Sean Mullin, DO
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.