Portage Pediatrics in Ravenna, Streetsboro join Akron Children's


On May 21, Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics (ACHP) will welcome the practices of Portage Pediatrics to its network of pediatric primary care offices.

"Robinson is committed to ensuring that high quality physicians are available to patients of all ages residing in Portage County and the surrounding communities. We have enjoyed a long-standing, excellent working relationship with Akron Children's Hospital,” said Stephen Colecchi, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Robinson Memorial Hospital. “We believe that the transition of these pediatric practices from Robinson Memorial to Akron Children's will help us meet that commitment long term."

The acquisition of Portage Pediatrics from Robinson Memorial Hospital creates a total of three convenient ACHP locations in Portage County and 20 throughout northeast Ohio, according to Ben Teske, director of ACHP and primary care services at Children’s.

“We are excited to offer Portage County families additional services and resources to compliment the great care their doctors have been providing for years,” he said. 

The practices in Ravenna and Streetsboro will remain in their current location and will be named: 

Medical providers will remain:

Cheryl L. Kemerer, MD, earned her medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn., and completed her residency at Akron Children's Hospital. Dr. Kemerer teaches pediatric residents through Akron Children's "Resident Education in Community Sites" program. Dr. Kemerer and her husband Andy have two children: a daughter age 6 and son age 2.

John D. Leonard, MD, FAAP, earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and completed his residency at Akron Children's Hospital. Dr. Leonard is an associate professor of pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He is married to Dr. Suzana Sarac-Leonard, an internist; they have two sons, ages 11 and 9.

Sarah A. Adams, MD, earned her medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed her residency at Akron Children's Hospital. She is also an associate professor of pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University as well as Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Adams and her husband John have two sons, ages 20 and 16.

Svetlana Borishchak, CNP, earned her medical degree from The University of Akron. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian. Prior to completing her training as a nurse practitioner, she was a pediatric critical care nurse for 7 years. She and her husband Edward have four children: a daughter age 17 and three sons ages 7, 4 and 3.

Physicians will remain members of the Robinson Memorial Hospital medical staff.

Additionally, on June 1, Susan M. Merzweiler, MD, FAAP, will join ACHP. She earned her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland and completed her residency at Akron Children’s and The Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Dr. Merzweiler has served as a preceptor for nurse practitioner students from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, as well as Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. She will join Drs. Leonard and Adams in Streetsboro.

The original Portage County ACHP office located in Kent at 1951 State Route 59 has been caring for children since 1998. Medical providers are Sarah Ayers, MD; Catharine Symmonds, MD, and nurse practitioner Carol Mantz.

All three locations provide a full range of care for infants, children and teens, including:

New patients are welcome. Medicaid and most insurance plans are accepted. To schedule an appointment, call 330-297-8824 (Ravenna), 330-626-4080 (Streetsboro) and 330-676-1020 (Kent).

Learn more about ACHP at

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