Virginia Johnson
Lecture #311


A reciprocal relationship exists between the motions of life—breathing, eating, communicating—and the structures of the living human being. This relationship establishes very early in life. Normal motions are integral to pre-natal and post-natal development, to the fulfillment of growth potential in the child, as well as to the continued vital health of the adult. Any breakdown of normal function will inevitably lead to disease states. Pathology in the oral and facial regions provide clear examples of the structure and functional concept, and they also provide insights into the steps necessary for the restoration of the patient’s health.

Dr. Johnson first discovered Osteopathy as a grateful patient. A graduate of Vassar College and the University of Arizona, she left a career in public accounting to pursue osteopathic study. After graduating from Western University of Health Sciences with a teaching fellowship, she completed a residency specializing in Osteopathic Manual Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York, where she provided traditional osteopathic care to critically ill patients, post-partum mothers and newborns.She is Board Certified in Osteopathic Manual Medicine (C-NMM/OMM) by the American Academy of Osteopathy. She is a certified teacher with the Cranial Academy, where she serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary-Treasurer, and she is clinical faculty for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University. She enjoys working with people of all ages, and treats a broad spectrum of medical conditions by applying anatomic and physiologic principles of osteopathy. She believes the goal of Osteopathic care is to facilitate the inherent healing properties, thereby allowing the patient’s potential for healthy function to unfold.

Learning Outcomes:

– Describe the role of motion and mechanics in forming human anatomy and maintaining health.
– Identify how departures from normal function can impact development and establish the condition for pathology.
– Summarize how clinicians can look beyond a patient’s static symptom presentation and search for underlying dynamic causes of disease.