Our Wellness Team
Dr. Kartchner graduated from Cedar High School in 1999. After river guiding on the middle fork of the Salmon River for a summer and served a mission in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Upon returning, Nate worked as a ski patrolled at Brian Head Ski Resort as well as working for the Bureau of Land Management on the local fuels crew as well as a sawyer on wild land firefighting crews while he earned a bachelors of science in Nursing from Southern Utah University in 2006. While working in the local Emergency Department as a nurse for several years, he decided to return to school to become a physician. Upon his completion of medical school from the University of Utah in 2014, he entered Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is board certified in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Kartchner deployed with the Utah Army National Guard in 2018 to Iraq and 2020 to Afghanistan, both times with portions of the 211th aviation battalion.
Currently he lives in Southern Utah with his beautiful wife of 18 years and their 5 children. He has completed several ultra-marathons, including the Wasatch 100, as well as climbed and skied from the summit of the Grand Tetons. He continues to ski with his family whenever possible and even works with the ski patrol at Eagle Point ski resort. Summers are spent rafting, camping, and backpacking throughout the West. Through his time as an Emergency Department Nurse and Physician as well as his experience deployed with the Army and serving as a Flight Surgeon in the Utah Army National Guard, Nate saw first hand the need for increased mental health services. In particular, the need to bring psychedelic medicine to Southern Utah. Dr. Kartchner is passionate about bringing more necessary support, tools, and resources to those suffering from debilitating depression and anxiety.
Craig Simpson, LCSW
Craig earned his master’s degree in social work and a bachelors degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Utah. Craig has dedicated more than 20 years to working with children, adolescents and their families in outpatient, day treatment, and residential settings. He specializes in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention- Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, attachment disorders, mood and anxiety disorders. He is foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has been providing multi-family DBT skills groups, as well as individual DBT for more than 20 years. He is certified in mind-body bridging and trained Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and DBT-PE and is currently offering Ketamine Assisted Therapy here at Cedar City Mental Health and Wellness Group.