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Dr. Pehrson’s career in medicine began in 1977 as he entered and completed the U.S. Army Special Forces Qualification Course as a Special Forces Medic (later to be designated as the 18-Delta qualification). Following the almost two years of active duty training required to achieve this qualification, he returned home to Utah and was assigned to ODA 112 of A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th SFGA (Abn). He completed his Paramedic Certification from Weber State College and began working as a paramedic for Davis County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Paramedic while continuing his education and continuing his service with the 19th SFGA.

Dr. Pehrson entered medical school in 1981 and continued on to complete a three-year residency in Family Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. During his time in Wisconsin he served with the Medical Company of the 32nd Infantry Brigade (Mech.) of the Wisconsin National Guard. With completion of his residency he returned to his home state of Utah and transferred back into the 19th SFGA and was assigned as the Battalion Surgeon to the 1st Battalion of the 19th SFGA headquartered at Camp Williams, Draper, Utah.

Much of Dr. Pehrson’s early medical career focused on emergency medicine and EMS medicine. He actively participated in EMS as both a medical control physician and as a participant at the State level serving on various State EMS sub-committees and committees, including the Governor appointed State of Utah EMS Committee, on which he served for six years. He received the Utah Association of EMTs Physician of the year award and the State of Utah Bureau of EMS Emergency Physician of the Year Award.

He has been active in teaching EMTs, WEMTs, Paramedics, 18-Delta Medics, Physician Assistants, Advance Practice RN’s (Nurse Practitioners), Medical Students and Residents for the duration of his career. He continues to serve as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member for the University of Utah School of Medicine. As a family physician, his practice focused on the rural and frontier counties of Utah. Over the years he practiced the full scope of family medicine to include obstetrics and some general surgery.

Dr. Pehrson retired after 18-years of service in the Indian Health Service to open a Medicaid clinic in Salt Lake City in 2013. Dr. Pehrson has also been active in austere medicine in developing countries to include Ethiopia and Central America. He coordinated the donations of over a million dollars-worth of surgical instruments and other medical supplies to humanitarian efforts in Eastern Africa, Eastern Europe, and South East Asia.

Presently Dr. Pehrson continues to work on a part-time basis as a clinician focusing on integrative medicine and stem cell-based treatments. He remains very interested and dedicated in passing along to others what his diverse 32-year career in medicine has taught him.

Dr. Pehrson lives in Eastern Utah with his beloved wife of 38 years. 


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