July 1, 2019 - TCO
TCO welcomes new physician Dr. Michael H. Johnson
Join us in welcoming our newest physician, Michael H. Johnson, MD, to Twin Cities Orthopedics.
Dr. Johnson, referred to affectionately by patients as “Mike,” joins the practice from the Portland, OR area and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in injuries and conditions from the collarbone to the finger tips. We sat down with Dr. Johnson to learn more about his practice.
Michael H. Johnson, MD
What is an interesting fact that people may not know about you?
I grew up on a farm/ranch in rural North Dakota and have significant experience in agriculture. Also, I have had my private pilot’s license for over 20 years and have an instrument rating.
Why did you go into medicine?
I chose a career in medicine out of a desire to be able to help people on a daily basis. Practicing medicine allows me to contribute to the well-being of my community in a tangible way. Growing up farming and ranching meant that I was very inclined toward practical hands-on problem solving. In school, I felt naturally drawn to biology and chemistry – the underpinnings of human physiology and pathology. Medicine allows me to apply these skills and interests in the pursuit of patient care.
How did you choose orthopedics?
In medical school, I found that I really enjoyed my orthopedic surgery rotations. Orthopedics is both intuitive and intellectually stimulating to me because it requires a great deal of spatial visualization and a mechanical understanding to diagnose and treat, and it also requires a lasting involvement in patient care. It is so compelling to be able to help improve a patient’s quality of life, or to help them recover from an injury to the point where they can be as active as they want to be.
What does your dream practice look like?
My dream practice is one in which I can have a truly efficient team. Being able to work with a highly-skilled set of individuals like those at Twin Cities Orthopedics means that I can provide the best care for my patients. Having good support means that I can take a little longer to help someone understand their treatment options if they need me to, or in surgery taking the care to provide truly excellent results. Twin Cities Orthopedics has such a well-integrated practice that it makes it easy for me to do my best work on a daily basis.
What is your care philosophy?
I believe every patient should be treated like my own family member and a lot of thought needs to go into addressing the unique needs of every patient.