Meet Dr. Donald Johnston of Orthopedics. Why did you decide to become a doctor? I think it was during biology class in high
school. I really had a, you know, interest for it
and really, really early people really encouraged me to go into medicine. It was actually my mom, and so she’s really
thought that would be something I would do well at. My personality and things that it would
kind of fit and and after going through medical school and become a doctor, I can’t imagine
do anything else. Why did you choose to practice in the Metro
East? I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and went to
school in Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. And ironically enough, they had a very big
presence of St. Louis-based…I think it’s about fifty percent of people in the school
were from St. Louis area. And so it’s familiar with that and when I
played basketball in college so we had times when I came to St. Louis. It’s always been an area that I would like
to, you know, where I saw myself being long term. And I think from a very young age, you know,
my granddad was always a Cardinals fan, even before the Kansas City teams, they had the
Cardinals and the regional out presence, and he’s always interested that, so they became
a Cardinals fan, and obviously he’s a huge Cardinal’s fan now. Why did you decide to specialize in orthopedics? I was always interested in athletics and very
athletic…played multiple sports in high school growing up, and I think that was just
a natural lead-in to be able to take the musculoskeletal system and how to assist people that have
injuries get back to health. And now as it’s going through my career also
recognized the athletes as we age, and I start to have other issues, and now with arthritis
how to keep people active and maintain active lifestyles…it really is good for overall
health and function. What do you enjoy most about being a doctor? I really like taking care of people and having
those interactions. And really
it’s fun when you see somebody that comes in…they’re hurting, they’re having pain,
you can really tell. Sometimes, you just tell by the look on their
face in the pained look, and then you get them and if, you know, sometimes people get
better with injections, medications. They come back later saying, “You know what,
I’m very happy and getting better.” But then for the ones that can just tell after
a while they’re like, you know, “I need to do something different. I need to have surgery,” and then they come
back one month, two months later, and they’re starting to say, “Wow this is feeling good,
and I’m glad I had the surgery,” and that’s very rewarding. What do you like to do outside of the office? I like to play golf. I don’t play as much as I like to, and unfortunately,
the stereotype, I wish I was more like it, but
I have to you know children. One’s a junior in college at Illinois, one’s
a year in high school. I like working on the yard, seeing things
grow.

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