The Johnson Center for Health & Wellness
The Johnson Center is a new health care service that offers personal and directive solutions and wellness planning designed to keep you healthy in the future. Patients today are not getting the help they need from conventional medicine. Many leave their physician's office with a prescription in hand but not sure if their concerns were understood. The Johnson Center emphasizes the relationship between the physician and patient and listens to the patient seeking to discover the underlying root cause of an illness. Prescription medicines can be beneficial but other healing options exist that emphasize healthy living, nutrition and disease prevention. True health can only be achieved by addressing the underlying imbalances in brain chemistry, hormone levels, digestion and lifestyle
"Medicine today is all about evidence-based findings which is a great idea if the underlying dogma is based on undeniable true facts. We all know the current beliefs stated by the medical and nutritional experts about diet and cholesterol and yet 75% of the population in the US is overweight/obese and heart disease is still the number one killer in the US despite 50 years of actively lowering cholesterol."
Conventional medicine is great for treating acute care such as a broken bone, a heart attack, stroke or bacterial infection. But it does not adequately address the rising epidemic of chronic illnesses. Click here to find out more about functional medicine and how it differs from conventional medicine.
Dr. Johnson received her medical training at the Medical College of Georgia and then completed a five year General Surgery residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She was Chief Resident in her fifth year and Chief of Surgical Trauma as a fourth year resident at Grady Hospital, the busy Level 1 trauma center in Atlanta. She pursued private practice in Atlanta as a General Surgeon and then moved to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of VA. She continued as a General Surgeon and then specialized in Bariatric Surgery (surgery for obese patients). She established and set up the Bariatric program which promoted life-style changes, diet and exercise and, if needed, surgery.
Johnson stepped down from Surgery to pursue wellness and preventive care after practicing for 10 years as a general surgeon. Having seen the worst of the population as a general and bariatric surgeon and seeing first hand how conventional medicine was failing, she wanted to work 'upstream', to prevent the epidemic of chronic disease. Conventional medicine is driven by illness and disease so Johnson turned to functional medicine which is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
Johnson respects the intrinsic healing properties of the body and nature and stays on the forefront of emerging research in basic science taking into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual. She focuses on prevention through nutrition, diet and exercise, use of the latest laboratory testing;and prescribes a combination of prescription medications and/or botanical medicines, quality supplements therapeutic diets and stress management techniques.
mORE ABOUT dR. jOHNSON
Certification in anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine.
Completed training through the Institute for Functional Medicine in the fields of cardiometabolic medicine, immunology, detoxification, GI medicine , hormones and others.
Complete training through A4M with a certificate in Advanced Endocrinology.
Certified Bredesen Practitioner for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.
Triaining in Ayurveda and Functional Nutrition.
Training in Epigenetics, Nutrigenomics and Genomic Medicine.
Extensive Training in Lyme's Disease and Biotoxins
My Moment of Realization
Trained in conventional medicine, I never questioned the doctrine of medicine in the United States which is based on evidence-based medicine and stated to have the best medical system in the world. Doctors coming from other countries have to complete a U.S. residency program to be a licensed physician. Most U.S. doctors can practice anywhere in the world without additional training validating the superior education of US physcians. But then I started to question my training. If U.S. doctors really are the best trained then how is it possible that the U.S. is the 54th healthiest country in the world? Shouldn't we at least be in the top ten? What I saw and was doing as a bariatric surgeon often felt inadequate for the patient. I thought that what I was reading in the medical literature and doing was based on solid scientific facts. It wasn't until I read Gary Taubes "Good Calories and Bad Calories" that I questioned the system.
As Dr. Jack Kruse, a brilliant neurosurgeon, said, "Evidence-based medicine is laudable if the underlying foundation is based upon undeniably true facts. But when the underlying science is faulty, the gold-standard trial becomes worthless." And unfortunately studies are subject to the influences of many biasis and relies on population based studies assuming that YOU will fall into this 68% group at the top of the bell curve. Yet every one is an individual with unique DNA and genetic make-up and people react differently to the same medication or diet protocol. One size does NOT fit all. Physicians cannot continue to use treatment algorithms that are flawed if the goal is to promote individual health. Our emphasis as doctors must be to promote healthy aging - not simply to try and repair what has already been damaged by disease. Unfortunately the industry is vested in treating diseases and not healthy people which is why insurance compaines don't usually cover those services and leave people struggling to find solutions.
We all want to be healthy and live a long, healthy life, free of debilitating diseases and conditions. You only walk this earth once so make the best of it and enjoy every day. So, join me in working together with you, as the patient, to make changes in your diet and lifestyle. Yes, you have to invest time and money to gain optimal health but your health is your most valuable asset. Start your journey today!