Dr. Blake Clifton earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. While studying Exercise Science at BYU, he did research associated with USA Track and Field (USATF) team athletes. His work included analyzing techniques and providing Dart Fish training resources to discus, shot put, and steeple chase athletes across the country. He was also awarded the Congressional Honor Award while a student at BYU.
After his freshman year at BYU, he took 2 years off to serve an LDS mission in Japan. He became fluent in Japanese and occasionally has the opportunity to use it today.
Dr. Clifton attended medical school at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. While there, he had the privilege of working with many orthopaedic surgeons including Dr. Robert Johnson, while studying ski injuries on the slopes of Sugarbush Mountain Resort.
Orthopaedic surgery residency took him and his family to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. On occasion he worked with the Texas Tech Red Raider Football program and provided medical coverage on the sidelines. He then went on to do an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of New Mexico where he worked as one of the team physicians for the UNM Lobo athletes across all sports. Here he was trained in complex open and arthroscopic procedures of all major joints of the body in both adult and pediatric athletes. He has also had extensive training in joint replacement surgery of the shoulder, knee and hip.
Dr. Clifton and his wife, Camille, have 5 children and enjoy the outdoors. They can be found in the surrounding mountains on any given weekend hiking, mountain biking, skiing or doing any number of other activities in the outdoors. If it is raining, there is a good chance you’ll find Dr. Clifton working in his wood shop where he enjoys building fine cabinetry and handmade rocking horses.