Elise H. Johnson, MD
- Family medicine
- Patient education
- Preventive health
- Care for the whole family
- Medical applications of behavioral economics
I am a family medicine physician with professional interests in patient education, preventive health, care for the whole family and the medical applications of behavioral economics.
Hometown: Red Wing, MN
Practice Philosophy: Knowledge is power. Understanding the risks, benefits, and alternatives is key to making an informed decision about one’s health.
I am passionate about: empowering people to understand & take charge of their health and their health care!
If I wasn't a physician, I would be a: behavioral economist, working out ways to improve patient compliance & healthcare delivery by working smarter not harder.
I have known I wanted to be a physician since: I was in sixth grade. Every experience since then, from being a volunteer EMT in college to working as a lab tech in a family medicine clinic, only served to reinforce my decision.
My personal health goal is: to practice what I preach: move regularly, eat in moderation, and get at least 8 hours of quality sleep every night!
One challenge of this career that I enjoy is: treating behavioral health conditions, like depression and anxiety. These can be very personal struggles, and I feel very privileged to be one of the trusted few to whom an individual initially discloses their concerns. One of the most rewarding things is to see a person, previously crippled by depression or anxiety, return to a follow-up visit with a smile on their face, fully engaging with the world again!
The best advise I've ever received is: to take care of myself first. Since caring for others is my calling, I sometimes struggle to prioritize my own health. I do my best to plan ahead and block out time to prepare meals, exercise, and see my own doctor for routine health maintenance.
- Family medicine
- Spending time with family
- University of Minnesota Medical School
- College of St. Benedict
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians
- Madigan Army Medical Center
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Major health plans we accept
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we accept
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)