Dear Arroyo Clients,
I want to let you know that I will be stepping down at the end of January,
as owner of Arroyo Animal Clinic after almost 28 years of ownership. It
has been an incredible journey and an honor and a true pleasure to have
served all of you and your precious pets.
Some of you have been with me from day one, and some from even before that,
when I was at Serra Veterinary Clinic. That is, and will remain, very
special to me.
I cannot express my appreciation for your continued trust in me to take
care of your pets for all of these years.
Why step down and retire? I have also owned Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic
for 15 years now, and will continue to do so for a bit longer. Ownership
of two small businesses can be very taxing over time. I will be 62 very
soon, had a major health event two years ago when my aorta sprung a leak
and I was out recuperating for several months, and it is just that time
for me to reduce my responsibilities and be able to relax. The longest
vacation I took during my ownership was a two week vacation just this
past October with my family. I missed too many vacations with my family
because of my responsibilities here.
I will be leaving the clinic with the very capable Dr. Michelle Gonsolin.
Dr. Gonsolin has been here for over 8 years, and so if very familiar with
how things are done here at Arroyo.
Dr. Megan Nakagawa, who has been here over 5 years, will also be staying,
along with Dr. Mary Ruth, who has been working part time and started here
as a veterinary assistant for me before going to veterinary school.
Michelle, my long time (over 17 years!!) office manager, will also be staying,
along with the rest of staff that you know and love.
I will continue to be around in the area, and you might even see me here
at Arroyo, subbing if someone gets sick or goes on vacation. I will not
be practicing at Lincoln, except in an emergency.
I hope that you will continue to support Arroyo Animal Clinic and Dr. Michelle
Gonsolin, and all the wonderful staff here. I’m sure they will continue
to earn your trust and support.
Paul Umeda, DVM