Karn Johansen is a Physician Assistant with over 25 years of experience. She has a passion for helping children with Autism, PANS/PANDAS, and ADHD.
Karn Johansen PA-C, grew up in Wisconsin and obtained her AA degree from Cottey College, a Women’s Liberal Arts College, in Nevada, MO 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 21 year old son with Autism Spectrum Disorder and PANDAS/PANS. She completed yearly Advanced Level I & II Clinical CME trainings until switching to MAPS (Medical Academy of Pediatric and Special Needs) Clinician CME trainings in 2012, which she attends yearly 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 was a member of the Advisory Board for the Opportunity Village Children’s Autism Center in Clear Lake from 2014-2018. In 2011, Karn began focusing on Autism, PANDAS/PANS and ADD/ADHD in clinical practice. She is a member of the PANDAS Physician Network.
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.
Karn has been a member of 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.