You know the saying, “Choose a profession you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.”? Dr. Christine Pasquarella is living proof of that.
Akron Children’s newest pediatric gastroenterologist absolutely adores her job, diagnosing and treating infants, children and teens with all types of gastroenterology disorders, including celiac disease, gastroesophageal reflux and inflammatory bowel disease. She not only loves what she does, but also is ecstatic about her working environment and coworkers.
“I feel very fortunate to establish my career at a place that consistently puts patients first, is recognized in helping the community and is continually growing,” she said.
What did you eat for breakfast? If nothing, what’s your favorite breakfast?
I usually just have coffee for breakfast, but my favorite weekend breakfast is donuts! There is a local, family-owned place near my house that makes the best donuts, and we often make a family visit for weekend treats.
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?
A bowl of popcorn or ice cream. Those are my go-to movie snacks.
What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Check on my son in his crib and kiss him goodnight (again!).
My Monday-morning must have is ____.
Coffee to gear up for the workday, as well as “The Today Show.” I listen to it on my way into work.
What piece of advice did someone give you when you were young that still resonates with you today?
Pick a profession that you love and you will never work another day in your life. I feel like I have been successful in following this. I absolutely love what I do, where I work and the people I work with.
Where did you grow up?
Canton, Ohio. I love northeast Ohio, and I am so happy to be able to stay in this area and raise my family here, too.
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
My husband, Joe, and our 1-year-old son, Anthony. We call him A.J.
What was your first concert?
NSYNC! I was in 5th grade, and I remember it like it was yesterday!
What was your first paying job?
I babysat kids for years, but my first employed job was an ice cream scooper at Handel’s.
Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s?
I did my pediatric residency training at Akron Children’s and left to complete my fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology. I knew how special Akron Children’s was when I was training here, but I appreciated it even more after I left. The culture this hospital holds is like no other. I feel very fortunate to establish my career at a place that consistently puts patients first, is recognized in helping the community and is continually growing.