As a physician, Dr. Jackie Lickliter cares for kids at Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics in Boardman and Warren West as if they were her own. Personally, she takes that promise one step further by helping foster kids in ways medicine can’t – with her time and friendship. When Dr. Lickliter isn’t busy tending to her patients, you’re likely to find her riding her horse, Eddie, and attending classes to become a foster parent.
Where did you grow up? Beckley, WV
Family: My parents, 2 sisters and brother-in-law. I hope to expand my family to include foster children in the near future. I’m taking a 12-week class right now to become a foster parent. In medical school I developed a relationship with a baby that was going into foster care, which really inspired me. As a medical student and physician, I’ve seen too many kids in bad situations and I’m in a position to help and I want to.
Do you have any pets? A cat, Mia, and horse, Eddie. I started riding during my residency at Children’s.
What’s the 1 thing you miss most about being a kid? Always having the whole family together – grandparents, parents, siblings.
What did you want to be when you were little? A kindergarten teacher. I was dead set on becoming one until I taught a dance class with a bunch of little kids. They were climbing the walls; I couldn’t keep control of them so I realized maybe a classroom full of kids wasn’t a good idea.
Favorite childhood toy? Dolls. I always loved playing with dolls; it didn’t matter which one.
What’s your favorite movie or book? I loved the Parenthood movies. I always felt like I was part of the family. As for a book, I think Big Little Lies is really entertaining.
Favorite food? Mashed potatoes. My mom’s are the best.
First concert: Taylor Swift. I saw her at Marshall College in a little theater on campus before she became a big star.
Have you ever met someone famous? I’ve never met anyone famous but I was an extra in the movie, We are Marshall. I was in the chant scene – We are…Marshall!
What was your first paying job? I was a tap dance teacher in high school.
Do you have a quote/mantra to live by? “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
Who do you admire most and why? I admire both of my grandmothers. They were really strong women in a time when that wasn’t common. Both of them worked jobs and helped support their families. They were really the back bone of their families.
What couldn’t you live without? Coffee, with a little cream and sugar.
What’s something people may not know about you? I love stacking hay and working on a farm.
What’s your idea of a perfect day? I love being with friends and family, especially doing things outside like hiking or working on the farm.
What’s your most treasured possession? My phone. It’s my computer, phone, camera and book all in one. It’s amazing so many things can be packed into one little device.
Something you’ve always wanted to do and still want to do? I’d really like to travel. The Grand Canyon, Red Wood Forest and Hawaii are the top 3 on my list of places to go.
Traits you value in a colleague? Being a team player and understanding that it’s not always 50/50, but it always evens out.
What is your greatest indulgence? Tennis shoes. I have an assortment of brands and colors.
What’s your greatest achievement? Getting this job and being brave enough to move away from my family in West Virginia to take it.
Do you have a special interest or hobby? Riding my horse, Eddie, and taking care of him is my favorite hobby. He’s very therapeutic. Becoming a foster mom will be my way of giving back.