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Andrea+ Derek

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Derek is a plastic surgeon with Crystal Plastic Surgeons in Akron.  He has an identical twin brother and four other siblings.  In his spare time he enjoys physical fitness activities and restoring muscle cars.  Andrea and Derek  met at Musica in Akron at a birthday party for a mutual friend in 2007.  Unbeknownst to him at the time, she was the was the woman he had seen in a photo and longed to meet. Andrea and Derek enjoy traveling and watching movies together. 


Born the middle child of Roberta and Clarence Sims.

I knew I wanted to be a physician when I was 8-years old. I am so thankful that I get to fulfill this dream. I attended the BS/MD program through Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). I met Derek at a party at “Música” (a live music venue) in Akron, Ohio while I was in medical school, and he’s been “rockin” with me ever since. 

I am a United States Navy Veteran that served my country for 10 years, while stationed in California and Italy. Currently, I am a general pediatrician and Medical Director of the Health Equity Steering Committee at Akron Children’s Hospital. I also sit on the Admission Board of my Alma Mater, NEOMED.

I structure my life around a couple of priorities, the 4F’s: FAITH in God, FAMILY, FRIENDS, & the FUTURE of my community. 

I am an adrenaline junkie. I have been in multiple hot air balloons. I have skydived, parasailed, paraglided, as well as hiked, lava watched, on snowboarded on Europe’s most active volcano. As far as the rest of my free time, I do have more relaxing interests such as listening to live music and a love for wine and travel. I have experienced over 40 different countries with a goal to one day see them all. Honeymoon Time! 

the proposal

I said YES!


Derek planned a surprise proposal at Morton's Steakhouse in Cleveland.  Andrea was doubly surprised to find out that he invited close family and friends including her parents to join them for the occasion.  The manager brought the ring out with their cocktails and on que their family and friends entered as he was on one knee. 

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The proposal was perfect! He proposed February 11, 2022, at Morton’s Steakhouse. Hindsight is 20/20 and I so should have picked up on the signs. Derek is so not a planner. So, when he mentioned that we were going to dinner for Valentine’s Day, three days before actual Valentine’s Day because they were booked for the entire weekend by the time he called, I didn’t bat an eye. However, the day of the proposal I should have known something as, Derek (who is usually not on time 😊) was on it and practically rushing me out the door. He did seem a little out of sorts, but I brushed it off as “something from work.”  We got to Morton’s Steakhouse and the restaurant is practically empty. I remember thinking to myself. “It’s empty because no one eats this early and no one eats Valentine’s Day Dinner three days before the actual day.”  Despite the restaurant being rather empty, we walk past several empty tables, back to a completely empty section of the restaurant, and I felt like the staff was watching at me. I remember thinking to myself, “What if this man rented out a section of the restaurant to propose?” Which I quickly, dismissed because I thought “Nah, that would require too much planning.” Interestingly enough, out of all the seats in this empty section of the restaurant, Derek knew exactly which seat I would pick if given the option, which made for a perfect set up for the proposal. We ordered drinks, and when they arrived, Derek stood up. I thought to myself, “Why did he just stand up? Boy, sit down, and stop being weird!” He walked over to the waiter and reach for what I thought was his drink. Then I noticed a rose on the tray and a little ivory box. Can’t tell you everything he said, but when he popped the question.  I said “Of Course!” As we were hugging and kissing, I heard clapping and cheering. Initially, I thought it was the Morton’s Steakhouse staff, but then I heard a familiar voice. I turned around and because of where I was sitting, my family, from Cincinnati, was able to sneak in behind me and be apart of this special moment. Then we all moved to the larger table in the room that had truly been reserved for us and had an amazing meal. Couldn’t have planned this any better myself.  Nice Job, Luv!






Cleveland Botanical Garden

11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

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Holiday Inn - Cleveland Clinic

Reservations must be made by
August 4, 2022.

(216) 707-4389

Reference the Sims-Cody Wedding to receive the group rate of $139 or click the button below. 




Family and friends know that we have both committed ourselves to helping our community through medicine. The Student National Medical Association, with its mission of supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students and addressing the medical needs of underserved communities, has played an important role in our journey.


As we truly feel that LOVE is the BEST Medicine, after finding each other, we are blessed enough to have everything we need to begin our next chapter together. We would like to thank you all for thinking of us on our special day! We appreciate each and every one of you. Please know that your presence on the day is more than enough. However, for those who have expressed interest in celebrating our marriage with a gift, please consider making a donation to the

Student National Medical Association:


For those looking to contribute in other ways, there will also be a card box present at our reception.


Thank you!
We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Andrea & Derek

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Will your wedding ceremony and reception be at the same venue?

Yes!  The ceremony & reception will be in the same venue. 


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