Teresa Johnson, a former student of the Newtown Primary School and the Basseterre High School, on Saturday 4th June, 2011, was amongst the class of 2011, which graduated from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, (VCOM), in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
Ms. Johnson graduated with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, (D.O).
Dr. Johnson will now complete her residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia. Teresa says that she plans to practice Family Medicine in Virginia.
She is the daughter of Leonard Harris Jr. of Ponds Pasture and Claudette Connor of Belmont Estate, St. Pauls and the great granddaughter of Millicent Connor also of St. Pauls.
Dr. Johnson received her undergraduate degree in Biomolecular Science from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut.
Teresa “Rasheeda” Johnson completed four years of an intense medical school coursework, which included two years of biomedical courses, two years of clinical experiences at hospitals including and over 200 hours of osteopathic manipulative medicine training.
As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) she qualifies to be licensed in every state in America to practice the full scope of medicine and surgery, using the most current scientific knowledge to promote health and prevention and to diagnose and treat patients with disease.
Osteopathic physicians prescribe medications, perform surgery, and use osteopathic manipulative medicine as a tool to diagnose and treat patients. The philosophy of osteopathic medicine is based on the beliefs that, given the optimum conditions, the human body has the amazing ability to heal, that the structure of the human body is directly related to the function, and that the health of the individual is related to the body, mind, and spirit.
Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) prepares osteopathic primary care physicians to serve the rural and medically underserved areas of Virginia, North Carolina and the remaining Appalachian region and provides scientific research that will improve the health of all humans.
Dr. Johnson would like to thank God and anyone who ever inspired and encouraged her. Of special mention are the Brandy family in Bricklin Nevis, the Stevens family, Patrick and Yevette White, Glen and Rosel Pemberton, Sam and Iana Franks, Gerald “Kelvis” Connor, Glendine “Rosie” Browne and all of her teachers who expected nothing but excellence from her.