Each year, the Lexington Chapter of the National Association of Business Owners (NAWBO) recognizes a Kentucky woman who has shown outstanding leadership, financial stamina and control, contributed to her community through time and resources, understands and resolves complex issues, and is dedicated to furthering women in business through personal support and mentoring. This year, NAWBO has selected Dr. Reva Duff Tacket, an ALC alumna, as the recipient of their Winners’ Circle Award.
As one of the early female OB/GYNs in the Bluegrass area, Dr. Tackett is a true pioneer in her field and inspiration to all women. From humble beginnings in Hueysville, Kentucky, Dr. Tackett spent her adolescent and teenage years working in her parents’ grocery store. She also studied piano and used her skills to earn additional money teaching piano lessons before and after school. By the 4th Grade, Dr. Tackett knew that she wanted to be a physician and commit her life to serving others, and that’s exactly what she has done.
While obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. Tackett was selected to attend a Harvard University summer school program for underprivileged students interested in the medical field. This opportunity reinforced Dr. Tackett’s belief that even a girl from small town Kentucky could study medicine. In 1977, Dr. Tackett’s dream of being accepted to medical school came true. While studying at the University of Kentucky Medical School, Dr. Tackett was blessed with her first child. Dr. Tackett returned to medical school to finish the last rotation of her third year which was in obstetrics and gynecology. She was drawn by the belief that the field needed more women, so she applied for and was accepted for a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky.
Upon graduating medical school in 1981, Dr. Tackett joined the group Physicians for Women in Lexington which is now the Women’s Care Center. Her early years were devoted to developing her practice and volunteering her time to evaluate victims of sexual abuse. She has served as the Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at Central Baptist Hospital and continues to serve on the Women’s Peer Review Committee.
She married Dr. Scott Guiler who, until his untimely death in 2010, was her partner in practice and life. Dr. Tackett is a devoted mother to daughter Erin, sons Zachery, Cody, and Matt, but the love of her life is her grandchild Joaquin. She is also very active playing piano and keyboard at Crossroads Christian Church.
Dr. Tackett’s dedication to service and enthusiasm for her practice, faith, family, and community is contagious, and she is a very worthy Winners’ Circle Award recipient and a fantastic representation of the NAWBO spirit.
To read more about Dr. Tackett, check out this article.
*Photo courtesy of Kentucky.com. Biographical information courtesy of NAWBO.