The old proverb, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, definitely holds true for Akron Children’s Hospital’s new pediatric radiologist Tracey Mehlman.
Although her grandmother wasn’t a physician, her constant care and selflessness can be seen in the compassion Dr. Mehlman shares with her patients who need an X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) or ultrasound.
Where did you grow up? St. Clairsville, Ohio
Family: My husband, Murray, and 2 children, Garrett and Adeline.
What’s the 1 thing you miss most about being a kid? Feeling like I had all day to do anything – the feeling of endless time and when naps seemed like a boring idea.
What did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to be a doctor or a marine biologist. I shadowed my pediatrician, Dr. Charles Staab, in 7th grade and that’s when I knew I wanted to be a doctor. I felt really close to him and that I’d like to do what he does for a living. I volunteered at a hospital throughout school and then, after starting medical school, discovered the field of pediatric radiology.
Favorite childhood toy? I loved all dolls, including Barbie, Cabbage Patch Kids, Madame Alexander and American Girl dolls. I had all the accessories, too – dresses, tea party set, kitchen, bed.
What’s your favorite TV and movie? I just finished watching The Good Wife and would’ve said it’s my favorite show but realize now that it really was the final of final episodes. One of my favorite movies is Tears of the Sun.
Favorite type of music: I like Adele’s latest song and whatever pop songs are on the radio. I also listen to Indie Rock music and kid’s music depending on who’s in the car.
Favorite food: Gyros and Greek salads. Something I can’t make at home. I also love and eat a lot of hummus.
First concert: Kenny Chesney in Pittsburgh.
Have you ever met someone famous? I saw Cindy Crawford running on the sidewalk in New York City. Does that count?
What was your first paying job? Ponzani’s Flower Shop in St. Clairsville. I helped the owner decorate for all kinds of special events. I loved to make flower arrangements.
Do you have a quote/mantra to live by? Life’s a journey not a destination. I used to really think about this throughout medical school training. I also abide by the thinking, Don’t wish away time. Enjoy the time that you’re in. and Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Who do you admire most and why? My grandma who’s going to be 90! She’s an amazing lady and completely selfless. She dedicates all her time to doing things for others and has always been a constant in my life. She’s always smiling and wanting to help.
What couldn’t you live without? Sunshine.
If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and why? Angelina Jolie. I was a big fan of hers growing up because of her international work with children and involvement with the United Nations.
What’s something people may not know about you? I enjoy doing kettle bell workouts. My neighbor is an instructor so that kind of helps me stay motivated to keep up with it.
What’s your idea of a perfect day? Swimming with my kids at the pool. My son is just learning to swim and my daughter could play for hours with just her watering can.
What’s your most treasured possession? My photos, especially family pictures.
Something you’ve always wanted to do and still want to do? I love to travel. I had a college professor who would put pushpins in a world map of all the places he’d traveled. I think that sounds fun and would like to get a map and add some pushpins!
Traits you value in a colleague: Integrity, honesty and having an open-mind.
What is your greatest indulgence? Dark chocolate, Lindt is a favorite of mine.
What’s your greatest achievement? Being a mom.
Do you have a special interest or hobby? I enjoy spray painting picture frames and then putting photos in a collage using fun colors and patterns. I’d love to learn photography later on. For now, though, I enjoy doing this and it keeps me creative.