Drs. John and Joan Takacs To Receive 2020
J. Scott Heatherington DO
Lifetime Achievement Award
On August 26 at 5:00 p.m. the Foundation will be hosting a virtual reception honoring our newest recipients of the lifetime achievement award. You can join this reception by using your zoom application and the meeting ID 5032637878. You can also go to www.zoom.us and use the “Join A Meeting” link in the upper right corner. Enter the meeting ID 5032637878.
Joan Takacs DO is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine where her grandfather was a student of A.T. Still. Upon completion of her rotating internship, she went back to Kirksville as a member of the OMM faculty before her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency.
Dr. Takacs came to Portland to develop and run the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Eastmoreland hospital while also maintaining an outpatient practice.
Throughout her entire career, she has been dedicated to helping find better treatment success for patients with musculoskeletal injuries.
Besides her daily practice, Joan gives back to the community in many ways. She works with medical students and residents and allows local high school students to shadow her at the clinic. She is a volunteer at the Portland Waldorf school helping both students and faculty. She also supports the Oregon Medical Authority’s Worker’s Compensation Board.
The nomination form for this award asks for “anything else you want to be considered in this nomination”, the answer was simple: Dr. John Takacs is one of the fairest humans I know. She is real, human, humble, and approachable making her an excellent candidate for the Founders’ Award. We agree 100%!
If you are from the Portland area, here is one additional bit of trivia about Dr. Joan Takacs.
If you have ever been to OMSI, then you have probably seen “The Whole Body” exhibit, or what we called the invisible woman. Opening in October 1992, this is OMSI’s longest-running exhibit.
The exhibit still has the plaque that says, “The funding for this exhibit was provided by the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation in commemoration of 100 years of osteopathic medicine.” Dr. Takacs was a Foundation Board member and part of the planning committee that made this exhibit possible.
John Takacs DO has a passion for the mechanical. He came to osteopathic medicine after receiving a degree in Mechanical Aerospace Engineering from Cornell. After meeting his wife Joan, he graduated from Kirksville College of Medicine and moved to Portland to do his internship at Eastmoreland Hospital.
Dr. Takacs is board certified in both Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation and has been in practice since 1986 and at his current clinic for over 25 years. With an emphasis on supporting structural integrity and movement mechanics, he becomes a patient’s ally in dealing with their medical condition.
John is also the chairman of the organization “Hands in Peace.” Their mission is to build peace among diverse communities through festivals are more than just educational or athletic, but rather are true peacebuilding experiences.
John takes medical students and even high school students into the clinic to give them an exposure to osteopathic medicine.
From his nomination, we especially like this quite: Dr. John is able to give care as well as teach patients how to care for themselves. That makes him a great recipient of this award!
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