Dr. Kelsey Merison isn’t one to roll with the punches; she’s persistent when it comes to what she believes in. She once spent 2 months in a tent to hold her place in line for coveted Duke-UNC basketball tickets. She also fought her way up to a third-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. It’s a true testament to how she’ll work diligently to treat spinal cord, brain and nervous system disorders, from epilepsy to muscular dystrophy to chronic headaches, as Akron Children’s newest pediatric neurologist in the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center.
What emoji do you use the most?
Truthfully, I am very uncool and do not understand what most emojis mean. But, my latest favorite is the eye roll emoji.
What did you eat for breakfast? If nothing, what’s your favorite breakfast?
My mom’s “egg brunch” on Christmas morning. It’s a baked casserole made with bread, eggs, cheese, milk and seasoning, topped with Special K and butter — not the healthiest of breakfasts! A distant second would probably be the soufflés at Panera.
What song do you know all the words by heart?
Oh goodness, if I could recall medical information like I can recite lyrics to the hits of ‘90s boy bands, I would be a much smarter doctor!
My Monday–morning must have is______.
Coffee — or more specifically, a little coffee with my vanilla creamer — and listening to Pandora on my walk from the parking garage to the office.
Do you dunk your Oreos in milk, lick off the icing, eat them as they are or avoid them altogether?
None of the above. I take an end off of two Oreos and then put them together to make a sandwich cookie with double the iced filling. I firmly believe that kids who grew up in the ‘90s were making their own “Double Stuf” Oreos long before Nabisco. “Double Stuf” Oreos do not, in fact, have twice as much filling as an original Oreo anyways, so the homemade version is best.
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
I live with my husband, Justin. We just recently married in April 2018 and are enjoying putting together our new home! He has (reluctantly) adopted my calico, Maggie, into our little family. She has quite the attitude and is standoffish to pretty much everyone, sometimes even me, but has finally warmed up to him. She permits him to pet her every so often. I have caught Maggie curled up in a pile of Justin’s clothes on more than one occasion, however, so I suspect that she secretly likes him.
What’s your favorite movie/ book /TV show/sports team?
Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball. There is an overly complicated tradition by which Duke students form groups and stay in tents to hold their place in line for the Duke-UNC game. When I was a freshman in college, we “tented” for 2 months from January to March. I didn’t do so hot in organic chemistry that semester. … What can I say, except that it is challenging to study by streetlight?
What’s your favorite food? Who makes it best?
Lasagna, but I am very picky about the cheese-to-meat ratio. My favorite was from a restaurant where I grew up that closed years ago, so I have long been in search of a new standby. I am taking recommendations!
My second favorite food would probably have to be pizza, specifically when eaten on my post-call days in residency after having been up all night.
What was your first concert?
Oh gosh, I think Britney Spears! I was probably in middle school at the time and got to pick 3 friends to go with me for my birthday. My poor mother …
Do you have any hidden talents or something people may not know about you?
My only hidden talent is that I have a third-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. It is a Korean martial art form that is similar to Taekwondo. I started taking classes in my hometown around 4th grade and stopped after my third-degree black belt test during my freshman year of college. I actually flew home from college, out of state, to take my test with the classmates with whom I had been training for so long.