Crow Nation

Tara Dawkins, DPT, joined OKCIC’s board of directors in January of 2022. She resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, representing the Crow Nation, Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, Sioux Nation and Chickasaw Nation. 

Dawkins graduated from Oklahoma City University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, Broadcasting and a minor in Sports Management. She has worked for the New Orleans/OKC Hornets; ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut; and the Oklahoma City Thunder as a Manager of Digital Media Production where she was the only Native female in her position league-wide. She grew up in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference as a member of Norman First American United Methodist Church, and along with her family served in various leadership roles from the local to national level.

Dawkins left the media world to return to school to pursue another calling – physical therapy. She obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Oklahoma University Health Science Center in May 2018 and is practicing physical therapy in the Oklahoma City metro area.  

In her free time, Dawkins loves spending time with her husband, Will; their three children Trey, Journee, and newborn Rylee; and their Australian Shepherd dog, Render. She also loves traveling, eating sweets, crafting and playing escape room games.