A physiatrist or physical medicine and rehab specialist at Lakeview Spine, Sean Mullin uses a holistic approach to help his patients. A cross between orthopedics and neurology, physiatry uses a number of different methods and types of medicine to treat patients. Seeing a patient who once was in a great amount of pain now with a smile is why Sean practices medicine. In his free time, Sean enjoys cooking, reading, walking his dog, snowboarding, and flying his Cessna aircraft with his wife.
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
I was inspired by a good friend who practices the same specialty, physiatry. I knew I wanted to go into healthcare but I didn't know where I fit. It wasn't until I went with him on rounds seeing patients that it hit me that this was what I was supposed to be doing. At that point, I decided I would go to medical school. As I went in for my interview at the medical school, I found a flyer talking about osteopathic medicine. As soon as I read it, I knew that would be my profession.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
I try to treat people with respect. If they're in the mood for it, I try to use some humor and lighten up the situation. I try to have fun, do what needs to be done, treat them with respect, and do my best to do what is right and to answer their questions.
What do you appreciate most about the doctors and staff you work with?
When I came here, I did not know the quality of the medical community in Yakima, but I soon discovered that most of the doctors here have excellent training and excellent backgrounds. They are excellent physicians; as good as I've seen anywhere else, if not better.
What do you like about Yakima?
When I moved here, I was looking for a town that wasn't too big or too small. I wanted a place that had lots of outdoor recreational opportunities. I also like that it's near the mountains and full of very nice people.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
I have many interests. I like to cook, read, walk my dog, snowboard, and fly. I got bored one day and decided I wanted to learn how to fly a plane. It's been a lot of fun. I've got an old Cessna and my wife and I will jump in it on the weekend and take off somewhere.