Alumna BETSY JOHNS (MMPH ‘99) recently joined the Stormont Vail Health medical team and will practice as a family medicine physician at Cotton O’Neil Corporate View, 601 S.W. Corporate View Road in Topeka, Kansas.
Johns says trying to combat illness fascinates her about practicing medicine, but more importantly, she sees her role as assisting her patients in preventing disease.
“I became a physician because I love science and working with people,” said Dr. Johns. “Medicine allows me to study and understand the biology of the body, the chemistry of medicines and how behavior impacts our health. I’m passionate about using that science to help patients make decisions about their health. ”
Johns received her medical degree at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1994. She completed a residency training in family practice at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a faculty development fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, St. Margaret Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Shecompleted a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Her patients describe her as professional and compassionate, and they appreciate her courteous, thorough and professional staff.
“The doctor-patient relationship is very important, and I endeavor to listen to every patient, even in a world of time pressures,” she said. “Patients receive the best care possible when we are working together to make decisions.”
Johns is involved in her church and with her extended family. She enjoys traveling, photography, playing tennis and reading.