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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Mental and Physical Health Resources

Rocky Vista University offers programs, services, and information to students to facilitate a healthy lifestyle environment. RVU Counseling Services provides a confidential, safe environment for students to explore issues of concern, resolve psychological distress, and maximize their potential as medical professionals. RVU Counseling Services seeks to offer a high standard of care as they offer a wide range of services for students. Students at Rocky Vista University may seek diagnostic, preventative, and therapeutic health services at the provider of their choice. Information is provided below as a resource to assist students in seeking health care services that are available both on campus and off-campus.

Confidentiality: RVU Counseling Services upholds the best professional practices in protecting student confidentially and privacy. These policies are in accordance with ethical principles set forth by the American Psychological Association. Information from your confidential RVU Counseling Services record is released only if you give written consent. Faculty, university administrators, and parents do not have access to your RVU Counseling Services record.  By law, there are limited exceptions to this rule in cases of health or safety emergencies and court subpoenas. Counselors are mandated to report specific information only when there is possibility of harm to a client or another person, in cases of abuse of a child, elder or disabled person, or under court order. You will receive more information about the RVU Counseling Services confidentiality policy on your first visit.


We are pleased to provide RVU students free, confidential access to a professional counselor 24/7 through StudentLinc. Students can speak to a professional counselor to discuss stress associated with school, learning how to balance work and personal life, and financial matters.

For access to a professional counselor please call: 1-888-893-LINC (5462)

Kathy Killian-Harmon, LMFT, serves as the Mental Health and Wellness Counselor for RVU’s Southern Utah Campus. She graduated from the University of California Irvine. She has been in practice for a little over 30 years. She uses a combination of formal education, specialized training and extensive practical experience. She communicates effectively at all levels with individuals of diverse and varied backgrounds and disciplines. Kathy has been married for 20 years. She has four children. She possesses’ a unique understanding and sensitivity toward medical students with sound clinical judgment. Her oldest is a fourth-year medical student at the Rocky Vista Colorado Campus. She is acutely aware of the struggles and concerns that medical, married and single students go through professionally and personally. She is excited about working with the students at Rocky Vista’s newest campus in Southern Utah.

Contact Information:
Student Affairs, C-125
255 East Center Street
Ivins, UT 84738

The RVU Counseling Center provides counseling to students and their immediate family members free of charge. Referrals to off-campus providers are made as needed, to providers that accept the student’s insurance. The RVU Counseling Center provides the following services:

  • Individual Counseling: Students have the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues that may come up during their time at RVU. Many of the common concerns that we address include anxiety and stress management, depression, relationship concerns, interpersonal issues, or any other issues that may contribute to the students’ academic and personal growth.
  • Couple’s Counseling: We welcome the opportunity to meet with significant others and spouses of RVU students to discuss concerns that may arise regarding their relationship. The journey through medical school can be taxing on the development and maintenance of relationships and we strive to help in any aspect of the students’ lives. Some of the main concerns that we address that arise in couples include communication, time management, and responsibilities/roles.
  • Group Counseling: Group meetings will be held throughout the year. Places, topics, and times will vary and will be posted/announced.
  • Lunch and Learn Discussions (Colorado) and Let’s Talk Sessions (Utah): These are group discussions held once a month in one of the seminar rooms. Times and dates will vary but will be displayed on the Student Activities calendar as well as the TV displays and bulletin boards. This is open to any and all students and is viewed more as an open discussion regarding concerns that students are currently dealing with. Bring your lunch to eat while you have an open dialogue with your peers to develop ideas and strategies to overcome common issues!
Walk-in appointments are available.  

In addition to the on-campus resources, RVU encourages students to reach out to community resources. Below is the list of community agencies that provide mental health counseling services.

