Taryn Newkirk

Taryn grew up all over the United States due to her father being in the Air Force, but Austin, Texas has always held a special place in her heart and she is thrilled to be living here. She received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from New York Institute of Technology in 2017, holds certification with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed by the Texas Board of Physician Assistant Examiners. Taryn has experience in multiple surgical specialties, to include general, colorectal, vascular, plastics, urology, and neurosurgery. This has expanded her knowledge base and skillset, though her dream position has always been one in reconstructive surgery.

Taryn has had multiple family members diagnosed with breast cancer, and she has seen first-hand what this diagnosis entails. She watched as her grandmother lost her hair, her breasts, and eventually her life. She listened as her mother expressed not recognizing herself in the mirror anymore after her surgery. She wanted to be able to do something to help, but didn’t know what. Years later, when Taryn worked as a surgical technologist prior to becoming a Physician Assistant she was exposed to her first DIEP flap and that is when she decided that is what she wanted to do. She wanted to become a Physician Assistant and have the privilege of being a part of a patient’s journey while they fight breast cancer. She wanted to help women maintain their sense of self after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Since joining Dr. Potter’s team, Taryn has never felt more at home. The group of individuals that work with Dr. Potter all have their own stories as to why they do the work that they do, but every single person here truly cares and loves what they do. As soon as you walk into the office there is an energy that is indescribable, it’s a group of educated, exceptional individuals who have a passion for helping, who listen, and who provide the best care possible for our patients.