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Meet Angel Johnson, MD, MPH, with Purvis Family Practice Clinic 

For eight years, Angel M. Johnson, MD, MPH, has served as a family medicine physician at Purvis Family Practice Clinic, where she provides comprehensive evaluation and care for each member of the family. 

According to Dr. Johnson, there is no such thing as a typical day in family medicine. Every day is different, and that’s exactly what she said she loves most about being a family medicine physician.

“You see anywhere from 10-30 patients in a day, and each patient has a different reason for visiting,” Johnson said. “You see pregnant patients, patients who need care for chronic illnesses, like diabetes, and then walk-in patients with minor wounds or respiratory illness problems. There’s never a dull moment working in family medicine.” 

Johnson, a native of Gulfport, Miss., attended Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and received her internship and residency in family medicine from the University of Tennessee Family Medicine Residency in Jackson, Tenn. 

It wasn’t until halfway through her medical school training when Johnson realized she wanted to be a family medicine doctor.  

“Originally, I thought I wanted to be an OB-GYN provider. After I went through rotations in medical school, I realized that it was not for me,” Johnson said. “Family medicine felt good. I enjoy working in a clinical setting, getting to know my patients, and creating long-term relationships with them. I like the fact that with family medicine, you see the entire family. You’ll see the baby, the mom, the dad, the grandparents…I have some grandparents whose great-grandkids I also see.”

Other than caring for patients, Johnson and the Purvis Family Practice Clinic crew share another common interest – a love of food.  

“Here at Purvis Family Practice Clinic, we like to eat. Any occasion is time for a potluck,” Johnson said. “One potluck, we called it the “walk and nibble,” so everyone brought everything from breakfast to snacks and lunch. If you felt like you wanted something to eat, you could go into the breakroom and grab it. There were a plethora of buffet snacks.”

Johnson herself curates a board of snacks through her charcuterie business, Amazing Grazing by ChrisAngel’s LLC, where they offer charcuterie boxes filled with various cheeses, cold meats, fruits and extra treats. She also loves to cook and experiment with new recipes that she finds on social media. 

“My favorite recipe to cook is gumbo. I am an excellent gumbo maker,” Johnson said. “I love soul food and Cajun cuisine. My family and I will visit New Orleans just to eat. Three weekends ago, my husband and I went to go eat lunch and came back.”

Johnson and her husband, Christopher, who recently retired as the director of the Hattiesburg Police Academy, share four children: Mason, 8, Olivia, 9, Isaiah, 12, and Alexandrea, 22. 

Before the pandemic, the Johnsons taught a health and wellness class at their local church, Mount Olive Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. They held weekly demonstrations on healthy cooking habits and exercises and covered different health topics like diabetes and hypertension. 

In addition, Johnson has worked at various Immediate Care locations, Cough & Fever Clinic and C.E. Roy Community Center, where she helped administer COVID-19 vaccinations to the community. 

Jennifer Powell, LPN, Purvis Family Practice Clinic, said she has learned so much from Johnson over the years and wouldn’t trade working with her for anything.  

“Dr. Johnson is not your average provider,” Powell said. “I see this every day as she cares for her patients. Whether it be in her role as a doctor, helping room patients or assisting me with my worklist. She is a special kind of person. Inside and out.” 

“She doesn’t know this yet, but we are retiring together,” Powell added. 

FUN FACTS: 

Favorite travel destination: My favorite place to visit is Jamaica. I’ve been there four times now, and that’s where I went on my honeymoon. I love the food, and I love the atmosphere. There’s a beautiful waterfall called Dunn’s River Falls that I would love to climb again. 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be: I would love to learn how to sing. I sound awesome in my head, but in real life, not so much. I love R&B music. 

Words that best describe yourself: Goal-oriented, dependable and caring 

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be: Collard greens, cornbread, fried pork chops and candied yams

Favorite quote or verse: Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

Did you know? Earlier this year, Johnson received Magnolia Health’s annual Physician Summit Awardbased on her exemplary performance in several quality measures. She was chosen from thousands of other providers who serve Medicaid beneficiaries across the state of Mississippi.

Tate Rutland

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