DDS, the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics; certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
Why He Was Nominated:
For his deep commitment to his 23,000-strong Iowa town, and for the fact that his influence in pediatric dentistry stretches well beyond state lines. Dr. Johnson has lectured across the country on innovative ways to treat minors and underserved children, with an eye toward avoiding invasive and traumatic procedures. He has also produced continuing-education coursework for Viva Learning, Dentaltown and Sprig Oral Health Technologies, and is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
Exciting New Trend:
“The Hall Technique, or placement of stainless-steel crowns on primary teeth without the use of local anesthesia or drilling. I see it as a great opportunity for children who may be anxious or who are underserved. The placement of the crowns is quick and easy, and can be done at a recall appointment. This can save a family a second visit and open up operatory space for a child who has more extensive needs.”
“Dental school is only the start of your professional education. Make a commitment to be a lifelong learner in the profession. Seek continuously to improve your education and skills.”