In high school, Dr. Carolyn Penrod, Akron Children’s Urgent Care pediatrician, was quite the actress. Her interpretation of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet not only earned her distinction at a state championship, but also caught the attention of her future husband.
While impressive, her first true love has always been caring for others, especially kids.
Today, Dr. Penrod puts kids center stage at Akron Children’s Urgent Care where she treats minor illnesses and injuries that may need immediate medical attention.
Hometown: Chardon, OH
Family: My husband, Stephen, daughters Juliet, 14, and Alexandra, 10, and our Cockapoo dog, Sandy
Favorite childhood toy: It’s a toss up between my Star Wars Millennium Falcon and my Cabbage Patch Kid, Mira.
Name 1 thing you miss about being a kid: Being carefree! As a child, I never had much stress – just had to do my best in school and play with my friends.
What did you want to be when you were little? Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a doctor.
Favorite movie and book: My all-time favorite movie is Top Gun. As for a book, I love historical fiction. I can’t say I have a favorite. There are too many great ones. I just finished reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, which was awesome.
Favorite TV show: I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan! “Winter is coming…”
Favorite food: Pizza, especially from Virginia Beach’s Planet Pizza
First Concert: For my 16th birthday, I saw Billy Joel with my cousin and loved it.
Do you follow a sports team? I am a diehard Cleveland fan, whether it’s the Browns, the Cavs or the Indians…I’m ALL IN!
Have you ever met someone famous? I recently met Hanford Dixon (former Cleveland Brown’s player) at the Cleveland Home and Garden Show. He’s a very charismatic guy.
First paying job: I worked as a snack bar attendant at a local golf course in Chardon.
What’s your quote to live by: From Mother Teresa, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love.”
Sometimes the smallest things that often go unnoticed make the biggest impact. Little things like spending a few minutes listening to a stressed mom, complimenting someone’s outfit or paying for the person behind you in the drive-thru make a difference and an immediate impact on someone.
Who do you most admire and why? I most admire Pope Francis because of his humility, his concern for all people, and his commitment to interfaith dialogue.
If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and why? I would invite some of the “youtubers” that my children really like – Stampy Cat, Zoe Sugg and Roman Atwood. It would be great to meet them since I hear so much about them. My kids love to watch their videos.
What couldn’t you live without? My supportive family, both immediate and extended
Hidden talents: I was quite the actress in high school. Funny story: My husband and I were cast as “Romeo and Juliet” in our Senior fall play at Chardon High School.
We performed so well, we were invited to a state competition in Columbus and won. Shortly after the play, we started dating. Our oldest daughter’s name was inspired by the play.
What is your idea of happiness? Being outside on a gorgeous summer day with my whole family – laughing, talking and watching the kids play.
Your most treasured possession: My collection of Irish, German and Hungarian family history books and other documents. We can trace our family tree back to the early 1800’s.
Something you’ve always wanted to do and still want to do: Some day I’d like to own a large area of land. When I was growing up, we lived in a rural area and there was a lot of open land to explore.
What is your greatest indulgence? A cupcake with buttercream frosting. My favorite is the French Toast cupcake from Main Street Cupcakes in Hudson.
What is your greatest achievement? Becoming a doctor, wife, and mother
Do you have a special hobby/interest or a way you like to give back/volunteer? I have been volunteering at our local elementary school every week for many years. I think the most important thing you can do in this world is help a child.
I try to help them both physically (by being a pediatrician) and mentally (by volunteering in the classroom). After all, children are our future.
My family also participates in the annual Juvenile Diabetes OneWalk in Cleveland. We support our neighbor who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at a very young age.