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About Shawn Hermenau, MD

Shawn Hermenau, MD is an Ivy League-trained spine surgeon and aesthetic expert in Yuma, Arizona. As the founder of Desert Spine Institute, Dr. Hermenau provides non-invasive and minimally-invasive treatments for spinal issues including scoliosis, sciatica, spinal tumors, and spinal trauma. He also offers effective aesthetic services including tattoo removal, acne scar treatment, and wrinkle treatments.

Dr. Hermenau attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physics. He went on to earn his medical doctorate from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. After medical school, Dr. Hermenau completed his residency in orthopedic surgery with the U.S. Army at military facilities in Hawaii, Louisiana, and Georgia. He then completed a prestigious spine fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Hermenau provides conservative and surgical treatment for patients of all ages. He is the only spine surgeon between San Diego and Phoenix, treating patients with the finest care possible close to home. As a conservative surgeon, Dr. Hermenau performs surgery only when necessary and utilizes the best non-invasive and minimally-invasive treatment options whenever possible.

During his 13 year military career, Dr. Hermenau served a term in Afghanistan. Upon retiring from the army as a major, Dr. Hermenau was awarded the Bronze Star. Dr. Hermenau relocated to Yuma and founded Desert Spine Institute in 2010. Dr. Hermenau is board certified through the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and is a member of the North American Spine Society. He has served on the cancer board for tumors of the spine and published numerous papers on spinal surgery.

In his free time, Dr. Hermenau enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters, skiing, SCUBA diving, and flying.

Dr. Hermenau is accepting new patients.


Words from our patients

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    "Dr. Hermenau explained everything in detail and the surgery changed my life. I cannot praise him enough for his work with me."

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    "The doctor and his staff are very caring and kept me informed along the way. I highly recommend Desert Spine."

    Tony G.
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    "They were very helpful with getting the tests I needed setup quickly. The doctor explained the reports very thoroughly. Very friendly."

    Jeff J.
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    "Dr. Shawn Hermenau saved my life! He is a great benefit to the Yuma area and a great doctor."

    Robert M.
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    "Dr. Hermenau is an amazing surgeon. He took very good care of me. I would highly recommend Dr. Hermenau. He's definitely one of the good guys."

    Crystal F.


Desert Spine Institute
2851 S. Avenue B, Suite 2401
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-216-5983
Fax: 928-247-9718

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