Meet Dr. Lorie Johnson ~ Just For You OB/GYN ~ May 4, 2013
People You Need to Know Magazine, Atlanta’s official magazine, which uplifts women business owners, will host their 3rd Annual “Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta” Spring Empowerment Summit at the magnificent Porter Sanford III, Performing Arts Center located in Decatur, Georgia, on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 9:00am-3pm. The spring summit will feature some of Atlanta’s most powerful and insightful speakers who will passionately share inspiring, thought-provoking and life-changing information with the expected 500 women business owners and professionals in attendance. The summit will focus on information to help women get ahead in business as well as make new business connections that can lead to success.
The 3rd Annual “Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta” Spring Empowerment Summit is proud to acknowledge our Presenting Sponsor, Just For You Women’s Healthcare ~President, Dr. Lorie Johnson.
Get to Know Dr. Lorie Johnson
Hometown: Long Branch, New Jersey
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.
“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.
Delta Sigma Theta
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
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.
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).
“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.” ~Dr. Lorie Johnson