Tara joined the Hersey Health Care team in 2013 and has been a vital member of the practice ever since. Nationally board-certified as a family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC), Tara is licensed to practice in Oregon. She originally graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University at Southern Oregon University with a bachelor of science in nursing. Tara has worked as a registered nurse (RN) in the Rogue Valley since 1998 in a variety of settings, including an inpatient medical-surgical floor, a labor and delivery unit, several family practice clinics, and a low-income community health center. She returned to Oregon Health Sciences University in 2011 to obtain her master’s degree in nursing with a focus on family practice. Tara graduated with highest honors and was the recipient of the Pearson Nursing Scholarship. Her areas of special interest include family planning, women’s health, adolescent health, diabetes, nutrition, depression, anxiety, and LGBTQ and transgender health.
A resident of the beautiful Rogue Valley since 1993, Tara married her college sweetheart in Lithia Park. They have three grown boys in college, one set of identical twins and an older son. They enjoy being outdoors and especially like hiking, rock climbing, and canoeing. An avid traveler, Tara has visited the countries of South Africa, Zimbabwe, China, Thailand, Ireland, England, Spain, France, Italy, Peru, Chile, and Mexico.