New physician, Dr. Jessica Tattershall, isn’t afraid of hard work – from becoming the first in her family to graduate from college to fixing up an old house to save money for medical school – or the satisfaction that comes with a job well done. It’s this same drive and ambition that motivates her today as she cares for infants, kids and teens as if they were her own at Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics office in Austintown.
Where did you grow up? Pittsburgh, PA
Family: My fiancé, Scott, and fur baby, Libby, a Shetland Sheepdog.
What’s the 1 thing you miss most about being a kid? Being carefree with no worries.
What did you want to be when you were little? Since I was in the 4th grade I knew I wanted to be a doctor. I loved watching ER on TV, too, so I think that reinforced my desire to want to be a doctor.
Favorite childhood toy: Lite Brite.
What’s your favorite TV show, movie or book? My favorite movie of all-time is Shawshank Redemption. I think it’s the bond of friendship that gets to me every time. I know every line. As for TV, I used to love watching the Big Bang Theory with my college friends. My favorite book is Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell.
Favorite food: Anything Mexican.
First concert: Kelly Clarkson in Pittsburgh when I was in college.
Do you follow a sports team? I was born in PA so I bleed black and yellow. I love the Steelers and the Penguins. I did enjoy watching the Cleveland Indians this season, too.
What was your first paying job? Wildwood Family Park in Highland, PA. I worked the go-karts, carnival rides and as a birthday party hostess.
Do you have a quote/mantra to live by? Mark Twain, “Don’t live in the past, don’t ponder about the future, stay at the present moment now…always.”
What couldn’t you live without? My kitchen. I love to cook and experiment with recipes from Pintrest. I switch things up and try new ingredients and techniques all the time. I love to make soups and main dishes.
If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and why? My grandparents. My grandmother was an amazing lady and my grandfather fought under General Patton in WWII. My grandpa used to describe scenes from the war that remind me of scenes from the movie Saving Private Ryan. I would love to hear those stories again and just sit and talk with both of them.
What’s something people may not know about you? I sing. I took vocal lessons in high school and used to sing for weddings and at church. I miss it.
What’s your idea of a perfect day? Spending time with friends and family and having conversations with my parents, younger brother and older sister. My fiancé’s family is really great to be with, too.
What’s your most treasured possession? My grandmother’s jewelry. I have a few of her pieces that I cherish. We shared the same birthday, too, so I’ve always had a special connection with her.
Something you’ve always wanted to do and still want to do? I love traveling. I’d love to see Europe, Africa and Thailand. I’d really like to go to Lincolnshire, England to see the Tattershall Castle. A relative, Sir Robert Tattershall, built it in the 1400s. I think that would be pretty neat to see.
What is your greatest indulgence? I love going to a spa and getting a massage and mani-pedi.
What’s your greatest achievement? Getting to where I am right now – getting through medical school and starting up this new location for Akron Children’s. I was the first one in my family to go to college and I think that’s pretty special, too.
Do you have a special interest or hobby? I love photography. I’ve had a few of my pictures blown up and put on canvas to hang in my house. When I was on vacation in Hawaii, I took a photography tour, which helped me use some neat features on my camera. I’d really like to learn and spend more time with my camera.
Why did you choose Akron Children’s? I did my residency and a rotation at Children’s where I met my mentor, Ravi Chekka. After working with him and experiencing the people and culture of Children’s, I knew I wanted to be just like him and work here. The hospital is so involved in the communities they serve, too. I’m happy to be a part of it.