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David E. Olson, MD

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Family Medicine, Board Certified Sports Medicine Fellowship Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

Foot & Ankle Care
Hand & Wrist Care
Hip Care
Knee Care
Pediatric Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Concussion
Sports Medicine

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Practice Overview

David Olson, MD, is a primary care sports medicine physician specializing in a wide range of sports medicine concerns, including the diagnosis and management of concussions and acute and chronic musculoskeletal issues. Dr. Olson is an experienced sports medicine physician who has worked with various levels of athletes, from professional/elite athletes to the weekend warrior.

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Clinical Interest

Ankle care

Elbow care

Foot care

Hand care

Hip care

Knee care

Pediatric care

Shoulder care

Sports medicine, including family medicine sports medicine

Wrist care

Dr. Olson’s clinical interests also include the diagnosis and management of concussions.


Board Certified, American Board of Family Medicine
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine

Fellowship in Sports Medicine from South Bend Primary Care Sports Medicine in South Bend, Indiana

United Family Practice Residency in St. Paul, Minnesota

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

North Memorial Medical Center – Residency Program

Professional Affiliations

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Member
American College of Sports Medicine, Member
ACSM Medical Education Committee (2013 – Present)
AMSSM, Diversity Committee (2004 – Present)
NFL Team Physician Society, Member
Sports Health Journal, Editorial Board Member (2008 – Present)
Twin Cities Marathon, Course Chair

Educational Appointments

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Achievements & Awards

Top Doctor: Voted a Top Doctor by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2010, 2012 – 2017)
Minnesota Monthly Top Doctor (2017 – 2023)

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Sports Affiliations

Team Physician: Minnesota Twins
Team Physician: Minnesota Vikings
Co-Medical Director: St. Paul Saints
Medical Director and Team Physician: University of St. Thomas
Team Physician: Roseville High School
Team Physician: U.S. Weightlifting
Team Physician: U.S. Soccer
Team Physician: Milwaukee Wave (MISL Soccer), (2002 – 2003)
Fellow Team Physician: University of Notre Dame (2001 – 2002)

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Chris Ashton, ATC
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

December 18, 2020

Connie R.

After nearly two years, three specialists, dozens of appointments, procedures, & medications Dr. Olson was the only one that listened to my symptoms & pursued a treatment plan that finally addressed my condition & concerns. Thank you so much. I just wanted to let him know how thankful I am for taking such good care of my health!

September 11, 2020

Leann F.

I would like to thank Dr. Olson and Certified Athletic Trainer, Chris Ashton, for taking the time to explain my questions. They make a fantastic effort to do their best at their jobs. I’m sure both of them have many patients to see and follow-up with. They have always made me feel that my issues are important. Keep up the great work!

May 3, 2017


After an unfortunate shuffleboard (yes, really) injury, I had gone to several orthopedics with no real answers other then to continue to do physical therapy. I decided I wanted one more opinion and reached out to TCO. I’m so thankful I ended up with Dr. Olson and his assistant Chris. They really took the time to listen to my concerns and evaluate what was going on inside my knee. While there wasn’t a quick fix option, they really worked with me and provided some options to try. We’ve been making progress and I couldn’t be happier! They are on time, always willing to fit me into their schedule and are a pleasure to work with. You can really tell they love their jobs and their patients and it shows!

April 3, 2017

Will B.

I suffered my third and likely worst concussion during the 2016 High School football season. My symptoms simply would not go away. I would have good days and then very, very bad days. My Baseline test seemed okay and even though I was not feeling like myself all the medical help I received deemed me ‘okay to compete.’

After being put in contact with Dr. Olson and Chris Ashton, they quickly identified where I was struggling and directed me to work with Michael Steiner to improve my vestibular awareness. After, only a few sessions I was feeling immensely better. The staff at TCO was able to quickly identify the specific problem that I was having. And they were able to help me get the therapy that I so desperately needed.

Many Thanks, TCO!

January 18, 2017

Dan K. ( PT, DPT )

Dr. Olson, You recently saw one of my patients, Tara K., based upon my referral. She has had a very tough go-around with her right knee, between doctors, PTs, chiros, among many. I wanted to take the time to sincerely thank you for taking such good care of her. Not only did your recognize her frustration and the time she has spent trying to get better, but you took the time to talk to her, listen to her, and develop a good game plan for her. I know how busy and hectic our schedules can get so taking that extra time + energy really advocate for a patient like you did does not go unnoticed. It is a sign of a good, caring doctor. If this is how you treat your patients you will always have my support, respect and definitely future referrals. Moral of the story… I am impressed and very thankful. Tara is now progressing very well! Keep up the good work!!

January 18, 2017

Stacy N.

Dr. Olson, Thanks for the fantastic appointment! My daughter Kaylee was so upbeat after meeting with you. As for me, I was so impressed with all of the information you fed us and appreciated the timeline you set up. You have no idea how much it is appreciated. Thanks again! 


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