You’d never guess by looking at Dr. Emma Raizman’s ‘work’ shoes that she has dozens more at home to suit any situation she may find herself in – walking, dancing, beach-going, horseback riding and more.
The fun-spirited pediatrician has traveled, skydived, rescued and danced her way through life but, at the end of the day, there’s nothing she’d rather do more than care for kids and their families.
As a general pediatrician in Medina or as a child abuse physician at Akron Children’s CARE center, Dr. Raizman always puts her best foot forward when it comes to caring for kids.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Family: My 2 fur babies. I have 2 rescue dogs – Taylor, a 13-year-old Cocker-Beagle, and Bo, an 18-month-old Yellow Lab-Hound mix.
Favorite childhood toy/activity: I loved horseback riding as a child and young adult. I even did vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) for a year or 2. I hope to someday get back into riding.
Best vacation: A few years ago my mom and I went on a guided trip and tour of China. I got to meet and pet an 18-month-old panda. It was an amazing experience.
What’s the 1 thing you miss most about being a kid? I miss being able to play all the time, get dirty in the mud and not having to clean it up myself.
Favorite TV show: It’s a tie between Game of Thrones and Walking Dead. I’m a bit obsessed with watching both. I also adore watching Too Cute on Animal Planet. You can never have too many puppies!
Favorite food: Sushi – I could eat it every day of the week.
Favorite music: I like a variety of music – from big hair metal bands of the 80s to Justin Beiber and classical. I also love Latin music. It’s my new favorite. I like music I can dance to.
First concert: Madonna – Like a Virgin Tour
Do you have a mantra or motto you live by? I live by the golden rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I get great joy from making someone’s day better. I make a point of doing something kind to others a couple times every day. It makes me feel good…it’s like a gift to myself.
Who do you admire most and why? My mom. She’s a strong, independent woman. She always set a good example for me. She worked as an attorney and taught me to work hard and to be the best I could be. She also remembered to show me the importance of having fun in life.
What couldn’t you live without? My dogs.
What’s something people may not know about you? I’m a Salsa dancer! I started taking Salsa dance lessons about 2 years ago and absolutely love it. I also love the shoes you get to wear when dancing. I can do a bit of disco dancing, too.
What’s your idea of a perfect day? Enjoying nature and the outdoors by going on a hike or picnic with my family, pets and friends.
What’s your most treasured possession? A framed picture of my grandma when she was younger. It’s a black and white photo and it has moved with me everywhere I’ve lived – Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, Texas, California and now Ohio.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do and will? Go on a food tour of Asia – Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, China, Japan. I’d love to visit and sample all the varieties of culture and food.
Greatest indulgence: Trying new things. I love going to new concerts, musicals, restaurants, travel destinations and adventures like skydiving or zip lining.
Do you have any new interests? I am very interested in meditation, Reiki, natural remedies, pet therapy and diet as aides to traditional medicine. I have been learning more about all of them and am very excited about incorporating them into life and practice.
What’s your greatest achievement? Being able to help kids and families – through child abuse prevention, education and evaluation or as a general pediatrician offering reassurance, a listening ear or medical treatment. I feel so blessed to be able to help improve the lives of kids and families.