Tara earned her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Audiology from James Madison University, after receiving her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as an audiologist and hearing aid specialist. Tara has worked with Virginia Ear, Nose and Throat Associates since 2005.

Tara is married with 2 children and enjoys watching college football and professional hockey. Her favorite teams are the West Virginia Mountaineers, James Madison Dukes and the Washington Capitals.