Kristen Johnson MD
American Board of Family Practice; American Board of Obesity Medicine
Dr. Johnson received her medical degree from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She completed a residency in family medicine and a faculty development fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Johnson is a Seattle native and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound.
Dr. Johnson is interested in obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, lipid management, and other insulin resistance-related metabolic disease. She has been a Family Medicine doctor for 17 years, and for 13 years her practice included obstetrics (delivering babies). She especially enjoys working with women on dietary and lifestyle approaches to improve fertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and menopausal changes that affect weight and metabolism. She is also trained to care for pediatric patients. At this time she accepts patients 16 years and older who feel comfortable with independent medication management, nutrition/behavioral counseling, and participating in predominantly adult group classes.
“I feel strongly that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to obesity and its complications. Every person has their own stories of weight loss and gain, and how that has impacted their life and relationships. I prioritize understanding that story in developing a treatment plan along with our Lifestyle and Metabolic Medicine team, and I strive to translate evidence-based nutrition, medication, and exercise advice into the real lives of my patients. I find joy in the process of figuring out what will work best for each patient, as well as the ‘ah-ha’ moments when patients start to understand things like the role of insulin, how our current dietary guidelines and food industry marketing actually promote obesity, and how health is so much more than the number on the scale. My Family Medicine training also influences a holistic approach, and I love it when patients can positively affect their partners, parents, and children too!”
“I was inspired to pursue medicine as a career because I love the intersection of science and the human experience. I chose Family Medicine because the thought of leaving behind any segment of the population in my training actually made me feel sad! Credit for my inspiration to pursue Obesity Medicine goes to Dr. Greg Sharp. He followed his gut (figuratively and literally!) to make himself and his patients more healthy, on a path that our medical training and the medical establishment did not always support. But fortunately for all of us, the science and patient testimonials are continuously proving him right. I'm grateful that my respect for him as a physician and a friend inspired me to open my mind to this field, and that now we can work together to do the same for our patients and colleagues!”
Dr. Johnson loves anything outdoors—downhill skiing and hiking are at the top of her list—and she is working at being a runner again. Other favorite activities are traveling, reading, cooking, knitting, and she says she done enough yoga and meditation to want to do both more often. She has two growing boys, and the care and feeding of teenagers is quickly becoming her and her husband’s additional subspecialty, “whether we’re ready for it or not!”
Helping the Sleepless in Seattle - King 5 Evening Magazine
Sleep medicine specialist Dr. David Chang and family medicine physician Dr. Kristen Johnson appeared on King 5’s Evening Magazine to discuss successful treatmentfor sleep apnea.