Meet The Team
Founder & Clinic Director
Dr. Ken Kaufman
Dr. Ken Kaufman is a 1993 graduate of Life University School of Chiropractic and has been in private practice in Sarasota since 1994. He is the founder of Sarasota Sports Medicine. Dr. Kaufman is the spring training Team Chiropractor for both the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburg Pirates. In addition to his active practice, Dr. Kaufman also is a member of the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society and the Florida Chiropractic Association. He has also served as a board member of the Sarasota Area Sports Alliance and a former advisory board member for Keiser University Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology Program. He is also an approved continuing education provider for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
As an avid athlete growing up in Michigan, he competed in baseball and water skiing. Following High School graduation, he excelled in weight training, running, biking and swimming and competed in multiple marathons and triathlons up to 1/2 Ironman distance. Side-lined himself with assorted injuries over the years, the worst being multiple herniated disks and spinal stress fractures, Dr. Kaufman has a unique perspective when working with his athletes and what you want - To Get Back To Your Sports!
As a result of his extensive experience running a successful private practice and working inside the training room of a top professional sports team, he has gained tremendous knowledge that can never be learned in a class room. Seeing the services and level of care professional athletes receive has given him a unique perspective to create a practice environment that includes the same services and programs the top pro's enjoy. One visit to our office and you'll be convinced; "You don't have to be a pro to be treated like one!"
Nutrition & Fitness Consultant
Heather Hackett has given 20 years to inspiring and promoting others to lead an active, healthy
and rewarding lifestyle. As a book publisher, author, trainer and featured sports and nutritional writer, she has educated and empowered both children and adults alike to make life-changing choices. The payoff for enacting such choices is increased fulfillment in just about every facet of life including school, marriage, career, and even self-esteem.
To reach even more people in a tangible way, Heather has now taken her knowledge and passion and joined the Sarasota Sports Med team as its Sports Nutrition Consultant.
Her expertise includes genetic testing, food sensitivity testing and meal planning to supplementation, micronutrients, as well as toxic chemicals found in our food. Most people have no idea the magnitude of how much better their bodies and minds would function with just the simplest of changes. Heather provides “real” information to make those changes that are easy to incorporate and, yet, pay monumental dividends when it comes to raising the quality of your life.
Trip started his service in the role of Top Dog for Sarasota Sports Medicine in 2020. He’s responsible for greeting all patients and will even escort you to the door upon departure (for an additional cost of a dried sweet potato or carrot). If you have met him before, you already know he’s quirky. If you’re lucky (and open-minded), you’ll appreciate his unusual techniques and methods of getting “business done” with his co-worker, the “girlfriend”.
Acupuncturist & Dr. Of Oriental Medicine
Dr. Joshua Odea
Joshua O'Dea, DOM, AP, is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Florida. He is a NCCAOM Board Certified and Florida Licensed Acupuncture Physician. He has been in practice since 2004, and specializes in therapeutic injection techniques. Along with acupuncture and therapeutic injections, his practice also focuses on assessing his patients nutrition status to achieve their optimal health. He uses his skills to develop an individualized plan that works best for each patient.