  • StudentLinc
    24-Hour Hotline service to help students resolve personal issues that may impact academic performance and cause personal distress. Students can speak with a licensed counselor and they will provide initial support and assessment. Call (888) 893-5462.
  • Turning Leaf
    As a state licensed corporation, TurningLeaf Wellness Center offers wellness services ranging from Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment to Seminars and Personal Coaching, to Mind and Body Wellness programs. Depending on the concern, you will be referred to one of their licensed therapists. For additional information, visit their website or call (435) 652-1202.
  • Intermountain Psychiatry & Counseling
    Specialty clinic providing care for psychiatric and behavioral health need, including depression, anxiety, adult and pediatric ADHD, eating disorders, autism and Asperger’s, bipolar disorder, and more. All available treatment options are discussed such as medications, healthy thinking and lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, and alternative remedies. For additional information, visit their website or call (435) 688-4850.
  • Doctors Volunteer Clinic
    Free medical and mental health services offered to the local community. For additional information, visit their website or call (435) 656-0022.
  • Psychology Today
    Find a licensed therapist or psychiatrist in your area and learn about them before scheduling an appointment! To locate a provider in the local area, visit their website.
  • Dove Center
    Supporting individuals of domestic violence and sexual assault through education and resources to increase safety and promote healing from trauma. Provides confidentiality and shelter, outreach services, and 24- hour helpline. For additional information, visit their website or call (435) 628-0458.
  • 24-Hour Rape Crisis Hotline
    (888) 421-1100
  • Utah Suicide Hotline
    (801) 625-3700

We recognize that there are many resources available to assist students in navigating the process of managing stressors and building the life of a physician.  While we are available to assist with issues via talk therapy, we recognize that it can be very useful to develop skills to resolver or manage issues independently.  We have included a few resources below that you might find helpful as you navigate medical school. Feel free to peruse them and use as many, or all, that you find helpful.


Help Guide

This website contains information regarding common issues students face in medical school. These topics range from Anxiety to PTSD to Suicide Prevention. Each topic provides you with basic information as well as specifics of various situations. Along with the information, they provide tools on how to cope with or overcome the issue. There is also an “EQ Toolkit” that provides 5 steps to help you improve your overall wellness. It’s close to a one-stop-shop for a variety of resources for you!


Phone Apps

There are so many apps out there that can help you cope with stress, anxiety, depression, and even addiction. These are not meant to be a substitute for therapy where therapy is needed, but as a help and resource for those moments when you need a little pick-me-up.


Anxiety/Stress Reduction:

Attention/Organization Problems:


Eating Disorders:



Obsessive Thoughts/Compulsive Behavior:


Test Anxiety:



Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness allows us the opportunity to pay attention to and observe what is going on inside (thoughts, feelings, sensations) and outside (interactions and surroundings). This is done with an open, non-judgmental mind and allows us to stay focused during meditation. There are two types of Mindfulness Meditation: Active and Resting.

Active Mind Meditation is guided meditation that actively trains you brain to think or emote in a particular way. For example, a “learning meditation” prepares your mind to more effectively absorb everything you need to study.

Resting Mind Meditation is what most of us imagine when we think of meditation. It is very deliberate channeling of our awareness, usually focusing on the breath; in movement oriented resting mind meditation such as yoga, the focus in on the breath and holding a pose. This type of meditation is useful in training our brain to let go of certain emotions, thoughts, or worries and move away from judgments we associate with these things.

If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, feel free to take a look at some self-assessments that might help clarify what you are feeling and direct you to the help you could use. **NOTE: these assessments are not used to make a diagnosis and results should not be seen as definitive. If you are concerned about results, please contact the Counseling Center or make an appointment.

Mental Health America Screening Tools

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 911 right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Utah Crisis Hotline

Callahan Clinic
1240 E 100 S #15A, St George, UT 84790
(435) 656-5323
Hours: 8:30-5 M-F

Dixie Regional Medical Center (Hospital)
1380 E Medical Center Dr, St George, UT 84790
(435) 251-1000
Hours: 24 hours a day

Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic of St. George
1036 E Riverside Dr, St George, UT 84790
(435) 656-0022
Hours: 9-12 and 1-4 M-TR, 9-2 F

Family Healthcare
25 N 100 E Suite 102, St George, UT 84770
(435) 986-2565
Hours: 8-5 M-F

Revere Health St. George Clinic
736 S 900 E #203, St George, UT 84790
(435) 673-6131
Hours: 9-7 M-F, 9-2 Sat

Planned Parenthood
595 S Bluff St Suite 1, St George, UT 84770
(435) 674-9933
Hours: 10-6 M-F

River Road InstaCare
577 S River Rd, St George, UT 84790
(435) 688-6300
Hours: 9-9 every day

Valley Women’s Health
515 S 300 E, St George, UT 84770
(435) 628-1662
Hours: 9-5 M,Tues,TR,F 10-3 W