VOL. 126 | NO. 37 | Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Takeuchi Joins Memphis Veterinary Specialists
By Taylor Shoptaw
Dr. Ai Takeuchi has joined Memphis Veterinary Specialists and PetMed Emergency Center as the facility’s first hospitalist.
(Photo: Lance Murphey)
Hometown: Kugenuma, Japan, but I grew up in Trinidad, U.S., Indonesia and Singapore as well.
Education: University of Pennsylvania, VMD; Mount Holyoke College, BA
Family: I am in Memphis with my husband, Chris, and my son, Aiden, who is almost 4 months old. We have a dog named Bovie and three cats: Rex, Mika and Lailee.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Eating good food; I’m a foodie and love trying new restaurants. I also love to cook, horseback ride, read books and go on hikes or long walks with the family and our dog, Bovie.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mom had the most influence over me. She was a “Tiger Mom” and raising me in different countries while upholding cultural traditions must have been a challenge. She always pushed me to excel and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her support.
Why did you pursue a career as a veterinarian? At the age of 4, I went from wanting to be a bus driver to a veterinarian. I’ve always loved animals, and taking care of them is my dream job. They have no voice of their own and need someone to champion for them and take their interests at heart. They are all innocent little souls that need someone to watch over them.
What drew you to Memphis Veterinary Specialists? I wanted to work with boarded specialists who offered the highest level of medicine available. I enjoy emergency work as well as the challenges of complicated cases. It is imperative that I can give my clients a variety of medical options, including seeing a premier specialist.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Whenever I can say I helped a family cope with their pet’s illness and was able to ease both their pain and help their pet. That is a great accomplishment for me.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Making a difference in an animal’s life and their family’s life. Being able to bring comfort to both the pet and the family makes my job fabulous. Even if the diagnosis is not a good one, at least I can answer their questions and help them make the right decision for their family.
Micah P. Sturdivant has been awarded the inaugural Life Inspiration Award by the Methodist Healthcare Foundation. Sturdivant served on the board of directors from 1979 to 1994 and twice served as chairman.
Philip Johnson, partner at Argyle Benefits Consultants, has been named to the State Insurance Exchanging Planning Initiative’s Agent/Broker Technical Advisory Group.
G.E. Russell has been elected to serve as chapter chair of Memphis SCORE. Other officers named to the Service Corps of Retired Executives include Tom Butas and Steve Drake as vice chairs, Dick Jensen as secretary and Dave Moreau as treasurer.
Henry Rings has been promoted vice president and commercial relationship manager at Trustmark National Bank in DeSoto County.
Adam White has joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. as an architectural designer. Bob Bird has joined the firm as a construction engineer inspector. Mike Wess has joined the firm as a senior architectural project manager. Bill Edwards, the civil engineering department manager, has been named an associate in the firm. Jerry James, vice president of business development, also has been named an associate.
Dwight Fryer has been selected league director of Memphis Urban Debate League Advisory Board’s urban debate league.
Clint Gwin, president of Pathway Lending, has been appointed a three-year member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Consumer Advisory Council.
Susan Pack Davis, attorney at Godwin, Morris, Laurenzi & Bloomfield, and Tracey Shanklin, Whole Foods payroll benefit specialist, were named to Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services board.