Welcome: Shawn McMahon

Dr. Shawn McMahon and his wife Tosha and son Gavin traveling the world.

Please welcome Shawn McMahon, D.D.S., M.S., to the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences. An associate professor of orofacial pain, Dr. McMahon is a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. After graduation, he completed both AEGD and Advanced Clinical Dentistry training with the Air Force where he worked as a general dentist for five years. 

In 2014, he became the first Air Force graduate of the Tri-Service Orofacial Pain Residency at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School. Dr. McMahon has served as a clinician, researcher and faculty member in tri-service postgraduate dental, behavioral health, physical therapy, and sleep medicine programs as an associate professor for the Uniformed Services University.

Before joining VCU, Dr. McMahon founded and served as Director of the Air Force Orofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic at Eglin Air Force Base Hospital, Florida.

Dr. McMahon is a strong proponent of integrated health care focused on a biopsychosocial approach to managing chronic pain. He has collaborated with regional treatment centers providing care for wounded service members suffering from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, associated pain conditions, and psychological injuries.

Dr. McMahon is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial pain, and a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the International Association for the Study of Pain.

He enjoys fishing, playing guitar, and travel. He and his wife Tosha and son Gavin love to explore “off the beaten path” locations such as antique shops, museums, and parks. 

He lived in Virginia while in the AEGD program at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton. He and his family are thrilled to be back in the commonwealth where there never seems to be a shortage of places to explore.