Dr. Johnson left behind her aspirations to become an actress to pursue an unexpected career in dentistry. (She does, however, keep her interest in theater alive via her office’s humorous YouTube and Facebook videos.) She dedicates her time and practice to helping her hometown, including special assistance for veterans during the local Smile for Heroes initiative each November.
Why She Became a Dentist:
“I love working with people. My community is very rural, and I didn’t receive the dental care I needed growing up. I really enjoy educating my patients and improving oral health in this area.”
“My No. 1 priority is to put patients at ease. We keep it lighthearted and always, always nonjudgmental at my office.”
Most Memorable Patient:
“One who came in during Smile for Heroes last year and almost walked right back out. He had fallen on hard times and was self-conscious—his teeth were gone; there was nothing left to save. He sat in the chair and cried, and I cried. It was emotional. I decided to do the case pro bono and am happy to say he smiles with ease now.”