Richard Justin Ingebretsen was graduated from the University of Utah with a masters in physics and a PhD in Physics Education.  He received an MD degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1993.  He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in emergency medicine in Salt Lake City.  He is now a clinical instructor of medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a professor in the Department of Physics.  He is an attending emergency room physician and practices internal medicine.  He is the program director of wilderness program at the University of Utah School of Medicine and is the medical director of Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue.   He does extensive work in the environment.  He is the founder of the Glen Canyon Institute and is also the vice chair of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.  He founded Wilderness Medicine of Utah to teach back country medicine and is owner of River Bound Adventures an education river trip company.