Dr. Johnson is originally from Nassau, Bahamas. She is a 1980 Graduate of the Department of Nursing Education in the Bahamas where she completed training as a Registered Nurse. She graduated in 1986 from Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Biology. In 1990, Dr. Johnson graduated from Howard University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree.
|She moved to Charleston South Carolina in 1990 and practiced as a general dentist for several years before returning to school to receive specialty training in Periodontics. In 1993, Dr. Johnson became the first African-American to ever enroll in any of the Dental Specialty /Post Graduate programs at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), College of Dental Medicine. Hence, she was the first African-American to graduate and be licensed as a periodontist in the State of South Carolina, and is still the only one today!|
Dr. Johnson taught full time as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Periodontics for several years before opening a private practice in Charleston. Dr. Johnson has also taught part-time in the Dental Hygiene Department at Trident Technical College in Charleston. She has now opened her Columbia, SC office, and still maintains her Clinical Assistant Professor position at MUSC.
Dr. Johnson has lectured extensively in the areas of Dentistry and Periodontics, Statewide, Nationally and Internationally. She has published research articles in Peer reviewed journals and has co-authored a medical textbook chapter on Pregnancy and Periodontal Disease. Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Dental Association, the South Carolina Dental Association, and the South Carolina Society of Periodontists, which she has served as Treasurer and President previously. She is also a member of the National Dental Association, and the American Academy of Periodontology.
Dr. Karen E. Johnson is the proud mother of one son, Andrew Johnson II.