Dr. Lorie Johnson: Up-Close

 

“I’m passionate about educating my patients with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to make good choices for themselves. You will always have the time you need to ask questions and discuss your concerns with me. Listening to you is one of the most important skills I can offer as your doctor. It helps me improve your healthcare and helps you feel comfortable and confident in me. I share my own life experiences as a woman and mother, too, and enjoy connecting with you on a personal level.”

Hometown
Long Branch, New Jersey

How long have you been in Atlanta?
2 years

Name of your business … title … what/who inspired you to get in the business … how did they inspire you?
Just For You Women’s Healthcare. I am a Board Certified OB/Gyn. I have wanted to become a doctor since I was 4-years-old. I never had any particular role models in the field. As far as my inspiration to become an entrepreneur, I would have to say my godmother, Betty Young. She has been a businesswoman for as long as I can remember and always did everything with excellence and class.

What do you love about Atlanta?
I love the people in Atlanta. Atlanta attracts lots of great people who aren’t afraid to work hard. There are a multitude of successful people in Atlanta and I love that.

What has been your greatest accomplishment so far? (work related)
My greatest accomplishment so far has been starting my own practice. Before coming to Georgia, I was an employed physician, working in a group practice. Starting my own practice was a huge leap of faith … but I’m doing it.

Best book you’ve ever read, other than the Bible?
I recently read the book, Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell. I loved it because it made me really think about some things. It made me look at success and successful people in a whole new way.

Favorite quote
“If your context is wrong, then your conclusion is wrong.”

What has been the lowest point in your life and how did you get over it?
One of the lowest points in my life was in 1996 while I was in medical school. I was a single-parent with my 3-year-old daughter. Her father refused to help me, for the second time, and I was really struggling financially. In the middle of January, my car was repossessed. I had no money, no car and a baby while in medical school, with the pressure of studying for tests, etc. During that time, I cried a lot of tears and even thought about quitting … for like a day, but I stuck it out. I prayed a little harder. I learned some tough lessons and decided not to repeat the same mistakes again. Through it all though, I never failed a class, or a test. I just kept moving forward.

Do you do any charity work and if so, how do you contribute other than money?
I have traveled to Africa on more than one occasion to provide medical services through the Worldwide Mission Church.

Sorority
Delta Sigma Theta

Hobbies
Traveling, reading, (when I have time), exercising

Where did you go to college? (Degrees)
Bachelor of Science – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Doctor of Medicine – MCP/Hahnemann University, Philadelphia

What do you do that most people would be surprised to learn?
I love to do hair; weaves, cutting, styling … it’s a lot of fun

Favorite Georgia getaway
Savannah

Favorite dessert
Tiramisu

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
In business, you have to underpromise and overdeliver.

The one thing everyone must know about doing business in Atlanta …
In Atlanta, you can go as high as you want to go … you just have to work for it.

What inspires you?
Beauty inspires me. My children also inspire me. When I don’t want to push for me, I push for them.

Awards, certificates, honors and recognition
H magazine – Top Doctors in Henry County
Consumer Research Council- Top Ob/Gyns in America 2009

Books you’ve written

Doctor, is this Normal? – to be published in 2011

Organizations you belong to

The American College of OB/Gyns, The American Medical Association, The American College for Anti-Aging Medicine, The National Council of Negro Women

What do you do to relax and unwind?
I read. I meditate. I pray. I pamper myself (pedicure and a massage).

What is your hope for 2011?
In 2011, I want to take my business to the next level, becoming the premier location in metro Atlanta for Women’s healthcare. I also hope to invest in some other businesses. In 2011, my office will host “The World’s Biggest Baby Shower,” which will be a way for us to give to families in need. All summed up, in 2011, the sky is the limit.

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