Q & A with clinical supervisor Tara Koste

Tara Koste with dog Blaney
Tara Koste shares some quality time riding through the woods with best friend Blaney.

ENT clinical supervisor Tara Koste shares her love for family, friends, travel, her dog Blaney, and her side gig – marrying people.

What is your current role in the department?

I have been with the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University since June, 2006. I started as the float medical assistant in the pediatric division and I now serve as clinical supervisor for the CAM. Prior to working at Wash U I worked for a pediatrician’s office in Illinois, and at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital prior to that.

Koste (center) with friends Peyton (left) and Michelle in Cancun, Mexico this past February.

What do you like most about your work here?

It is always changing. I love that there is always something new to learn. I think our department is great. There is always room to grow.

What influenced you to want to work in a healthcare setting?

I took a health occupations class in high school and obtained my CNA license. I started working in a nursing home at 16 and never left the healthcare industry. It is all I know!

photo of Koste with God daughter
Koste celebrating Easter with God daughter Maple.

What spare time activity brings you the most joy?

I love my family and friends. If I am not at work, I am usually spending time with both. I have two wonderful God daughters, Kayla who is 25, and Maple, who is just 2 years old. I love them both dearly. I also LOVE my dog Blaney. She keeps me busy with fetch.

Is there a special something at the top of your bucket list, and why?

Travel, travel and more travel! I am always ready to go someplace new. So far Costa Rica has been my favorite destination. The island is so safe you can venture out and see the whole country – beach, mountains and jungle. Curacao is probably a close second. It is so beautiful.  I have also been to Belize, Roatan, a couple of places in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.  As you can tell, I am quite the beach bum!

photo of Koste officiating wedding
Koste officiates at the wedding of God daughter Kayla and husband Sang.

What is your favorite indulgence?

My one true indulgence has to be Mexican food. I have a group of friends that meet most Sundays at our local Mexican restaurant.

What would most surprise your colleagues to learn about you?

I am an ordained minister and have performed eight wedding ceremonies to date, even though I have never been married myself! I was blessed to officiate at my oldest God daughter’s wedding.