Tamara graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in research psychology and completed a second major in mental health psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. She attended Tristate Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine; a three-year Chinese medical institute in New York City and received her first diploma in acupuncture.
Tamara's clinical work included a collaborative effort of both Chinese and Western medical physicians and interns working together at the Sidney Hillman Healthcare Clinic in New York City. Her training encompassed acupuncture, Chinese and Japanese massage, herbology, Chinese dietary therapy, guasa and moxibustion.
She obtained a second degree, an M.S. in Oriental Medicine after attending a four-year program at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Her osteopathic training has been an integration of two Japanese based neuromuscular reeducation systems, Sotai-ho and Anma, and the powerful Chinese system of Tui-na.These modalities are all focused on returning natural body alignment by working with the breath and moving toward comfort rather than adjusting toward pain while untwisting muscular holding patterns.
Her training continued with extensive experiences in community medicine in clinics such as the Fourteenth Street Methadone Clinic, Oakland and the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. She has trained extensively with Mark Seem, Kiiko Matsumoto, Bob Flaws, Honora Lee Wolfe, Ted Kaptchuk, Chip Chase, Jeffery Yuen, Arya Nielson, Jim McCormick, Peter Thompson, Eric Stevens and Donna Finnando.
Tamara is presently completing two certificate programs as a Death Midwife in addition to the CIIS Medical Psychedelic Reasearch program in San Francisco.