For Akron Children’s newest neonatologist, the unconditional love of a dog, especially her Mastiff puppy, is something Dr. Jamie Kistler can’t live without. But it’s the rare and wonderful experience that comes from helping some of our tiniest patients thrive that brings her absolute joy.
Dr. Kistler can be found caring for sick and premature newborns in our special care nursery at Akron Children’s Beeghly campus and the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Elizabeth’s in Boardman.
Grew up in: Chesterland, Ohio
Family: Married to high school sweetheart with 2 children and recent addition of a puppy, Peppa, who’s now 9 months old
Favorite childhood toy: I loved Game Boy then graduated to playing Super Nintendo with my three sisters and super competitive cousins. Unfortunately Mario Cart Racing was the only game I could win without the help of game genie.
What’s the one thing you miss about being a kid? The sheer freedom of childhood. Growing up I could walk home from school or to a neighbor’s house and it was no big deal. It was a simpler time then.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was young. I even tried to convince my family it would be a good idea to keep a horse in our garage. I never ended up getting the horse but I still had a menagerie of smaller pets. I loved animals and still do. I wonder if Petie the Pony can visit the NICU some day.
Favorite TV show: I enjoy watching The Amazing Race and would love to be casted for the show. My husband and I are polar opposites so I think we’d make a great team with plenty of drama for television. Unfortunately being on reality TV is not on his bucket list.
Favorite food: My grandma’s homemade bread. I have vivid memories of walking in her kitchen when I was little and feeling the warmth in the air and the delicious smell of fresh bread. I have her recipe, but it never turns out quite the same.
First paying job: I worked at a local drug store in the 1-hour photo processing center.
Quote to live by: Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved. – Winnie the Pooh
What couldn’t you live without? Our dog. We’ve always had a dog in the family no matter what the circumstances. They’re a constant source of companionship and provide unconditional love. They’re always by your side − a true best friend.
Do you have any hidden talents? I have zero hidden talent. I can’t sing, I definitely can’t dance…I can’t even whistle!
What is your idea of happiness? My happiness comes from watching my kids interact with one another – holding hands, telling jokes, laughing. Catching them in sweet moments when they don’t know I’m watching.
What is your most treasured possession? My camera. I’ve taken thousands of pictures, especially of my kids. Time passes so quickly I want to remember it all.
What is your greatest indulgence? I recently found a jar of edible no-bake chocolate chip cookie dough at the store. It’s so good!
What is your greatest achievement? Where I am right now. I’ve made it through college, medical school and the long journey it takes to becoming a doctor.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do? I’d love for my husband and I to take a trip to Norway or Iceland to personally experience seeing the Northern Lights.
Traits you value in a colleague: I like goofballs! I like people who aren’t afraid to laugh and have fun in any situation. I like the happiness that comes from laughter.
What surprised you most about Akron Children’s? I was really surprised at the large network of physicians the hospital has outside the Akron area. The hospital is really far-reaching.