Amy Seymore is a firm believer that self-care is fundamental to maintaining balance and mental clarity as a provider. That’s why she makes time for herself weekly, if not daily, whether that’s getting an extra hour of sleep, going for a walk, spending time with family and friends, or getting a massage.
It’s that little bit of extra time Amy takes for self-care that enables her to offer the best care possible to her patients as Akron Children’s newest Physician Assistant (PA). After all, as the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty glass.
In her new role, Amy is serving as a Night House Officer in a number of departments, including pediatric surgery, trauma, the burn center, Ear, Nose and Throat, and cystic fibrosis. She is most looking forward to gaining expertise to become a well-rounded PA so she can treat the “whole patient,” while positively impacting many lives — big and small — along the way.
Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s Hospital?
I wanted to work for a nonprofit organization where I could provide care for pediatric patients and their families. I found that Akron Children’s mission and values align well with mine.
Describe your role at Akron Children’s and what you hope to accomplish?
My role at Akron Children’s is to work as a Physician Assistant Night House Officer in pediatric surgery, trauma, the burn unit, ENT, and adult cystic fibrosis. In this position, I hope to touch many lives, while becoming a well-rounded PA.
What is your area of expertise and why did you choose it?
As a PA, I am trained as a generalist. Throughout my career at Akron Children’s, I hope to gain expertise in the pediatric subspecialties listed above. I chose a pediatric hospital because I enjoy working with children.
What achievements are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of the 2019 induction into the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants.
How do you deal with the emotional impact of being a provider?
I make time for self-care, whether that is getting an extra hour of sleep, going for a quick walk, spending time with family and friends, or getting a massage. As a provider, I find that self-care is fundamental to maintaining balance and mental clarity.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to working with the pediatric and neonatal population at Akron Children’s.
What excites you most about medicine?
I’m most excited about the ability to make an impact on patient families and positively contributing to society through my career as a PA.
What would you most like to change about health care today?
I would like to expand access to care, and I think that physician assistants and other APPs have the ability to make this happen.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Elyria, OH.
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
I have a 9-year-old, 3.5 pound Chihuahua named Skye, who goes everywhere with me. She enjoys dressing up for the holidays.
What’s your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is, “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.”
What’s your favorite holiday?
My favorite holiday is Halloween.
Who’s on your playlist?
I love to listen to anything country!
What was your first paying job?
I was a cashier at Tops Friendly Markets when I was 15 years old.