A native of Ontario, Tara originally hails from the city of Ottawa, where her parents and sisters currently reside. She graduated from Queen’s University with a BPHEd and BA, as well from Sheridan College with a Diploma in Sports Injury Management. She went on to receive her Masters in Kinesiology degree from the University of Calgary. Tara became a Certified Athletic Therapist in 1988. Prior to joining StFX, Tara was the Head Athletic Therapist for the University of Calgary for three years from 1989-1994.
Tara came to StFX in 1996 where she has worked as the Head Athletic Therapist since her arrival. In addition to her duties as the Head Athletic Therapist, she teaches three courses in the Human Kinetics Department. Tara was the assistant coach of the StFX women’s rugby team from 1998-2011, and she was the co-chair of the host organizing committee for the 2012 CIS women’s rugby national championship.
Tara has served on the Education Committee and the Board of Directors for the Canadian Athletic therapist Association from 1994 till 2001, and was the President of the Association in 1999-2000. In addition to working a number of Canada Games throughout the years as a therapist, Tara also worked with the national women’s hockey team in 1992 where they won a gold medal at the world championship in Tampere, Finland.
Recently, along with Dr. David Cudmore, Tara has established the Antigonish Concussion Clinic which has been going strong for the past five years. In this clinic they treat community members and athletes who have suffered concussions and help them return to play, work or life’s activities. In addition to this clinic, Tara and Dr. Cudmore have been involved in a conducting a number of local presentations to the general community on concussions, as well as to a number of medical professionals throughout the province of Nova Scotia.