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Tara Drew, PhD D.O.M.P.

Tara attended Queen’s University at Kingston, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 1989, under the ROTP program with the Canadian Armed Forces. She worked as a Physiotherapist Officer until 1994, and was the first active military therapist to be certified in acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. In 1994, Tara retired as a Captain to civilian private practice.
In 1995, she began her Doctorate of Osteopathy (Manual Practice) training at the Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO) and completed her thesis in October 2001. The Osteopathic Still Point: a quantifiable measurement using index finger plethysmography during CV4 and Sphenobasilar techniques was authored by Joanne Baines and Tara Drew for which they received the William Garner Sutherland Award for excellence in clinical research.
Tara has lectured at the Canadian Forces Medical School and the Canadian Forces School of Physical Education and Recreation at CFB Borden, Ontario. She has been a clinical educator for Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario and Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario. She has the pleasure of being a professor at the CCO, CEO, SICO, and DOK where she is responsible for the 1st year SOS course, 2nd year Dorsal II and TMJ, and the 4th year Stomach and Research courses. Her teaching commitments include the Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Swiss and German colleges. Tara is a member of the Thesis jury of CCO, CEO and DOK, Director of Education for the CCO, member of the research committee at the CCO, and is an active thesis advisor.
Tara and Joanne presented their research on the Still Point at the 7th European Symposium of Traditional Osteopathy at Kloster Frauenworth, Germany and at the 20th International Symposium of Traditional Osteopathy in Montreal, Canada in 2003. In October 2003, Tara was presented with the A.T. Still Award for her work with students at the CCO and for contributing in the promotion of the advancement and recognition of Osteopathy in Canada.Tara presented a speech at the 8th European Symposium of Traditional Osteopathy in Germany 2004 on searching literature on the Internet, which was then published in the German osteopathic journal Osteopathische Medizin.
Ms. Drew completed her PhD in Post Secondary and Adult Education in November 2014. She provides seminars in metacognitive skills for students and a Teach to Reach seminar for osteopathic instructors. Tara’s doctoral research is in learning styles, seat preference, and past professions, predicting student achievement. Her interest is in helping students to understand their learning styles and how to utilize that information to learn. She also provides workshops for our instructors to reach students utilizing adult learning theories.
Tara is presently in private practice in King City, Ontario. She also has a satellite clinic in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. In servicing the north, Tara and a team of osteopathic manual practitioners provide humanitarian outreach on a northern First Nations Reserve each August.