Hello there! I’m Kara Tarr, a dedicated mental health professional with over 15 years of varied medical experience. My journey in the medical field began with education as a cardiovascular perfusionist, armed with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. From there, I found my calling in nursing and earned a Bachelors degree in the field from Duquesne University, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My skills and knowledge have been put to test in a number of challenging environments including intensive care, surgery, and IT nursing.
I further enriched my nursing education by obtaining a Masters degree in Nursing with a forensic specialty. This educational journey reignited my passion for mental health, leading me to earn a post-master’s degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the University of Cincinnati.
Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work extensively with individuals battling depression, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, thought disorders, and personality disorders. I’ve also gained valuable experience in helping patients suffering from various substance use disorders, including alcohol, opiate, stimulant, sedative, and cannabis use disorders.
In addition to providing telehealth services, I’ve had the privilege of assisting patients in other settings such as outpatient, inpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs.
Beyond medication management I also utilize various therapies, including brief cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and supportive therapy. I also like to incorporate holistic approaches. I strongly believe that education is a powerful tool – understanding the disease process, medication, and more, can help you regain control and make informed decisions.
My approach to patient care is simple – I listen first, then partner together with you to create a treatment plan that suits you best. After all, who knows you better than yourself? I firmly believe in meeting you where you are in life and continuously adjusting the treatment plan as necessary, ensuring you feel your best at all times.