Debbie Johnston is a whirlwind of energy, positivity and innovation. Debbie came back for a second Personal Branding Session because she started a new chapter in her life and wanted to have updated images to share with the world. I knew Debbie’s session was going to be amazing when I took the first test shot. She nailed it. Debbie consistently brings her A game and is an inspiration to us all. Debbie wanted updated Professional Headshots, to show her playful side, as a Wellness Entrepreneur and some inspiration from Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
I copied and pasted below Debbie’s About page on her website so I would stay true to her marketing verbiage. Get ready to be inspired!
About Debbie Johnston
Debbie Johnston has been recognized as the Entrepreneur of Richmond, Philanthropist of the Year, and Woman on the Move. As founder and Past President of Care Advantage, Nurse Advantage, and All About Care, she has created a dynamic compassionate care company that is devoted to giving back to the community. Debbie’s journey to the top did not start off all glitz and glam though. In fact, she had a very humble start. Debbie grew up in a small town with her biological mother’s sister and her husband who adopted Debbie at a young age. She was raised on a farm with four younger sisters and one brother, working hard with farm-life chores, too busy and loved to realize her actual scarcity.
“Originally I wanted to be a secretary like my mom, but after considerable coaxing from my dad, I decided to go into nursing. My dad told me that nursing would always afford me a job in good times and bad.” Somehow, her parents scraped up the three-year tuition for Debbie to attend the Johnston-Willis School of Nursing.
Following nursing school, she decided to work in the operating room where she learned a lot in a short amount of time. In her book, The School of Heart Knocks, she tells the story of watching a 14-year-old girl receive her last rites in the emergency room. It was then that she decided to become a recovery room nurse, in order to lessen the close interaction with patients and guard against such heartache. “I began to see people being discharged quicker and sicker, which prompted my curiosity about what was happening to patients once they were sent home. It was this curiosity that led me into my career of home care.”
Debbie sought and accepted an offer as a salesperson for a new national home health company in the area. After one year, she took the idea of home health care to a large hospital conglomerate and became the administrator of the division. However, the chief hospital administrator spun the home health division out on its own and decided to sell it. Debbie then received a push from a friend and started her own health care company. Care Advantage, Inc. was born out of a need to help people once discharged home. This has naturally evolved from helping patients leave the hospital to holding their hand and making their last few hours the best possible.
Today, Debbie is the past owner and president of Care Advantage, Inc., which has become a leading company for personal and companion home healthcare, with 17 offices and affiliates throughout Virginia. Debbie’s companies, Care Advantage, Inc., Nurse Advantage, and All About Care, together employ approximately 3,000 health care professionals in Central, Virginia and surrounding areas. “I believe that one of the best things about growing a financially successful company is having the ability to give to others. We have given over a million dollars to organizations all over the community. I also started “Eunice’s Circle of Friends“, which is a social group for Widows and Widowers, and those individuals who have lost a loved one.” In 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Debbie to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority and as the Adoption Champion for the state of Virginia.
“I invite you to read “The School of Heart Knocks” and learn more about my humble start to my entrepreneurship of a multi-million dollar compassionate care company. I reveal 10 key steps that helped me on my personal journey and will help you also. Enjoy!”