top of page
Pebble Beach

Academic Bio & LinkedIn

  • LinkedIn

I THRIVE's creator, Heather Curtis MD, is a dedicated mental health provider devoted to empowering those she serves to live happier and healthier lives. In residency Heather pursued additional training and certification in global mental health, complimentary medicine, and traumatology with an emphasis on veteran trauma, sexual violence, and refugee mental health. Post residency Heather has worked as a Medical Director delivering inpatient psychiatric services to psychiatric patients and as creator and Executive Director of her 501c3 nonprofit organization, I THRIVE where she continues to build on her leadership experience in medicine. Heather incorporates multiple evidence-based psychotherapeutic modalities into her practice of psychiatry and is presently studying integrative psychiatry.

HC Luminous_edited_edited.jpg


Work & Education


  • Tele-Psychiatrist. Luminous Psychiatry. Licensed in UT & ID. Jan 2024 - current.

  • Executive Director. I THRIVE Incorporated 501c3. Salt Lake City, Utah. Feb 2019-current.

  • Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry. Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. St. George, Utah; remote. Oct 2023 - current.

  • Medical Director & Inpatient Psychiatrist. Bingham Memorial Hospital New Leaf Behavior Health Unit. Blackfoot, Idaho. Oct 2022-Nov 2023.

  • Medical Director and Inpatient Psychiatrist. Jordan Valley Medical Center West Valley Campus.  West Valley City, Utah. Mar 2020 – July 2021.


  • University of Utah. Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program. 2015 – 2019. Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Providence St Vincent Medical Center. Internal Medicine Internship. 2014 - 2015. Portland, OR.

  • Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine. Allopathic Medical Degree (MD). 2010-2014. Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Utah State University. Bachelors of Science in Biology; minors in Chemistry and Public Health. 2008 - 2010. Logan, Utah. 

  • Brigham Young University. General Education & London Study Abroad with the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. 2005-2007. Provo, UT with 2 months of on-site studies in London, England.


Certifications & Trainings

  • Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma Certificate Program. Online training. May 2023.

  • PRATI Ketamine Assisted Therapy Training. Fort Collins, CO. September 2022.

  • California Institute of Integral Studies Certificate Program in Psychedelic Therapies and Research. San Francisco, CA. April 2022- September 2022.

  • Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies MDMA Assisted Therapy for PTSD training. San Francisco, CA. June 2022.

  • Samma Karuna International School of Awakening and Healing Tantra Teacher in Training. Ikaria, Greece. December 2021.

  • Indra Yoga Institue 300 Hr Yoga Teacher Training. Goa, India. Jan 2020. 

  • University of Utah Global Mental Health Certificate Program. SLC, UT. March 2019.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Certification. SLC, UT. December 2018.

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training and Interpersonal Psychotherapy Certification. SLC, UT. June 2017.

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy Certification. SLC, UT. July 2016.

  • Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner Certification. Eugene, OR. June 2016. 

  • Upaya Yoga 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training. Goa, India. May 2016. 

  • Sexual Assault Counselor Certification. Park City, UT. April 2016.

Doctor's Desk



  • Executive Director of I THRIVE philanthropic and service efforts 2014 - 2019, I THRIVE 501c3 nonprofit Feb 2019 - current.

  • 12-week Volunteer Group Cognitive Processing Therapist. Salt Lake City VAMC. Oct - Dec 2018.     

  • Volunteer Assist Team Leader - Wings Seminars June 2017 – Aug 2017.

  • Future Doctors Coordinator and Volunteer. Aug 2010 - June 2013.

  • Fourth Street Homeless Clinic Medical Student Volunteer - University of Utah Office of Inclusion & Outreach. Aug 2012 - Jan 2013.

  • International Volunteer Headquarters - Glorious Orphanage and School for the Disabled/Mentally Ill. Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania; Africa. July 2009 - Aug2009.



  • Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center Whole Health

Supervisors William Marchand MD and Brandon Yabko PhD

  1. Treatment Engagement and Outcomes of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Veterans with Psychiatric Disorders . William R. Marchand, MD,1,2 Brandon Yabko, PhD,1,2 Tracy Herrmann, PhD,1 Heather Curtis, MD,1,2 and Ryan Lackner, MA. “Treatment Engagement and Outcomes of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Veterans with Psychiatric Disorders.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2019; doi:10.1089/acm.2018.0511.

  2. Mindfulness-based Therapeutic Sailing for Veterans with Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders. William R Marchand, MD, William Klinger, PhD, Ken Block, Scott VerMerris, Elena Nazarenko, MS, Heather Curtis, MD, Julie Newton, RN, Tracy S Herrmann, PhD, Brandon Yabko, PhD, Jose Lane. Military Medicine, Volume 187, Issue 3-4, March/April 2022, Pages e445–e452,


  • University of Utah School of Medicine Department of Medical Humanities

Supervisors Gretchen Case PhD

  1. Healing. Medical Prose published in the UUSOM Medical Humanities journal 'Rubor.' April 2016.

  2. First Code. Patient reflection published in the UUSOM Medical Humanities journal 'Rubor.' April 2016. 

  3. A Dying Man. Patient reflection published in the UUSOM Medical Humanities journal 'Rubor.' April 2014.

  4. What It's Like to Be Green. Medical Prose published in the UUSOM Medical Humanities journal 'Rubor.' April 2014. Later republished in the University of Utah Illuminations magazine July 2015.

  • University of Utah Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Supervisors David A Bull MD, Norman Hu PhD

  1. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Assessment of Ventricular Remodeling after Myocardial Infarction in Rabbits. Norman Hu,1,2, Kyle H Sabey,1 Heather R Curtis,1, Nguyen Hoang,1, Spencer B Dowdle,1, Aida A Garzarelli,1 Henry R Buswell,3 Edward DiBella,3 James W Yockman,1 David A Bull1. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Assessment of Ventricular Remodeling after Myocardial Infarction in Rabbits. Comparative Medicine. 2012 Apr; 62(2): 116-123. Cited in PubMed; PMID: PMC3318248. Publication.

Book Stack

This website makes no effort to support or advocate for any specific dogma, spiritual path, orientation, political or social agenda. We are not a source for legal advice.

The information shared on this website is for general information purposes only and is not intended to replace medical advice offered by healthcare professionals and physicians. If users have any personal questions regarding health, psychiatric, or psychological concerns, they are encouraged to contact a qualified health care provider for advice. All personal questions of the aforementioned nature posed to I THRIVE will be deferred.

bottom of page