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Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a birth defect, part of a group of neural tube defects, that develop in a baby’s brain and spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them. Typically, the neural tube forms in early pregnancy and closes by the 28th day after conception. With spina bifida, a portion...

Disc Disease

Disc disease, also commonly known as degenerative disc disease, or DDD, is one of the most common causes of back and neck pain. Simply put, disc disease broadly describes symptoms of pain and possibly weakness or numbness due to a degenerated disc in the spine. Symptoms and their...


The term “Scoliosis” describes any abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine. Typically, viewed from the back, the spine is straight, but in cases of scoliosis, the spine can curve in one of three ways: A single curve to the left, shaped like a C, also known as levoscoliosis A...

Craniofacial Amomalies

Pediatric neurosurgical craniofacial diseases typically are congenital (occurring at birth), however some are acquired. Plagiocephaly is a non surgical craniofacial condition where there is flattening of the head due to positioning. Dr. Johnson has an entire day that is dedicated...

Congenital Brain Anamolies

Congenital Brain Anamolies are lesions in the brain that a patient is born with. Some of these may include Hydrocephalus, Chiari Malformation, Dandy Walker Malformation, Arachnoid Cyst, and Encepahlocele. Dr. Johnson will often see parents in the prenatal period if one of these...

Cerebrovascular Disease

Cerebrovascular diseases are conditions that develop as a result of problems with the blood vessels that supply the brain. In particular Dr. Johnson treats AVMs, Aneurysms, and Moya Moya disease. She has even brought a new minimally invasive technique to Central Florida for...

Brain Tumors

Nearly 1,500 to 2,000 children are affected by brain tumors every year in the U.S. Dr. Johnson has had extensive training in treating many types of brain tumors including those that are malignant and those in very eloquent and delicate areas of the brain. She has performed...

Diseases of the Spine

Dr. Johnson treats all spinal diseases including spinal dysraphism, disc disease, scoliosis and spinal instability. She has brought a few novel techniques to Central Florida for fusing the spine. One in particular was for fusing the first and second cervical bone posteriorly with...

Functional Neurosurgery

This discipline of neurosurgery entails Epilepsy and movement disorders, including spasticity and dystonia. Dr. Johnson works very closely with her multidisciplinary Epilepsy team to not only determine if a patient is a surgical candidate but to also determine what surgical...