Lakeview Health System
Performing Arts Medicine
Performing artists are highly skilled individuals dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in their fields. Often, they spend years learning their instruments, developing their voices, and training their bodies. They make many sacrifices for love of their art. 

Who are our patients? 
We treat a variety of performing artists along the entire spectrum of ages and abilities. Our patients include:
  • children learning an instrument or skill
  • high school and college students in the arts
  • amateur artists performing in the community
  • professionals with highly developed skill-sets
  • seniors intent on continuing to perform 

What are common conditions seen in performing artists? 

  • Acute injuries 
  • Overuse syndromes
  • Muscle and joint pain 
  • Voice problems
  • Neurological disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome or focal dystonia
  • Performance anxiety 
  • Depression

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Meet the Team


  • U of MN Fellowship in Sports Medicine 
  • U of MN Residency in Family Medicine 
  • U of MN Medical School 
  • U of MN Master of Music, Choral Conducting 
  • UW - Platteville, BA Piano Performance 
  • Tulane University, BA Political-Economy 

Prior Performing Experience 

  • Director of Various Church & Community Choruses 
  • UW - River Falls Chorus Director, Voice Teacher, 
  • and Class Lecturer 
  • Minnesota Opera Chorus 
  • Minnesota Chorale 
Paul Schaefer, MD CAQ


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