Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
It was an ardent sense of adventure that led Dr. Frank Schmidt and his wife, anesthesiologist Dr. Caety Schmidt, to Wyoming 27 years ago. 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 West Park Hospital – to Cody signified the budding of a cutting-edge medical community in the Big Horn 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 55 Board Certified physicians on a 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 mountains. He is also an avid hunter and sport 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.”
But when it comes to medicine, world-class expertise exists right here at Bighorn Medical Center.
“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.”
- Fellow Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Fellow Member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
- Member of American College of Surgeons,
- Member of Wyoming Medical Society
- Member of Western Orthopaedic Association, and the
- Member of Joint Implant Surgery and Research Foundation
- On the Board of the Cody Little League; active sponsor for the league