About Dr. Carl Johnson
Dr. Carl Johnson grew up in a small mining town in Nevada. He didn’t always know that he wanted to be an oral surgeon; rather, he discovered his interest in dentistry while he was studying for his undergraduate degree. While working for a professor in an embryology lab with his cousin, Dr. Carl realized that he wanted a career in a field that could help people. This work, combined with the inspiration from his father being an orthodontist, led Dr. Carl to go to dental school.
When he first started dental school, Dr. Carl had no intentions of specializing in oral surgery. After a couple of years of education and training, however, he realized oral and maxillofacial surgery appealed to him. He was interested in providing patients with more comprehensive care than he could give them as a dentist. As an oral surgeon, he strives to treat patients with respect and care using the most efficient tools for an accurate diagnosis and efficient treatment. He finds it extremely gratifying to provide patients who are in pain with solutions that have them leaving the practice with a functional new smile.
Dr. Carl attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. He continued to the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, where he graduated with honors in 1986 with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS).
Following dental school, Dr. Carl left the west coast to complete his oral and maxillofacial residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit in Michigan. During his residency, Dr. Carl gained invaluable hands-on surgical experience treating a wide variety of oral and facial conditions. He trained alongside licensed professionals, including anesthesiologists, to allow him to provide the highest level of treatment and anesthesia to patients.
Dr. Carl is board certified by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiologists after completing an extensive exam. This certification assures patients that he has the highest level of authorization to administer all forms of anesthesia and monitor patients during sedation.
In his spare time, Dr. Carl enjoys a wide variety of activities. He loves scuba diving and even dabbles as an amateur astronomer. He and his wife have three sons, two of whom work at the practice, two daughters, and nine grandchildren who keep him extremely busy. He loves living in the Pacific Northwest because it allows him to be close to his family.
Even when he’s not in the office working, Dr. Carl enjoys meeting with the other doctors in the practice at least once a week to talk about the practice and make sure all bases are covered to provide patients with appropriate care.