As a former collegiate basketball player for Denison University, Dr. Sarah Perrine knew when to pass, set a pick and take a shot when her team needed it most. Today, as a pediatrician at Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics in Barberton, Dr. Perrine knows when to listen, recommend treatment and give high-fives when her patients need it most.
Q: Why did you want to become a doctor?
A: The summer after my sophomore year in college, I played on the USA International Basketball Team in Peru. I met a group of traveling dentists and doctors going village to village giving medical care. Their stories touched my heart and I felt that the best way I could help others was by becoming a doctor.
Q: What piece of advice did someone give you when you were young that still resonates with you today?
A: No matter how hard you fall, get up and keep pushing.
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
A: I read my daily devotional. It gets me in the right frame of mind to begin the day.
Q: If you could choose your age forever, what age would it be and why?
A: I would probably choose to stay my current age (29). I think it’s the time in your life when you have figured out who you are as a person, while enjoying your career and having time to make memories with friends/family.
Q: What’s your favorite breakfast?
A: It’s a tie between a veggie omelet with bacon or over-easy eggs and bacon…basically bacon. 🙂
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Springfield, Ohio. My parents are from Indiana so I also spent a lot of my summers and holidays visiting family in Lebanon, Indiana.
Q: What did you want to be (profession) when you were little?
A: I wanted to be a professional basketball player and play for the Indiana Fever in the WNBA.
Q: What’s your favorite movie/ book /TV show/sports team?
A: My favorite movies are Love & Basketball and Hunger Games. I don’t really have a favorite book; I have read one of the Harry Potter books and loved it. Once Upon a Time is my favorite TV show. My favorite sports team has always been dictated by my favorite player – Peyton Manning. I also love the Cavs and the Indians. And, yes, I do still cheer for the Browns.
Q: Something you’ve always wanted to do and still want to do it?
A: I have always wanted to do a mission trip or Doctors Without Borders and provide medical care to children that are in need and unable to get the medical attention they require.
Q: What couldn’t you live without?
A: I could not live without my friends and family. They are my support system in all areas of my life. They not only make each day special, but also exciting as we look to the future and make new memories.