Critt Aardema, MD

As a family practice physician at Tanner Clinic’s Roy clinic, Dr. Critt Aardema brings to the position a great appreciation for children, seniors and all those in between, as well as the long-term relationships and trust that come with seeing patients from year to year.

Dr. Aardema joins Tanner Clinic following a residency in family medicine at McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden. A native and resident of Ogden, Utah, he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University. He earned his M.D. at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he was named the Family Medicine Student of the Year in 2010.

During his residency, Dr. Aardema served in the Porter Family Medicine Clinic at McKay-Dee, Intermountain Instacare in Layton and the Bear River Valley Hospital’s emergency room. He also worked as an adjunct clinical professor in WSU’s Athletic Department.

As a volunteer, he provides medical care at the Ogden Rescue Mission and prenatal care at the Midtown Community Health Center in Ogden.

Dr. Aardema is married with four children. In his spare time, he likes to golf, mountain bike and run. He also counts basketball, college football and home remodeling among his interests.



What patients are saying about Dr. Aardema

“Very kind and caring. Excellent in communicating medically and very thorough.” – Ann Fawcett on Google, September 2017

“I absolutely LOVE Dr. Aardema, he is one to listen to your needs/concerns and help out in any way … because he cares and you don’t feel like just another number… He and his staff will bend over backwards for their patients and I can’t express how amazing they are. It’s always a pleasure coming here.” – Melissa on Google, August 2017

“Dr. Aardema is great I love how he takes his time with us and answers all of our questions.” – Mika on Google, August 2017

“I have personally witnessed [Dr. Aardeema’s] genuine care for his patients and the ladies that work with him. He is kind and takes his time with you. He doesn’t just blow smoke! He’s a great doctor and should be recognized for all he does.” – Joni on Google, July 2017

“My favorite doctor is Dr. Aardema. He is so kind and caring, he always makes me feel welcome and never rushed. He has a great smile and is very understanding of my concerns. I have been so impressed with how quickly he returns phone calls or discusses results when I have questions about my care. I have never had to wait more than 10 minutes to be taken to room to see the doctor. I appreciate that they understand my time is valuable and make the appointment very streamlined. I love this physician and clinic so much that I used to pay out-of-pocket before my insurance was accepted. That should tell you something!!!” – K. on Google, March 2016

“I love Dr. Aardema. You can tell that he really does love his job and cares about all of his patients. He has been nothing but kind and caring. I would strongly recommend him to anyone and everyone. I also love his medical assistant Aimee!” – Bailee on Google, April 2015

“I went to see Dr. Aardema for the very first time a week or so ago and was totally impressed! Amazing doctor!     — Jeanette on Facebook, Nov. 24, 2014

“Awesome doctor! Young but very knowledgable and great bedside manner. Would recommend him to anyone. He goes above and beyond.     — Tyler at, Sept. 12, 2013

In the Media

Dr. Aardema discusses osteoporosis in “A Few Tips to Avoid Brittle Bones as We Age” published by the Standard Examiner on September 2, 2014.

Dr. Aardema writes about the importance of regular testing for men in “With Preventive Screenings Even More Vital, Family Doctor Advises: ‘Take it Like a Man’“, published Jan. 15, 2014, as an Examining Health column in the Standard-Examiner newspaper.

When Does a Child's Cut Need Stitches?

Child-with-cutDr. Critt Aardema has been able to use his family-practice techniques on his own family. “Lots of stitches on the kitchen table,” he says, “lots of diagnosing over the phone.”

On one occasion, he remembers, a son “got a little too close to the baseball bat swing.” Another son tripped, fell and hit the corner of a wall.

Chances are, your child won’t escape these early years without some type of injury, from minor burns and broken arms to a queasy-looking cut. But most of us don’t have the experience of Dr. Aardema in knowing when that laceration requires stitches.

Here are some guidelines. Your child may need stitches if the cut is:
▸ Still bleeding after you apply direct pressure for 10 minutes.
▸ Gaping and cannot be easily pinched closed.
▸ Deeper than a quarter inch; also, if it’s too deep to be cleaned, or if you can see yellow, fatty tissue.
▸ On your child’s face or hands. Facial wounds are more prone to scarring, and the tight, busy skin of hands may not stay closed.
▸ Embedded with debris like dirt, gravel or glass that doesn’t wash away with soap and water.
▸ Spurting blood.
▸ A puncture wound caused by a dirty or rusty object, particularly if your child has not had a tetanus shot.
▸ Ragged, and the edges don’t come together easily.
▸ Caused by bite from an animal or another human.
▸ Excessively painful.
▸ Showing signs of infection such as increased warmth, redness, swelling or drainage.

Remember, for best results it’s important to get stitches within six to eight hours.

Tanner Clinic MD Proudly Fills Time-Honored Role as Family Doctor

Dr. Critt Aardema was 8 years old when his mother was diagnosed with leukemia. After two years of cancer treatments and family visits to the hospital, she recovered. At the same time, her young son discovered an “enchantment” with medicine and its practitioners.

Now, as Tanner Clinic’s newest family practice physician, Dr. Aardema brings an appreciation for doctor-patient relationships — bonds that come only with time and trust.

“Family practice is a broad spectrum — it’s taking care of a family from birth to, well, death,” he says.

“And not only just physical ailments, but emotional, mental and social ailments as well.”
So many possibilities. And that, he says, was what snagged him.

He’s proud to be a generalist in a world that seems to more and more value specialists. This trend, experts worry, will spark a shortage of family-practice physicians. Indeed, the number of U.S. medical school students going into primary care has dropped more than 50 percent since 1997, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Experts say it’s partially the money factor — specialists can earn more than family practitioners. And many medical residents don’t want to take on the scope of health know-how a generalist needs.

But there’s also the feeling that dealing with scrapes, chicken pox and sore throats just isn’t cool.
That was something Dr. Aardema came up against even in medical school. “There’s actually a lot of pressure not to go into family medicine,” he said. “People would say, ‘Just family medicine?’”

A generalist among specialists

There are many experienced, compassionate specialists at Tanner Clinic — in fact, the medical facility boasts more than 30 specialized areas of health care. But as a generalist, says Dr. Aardema, he’s able to “treat a patient holistically.”

“What makes family medicine unique,” he said, “is when I see patients suffering from, say, depression or anxiety, because I know them at such depth I can take into consideration what’s going on with their work, with their children. I’m able to treat them appropriately because I have a broad understanding of the patient.”

Dr. Aardema did, however, take some detours before he settled on the family practice path. In high school, he continued his goal of being a physician. But as a young college student, he said, “I started to think, ‘It’s so much time and debt to go into medicine.’ ”

He looked around for other careers — engineering? education? He even entered Weber State University’s School of Business. All it took was a single business internship, and “I realized this wasn’t for me,” he said. “Medicine was what I always wanted to do, even though I was trying to convince myself I didn’t.”

Memories of childhood doctor

With support from his wife, Brittany, and his young family, he returned to his dream of being a doctor. “I felt that medicine is what I need to do, it’s what I love to do,” he said.

Plus, he said, “I realized that your job is 70 percent of your life and whether you love it or hate it will affect the other 30 percent of your life.”

When he entered the University of Utah School of Medicine, he remembered his appreciation for his own childhood family doctor. His study of other areas of medicine also nudged him toward family practice.

“As I did my rotations, I found I enjoyed surgery, I enjoyed OB-GYN, pediatrics, adult medicine. Then I realized that in family medicine, I got to do a little of all of that, while developing these deep, long-lasting relationships.”