Lt. Justin Hoblet (Photo submitted)
Lt. Justin Hoblet (Photo submitted)
By Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. — Lt. Justin Hoblet, a Convoy, Ohio, native and Crestview High School 1997 graduate, majored in mechanical engineering from Ohio State in 2002 before receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Army-Baylor University in 2016. He made the transition in his Navy career from flying carrier based SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters for a decade to becoming part of Navy Medicine as a MSC officer.

Hoblet attests his interest in Navy Medicine was sparked by his “passion for rehabilitating injured sailors to get them back to doing what they love.”

“When I was deployed as a helicopter pilot I became injured from prolonged running and went to the active duty physical therapist on my ship,” said Hoblet. “He gave me guidance on exercises I could do to rehabilitate myself and I was back to running pain free. I was taken back by his ability to help me return to doing activities I love and I developed a desire to be able to do this myself. My brother is a physical therapy assistant and so I was influenced by him as my passion for the field developed.”

Navy Medicine has taken Hoblet, who has earned his board certification clinical specialty in orthopedics, to places that many people might have heard of, but have a hard time locating on a map.

“I have provided therapy services such austere environments as far flung Pacific locales as the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, as well as Vietnam,” Hoblet said.

The highlight of his career – so far – has been participating in Pacific Partnership 2019, the largest annual, multilateral disaster response preparedness mission in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Pacific Partnership mission was to work collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships across the Indo-Pacific region.

The mission also featured partner nation medical experts, such as Hoblet, sharing and gaining expertise by working side-by-side with their host nation counterparts through over 200 medical subject matter expert exchanges.

“I helped advance physical therapy practices in Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Vietnam to include therapeutic exercise for common musculoskeletal injuries/ailments,” Hoblet said, noting that the best part about his career in Navy Medicine has been the wide array of opportunity to develop his professional skillset and potential options for research.

Perhaps the biggest impact that Hoblet has is helping to actively support the renewed emphasis on readiness called for by Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

“Given that a majority of medical appointments for active duty sailors are musculoskeletal related, physical therapy helps return sailors back to the work force more quickly which helps readiness increase. As an MSC officer I can make clinical decisions to allow better access to care for active duty soldiers to be seen more quickly to help start the rehab process. So having a specialist in this area is crucial to help return sailors to the work force,” said Hoblet, currently assigned to NHB’s Branch Health Clinic Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

When asked to sum up his experience with Navy Medicine in one sentence, Hoblet replied, “Since transitioning to the Medical Service Corps, I feel I am fulfilling my life’s dream of being a physical therapist. I find it so rewarding to help those who have volunteered to serve their county.”