Tarah Castleberry DO, MPH

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Castleberry brings a wealth of knowledge with her. She has been the Flight Surgeon for Virgin Galactic since August 2015 and VG’s Chief Medical Officer since June 2020. She is board certified in Aerospace Medicine, Family Medicine, and General Preventive Medicine. She is an alum of Grand Canyon University and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She began her career with 7 years in the US Navy, earning a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completing an Aerospace Medicine residency before serving as a flight surgeon, including a 2-year tour with the Blue Angels Naval Flight Demonstration Team. Upon leaving Naval service, Tarah completed a Family Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. After family medicine training, she served as a contracted NASA Flight Surgeon from 2009 to 2012. In this capacity, Dr. Castleberry has provided support for US and International Partner astronaut operations in Russia and Kazakhstan and International Space Station missions at Johnson Space Center. In addition, she served as the program director for the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)/NASA Johnson Space Center Aerospace Medicine Residency program from 2013to 2017 and as the Program Director for the UTMB General Preventive Medicine Residency program from 2013 to 2018. She is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health at UTMB. With her connection to her family in Creede, she was excited to come to the Valley.

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We will provide compassionate healthcare and advocate wellness through innovative access, preventive medicine,
and collaborative partnerships within our diverse community.


Rio Grande Hospital

310 County Road 14
Del Norte, CO 81132
Tel: 719-657-2510
Open: 24/7

Creede Family Practice

802 Rio Grande
Creede, CO 81130
Tel: 719-658-0929

Rio Grande
Hospital Clinic

310C County Road 14
Del Norte, CO 81132
Tel: 719-657-2418

Monte Vista Medical Clinic & Pharmacy

1033 2nd Avenue
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Tel: 719-852-8827
Pharmacy Tel: 719-628-0533

Rio Grande Hospital Clinic at South Fork

52 Jackson Street
South Fork, CO 81154
Tel: 719-873-5494