Dr. Eric Johnson
Although he was also accepted into medical school in 1997, Dr. Johnson finds his passion in creating beautiful smiles. As an honors graduate of the University Of Southern California School Of Dentistry, where he achieved the highest award for his academic and clinical achievements as well as ranking in the top tier of his class for outstanding patient care. His dental certifications are listed below his photo to the right.
He has completed numerous post-doctorate hours of clinical training in the most current aesthetic, implant, and general dentistry techniques. Based on his exceptional skills, he was selected for coveted advanced training in Temporomandibular Disorder, porcelain veneers and prosthodontics. With an unyielding quest for knowledge, he is dedicated to staying on top of the latest techniques and resources to provide the absolute best care for his patients.
Dr. Johnson served in the United States Air Force and was recognized with multiple awards and distinctions, including the Commendation Medal for his meritorious service. In July 2010, Dr. Johnson was awarded the 'Top Dentist Award' by the Consumers' Research Council of America and was also featured as a Top Dentist in the OC Metro. TopDoc LA has determined San Clemente dentist Dr. Johnson to be in the top 10 percent of the region's dentists. Dr. Johnson had the privilege of creating a Smile Makeover for Sultan Kosen, the Worlds' Tallest Man according to Guinness World Records, in 7 days. As a result, Pretend City, a children's museum in Irvine, CA, honored Dr. Johnson's San Clemente dental office with the prestigious Keys to the City for 2010-2011. (The 2009-2010 keys were given to Kobe Bryant from the Los Angeles Lakers). Most recently, Dr. Johnson and his team were awarded the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by the U.S. House of Representatives for exceptional service and unsurpassed quality of care. In 2014, Dr. Johnson was recognized by Orange Coast Magazine being among the Top Dentists in Orange County for 2014.
He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association and the Christian Medical Dental Association.
Prior to entering dentistry, Dr. Johnson completed a Master of Divinity degree from Pepperdine University and worked for nine years as a youth and family minister in Arizona and California.
With deep commitment to community service, Dr. Johnson has worked with organizations including Boys and Girls Clubs, the Kiwanis Club, school boards, and homeless and adult transition homes. He helped organize a "Kids Smile" program for dentists to teach oral health to students in under-served elementary schools. He has pursued humanitarian and philanthropic opportunities in the northeast United States, Honduras, Guatemala, Russia, and Mexico.
As a strong believer in wellness and personal fitness, one of Dr. Johnson's avocations is participating in triathlons. He completed the Arizona Ironman (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle, and 26.2-mile run) in November 2009. He also enjoys photography and has published photos in journals, newspapers, and on the Internet.