About the Author
, MD, was born in Tennessee but spent most of his growing-up years on a small farm in Wisconsin. After high school, he spent a year in France learning the language and working on his degree in French and then went on to prepare for Medical School. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1990 and finished his residency in internal medicine in 1993. He currently is in private practice in a small internal medicine group in Edina, MN. Merlin is known for his compassionate medical care for adults of all ages and thrives on building long term relationships with his patients. He has many outside interests, including building apartments and condominiums. He also has developed homes in Wisconsin for the mentally challenged. Merlin is an avid world traveler and in his leisure time he loves to garden and cook at his home in Minneapolis.
Charla Sheffield is a marketing executive and has been a patient of Dr. Brown's since 1996. She is a cancer survivor and has extensive patient experience at managing through the complexities of the current health care system. She has an executive certification in negotiation from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA in marketing from the University of Phoenix, and a BA in organizational management and human relations from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Of mixed heritage, she is a long-time youth mentor and advocate for Native American elders. She is active in her church, an avid reader, and hospice volunteer. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, four children, two grandchildren, two cats, and Bella the chiweenie. Formerly of General Mills, Charla is currently a vice-president of marketing for a top business to-business media company.