The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


September 12, 2011

Patrick Boyett opens orthopedic center in Athens

— Whether its treating a patient for arthritis, helping mend a broken bone or performing a hip replacement, OrthoSports Athens is hoping to provide resources to fill all orthopedic needs for the residents of Limestone County and beyond.

Dr. Patrick Boyett, a Lamar County native, recently moved to Athens to open his private practice OrthoSports Athens, located in Medical Village East. He also will serve as Athens-Limestone Hospital’s newest orthopedic surgeon.

Boyett specializes in joint replacement, arthroscopic shoulder, knee and hand surgeries as well as fracture care, sports medicine and general orthopedic bone, joint and nerve surgery of the extremity in both pediatric and adult care.

“We treat and take care of everything that involves the extremities,” Boyett said, adding his office will not provide spine-related services. “Our emphasis is sports medicine and total joints. We offer sports coverage as well as coverage for the weekend warrior.”

Lamar County native

Boyett grew up in Sulligent, approximately 20 miles west of Winfield, where there was no hospital. For four years, he practiced emergency and primary care in the city. He made the decision to move into orthopedics in Winfield, where he remained for three years before coming to Athens.

As an undergraduate, Boyett attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham — a place where he also had his first residency. He graduated from medical school at the Kansas City School of Medicine at the University of Missouri and was a resident physician in Kansas City, as well.

Family is important to Boyett. He and Penny, his wife of 16 years, grew up together in Sulligent. “We’ve been sweethearts since junior high,” Boyett said.

They were married during medical school and have four children, Regan, 10; Rush, 8; Reece, 4; and Riggs, 7 months. The Boyetts spend a lot of time on Smith Lake and on the ball fields where their children play soccer and baseball. They also enjoy horseback riding.

Boyett said the family loves being in Athens. “We have had a very pleasant welcome from the hospital and the community,” Boyett said. “With Penny and I both growing up in a small town, Athens is still small enough it gives you that sense of being in a community, not a city. The good thing about it is that it’s large enough to provide access to a lot of different things.”

He added the family is still exploring churches, but the children have settled into the school system.

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