When it comes to our careers, we often end up where we least expected. Instead, need often determines our destination.
If you had told Dr. Brent Boyett, who started practicing medicine and dentistry in Northwest Alabama in 2001, that he would one day leave the field of dentistry to start a facility focusing on the treatment of substance use disorders, he would have likely looked at you like you were crazy.
As the 21st Century began, however, the State of Alabama was rapidly becoming the epicenter of a worldwide opioid epidemic.
A drastic shift in federal law and the insurance industry combined to create the “perfect storm” for a crisis and, over the next 12 years, many Alabama residents would spiral into addiction and dependency on opioids.
By 2011, the United States made up around 4.5% of the world’s population. That same year, Americans used 80% of the world’s opioid pain relievers. Hitting a bit closer to home for Boyett was the fact that Alabama ranked number one in the country for per capita use of opioid pain medications.
As he saw a huge problem developing among his patients, he also saw the struggle and challenges facing his staff. Both medical and dental patients began to develop a high tolerance to opioid pain medications and started taking drastic measures to obtain medications that carried a high risk of addiction and dependency.
Seeing a rapidly growing problem and no immediate solution, Boyett became board certified in addiction medicine and, along with his team, began focusing on developing a plan to treat substance use disorders.
As Boyett and his staff began to meet, write policies and implement a program for treatments, they could tell that the program was truly making a difference in the lives of the patients they served.
That transformation in their patients and the subsequent passion it created in Boyett and his staff resulted in an evolution: Boyett’s practice was no longer just a primary care clinic, but one with a niche in treating substance use disorders as well as addictions and dependencies not related to opioids.
In 2014, Boyett left the field of dentistry and opened a stand-alone clinic specifically designed to treat patients with substance use disorders.
Pathway Partners of Alabama was born.
Now with multiple locations across multiple states and growing nationally, Pathway Healthcare has set out to broaden its reach and continue serving patients with substance use disorders.
While modern science cannot cure addiction and dependency, it can be managed like other chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
The staff at Pathway Healthcare is working with the goal of treating patients with substance use disorders so they can lead normal, healthy, and functional lives.
Dr. Brent is dually trained and practices both Family Medicine and Family Dentistry. He completed his undergraduate education at Birmingham-Southern College then graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994 with a D.M.D. degree.
Working during the summers and on weekends in dentistry he went on to medical school at the University Of Health Sciences College Of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 1998. He then began a three year Family Medicine Residency with the University of Mississippi in Tupelo, which he completed in 2001. His emphasis during this training was internal medicine, anesthesia and oral surgery.
He was raised in Lamar County, Alabama and began his dental practice in Marion County in 1994. He established his medical practice in Hamilton, Alabama in 2001. Since that time he has been dedicated to serving the residents of Marion County, as well as, all surrounding counties with medical and dental services.
He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Family Practice and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Boyett is also board certified in addiction through the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). And also serves on the Governor of Alabama’s Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council. In 2009, he implemented an addiction program for the treatment of opioid dependence, called Pathway Partners. Due to it’s success it is now a national addiction and dependency treatment program called Pathway Healthcare and it has been changing lives in very real and visible ways.
Dr. Boyett ensures that Boyett Health Services and Pathway Healthcare is constantly evolving and improving to keep up with the demands of the latest healthcare standards. He is dedicated to remaining on the cutting edge of technology and is a proctor to many medical and dental students seeking professional training.
He established his medical practice in Hamilton, Alabama in 2001. Since that time he has been dedicated to serving the residents of Marion County, as well as, all surrounding counties with medical and dental services.
Sandra was raised in Cullman, Alabama and started her career as a nurse at Carraway Methodist Medical center in 1982 in the area of critical care.
She completed the certified registered nurse anesthetist program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994 and moved to Jackson, TN. There, she worked for the Jackson Clinic as a staff anesthetist until she took a position at the University of Tennessee in Memphis (“The Med”) where she gained valuable experience in trauma anesthesia.
After their wedding, she and Dr. Brent Boyett moved to Hamilton, AL. Since that time, she has provided private contracted anesthesia at North Mississippi Medical Center in both Hamilton and Tupelo as well as coverage at Helen Keller Hospital in Muscle Shoals.
She administers conscious sedation to patients at Boyett Health Services for oral surgery and for anxiety control during routine dental procedures and also serves as the Executive Practice Manager at BHS. She helped train and lead the team of staff at Boyett Health Services who become researchers involved with new treatments for addictive disorders for Pathway Partners, the addiction treatment side of Boyett Services. Now Pathway Partners is known as Pathway Healthcare, a national out-patient addiction and dependency treatment center. Sandra not only serves as one of their founders but is also an integral part of their training process and passionate in the pursuit of helping people with addictive disorders who had seemingly been abandoned by the mainstream healthcare system.