It was an ardent sense of adventure that led Dr. Frank Schmidt and his
Dr. Caety Schmidt, to Wyoming in 1991. That spirit of adventure has only grown stronger,
exemplified by Dr. Schmidt’s trailblazing rigor in setting the standard
for medical care in the Bighorn Basin.
“We believe in quality orthopedic care in the American way,”
Dr. Schmidt says. “This means a tireless search for improvement.”
Dr. Schmidt is board certified under the American Academy of Orthopedic
Surgeons and specializes in joint reconstruction, sports medicine, orthopedic
surgery, and arthroscopic surgery. Highly regarded among orthopedic peers
worldwide, Dr. Schmidt has been influential in the development of an innovative
total hip replacement system as well as being one of a small group of
surgeons able to master the utilization of the Praxim robotic-assisted
navigation technique for total knee replacements.
Dr. Schmidt earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in
Houston, Texas, where he met his future wife and fellow student, Caety.
Together they moved to Oklahoma City where Dr. Schmidt completed his internship
and residency training at the University of Oklahoma. Both Dr. Schmidt
and his wife always planned to return to an academic setting within medicine,
but upon leaving Oklahoma to put down Wyoming roots, their vision gradually evolved.
“Life happens – you start a family, and you find out this is
a very high-quality lifestyle here in Wyoming,” Dr. Schmidt says.
“It didn’t take me long to discover I was able to practice
medicine here at a higher and more independent level than most of my friends
practicing in cities across the country.”
The transition of Dr. Schmidt and his wife – who was the first anesthesiologist
to join the staff at Cody Regional Health – to Cody signified the
budding of a cutting-edge medical community in the Bighorn Basin.
“It was a small medical staff when we got here, but this area has
helped attract a certain type of person,” says Dr. Schmidt. “The
medical community definitely sought out higher quality applicants when
trying to bring people here.”
The medical staff has only continued to grow in numbers and expertise,
making Cody a destination for high-quality patient care.
“It’s extremely unique to find 60 plus Board Certified physicians
on staff the size of the hospital in Cody,” says Dr. Schmidt. “You
would normally be looking at a town of 100 to 150,000 to find that.”
Growing up in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he also received his undergraduate
degree from Austin College, Dr. Schmidt feels most at home in a small
town atmosphere with plenty of land and animals. Shortly after moving
to Cody, he and Caety established Double Doc Ranch and began raising and
showing Missouri Fox Trotters. They have since transitioned to mostly
American Quarter horses as they expanded the operation to include a location
in Shell where they range a sizeable herd of Angus and White Park cattle.
Dr. Schmidt loves working cows on horseback as well as riding in the mountains.
He is also an avid hunter and sports shooter.
“This has been a good home for me because of my love for the outdoors.
The possibilities are endless of what you can do here if you love being
outside and participating in nature,” Dr. Schmidt says.
Travel denotes another cornerstone of the Schmidt family identity. Dr.
Schmidt and his wife have journeyed around much of the world adventuring
with their three children, now all grown and pursuing their own endeavors.
“Cody is kind of unique too in that for a small town, you can be
anywhere in the country by mid-afternoon,” says Dr. Schmidt. “It’s
a special little community that lets you live a small town life, but also
have access to the whole world if you want to get out in it.”
“We have not been satisfied with being average,” Dr. Schmidt
says. “We’ve spent a lot of time and resources in maintaining
a current level of expertise that is a national standard. It’s a
combination of trying to maintain the best or highest level of knowledge
with compassionate patient care. That’s what we shoot for.”
Ultimately, Dr. Schmidt genuinely wishes to see the people he treats live
fuller, happier lives.
“If people could understand my underlying motivation is to see someone
overcome an orthopedic problem and return to a higher level of function
and be better able to enjoy life,
that fulfills me,” Dr. Schmidt emphasizes. “That’s what it’s
all about for me. When I see people who aren’t doing well –
people have a hard time believing this – but it bothers me as much
as it does them, probably. I truly want to see people do well.”