Minnesota Senate Candidate, District 19--Nicollet County & Mankato

Shane E. Wernsing, M.D.

Shane in Washington, D.C. meeting with legislators.

I was born and raised in Minnesota.  My family home included my parents and my younger brother.  Most of my childhood was spent in Morris, MN.  After graduation from Morris’s high school in 1991, I attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and earned an advanced chemistry degree in 1995.  I then attended medical school at the U of MN, Minneapolis and earned my M.D. in 2000.  After general medical training (internship), residency, and further training, I became a general and forensic psychiatrist in 2005.

Due to the rigors of that training, I was not very politically aware until about 2005 or so.  In training, physicans are—sadly—taught little about the business and politics of medicine.  It is a very frustrating learn-as-you-go process once you are out in the real world.  The inefficient nonsense that plagues the physician-patient relationship (and is imposed upon that relationship by outside forces) was steadily revealed to me through my work, and it was shocking.  I was so unnerved by it, that I have spent the past 5 – 10 years moving toward working directly with my clients and patients.  Most of my work is done as a contractor through my LLC or by working one-on-one with my patients in my direct-pay, insurance-free clinic.

In 2010, I joined a group of like-minded physicians and tried to get politicians to see our viewpoint regarding PPACA/Obamacare.  It would not do what was promised.  However, almost nobody seemed interested in hearing us.

I believe that I joined LPMN about two years ago at the 2014 convention.  It was refreshing and exciting to learn more about the LP and their work.  Mostly on a whim but with the intention of trying to do good work, I threw my hat into the ring during the 2015 convention for a position within LPMN.

On a personal note, I am married to a family medicine physician, Kim, whom I met at Gustavus Adolphus College, and we have four kids ages 8 – 15 years.  We live near Mankato, MN on about 40 acres of land that we bought and restored from a corn field to native prairie.  I enjoy quiet time with my family, family vacations and trips, beekeeping, prairie restoration, sci-fi/fantasy, computer gaming, hair bands (80’s – 90’s rock), and firearms.