Dr. Tania Markarian believes her role on this earth is to live with an intention to do good, a purpose to contribute positively to mankind and an awareness of opportunities she’s given each day to extend a helping hand. That’s why the giving spirit of Akron Children’s Hospital’s new pediatric dentist — in the Celeste Myers Dental Clinic — is at the heart of everything she does, whether it’s lending a helping hand on mission trips around the world or advising her young patients on proper oral health care.
Which celebrity do you look the most like or which sitcom character do you act the most like?
I’m told that I look like Eva Longoria or Penelope Cruz.
If you could choose your age forever, what age would it be and why?
I would be 40 years old because I will have had enough life experiences by then to be grateful for my blessings and appreciate the value of challenges!
When you curl up on the couch to watch a movie, are you most likely to have a bowl of popcorn, chocolate or box of tissues?
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate
Who makes up your family?
My 3 children: Elias (17), Joseph (16) and Maya (13).
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Brush and floss my teeth
Where did you grow up?
What’s your favorite movie/ book /TV show/sports team?
My favorite book is The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
Who do you most admire (heroes or historical figures) and why?
I admire Mother Teresa for her selfless and giving spirit. I hope that I too can make a significant impact on mankind.
Something you’ve always wanted to do and still want to do it?
Travel the world and go on mission trips
Do you have a special hobby/interest or a way you like to give back/volunteer?
I am a proud and passionate Lifebanc ambassador. I support its mission of healing and saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. Four years ago, my friend Cheryl and I started a team consisting of mostly dental students from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine to participate in the annual Gift of Life Walk and Run. I am proud to say that last year, my team shattered the previous fundraising record!
Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s?
Because I love the culture of positivity and the opportunity to care for children!