Member of the Week: Dr. Crystal Armstrong

Practice: I work in an outpatient setting in West Valley. I am particularly interested in mental health and am the Behavioral Health Lead for my group. This has allowed me to help with SafeUT and the zero suicide group at the University of Utah. I am also heavily involved with the integration of social work and psychiatry in a primary care setting.

Residency: The University of Utah Family Medicine Residency

A bit about Dr. Armstrong: My dad was in the Army so I lived in many places including England and Germany. We moved to Utah when I was 13, so I call Utah my home. I went to BYU for undergrad, the Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, and the the University of Utah for residency. I work at a University of Utah clinic and I am married to a hospitalist for Intermountain Healthcare :). I have 3 wonderful kids and love to travel with them. We love to explore and prefer traveling to places where we can hike and see nature. This last spring break we toured New Mexico hitting several national parks and monuments.

What keeps you passionate about family medicine? The continuity with my patients. I have known some for over 15 years so patient visits are often with friends I know well. It is a privilege to see them grow over time.

What do you wish you’d known when graduating from med school? You never stop learning and you never know as much as you wish you knew. I am still looking things up every day and consulting with my colleagues about patient questions.

Where will we find you on your day off? If I am lucky to have a clean house, I love to be up in the mountains.

What are you…
reading right now: The Red Sea scrolls by Tallet; a book about building Egypts pyramids.
listening to right now: A variety of music my kids love, often silly songs and billboard hits.