J.T. Smiley D.O. grew up an avid water skier and competitive alpine ski racer in Edina, Minnesota. His love of skiing and the mountains took him to Missoula, Montana for college. Despite the amount of time he spent in the mountains and rivers, he completed his bachelor of arts degree in Health and Human Performance with honors at The University of Montana.
Dr. Smiley then attended medical school at Western University of Health Science in Pomona, California. It was in medical school that he met & fell in love with his beautiful wife Christine. While in medical school he served as president of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and was a member of Sigma Sigma Phi (The Osteopathic Honors Society). Not wanting to sit behind a desk 100% of the time he started an Ultimate Frisbee League so students could exercise their bodies as well as their brains.
Somehow he convinced Christine to leave the beaches of Los Angeles for the snow covered mountains of Colorado. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at St. Anthony's Hospital (a level 1 trauma center) in Denver, Colorado. During his second year of residency, he got his first taste of rural Emergency Medicine moonlighting at a critical access hospital in Ogallala, Nebraska. The challenge of being the only physician for miles around was exhilarating!
After residency he was lucky enough to land a job in an Emergency Department at the base of Winter Park Resort. Both he and Christine spent the next 5 years becoming proficient in sports medicine, trauma & high altitude medicine. After Winter Park J.T. accepted a job at the highest hospital in North America, St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville Colorado. There he served as the medical & trauma director for the Emergency Department and was chief of staff for the hospital. Leadville is home to a series of ultra marathon competitions, one where participants run 100 miles starting at 10,000 ft and go up in altitude from there.
After 10 years in the cold and snow they decided to move back to the beach. They were fortunate enough to discover beautiful 30A & immediately fell in love! When not working in the Urgent Care, J.T. enjoys stand up paddle surfing, swimming, biking, organic gardening & generally just enjoying the 30A lifestyle.