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I was born in 1937 in Hyrum, Utah, the third of five children. Our family moved to Pocatello Idaho at age nine. I was an “ok” student in high school, graduating in 1956. I grew up in a somewhat liken to Mormon home. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints from 1957-1960. I returned home and later that year enrolled at Utah State University, where my father, mother, and two older sisters also attended.


Sharon and I were married in June 1961 and she was my “loan officer” for college and medical school. I graduated from George Washington University Medical School in June 1966. Sharon and I both look on our experiences in Washington D.C. with great fondness. I did a rotating internship LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Interns at that time were paid $50-$100 a month, which was a significant pay cut from what we made working while in medical school.


Following my internship, I was a Medical Officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1967- 1969, serving in Korea and Southern California.


In 1969 we returned to Salt Lake City where I began my training in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry, finishing in 1973.


Sharon and I have four children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and now have six grandchildren. Sharon went back to school in 1988 and became a LCSW. We practiced together for many years in Boise, Idaho. We moved to the St. George area in 2003, served a medical mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints from 2004-2005. When we returned to St. George, Sharon retired from the practice and began playing tennis, bridge, and was busy with multiple hobbies. I started a practice of psychiatry here in St. George. In our off time now, we spoil our children and do some occasional snow skiing. We both find growing older to be an interesting and challenging journey.


Cantril Nielsen, MD

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