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By Jacob Blair
The News-Democrat Intern
Carroll County Memorial Hospital’s Warsaw Family Practice now has two medical providers joining Dr. Ben Kunicki in treating patients.
Dr. Christy Johnson joins the practice after working for nine years at the New Horizons Medical Center. She spent the past three to four years working in the emergency room. She is board certified in family medicine, but had coursework during medical school in emergency medicine.
“I wanted to get back into the office setting,” Johnson said.
She completed medical school at the University of Louisville and served her residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood. Being a doctor has been a dream since she was younger and the Catholic grade school she attended did a lot of mission work in the community.
Another influence was a local doctor who took time to visit patients at home. “When I was five or six, we still had a physician that came to our house,” Johnson said.
When discussion began about expanding the Warsaw clinic, Johnson said CEO Michael Kozar contacted her for an interview.
“They asked me if I wanted to come over for an interview and I said, sure,” Johnson said.
Her husband, Dr. Larry Johnson, practices family medicine in Owenton and has occasional shifts at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital emergency room. Together they have raised six children.
“We have a large family,” she said.
Tim Helton, FNP-BC, has worked at the Warsaw office for one month. Originally from Cincinnati, he has two associate degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and has spent 20 years as a critical care nurse and as a paramedic. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in nursing.
“I was very interested in getting into family medicine,” Helton said. “… I love the setting. It’s a rural practice. I think folks are really going to want somebody close.”
He is married with two children and lives in Edgewood.
Like Johnson, Helton knew he wanted to serve the community at a young age. “I think all through your life you have to help people,” Helton said. “I knew I’d be in some form of profession that would help folks.”
The thing Helton said he enjoys most about family medicine is the people.
“The people are absolutely No. 1,” he said. “There’s a wonderful staff here. It’s a wonderful practice. We stand ready to serve.”
The Warsaw Family Practice is located at 302 W. Main St. in Warsaw. To contact the practice, please call (859) 567-2754.