Tara was born and raised in New Jersey. After graduating from high school, Tara joined the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic. After a car accident in 2003, Tara was prescribed opioid medication and spent the next 8 years struggling with addiction. In 2013, Tara began working in substance use treatment as a behavioral health technician and made the decision to return to school. Tara received her CADC and associate degree simultaneously and went on to complete her bachelor’s degree and then master’s degree in social work. In December 2022, Tara joined the team at Boca Recovery Center in Galloway as a Primary Therapist, and her leadership skills and passion for her work resulted in her taking the role of Supervisor of Counseling Services in September 2023. In her spare time, Tara can be found providing service to her recovery community, helping to carry the message of recovery.  Tara also loves being outdoors and can often be found on hiking trails.  Tara also has a strong love for Shark Week, calling it “my favorite time of the year.”