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Hi I'm Shaun

I am a Father, an orthopedic surgeon, an Ironman, and a Navy veteran. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am very fortunate to have been blessed with a fantastic wife, 6 wonderful children, a profession that allows me to aid in healing, and a body that I sometimes push too hard. My wife and I recently completed the Coeur d Alene Ironman after 6 months of pretty intense training. The most difficult part fell to our oldest kids as they watched the younger kids during our 6-9 hour training Saturdays. Many people will go to dinner and a movie for date night, my wife and I would go for 80 mile bike rides. Knowing my children were at the end waiting for me kept me motivated for the 12 hours it took to complete the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. Being an orthopedic surgeon is a wonderfully rewarding profession, being able to assist in the body's ability to heal from injury, disease, gravity, and sometimes poor judgement. I love being able to calm a scared 7 year old with a broken arm or give hope to a 70 year old with a worn out knee. I loved caring for our nation's finest from the Navy and Marine Corps. I mostly love spending time with my family wakeboarding or snowboarding, riding trails or walking the dogs. Its a great day when it ends with my 4-year-old wanting to snuggle and read a story, my 6 year old wants to play tag, the 11 year old shares her ever expanding brain and the teenagers still like to hang out in mom and dad's bed.

Why I am a Mormon

I have phenomenal parents and 6 brothers that raised me in the Mormon church. From a young age I was taught about Heavenly Father's love for me and his plan of happiness. I went on a mission to Oklahoma when I was 19. I was able to read the Bible more intensely and, through meeting fantastic Christians, develop a deeper and abiding love for my Saviour. As I was able to study all religions and explore their origins and beliefs, I found that every good and true principle was already in my faith. Things I had been taught as a young child were able to answer deep seated questions and conflicts that others had with their religions. Most importantly, I am a Mormon because it gives me a centering guide that directs the way I parent, the way I doctor, how I treat my fellow man, and shows me the way to be happy.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith always. I am far from perfect. I have a calling where I coordinate around 50 men who care for 130 families in our congregation. We recently had 3 faithful members pass away. Two of them were quite elderly and one had terminal metastatic cancer that she had been fighting for years. When faced with trials and pain, with grief and sorrow, only the gospel has the power to provide true hope. God so wants to be part of our lives, and he usually will bless us through the care and concern of an inspired person, placed in our path. It is very humbling when I have been lucky enough to be that person. I hope that you can find the great peace and joy that I have found.