Meet Dr. Tara Olson

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Board Certifications: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (board eligible)
Languages: English, Spanish

Tara H. Olson, MD

Tara H. Olson, MD


From Dr. Olson

Why did you choose your specialty? What inspired you to pursue this career path?

I discovered I liked biology and medicine in college and quickly became involved in women’s health. The more I learned, the more important becoming an advocate for women’s health meant to me. Choosing OB-GYN was an easy decision from that point, which was cemented the first time I saw a woman give birth. Being a part of one of the happiest moments in a woman’s life is truly a blessing.

What is your care philosophy?

My care philosophy is caring for women and educating them to be an advocate for themselves in every aspect of their health.

What brought you to the Maryland / DC area?

I am an East Coast girl through and through, so leaving California to come back to the East Coast was easy. My husband is in graduate school at University of Maryland and then hopes to find a job in the area afterwards.

Why did you choose to join Simmonds, Martin & Helmbrecht?

I chose SMH because I wanted to be in a well-established practice that was well run, but to also be in a supportive environment with senior physicians who would help me grow as a physician. Also, my husband listened to a conversation with Dr. Simmonds and had a good feeling about him.

What improvements to women’s health care have you seen since you began working?

Women’s health is becoming increasingly more evidence based, which I think is only for the better.

What is the biggest misconception about your field?

The biggest misconception is that there are problems we cannot treat such as dyspareunia or chronic pelvic pain. With the right multi-disciplinary approach, we can help women improve their quality of life with chronic gynecologic problems.

What is your best advice for staying healthy?

My advice for staying healthy is to stay active with your whole family. It’s impossible to live healthy alone, it’s a family commitment.

If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…?

I'd be a stay-at-home mom.