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From Med Student to Resident: Dr. Harder Continues Journey in Northern Arizona

Tasha Harder, DO, is a third-year family medicine resident at the Colorado Plateau Center for Health Professions. Originally from Phoenix, Dr. Harder attended Northern Arizona University and fell in love with Flagstaff. She completed her medical schooling at A.T. Still University (ATSU), with part of her training being in northern Arizona. When the residency program received the green light a few years ago, Dr. Harder was ecstatic for the chance to stay.

Dr. Harder knew she wanted to pursue a career in science since she was in elementary school. And when she met Dr. Barbara Polstein while completing her clinic rotations at North Country HealthCare, she knew she wanted to become an osteopathic doctor.

Dr. Harder was drawn to serving underserved populations at a community health center because she believes by empowering people through their health, healthcare providers can make great change in a community.

“One of the many things I appreciate about working here is that patients have access to resources they wouldn’t get at a private practice. We have a behavioral health team, health insurance enrollment assistance, a lab, a pharmacy – all working together to ensure our patients get the best treatment. At North Country we care for patients as a team.”

We’ll be sharing profiles as part of a series, Supporting Every Step of the Health Career Journey, in honor of National Health Center Week. Learn more about how education moves the mission at Colorado Plateau Center for Health Professions. 

To learn more about the family medicine residency program, click here.

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