Lydia Johnson, FNP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner
Lydia Johnson, FNP-C is a Family Nurse Practitioner who joined the Triangle Wellness & Recovery team in July 2021 with the mission of integrating primary care services into the behavioral health, psychiatric and specialized medical services which have been at the core of Triangle Wellness & Recovery since opening in 2019. Lydia’s experience as a primary care provider gave her an up-close view of how inadequate and even harmful the mainstream healthcare system can be for individuals living with mental health conditions or substance abuse. Raised by parents who have devoted their professional careers to mental health, Lydia has a deep appreciate of the therapeutic value of seeking to understand patients through their own eyes instead of seeing them as their diagnosis. In joining Triangle Wellness & Recovery, Lydia is able to provide medical care in a team-based practice with a commitment to healing instead of just treating.
Prior to joining Triangle Wellness & Recovery, Lydia spent two and a half years working in Internal Medicine providing primary care to a complex client population, where helping clients and families navigate sensitive and difficult health concerns, connecting patients to appropriate resources, close follow up and patient advocacy were as integral to her work as direct medical management. Lydia’s duties included primarily chronic and co-morbid care management, geriatric and end of life care, pain management, mental health and dementia.
In addition to providing primary care services for established clients of Triangle Wellness & Recovery, Lydia provides addiction treatment, medication management and follow-up visits for clients who are primarily seen by Dr. Sara Koenig. Lydia is also a Suboxone waivered provider and trained in use and clinical application of HeartMath biofeedback device.
Lydia earned a BA in Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville (2008). She became a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, and completed a Master of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand (2010).
After returning to the United States, Lydia returned to her academic pursuits, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the Duke University School of Nursing (2012), followed by a Master’s in Nursing Science through the University of South Alabama (2018). Lydia is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Lydia completed her specialty training in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for the treatment of Substance Use /Opioid Use Disorders through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) in 2020.
Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Lydia worked in various hospital and outpatient mental health settings. Experience as an RN includes general medicine, post-surgical, postpartum and neonatal care.