Dr. Oluwatosin Oladeinde is helping to build a strong future generation, one patient at a time. As a child, she quickly realized the importance of having a trusted adult or confidant to guide her through life’s ups and downs. Now as our newest pediatrician at Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics, Alliance, she feels it’s her turn to be that trusted adult to educate and advocate for every little boy and girl’s mental, physical and emotional well-being. If you listen closely, you may even hear her humming along to Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” tune: “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. …”
Which emoji do you use the most?
The smiley face
Why did you want to become a doctor?
As Whitney Houston sang, “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier. …”
Growing up, I recognized the importance of having at least one trusted adult as a guide through my adolescent years, so I wanted to do my part to be the educator, confidant and advocate for the future generation to ensure their mental, physical and emotional well-being. Like Fredrick Douglas said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” As a general pediatrician, I have a hand in building a strong future generation.
If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?
Lychee. At first glance, I may appear unapproachable (prickly), but once you get to the inside you’ll find a sweet surprise!
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
I am preparing for boards, so it’s usually board questions.
Do you dunk your Oreos in milk, lick off the icing, eat them as they are or avoid them altogether?
Lick off the icing.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Waldorf/La Plata, which is located in southern Maryland (about 45 minutes south of Washington, D.C., and 1.5 hours south of Baltimore).
What did you want to be (profession) when you were little?
Early on, I thought I could sing so I wanted to be a singer like Whitney Houston and bless people with my voice. Sadly, my mother crushed those dreams quickly, and rightfully so. I would have never made it.
What’s your favorite movie/ book /TV show/sports team?
Movie: Love and Basketball and Double or Nothing
Book: “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
TV Show: A Different World
Sports team: I don’t really follow sports, but if I had to choose one it would be the Baltimore Ravens (solely for their color scheme).
What was your first paying job?
I worked at Wendy’s at the age of 15.
What’s your quote, mantra or personal slogan you live by?
Be true to yourself.