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Shawn Mullen,PA-C

Primary Service
  • Orthopedic Surgery

  • Athletic Training Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
  • Physician Assistant Studies Interservice Physician Assistant Program

Board certification
Physician Assistant, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Philosophy of care
I like to take the time to consider each patient’s individual circumstances in an effort to best meet their unique needs.

Why Shawn went into medicine
I played baseball, football, and ran track. During his high school sports career, I suffered an injury. Through my injury and the healing process, I found a passion for medicine or, "fixing people." After high school, I went to Minnesota State University-Mankato where I focused on athletic training.

Favorite advice to give to patients
Recovery from surgeries such as a rotator cuff or joint replacement is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace and patience are vital.

Brainerd, MN

I enjoy playing with my four sons, kickboxing, challenging friends to music trivia, as well as watching the Vikings and the Twins. I chose the Duluth area because I can enjoy the summers, as well as be close to my family in Brainerd and my cabin in Ely. On the weekends, you can find me watching the Vikings or Twins, playing with my sons, kickboxing, or challenging my friends to music trivia. My favorite music is classic/hard rock, and my bucket list includes a visit to the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia.

After Shawn completed his undergraduate program, he worked as a certified athletic trainer at Marshfield Clinic. He eventually became the head athletic trainer for the Stratford Tigers, Wisconsin's six-time defending state football champions.

Top 4% of PA-Cs on the national exam (PANCE) 2011
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant
National Athletic Trainers’ Association