A master of celebrity voice impressions, Dr. Katrina Lindsay isn’t afraid to break character to bring a little laughter to the patients she cares for at Akron Children’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center. Dr. Lindsay, a pediatric psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist, is known for her fun-spirited ways and helping patients with complex medical and behavioral conditions, including tic and Tourette syndrome disorders, epilepsy and other learning and anxiety disorders.
Q: What emoji do you use the most?
A: I have to be 100% honest. I looked twice at my phone and can fully confirm that it is indeed the “poo” emoji. The little poo face can convey so many complicated emotions! I love the poo emoji so much, my husband Scott dressed up as Mr. Poo himself for Halloween this year!
Q: What celebrity do you look the most like or what sitcom character do you act the most like?
A: I’ve been told more than once that I look and act like Phoebe from Friends. It may be due to my quirky jewelry, wide collection of animal shirts and life outlook. More recently, I’ve been told I act like Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation due to a very embarrassing debut on public access television, not to mention my love of a good suit jacket.
Q: When you curl up on the couch to watch a movie, are you most likely to have a bowl of popcorn, chocolate or box of tissues?
A: Popcorn although I do have a reputation of crying at anything – from commercials to reality television. Each year I try to watch all the Oscar-nominated films between the day they’re announced and the big night. I have achieved this goal 5 years in a row!
Q: What song do you know all the words by heart?
A: I tend to specialize in 90’s rap hits, including “Wannabe” by Spice Girls, “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie, “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio and “Shoop” by Salt-n-Peppa. I also know the theme from “Fresh Prince of Bel- Air” and anything by Joni Mitchell.
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
A: Each night, I pretend that I’m going to get up early in the morning to work out so I set my alarm accordingly. The first thing I do each morning is question this decision when the alarm goes off and then hit snooze several times.
Q: What was your favorite childhood toy?
A: I loved Polly Pockets! Back in the day, Polly was as small as a pinky fingernail (prior to the world realizing Polly and her crew were a major choking hazard). It was not uncommon for me to leave a Polly or 2 on the floor, which made vacuuming a treacherous experience and a natural disaster for the good people of Polly Pocket town.
Q: Have you ever met anyone famous? Who was it and did you get a picture?
A: I “met” Lindsay Lohan once when she was working on the set of a movie in New York City’s Central Park. My mom, who is the bravest person I know, walked right up to Lindsay and snapped a picture right in her face so now I have this very memorable snapshot of Lindsay Lohan rolling her eyes at my mom.
Q: What’s a quote, mantra or personal slogan you live by?
A: “Go placidly amid the noise and haste…” When I was young, I was given a copy of the “Desiderata,” a 1927 prose poem by Max Ehrmann. This has become the text and creed that I chose to live my life by both as a doctor and as a human being. It’s not uncommon for me to give this poem to patients or read it aloud with them when they are going through a difficult time.
Q: Do you have any hidden talents or something people may not know about you?
A: I’m really great at impressions and making funny voices. It’s common to hear lots of funny sounds coming out of my office when I’m with a patient and their family. I’d say my best impressions are Bob Dylan, Eddy Veder (Pearl Jam), Britney Spears and Tim Gund (fashion consultant). I’m currently working on perfecting each of the Kardashian sisters!
Q: Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s?
A: After spending close to a decade on the East Coast, it was time to come back to Northeast Ohio, the area that gave me so much growing up. My colleagues here are like family and my patients are just the coolest kids ever! I’ve loved re-discovering all Akron has to offer and love the feeling of being part of the community I’m serving! I feel an instant burst of pride when I pass an Akron Children’s billboard or watch some of my own patients “star” in our commercials!