Monday, December 3, 2018
“Patients of all ages receive primary care from Nurse Practitioner Dan Johnson,” said Michael Burcham, vice president of Lake Regional Physician Practices. “As a nurse practitioner, he has extensive education and clinical training. He is able to diagnose and manage acute and chronic illnesses, and he partners with patients to prevent disease and promote health.”
A native of Lebanon, Missouri, Johnson takes great satisfaction in caring for people in his hometown.
“Being from Lebanon, I want to take care of Lebanon,” he said.
Johnson began his health care career serving as an ICU nurse. He decided to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner after shadowing a nurse practitioner in family medicine.
“I realized my personality fit the nurse practitioner role,” he said. “You grow relationships in family medicine, and that’s what I wanted to do. My patient relationships are the most important thing to me.”
After more than 25 years in health care, including 19 years as a nurse practitioner, Johnson has begun to see some of his early pediatric patients returning with children of their own.
“I’m at that stage in my career, and it’s very satisfying,” he said. “People trust me, and that’s rewarding.”
Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
Johnson and his wife have two grown children and one grandchild. His hobbies include cycling, traveling and gardening.
Along with Johnson, Lake Regional’s primary care team in Lebanon includes Mitch Bartley, D.O., and Laura Seaman, FNP. Providers at Lake Regional Express Care – Lebanon include Meg DeMuri, PA-C, and Valerie Donnelson, PA-C. Plus, Pauline Abbott, D.O., and Laura Thompson, FNP-C, care for patients in Occupational Medicine.