Commander's intent

To serve our community by improving the quality of life of first responders, athletes, community service professionals, business owners, their employees, and all their families. 

The ortho athlete vision

Integrated network of Ortho Athlete conservative orthopedic rehab facilities offering active and passive techniques and services to first responders, athletes, community service professionals, business owners, their employees, and all their families throughout the great state of Florida. Each clinic provides a relaxing, inviting atmosphere that exudes professionalism, integrity, grind, and champion mindset. We understand the unique emotional and physical needs of the patients we serve. We provide a safe place built on trust where they can feel at ease, empowered, supported, and motivated. 


Doing the right thing no matter who is watching, even when times are tough.
1. Doing whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to stay true to your goals.
2. Working harder than anyone else to persevere no matter what.
3. Doing what others won’t so you get what they don’t.

1) Envisioning your goals
2) Accumulating the best resources
3) Taking massive action
4) Embracing challenges and setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow mentally and physically and simply steps along the way to achieving greatness
5) Displaying accountability for your actions instead of excuses.


Ortho Athlete has been 48 years in the making.

Dr. Erik Hemmett grew up on what used to be the “Old Town Poor Farm” in a small farming community in Northeast Vermont. Without understanding it at the time, he learned the values of hard work, accountability, integrity, grind, growth through challenge, and self-reliance at an early age. From raising chickens, pigs, cows, and horses to cutting and stacking firewood, shoveling snow, and spreading ash for traction, he learned many basic skills of life and the importance of both a practical “school of hard knocks” and academic education.

Dr. Erik earned the Vermont Scholar Award and attended the University of Vermont on an academic scholarship. He graduated in 1996 with an Honors Major in Economics and a Premed/Chemistry minor.

Dr. Erik completed an internship for a pharmaceutical marketing company and then earned an academic scholarship to attend the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at National University of Health Sciences in Chicago where he completed 5 academic years and earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree along with his wife Dr. Vicki.

They moved to Vermont and purchased an existing practice. For 20 years they grew the practice into a large orthopedic rehab facility that continues to flourish.

They decided to move their family of five to the wonderful city of Naples in July 2021 to experience the tremendous freedoms and opportunities that Naples offers for them and their three adolescent children.

Dr. Erik developed a vision of how he wanted to serve the men the women who create and protect those freedoms and opportunities and give back to them and the community they are serving. His three main core values of Integrity, Grind and Champion Mindset serve as the foundation from which the Ortho Athlete concept will serve its community. His mission is to improve the quality of life of those who serve their communities.

The concept of serving those who serve us will grow from one Naples clinic into a network of clinics throughout Florida serving those who make this the greatest state in the most wonderful country in the world.