Before Dr. Yolanda Moore-Forbes was caring for kids at Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics, she had the opportunity to showcase her skills as a physician on an episode of the former PBS hit Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
While she was a good neighbor on the show, Dr. Moore-Forbes feels more at home in our North Canton office where she gets to care for babies, children and teens.
Where did you grow up? My father was in the Air Force so we lived in various places – Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado and many states out West. We also lived in Japan and the Philippines. I consider Pittsburgh home because it’s where my family roots are.
Family: I’m married to Dr. Michael Forbes and we have 2 adult children – Michael and Nia. We also have a rescue dog, Halle
What’s the 1 thing you miss most about being a kid? I miss having time to play and taking naps. I could use a nap most days.
What did you want to be when you were grew up? A ballerina.
Favorite movie: Amistad
Favorite music: Gospel. I think it’s uplifting and encouraging.
Favorite food: Mexican – anything that’s spicy. Although it’s nice eating at an authentic Mexican restaurant, I prefer to make dishes at home. My mom, who is Mexican, taught me how to make it right.
Favorite sports team: Pittsburgh Steelers; I hope they go to the playoffs and win their 7th Super Bowl!
Have you ever met someone famous? Fred Rogers from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. I was in an episode with some colleagues several years ago. I had to order shots for Mr. Rogers but, thankfully, I didn’t have to administer them.
First paying job: In the summer after 10th grade, I worked for the City of Pittsburgh cutting hedges, cleaning out a church and other odd jobs.
Do you have a quote/mantra to live by? “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and why? Miss Lubarsky, my 11th and 12th grade English teacher. She was very encouraging and had a strong belief in my ability to achieve. I would invite her over to thank her, again, for taking an interest in me.
What couldn’t you live without? My morning cup of coffee. I like a strong cup made of freshly ground beans.
Do you have any hidden talents? I love to garden. I grow flowers and vegetables. My favorite flowers are Dahlias and Echinacea. As for vegetables, I love growing tomatoes and greens. Gardening teaches a person patience.
What’s your idea of a perfect day? Any day I can quietly enjoy my family…preferably in a warm vacation spot! Honestly, it doesn’t have to be an elaborate place, just sitting and being together is what’s enjoyable to me.
Something you’ve always wanted to do and still want to do: I think a cross country trip with my husband via Amtrak would be fun. The idea of seeing the countryside, at my leisure, without the constraint of time would be wonderful.
Traits you value in a colleague: Patience, compassion for people, and integrity.
What is your greatest indulgence? A good manicure-pedicure. I love being pampered.
What’s your greatest achievement? Being a partner with my husband and raising 2 responsible adults.
Do you have a way you like to give back? I volunteer at my church. We go twice a month to nursing homes in Akron and Montrose and hold church services for the elderly and staff.
Who do you most admire and why? I admire anyone who’s had to struggle or turn around bad circumstances to overcome difficulty.
Most cherished possession: My wedding ring. It’s a symbol of shared love and commitment.