Staff

Medical Director

Noel Gardner, MD

After completing his medical education at Loma Linda University and psychiatric training at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, Dr. Gardner joined the faculty at the University of Utah School of Medicine to be Chief of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry in 1988. There he rose to a full Professor (Clinical Track), was given numerous teaching awards and developed a practice in forensic psychiatry that ultimately brought him national recognition for his work on high-profile criminal cases and a wide range of civil cases.

After 15 years as a full-time faculty, Dr. Gardner left University employment to pursue a combination of out-patient practice specializing in complex mood disorders and involvement in psychopharmacology research and consulting to the medical, educational, and research programs of several pharmaceutical companies involved with the treatment of serious psychiatric conditions.

In 2009, Dr. Gardner accepted a position as Medical Director of South Valley Mental Health, a large out-patient clinic that was the exclusive provider for Medicaid patients for a catchment area with a population of 600,000 people. Here he supervised psychiatric residents and provided clinical leadership for a large staff of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists, and case managers as they served many individuals with serious mental illnesses. When that organization went through a disruptive re-organization, he left his employment with Valley Mental Health. He also became keenly aware that there were many people who had no insurance and no capacity to pay for psychiatric care. He decided to develop a clinic that could serve these people for free. With the support of his wife, Connie, and many volunteers and contributors, the clinic has become a major training site for psychiatric residents and nurse-practitioner students, while providing high-quality psychiatric care to many people who had lost hope of ever getting the care they need. It takes the skills, commitment and generosity of a whole community to provide this kind of “community psychiatry”. Dr. Gardner is grateful that he can share the joy of this work with so many friends and colleagues and the hope that it creates in the patients we serve.

Executive Director

Carolyn Tometich, MSN, PMHNP-BC

   Carolyn’s nursing career began in 1979 at Weber State and McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.  She           frequently says that one of the great things about being a nurse is that you have the opportunity to be       in any field you want.  Carolyn spent the first half of her career learning and leading teams within                 Intermountain Healthcare.    

   In 1999, Carolyn found her true passion and returned school at the University of Utah and completed         her Master in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 2001. 

   After graduation, Carolyn spent the next 11 years caring for patients and in a variety of leadership               positions within the Intermountain McKay-Dee/Urban North Region.  This allowed Carolyn to develop         strong clinical and operational skills. 

   For 8 ½ years, Carolyn served as the Executive Clinical Director – Intermountain Behavioral Health                 Clinical Program Clinical Operations. After 40 years, she retired from Intermountain in December 2020. 

In January 2021, Carolyn became a volunteer psychiatric nurse practitioner provider at Impact. Shortly after joining, she identified other ways to contribute.  She is passionate about the mental health mission of the clinic.

Carolyn is married has 2 grown children and 2 dogs.  She enjoys biking, reading, sewing and spending time with family. 

Clinical Director

Nicholas Baggett, DNP, MS, APRN

Dr. Baggett started his nursing career in the ICU at Ohio State University where he split his time between the med/surg ICU and their Early Response Team.  In 2016, Dr. Baggett graduated from Ohio State University with an MS specialty in psychiatric mental health. He then began working in a downtown  community mental health center in Columbus, Ohio.

In 2018, he joined the University of Utah faculty practice for Psychiatric Mental Health (PMH).  While working there, Dr. Baggett completed his DNP with an IRB project focused on wellness interventions for the community mental health population.

Since 2018, Dr. Baggett has been working at several clinics in the Salt Lake Valley and supervising DNP practicum students. He is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Utah.

Dr. Baggett joined Impact Mental Health in 2018 as a clinician.  He loved the mission of the clinic: treating the uninsured while educating future mental health providers. Since this time, he has expanded his involvement in the clinic where he now serves as Clinical Director.

In accordance with Dr. Baggett’s interest in marginalized populations, he served five years in the Peace Corp in Mongolia. He and his wife, Anna, foster dogs that are awaiting adoption. They are avid hikers and are expecting the arrival of their first child in January 2021.

Director of Community Relations and Fund Development

Connie Gardner

Connie has been involved with Impact Mental Health since its inception. She has supported IMH’s development in various capacities as it has grown from a 1/2 day clinic in the basement of an office building to where it is today.

Connie graduated from the University of Utah in 1985 and attended the University of Phoenix Master’s program in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior. She has worked for Eli Lilly and Company as a Specialist in their antidepressant market, has been a Marketing/Community Relations Director for University Neuropsychiatric Institute, has been a probation officer for the 3rd District Juvenile Court and has worked in the Granite School District with at risk teens. She has also served on several nonprofit advisory boards over the years.

Connie passionately embraces the mission of IMH believing access to quality mental health care for everyone, including uninsured and low income individuals is integral in breaking the cycle of homelessness, hopelessness and the downward plunge untreated mental illness creates.

Connie and her husband, Dr. Noel Gardner are parents to two wonderful adult children.

Social Services Coordinators
Front Office Coordinator

Carla Huerta

       Carla is our front office coordinator who comes to Impact Mental Health (IMH), with a work background requiring a lot of                     organizational and customer service skills.  This, along with her fluency in both Spanish and English, makes her a great fit for               her role at IMH. Carla answers the phone, greets and schedules patients, follows up on medication refills, and attends to a                   variety of other patient needs.

       Carla enjoys hiking and traveling.  She has lived in Utah her whole life and enjoys her work at IMH because she feels she is able           to make a difference for people who are seeking our help.