Dr. Tacker was born and raised in the heart of the Midwest, and then progressively moved her way westward via Colorado for undergraduate studies in microbiology, Washington for medical school, and ultimately Oregon for psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship training.
She has a special interest in medical education, and has participated enthusiastically in didactic and clinical instruction for medical students and residents at various stages of their training. She also served as chief resident in her final year of residency. Upon graduation in 2010, she was the recipient of the Resident of the Year award, as well as special recognition for contributions to medical student education.
Although she has found fulfillment when working with people of any age, she has a special interest in working with geriatric patients. She has found their stories repeatedly serve as a profound reminder of the complex blend of biological, psychological, and social aspects of the human experience.Read more
- B.S., Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado 2001
- M.D., University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Washington 2006
- Adult psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University, 2006 - 2010
- Geriatric psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University, 2010 - 2011
- Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2011
Memberships and associations
- American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2011 - present