One of the things Dr. Sarah Uguccini enjoys most in life is traveling cross-country. She’s traveled to 25 states thus far — as far west as Washington and as far east as New Jersey — with a goal of hitting all 50 in her lifetime. She spent a week traveling through Idaho, Montana and Washington state and most recently, checked off Arizona and Utah after a weeklong tour of the states’ national parks.
So it’s only fitting that in her professional career she’ll be traveling between Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics offices as the hospital’s newest pediatrician float. Her cross-country travels are a true testament on how she’ll go the distance when it comes to treating infants, kids and teens with minor to acute medical conditions.
Which emoji do you use the most?
Probably the emoji that laughs so hard it’s crying, with various colored-heart emojis being a close second.
Why did you want to become a doctor?
I’m the oldest of 3 children and have a ton of cousins on both sides of my family, so I was always around lots of kids growing up. Because of that, I knew that I wanted to work with children as part of my future career. For a while, I was stuck between being a teacher or a doctor, but a human physiology class in high school is really what tipped the scales toward medicine. Once the decision to pursue medicine was made, it was a no-brainer that I would end up in pediatrics!
What did you eat for breakfast? If nothing, what’s your favorite breakfast?
This morning I had Honey Bunches of Oats. Cereal is a serious staple breakfast food in our house, but my all-time favorite breakfast is a mix of savory and sweet with scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes and fruit (sans melons).
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Fumble around for my glasses, then check my phone and wonder how it’s already time to wake up (I LOVE sleep)!
Do you dunk your Oreos in milk, lick off the icing, eat them as they are or avoid them altogether?
I dunk my Oreo cookie in milk until just before it starts to completely disintegrate, then I quickly devour the whole thing in one bite before it falls apart. It’s a risky tactic, and I’ve lost many Oreos to the depths of my glass.
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
I currently live in Broadview Heights with my husband, Nick, of 4 years, my 11-month-old son, Lucas, and our 2 massive cats: Melvin and Mindy (each weighing in at 16 lbs).
What was your first car and what’s your dream car?
The first car I drove after getting my license was my dad’s minimalistic 2001 Ford Focus, complete with manual locks, roll-down windows and a cassette (!) player. The first car I bought myself is my current vehicle, a 2016 Ford Escape (CD player included!). My dream car has always been a convertible of some sort, color undetermined.
What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement by far has been becoming a mother. I wouldn’t trade being a mom for anything. My son is the literal light (“Lucas” means light) of my life!
Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s?
I grew up in Northeast Ohio (between Cleveland and Akron), but for much of my childhood I wasn’t aware of the gem that is Akron Children’s Hospital. I went all over Ohio for my undergrad and medical education, and at the recommendation of a friend, I ended up doing Summer Pediatric Research Scholars (SPRS) at Akron Children’s while in college. I loved my experience, and once I knew for sure that I wanted to go into pediatrics, it was the first place I thought of applying for residency. I just completed my 3-year residency at Akron Children’s, and I’m thrilled to be working at a place that has given me so much opportunity. It definitely doesn’t hurt to be back home, either!