooper Hospital and raised in Pennsauken, attending high school there. He accomplished his pre-med studies at Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA, graduating magna cum laude, majoring in biology (but he does not believe in evolutionary theories of origin!) with a minor in music. He attended Temple University School of Medicine, receiving election to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed residency training at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1995, which is also when he joined this practice. He is board-certified and has been chosen more than once as a Top Doc by South Jersey Magazine. Dr. Weidner has special interest in the care of adopted children and those with Down Syndrome. He is the current President of the SJ chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, also a member of the American College of Pediatricians and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). Dr. Weidner lives in Washington Township with his wife and their 3 children, the youngest of whom was adopted from Guatemala. His home church is Joy Community Fellowship in Pitman, and he loves playing guitar, singing, golfing, rooting for Philly sports teams, bird-watching, and being with his family. He considers his mission trips to Guatemala a blessing.
Laurie R. Bruner, MD
, grew up in northern New Jersey. She attended James Madison University where she graduated with honors in chemistry then returned home to attend UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. After completing her pediatric residency at A.I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington in 2001, she moved to South Jersey and worked for 2 years as a hospital-based pediatrician at Virtua Voorhees. Her career then led her to Woodbury Pediatrics for 3 years before joining Advocare Cornerstone Pediatrics in 2006. Dr. Bruner is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) with special interests in breastfeeding promotion, physical fitness, care of foster children, and ADHD evaluation and treatment. In 2017 she was awarded “Favorite Kids Doc” by NJ Family Magazine. She lives in Voorhees with her husband Dave (also a pediatrician) and their two children. Since 2010 the Bruners have been licensed foster parents through the state of NJ and have enjoyed welcoming multiple foster children into their home. She enjoys spending time in Ocean City in the summer. She is an avid runner, completing several half and full marathons, and enjoys golf, yoga, and quilting. She is an active member at Hope United Methodist Church where she volunteers in its food pantry and with their youth group. She also volunteers as the camping and cookie Mom in her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.
Joanne E. Lopes, MD
, is a native of Gloucester County, NJ. She graduated Villanova University with a B.S. in Biology, then received her medical degree from Drexel University. Dr. Lopes completed her pediatric residency at A. I. duPont Children's Hospital and Jefferson Medical College. She started employment at Woodbury pediatrics and ultimately joined the Cornerstone family in 2005. She is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) with special interests in allergies, asthma, and gastrointestinal disorders. She is a member with the American College of Physicians and Catholic Medical Association. Dr. Lopes resides in South Harrison with her family, three children and pets. Hobbies include health and wellness, reading, mathematics, cooking, fine dining and most outdoor activities. As an Italian- American, Dr. Lopes is an active member of the Catholic Church.