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In 1972, Dr. Smalley graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in chemistry. He graduated from medical school in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University in 1976. Then, he was a surgical intern and resident at Ohio State University (OSU) from 1976 to 1978. Also at OSU, from 1978 to 1981, he served as a resident in orthopedic surgery.
He joined a private practice with other 3 orthopedic surgeons in 1981, Community Orthopedic Medical Group, Inc. He was a partner in the same group in Riverside, California from 1984 until he retired in January 2010. With more partners, they built an office building in 1985 with physical therapy, occupational therapy, pool therapy, an industrial clinic, The SPORT Clinic and later the DeAnza Surgery Center. They expanded to a multispecialty group of physicians, Community Medical Group of Riverside, Inc.
Since 2014, the building is owned by the adjacent Riverside Community Hospital, where he is an emeritus member of the medical staff. He has fond memories of the diligent medical, nursing and ancillary staffs of his office and the local hospitals.
He is also an emeritus medical staff member of Parkview Community Hospital. There, he treated Kaiser HMO patients in 1988. He continued as an orthopedic surgery medical staff member of Kaiser Riverside Hospital when it was built in 1989 until 1993, when pre-paid Kaiser staff physicians replaced his group as was expected.
He served as team physician for University of California Riverside Athletic Department from 1986 to 2000. He was a State of California Certified, Qualified Medical Evaluator from 1994 to 2010 and often served as an Agreed Medical Evaluator. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and an Emeritus Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.
His orthopedic practice of 30 years in Riverside, California was well rounded with spine surgery, shoulder, hip, knee, hand and foot surgery. He also had special interests in pain management, trauma surgery, arthroscopy, total joint replacement, sports medicine and physical rehabilitation.
Since childhood, he has been active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America. When the Trauma II services of a local hospital were in jeopardy in the 1980s and 1990s, he helped preserve them for the community, despite a decrease in income from many hours taking care of trauma patients. He felt that it was a worthwhile sacrifice.
He enjoys serving family, church and community.