Samantha Engle was born and raised in rural Beaver County, PA, where she grew up riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes and getting into almost anything you can think of. She and her three siblings loved being outdoors; getting them to come inside at dark was always a challenge for her parents!
Growing up in a large Italian family, which she calls “the most important influence in my life,” Sam’s Sundays were always spent enjoying homemade pasta, watching whatever Pittsburgh sports team was in season, and spending quality time together. For holidays, her extended family — all 50 (!) of them — came together for big celebrations, including the traditional Christmas Eve “Seven Fishes.” Her family still gathers regularly, and she values that time more than anything.
As a child, Sam often accompanied her Mom, who’s an Orthopedic Surgeon, on weekend rounds in the hospital. Seeing the impact that her Mom had on the lives of her patients, Sam had no doubt she would one day join a medical field.
Sam began that process at West Chester University, where she earned a B.S. in Exercise Science, then continued at Slippery Rock University, where she earned a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies. During her time at Slippery Rock, Sam completed her pediatrics rotation here at Kids Plus, in the Cranberry/Seven Fields office.
Sam credits her years as a competitive athlete, including her career as a collegiate gymnast, with helping her appreciate the value of a work ethic, learn how to overcome adversity, and see the value of commitment to everything you do. She brings that same drive, and that same passion for work, sports, fitness, and nutrition to Kids Plus — where she plans to prove once again the truth of the adage, “There is no shortcut to success, and no substitute for hard work.”
Her favorite place to “play” in Pittsburgh is Heinz Field. She says she couldn’t name more dedicated Steelers fans than the ones she grew up with, so family Steeler games were always the top five highlights of the year.
Sam’s favorite childhood toy was a Skip-It. She loved that it promoted physical activity, that you could have it with you anywhere and use it anytime, and that, long before it became cool to do so, the Skip-It actually counted your reps. It was, she says, one of the first (and most fun) fitness trackers ever!
To learn more about Sam, check out her episode of Kids + Provider Check-Up…