Dr. Zandvliet is a graduate of Stanford University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. She became fluent in Spanish while studying in Salamanca, Spain. After a year as a substitute teacher in L.A., she entered medical school.She received her M.D. from New York Medical College where she was recognized for her skill in clinical diagnoses. As a medical student she chose challenging assignments in Harlem and the South Bronx, Emergency Rooms in Detroit, and Indian Health Services in rural Colorado. For her residency she attended the University of Texas, Houston. She pursued both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in a double residency. She was selected as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine by Dr. James Willerson, the head of the Texas Heart Institute. Upon completion of her residency Dr. Zandvliet was on the faculty at UT Houston. She also headed up the Baylor College of Medicine/University of Texas HIV clinic during that time.
At Palomar Medical Center in Escondido she worked as a hospitalist for several years, taking care of very sick, complex patients. She then moved to Family Health Centers of San Diego to provide clinical services to low-income patients. There she was recognized by her peers for being their most qualified physician for difficult cases, and equally importantly by the patients for having the best bedside manner.
Dr. Tara Zandvliet is Board Certified in three separate specialties: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Integrative/Holistic Medicine. She now has a private practice in the South Park area of San Diego and individualizes her treatment plans based on the patient’s needs and personal beliefs. She has a special interest in working with patients to take charge of their own health.
Dr. Zandvliet is married and is the proud parent of 2 school age children. In her free time she enjoys knitting and camping, and is an avid cyclist.