Growing up in a family with 7 kids and numerous foster children, Dr. Megan Knowles knows a thing or two about sharing.
But it’s the lessons she learned from her mom about caring for others that supports her work today. As a pediatrician at Akron Children’s Locust Pediatric Care Group, Dr. Knowles feels right at home caring for children, including those with special healthcare needs.
Grew up in: Beloit, Wisc.
Favorite childhood toy: We had a toy room growing up with a kitchen set that we’d always mess up. We played outside all the time, too, which was fun as long as I didn’t get dirty!
What did you want to be (profession) when you were little? I’ve always wanted to be a doctor.
Favorite movie and book of all time: The Harry Potter book series. I may have read all of them more than once. And my favorite movie is probably Steel Magnolias. It seems so sappy now when I watch it, but I have many fond memories of watching this movie with my mom and sisters as they got older.
Favorite food: Ice cream – does that count? I love chocolate peanut butter from the Babock Hall Dairy Store at the University of Wisconsin. Mitchell’s is a close second.
What’s on your iPod right now? I’m enjoying Taylor Swift’s new album.
First concert: Kenny Chesney
What was your first paying job? My first paycheck was from Pizza Hut. I worked there throughout high school.
What’s your quote to live by? It’s a line from the Circle of Life song in the Lion King (another favorite movie), “but all are agreed as they join the stampede; you should never take more than you give.”
Who do you most admire and why? My mom because she has set such a great example for my siblings and I. She always told us that we could do anything we set our minds to. She’s also very patient and a perfect example of how to be a good person. She’s been a foster parent for 19 years and is an incredible mom to 7 of her own children. She and my dad continue to care for foster kids today.
What couldn’t you live without? My family, friends and fiancé, Steve.
Do you have any hidden talents? Little kids really like my elephant sound that my dad taught me how to make when I was little.
What is your idea of happiness: Having found your purpose in life and being able to constantly improve and build your skills. For me, too, it’s being surrounded by the people I love.
Something you’ve always wanted to do: I wish I was fluent in another language. I studied Spanish in high school and college and traveled to Spanish-speaking countries for medical trips, but I’ve never mastered the language.
Traits you value in a colleague: Being a good team player.
What’s your greatest indulgence? I love going out for a nice dinner and traveling.
Describe your ideal day: Relaxing at home while reading a good book for a while and then watching college football or basketball games – preferably University of Wisconsin, not OSU.
What is your greatest achievement? I felt a great sense of accomplishment when I finished training and became board certified in pediatrics.
Do you have a special hobby? My fiancé and I like to cook together.
Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s? I was really excited to interview with the Locust Pediatric group because they work with foster children, refugees and children with complex needs, which is something I really enjoy doing. I love that it provides me with a unique set of challenges. As an employee, I’ve found everyone to be incredibly supportive and welcoming. I’m really lucky to be a part of this group.