For Rory Johnson, family medicine physician at North Shore Medical Clinic in Fish Creek, coming back to Door County after a five-year hiatus feels like coming home. Dr. Johnson recently returned to Door County Medical Center (DCMC) after several years serving patients in a clinic in Black River Falls. Prior to that, Dr. Johnson was a family medicine provider at North Shore Medical Clinic in Sturgeon Bay for six years.
“It’s wonderful to be back in the community, especially working alongside Dr. Joshua Rebhan and the other providers here in Fish Creek,” he says. “Josh and I trained together as residents, and we have similar backgrounds and interests. We’ve got a great team of nurses and specialists here at the Fish Creek clinic, and can we can refer our patients for a wide variety of services.”
Dr. Johnson enjoys the daily challenges and variety that come with providing family medicine. He has a strong interest in sports medicine, and has cared for high school football and basketball teams. He now works with DCMC physical therapist Bill Herbst to provide care for local student athletes. “I also really enjoy pediatrics. I’m looking forward to continuing to develop my practice and serving local families – parents, grandparents, and children.”
You’ll see Dr. Johnson prescribing medication, but he’s just as likely to be writing prescriptions for exercise. “We know exercise is key to health and preventing so many conditions,” he says. Through a new program, Dr. Johnson and his colleagues prescribe physical activity, sending patients to the Door County Y to “fill” their prescription through a trial membership and free fitness consultation. “It’s a great community partnership,” he adds.
As medical director at Scandia Village, Dr. Johnson sees firsthand how many older Door County residents have chosen to retire here because of the quality of health care. “DCMC provides a level of care that is quite uncommon in a community of this size. Our medical community is a definite draw for folks who want to retire here.”
An avid runner, Dr. Johnson looks forward to participating in outdoor events such as the Door County Half Marathon. It’s a family affair, as his wife is also a runner and his three children participate in 5K runs, too. He also enjoys golf and baseball. A baseball player from childhood through college, he now mentors young baseball players as assistant coach of a local 6th grade team.
Besides exercise, a healthy diet and regular checkups, Dr. Johnson gives his patients this important tip: drink more water. “Many people are dehydrated, and may not even know it. Drinking water can reduce problems with arthritis, the kidneys and blood pressure. Stay away from carbonated drinks, and drinks with added sugar. Adequate water intake every day can make a difference in your health.”