Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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David R. Crimin, DO, CMD

Assistant Professor of Primary Care
Department of Primary Care Medicine

Director of Medical Education
Southern Utah Veterans Home

Director of Long Term Care Track
Tracks and Special Programs • (435) 222-1254
RVUCOM-SU Campus • C-241

Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses | Service and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Research Interests | Biographical Information


  • Family Practice Residency
    Chief Resident
    Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation and Family Medicine Center
    Colorado Springs, CO
  • General Medicine Rotating Internship
    Doctors Hospital Medical Center
    Colorado Springs, CO
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
    Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Des Moines, IA
  • Bachelor of Arts (cum laude)
    Weber State College
    Ogden, UT

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Professional Experience

  • 2017 – Present: Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine
    Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2017 – Present: Medical Director
    Southern Utah Veterans Home
  • 2000 – Present: Hospice Medical Director
    Intermountain Healthcare
  • 1990 – Present: Medical Director, Home Health, Hospice, Palliative Care Team
    Sevier Valley Hospital
  • 2017: Medical Director / House Doctor
    Avalon Health Care Group, Richfield Rehab and Care Center
  • 2017: Family Physician
    Intermountain Healthcare, Sevier Valley Family Medicine Clinic
  • 1991 – 1994: Medical Director / House Doctor
    Avalon Health Care Group, Richfield Rehab and Care Center
  • 1990 – 1994: Family Physician
    Intermountain Healthcare, Sevier Valley Family Medicine Clinic

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Certifications and Licenses

  • Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (HPM) Specialty Board Certification (2014 – Present)
    American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • FMCSA DOT Examination Certification (2014 – Present)
    Department of Transportation
  • Certified Medical Director (CMD) for Post-Acute and Long Term Care (2013 – Present)
    American Medical Directors Certification Program
  • Board Certified Family Physician (1990 – Present)
    American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
  • State of Utah Medical License (1990 – Present)
  • Colposcopy Trained (1989 – Present)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) (1985 – Present)
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (1981 – Present)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) (1990-2014)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (1991-2008)
  • State of Colorado Medical License (1988 – 1990)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) (1990 – 1998)

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Service and Contributions


  • FEMA Course, Medical Reserve Corp (2013 – present)
  • Hospital Emergency Preparedness, Medical Reserve Corp (2013 – present)
  • Steering Committee Member, Utah Association of Local Boards of Health (2012 – present)
  • Board Member, Central Utah Board of Public Health (2000 – present)
    Chairperson (2004, 2014)
  • Committee Member, Utah Safe Kids (1999 – present)
  • Primary Care Preceptor, Volunteer Clinical Faculty, Western University Health Sciences (1998 – present)
  • Primary Care Preceptor, Volunteer Clinical Faculty, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (1996 – present)
  • Primary Care Preceptor, Volunteer Clinical Faculty, University of Utah (1993 – present)
  • “Health Tips” Radio Spot on KSVC Mid Utah Radio 980 monthly (1990 – present)
  • Primary Care Preceptor, Des Moines University (1990 – present)
  • Employee Health Medical Director, Sevier Valley Medical Center (1990-2017)
  • Infection Control Committee Chairperson, Sevier Valley Medical Center (1990-2017)
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Member, Sevier Valley Medical Center (1990-2017)
  • School Nurse Medical Liaison, Sevier County School District (1990-2014)
  • President, Central Utah Division, American Cancer Society (1991-2000)
  • Instructor, Sevier County EMT (1990-2000)
  • Medical Staff President, Sevier Valley Medical Center (1997-1999)
  • State President, Utah Osteopathic Medical Association (1993-1996)
  • Committee Member, Sevier Valley Applied Technology Nursing Program (1992-1996)
  • Chairperson, Tobacco Free Utah (1992-1994)
  • Member, Tobacco Control Committee for Utah Division of the American Cancer Society (1992-1994)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • American Medical Director Association (AMDA)
    2012 – present
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)
    1990 – present
  • Utah Osteopathic Medical Association (UOMA)
    1990 – present
  • Utah Medical Association (UMA)
    1990 – present
  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
    1983 – present

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Research and Studies

  • Preventative Medicine
  • Office Surgery
  • Colposcopy
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Nursing Home
  • Long Term Care
  • Home Health
  • Hospice / End-of-Life Care
  • Palliative Care

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Biographical Information

Dr. Crimin received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences College of Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa in 1987. He completed a General Medicine Rotating Internship in Colorado Springs, Colorado and a two-year Family Practice Residency at the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation and Family Medicine Center.

He holds specialty board certifications in both Family Practice and Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Crimin was employed by Intermountain Healthcare and practiced in Richfield Utah from 1990-2017.  His practice included General Family, Hospital and Emergency Medicine. He was also employed by Avalon Healthcare for 26 years as the Medical Director and House Doc for the Richfield Rehabilitation and Care Center Skilled Nursing Facility. He completed AMDA Certification for Medical Director for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care in 2013.  In addition, Dr. Crimin is also Hospice Medical Director for Intermountain Central Utah Hospice – a position he has held for the last 17 years.

Dr. Crimin recently joined the new Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Southern Utah campus in Ivins, Utah. As a member of the inaugural clinical faculty, he is Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine and the Medical Director of the Southern Utah Veterans Home.

Dr Crimin is an avid daily swimmer in his endless pool and rides his bicycle to work.  He loves skiing in the winter and boating in the summer. He also enjoys hiking, fishing and photography. He recently competed in the “2017 escape from Alcatraz Sharkfest” swim, 1.5 miles from Alcatraz island to San Francisco in 59 degree F shark infested water without a wet suit. He placed 3rd in his age group category.

Dr. Crimin and his wife, Rochelle, are the parents of 3 sons and one daughter. They have 2 grandchildren.

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