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In Memory of

Joel David Johnston

February 3, 1976 - May 27, 2012

Obituary


LEADING INNOVATOR IN THE CHIROPRACTIC FIELD DIES
OXFORD, OHIO
Dr. Joel David Johnston passed away May 27, 2012 at home, unexpectedly from natural causes. He was born February 3, 1976 in Madison, Wisconsin to David and Kay Johnston and raised in Oregon, Wisconsin graduating from high school in 1994. Joel's early interests involved dinosaurs, then later food prep, science and sports (basketball, football, baseball, swimming and bowling). He developed a photographic memory, a keen sense of humor, a love of travel, and a witty way with words, reflected in his amazing speaking abilities. He...

LEADING INNOVATOR IN THE CHIROPRACTIC FIELD DIES
OXFORD, OHIO
Dr. Joel David Johnston passed away May 27, 2012 at home, unexpectedly from natural causes. He was born February 3, 1976 in Madison, Wisconsin to David and Kay Johnston and raised in Oregon, Wisconsin graduating from high school in 1994. Joel's early interests involved dinosaurs, then later food prep, science and sports (basketball, football, baseball, swimming and bowling). He developed a photographic memory, a keen sense of humor, a love of travel, and a witty way with words, reflected in his amazing speaking abilities. He graduated in 2000 as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota as one of the youngest to graduate in this field. He was also president of the NWHSU Motion Palpation Club while there. One of his many highlights was as an assistant clinician for the Iron Man Triathalon in Lake Placid, NY in 1999.
He moved to Oxford, Ohio to begin his chiropractic career helping others at Oxford Chiropractic Center. During this time he also consulted at Mt. Lookout Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic in Cincinnati where he later worked. Dr. Johnston's career led him to travel to conferences abroad (Denmark, Holland, Germany and Ireland) as well as in the United States (especially Portland, Oregon which he fell in love with) where he lectured as an advisor/faculty for the Motion Palpation Institute, at times as the keynote speaker. His specialties included biomechanics, human gait and pelvis, spine, and the founding of the Chiropractic Masters Series. Among his many professional associations, he was a post graduate faculty at accredited National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL and Northwestern Health Sciences University of Bloomington, MN. He was a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at Miami of Ohio University. Dr. Johnston also traveled to many conferences and symposiums, meeting some of the most prominent figures in his field in quest of cutting-edge knowledge to better serve his patients.
Joel has worked at Indian Creek Family Health Center later expanding its services with the opening of Indian Creek Innovative Medicine in College Corner using a team medical approach with Nathan Morris, MD for the past 3 years. They practiced a comprehensive integrated approach on health care with a focus on nutrition and a non-drug pain management.
Dr. Joel Johnston is survived by his parents, Dave and Kay Johnston of Stone Lake, Wisconsin; a brother, Kelley (Leslie Williams) in Tampa, Florida; a sister Nikki (Johnston) Knox in St. Paul, Minnesota, his beloved dog, Charley; his girlfriend, Joleen Young of Oxford; and many close friends and caring relatives as well as his surrogate families of Dr. Nathan Morris, Dr. Eric Eiselt, and Dr. Jim Damos.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Harry and Ila Williams and Quinton and Gwetholyn Johnston. A memorial gathering, with a service was held at Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio on Saturday, June 9. Members of the Miami of Ohio University Orchestra played. A memorial service will be held in Hayward, Wisconsin at First Lutheran Church, 10680 N Main St., on Saturday, July 7 with visitation at 9:30 a.m. and service at 11:00 followed by lunch at the church. A Joel Johnston Memorial Scholarship is being set up at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. The Anderson-Nathan-Koerpel (Hayward) Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
In Dr. Joel Johnston's brief life his stellar accomplishments are a beacon to others who work in chiropractic endeavors. "There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains." (anonymous) Joel's light will shine in our hearts as long as we have the ability to remember.