We are pleased to welcome Dave Johnson, MD, FACC to the Table Health team.
As a cardiologist, Dave has expertise in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.
As an integrative medicine physician, he recognizes the innate healing capacity of the individual and that simply treating the ailments of the physical body are insufficient.
He believes that integrative strategies that nurture the body, mind, soul and spirit optimize the body's innate healing capacity. Strategies that address nutrition, physical activity, emotional/spiritual wellbeing, stress, and environmental exposure are considered as they heavily influence health, wellness and disease.
Get to know Dave a little better and read through our recent Q/A where he shares about his role at Table Health and some other areas of his personal and professional life.
Q. What is your area of medical expertise?
A. Management of cardiovascular risk with a focus on how lifestyle and environment contribute to risk and progress of disease.
Q. What is your role at Table Health?
A. Integrative health consultant.
Q. What are some of the symptoms you commonly treat?
A. High blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, overweight/obesity, coronary artery disease, chronic stress
Q. What does a typical visit look like with you?
A. At home I try to attend to my family while meeting my self-care needs. In the office, I like to ensure the patients I see get the resources they need to achieve their health goals; this may come from interactions with me or in collaboration with other health care providers.
Q. How do you treat and care for your patients?
A. Individually. There is no one size fits all.
Q. How do your patients respond to functional medicine?
A. Functional medicine is one of many approaches that are used with clients that I see. Functional medicine serves clients well when addressing things like nutrient deficiencies or toxic burden.
Q. What makes your approach to health different?
A. As a “doctor” I have a tool belt of interventions that can be used when needed and as a “healer" I have the patience to recognize the power of the body to heal itself when the obstacles to healing are understood and modified.
Q. What health trends excite you the most?
A. The recognition of the power of the placebo effect and that lifestyle factors can be harnessed to help overcome many chronic conditions prevalent today.
Q. Who do you follow in the medical, health/wellness community? Why?
A. Integrative medicine pioneers such as Andrew Weil, MD and Tieraona Low Dog, MD who embody the holistic approach to medicine and recognize that no single discipline or intervention can address every ailment; that the body has the wisdom to heal when it is supported physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Q. How do you spend your free time?
A. Reading, spending time in nature, enjoying family and friends
Q. Who inspires you?
A. Witnessing individuals develop skills and self-reliance in cultivating resilience and overcoming health challenges.
Q. What book did you last read?
A. Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller
Q. What do you love about Traverse City?
A. The beauty of the land and water
Q. Why did you choose this profession?
A. To help others be their best
If you are interested in making an appointment with Dave please click here or contact the office at 231.333.1331.