Tara Merritt, M.D.

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  • Dr Tara Merritt is triple board certified in Sports Medicine, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine. She is a native Georgian and grew up in Gwinnett County.  She attended Brookwood High School and then ventured to University of Alabama on a track and cross-country scholarship.  While there, Dr Merritt suffered sports-related injuries and developed her passion for sports medicine.  She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in biology.  She then attended medical school at St. George's University and was afforded opportunities at some of the best teaching institutions in the United States and England.  She then completed her residency in pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Kentucky.

    Upon completion of her residency, Dr Merritt returned back to Georgia and worked with Dr Charles Braucher in a primary care practice in Athens.  After 3 years of primary care, she elected to have additional medical education, this time with the focus on primary care sports medicine.   Therefore, in 2010, Dr Merritt completed her fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Steadman Hawkins in Greenville, SC.  Prior to opening her own practice, Dr Merritt worked with an orthopaedic surgeon in a neighboring community.  Dr Merritt's focus, when beginning her practice - Performance Pediatrics and Sports Medicine - was to focus on both primary care as well as non-operative sports medicine and concussion management.  Dr Merritt is dedicated to helping North Georgia's young athletes stay active, healthy, and growing.

    Staying true to her ultimate goals, beginning in 2016, Dr Merritt elected to merge with the Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta practice.    In her new role, she will focus principally on sports medicine and stay tied to her local Athens area.

    Dr Merritt is happily married and has two incredible sons.  She has been an avid athlete her whole life - gymnastics, soccer, and competitive running.  She continues to run and participates in triathlons.  In her spare time, Dr Merritt enjoys spending quality time with her family, and doing any activity outdoors.

    Dr Merritt sees patients exclusively at the Athens location to help serve her beloved community.  

    To schedule an appointment with Dr Merritt, call 404-255-1933 or schedule online now.

  • Three Sixteen Professional Quarter, 1181 Langford Dr. Bldg.200 Ste. 101
    Watkinsville, GA 30677