Dr. Samantha Siedlecki is fast on her feet — whether at home or now in the office. With a passion for long-distance running, she has completed multiple marathons, triathlons and most recently a full Ironman Triathlon. So it’s only fitting that in her professional career she’ll be running between Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics offices and Urgent Care centers as the hospital’s newest pediatrician float. The strength and determination it takes to complete and finish races at such a high level is a true testament how Dr. Siedlecki will go the distance when treating infants, kids and teens with minor to acute medical conditions.
What did you eat for breakfast? If nothing, what’s your favorite breakfast?
I eat the same breakfast every day: a bowl of Greek yogurt and berries.
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?
Probably popcorn. My husband and I love to watch horror movies.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
I always make breakfast and an espresso before I go on my morning run.
What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
I always read a book before I fall asleep. I am currently reading the “Game of Thrones” book series.
What piece of advice did someone give you when you were young that still resonates with you today?
“Honesty is the best policy.”
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in rural New Hampshire. My parents are from England, so I also spent a lot of time there growing up. I still visit often because my extended family lives there.
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
My husband, Andrew, and our cat, Bella. Andrew and I met in medical school, and we got married this past October. We went hiking in British Columbia for our honeymoon.
What was your favorite childhood toy?
My family had a lot of farm animals growing up, so I spent the majority of my time outside with the animals. My favorite one was a goat named Madonna.
What’s your favorite food? Who makes it best?
I absolutely love octopus! My sister-in-law is from Greece and her father makes the best grilled octopus.
What is your greatest achievement?
I have been a long-distance runner since high school and have finished multiple marathons. In medical school, my roommates got me interested in triathlons, and I was able to train for and complete a half. I later went on to complete a full Ironman: a long-distance triathlon where participants swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and then run a marathon (26.2 miles). It took about a year of dedicated training and was the hardest thing I have ever done, but words can’t describe the feeling when I finally crossed that finish line!