SHS alum returns as area physician

Jenny Johnson, MD, a sports medicine physician and a 2000 graduate of Sweetwater High School, has returned to the area to work at Texas Sport and Spine in Abilene. Jenny graduated Cum Laude from Texas Christian University, achieving Departmental Honors in Neuroscience, and she knew that she wanted to pursue medicine. She then attended Texas Tech University School of Medicine where she was invited to join the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and was voted “Best Personality” in her graduating medical class in 2008. She completed a residency in pediatrics in San Antonio and is now board-certified in pediatrics; however, her plan to be a pediatrician changed when she was introduced to the world of sports medicine.Johnson fell in love with the field and the patient population, and she completed a year-long fellowship in which she trained with the Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio. The practice meets the medical needs of a variety of teams, such as the San Antonio Spurs, the WNBA Silver Stars, the NHL's (National Hockey League) San Antonio Rampage and the minor league baseball team, San Antonio Missions. During her fellowship, Johnson also provided medical care for Ballet San Antonio and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, along with several collegiate and high school sports programs in the San Antonio area. Johnson says that the great sampling of patients gave her excellent experience throughout her training, and she is ready to tackle her new venture at Texas Sport and Spine, located inside the D1 Sports Training facility in Abilene.Johnson describes the D1 facility as a "mecca for athletes,” which includes a 50-yard indoor football practice field, climbing walls, weight training area, and sprint track, among other things. Hosting a variety of people, D1 serves as a classroom for middle school to college athletes while also offering boot camps for adults who want to remain physically fit.At Texas Sport and Spine, Johnson is partnered with Dr. Dan Munton and also works alongside a sports psychologist, a sports nutritionist, and Screening for Life, which offers athlete heart screenings among other things.Johnson is offering a new treatment at Texas Sport and Spine--ultrasound guided PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections. PRP injections are used in many professional athletes as well as non-athletes and are used to treat chronic tendon injuries (like tennis elbow), chronic muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, and even occasionally osteoarthritis. Johnson also has a special interest in concussion management and is now offering ImPACTconcussion testing at Texas Sport and Spine. Although Johnson is a sports medicine physician, which means she treats sports related injuries, she also treats non-athletes with any type of musculoskeletal problem, including osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and any type of problem with muscles, bones, or joints. She is currently accepting new patients.Though her work is in Abilene, Dr. Johnson recently moved back to Sweetwater with her husband, Mike Fernandez, who is Vice President at Texas National Bank. After spending time in a number of large cities, Johnson says they are both excited to be in Sweetwater and return to a small-town way of life.