Dr Kristy Johnson
Dr. Johnson was born in Wyoming, and raised in Summersville, West Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and spent a semester exploring her heritage in the arctic city of Bodø, Norway. She also earned her D.D.S. degree from WVU. Dr. Johnson received her periodontal training at the UAB School of Dentistry & the VA Medical Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. After completion of her graduate programs, she joined the team at Periodontal Specialists.
She resides in Rochester and enjoys meeting new people & all the outdoor activities Minnesota has to offer. Dr. Johnson enjoys hiking and taking time to observe the small things in nature. Her current outdoor goal is visiting every State Park in Minnesota and filling up her Hiking Club book with all the hidden state park “passwords”. Dr. Johnson has also become an avid watercolor painter & is a community artist member at Threshold Arts in Rochester. She promotes embracing creativity and growth through art, writing, & acts of personal bravery. She is also a passionate traveler, enjoys reading, cooking, & musical theatre.
Professionally, Dr. Johnson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and is Board Certified in Periodontology & Dental Implant Surgery, which is the highest level of distinction within the field of periodontics, requiring additional study and examination. She is a member of a local Spear Study Club where she collaborates with other dentists & specialists. Dr. Johnson serves on the Dental Advisory Board for the local RCTC Dental Hygiene & Assisting Programs. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, the Midwest Society of Periodontology, as well as multiple local dental societies.
“The longer I work in the dental field, the more I realize how dentistry is not just about teeth. It’s about quality of life & overall wellness and happiness. Nothing is more rewarding than when a patient returns & happily reports how much their blood sugar levels have improved after their periodontal treatment or how much they love their implants & having their smile back. Seeing that newfound confidence or improvement in their health, & life, for that matter… That is my goal every day. When our patients feel good about themselves, they share that joy with us and it is incredibly rewarding.
My parents, an engineer and a nurse, instilled in me a passion for both working with my hands & caring for the human spirit. I believe that this is why I have always gravitated towards dentistry, & periodontics specifically. I wanted a career in which I could form long-lasting & genuine relationships with my patients, help maintain their teeth for years to come and make them feel at home. Periodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on just that. My dream is that your time spent with our team at Periodontal Specialists feels not only comfortable but like time spent in the company of caring friends. I look forward to visiting with you soon. “