Karn Johansen is a Physician Assistant and MAPS Provider. She has a passion for helping children with Autism, PANS/PANDAS, and ADHD; as well as offering Preconception Counseling for parents.
Karn Johansen PA-C, grew up in Wisconsin and obtained her AA degree from Cottey College, a Women’s Liberal Arts College, in Nevada, Missouri in 1991. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 1994 with her Physician Assistant degree. She has worked in Family Practice, Women’s Health and Anticoagulation Clinics over the past 25 years as a Physician Assistant.
In 2005, Karn attended her first Autism Research Institute Conference to learn more about how to help her now adult son with Autism Spectrum Disorder and PANDAS/PANS. She completed yearly Advanced Level I & II Clinical CME training until switching to MAPS (Medical Academy of Pediatric and Special Needs) Clinician CME training in 2012. She attends yearly MAPS conferences to stay up to date with current research and clinical practice recommendations.
Karn served on the Governor Appointed Iowa Autism Council from 2008 to 2011. She has been involved in Parent Support Groups and speaks at TACA coffee meetings. She has attended Autism One Conferences, American Academy of Environmental Medicine Conferences (AAEM) and The Forum for Integrative Medicine (TFIM) conference.
In 2011, Karn began focusing on Autism, PANDAS/PANS and ADD/ADHD in clinical practice. She began working with Dr Jon Ahrendsen (also a MAPS Provider) in Clarion, Iowa. An Individualized treatment plan for each child is based on history, physical exam, testing and family dynamics.
In January 2018, Karn completed a Mini-Fellowship through The Reach Institute in Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care, which focused on Primary Pediatric Psychopharmacology.
She is a member of the PANDAS Physician Network(PPN).
In 2019/2020, she completed the Mindd Foundation Online Practitioner Training.
She has been a member of the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) since 1994; American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) since 1994; Iowa Physician Assistant Society since 2000 and MN Holistic Medicine Group since 2019.
In her free time, Karn enjoys the outdoors, biking, paddle boarding and spending time with family and friends.