John Wagnitz, MD – A Pioneer in the Field of Psychiatry
John Wagnitz is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats mental illnesses through medications, psychotherapy and other interventions. With over 55 years of experience under his belt, he accepts multiple insurance plans for his patients’ convenience.
He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and holds a medical license in North Carolina, affiliated with Iredell Health System-Statesville.
Early Life and Education
The early years of a child’s life are crucial for their development as learners. These form the basis of social skills, self-worth, perceptions of the world and moral outlook.
In these early years, children develop a variety of cognitive skills. They can begin to spell words, recognize colors and numbers, as well as comprehend math concepts.
John Wagnitz, an early childhood education graduate, understands how to create classrooms that nurture these skills and help students become capable learners. He also understands that early development relies on relationships, safe and supportive environments, as well as healthy habits.
These elements are fundamental for a child’s educational success and have the potential to shape their future health, education, economic prospects and quality of life. That is why UNESCO, OECD and other organizations emphasize the significance of high-quality ECE programs as foundations for national development.
John Wagnitz was a medical professional by training, but he donned many hats throughout his long and distinguished career. He was an innovator in endoscopy, pain management, emergency medicine and informatics; not to mention patient engagement and education. Among other awards and honors he received North Carolina’s highest ranking physician ever: MDFA from Medico Medical Foundation with Honorary Doctorate in Science from Ohio State University as well as Clinical Senior Associate title from Medical College of North Carolina.
Achievements and Honors
John Wagnitz was an enthusiastic Minnesota State Capitol worker with a deep-seated passion for sustainability and environmental protection. A longtime Assembly and Senate staffer, he was also a proud dad, cyclist, member of Brainerd Heritage Assemblies of God Church and Royal Ranger Scouter.
He was an enthusiastic Minnesota Vikings fan and proud parent of two handsome sons who went on to lead successful careers of their own. A prominent local philanthropist, his donations included the Brainerd Hospital and Brainerd Medical School. Additionally, he belonged to the Brainerd Lions Club where he enjoyed spending time with many friends.
John Wagnitz was a well-respected member of his community, renowned for his kindness and generosity.
He volunteered for several organizations, such as the Yolo Basin Foundation and Davis Arboretum. Additionally, he was an expert naturalist and birdwatcher, in addition to being an avid reader.
He bravely battled glioblastoma for a short and courageous fight, yet ultimately chose to end his life early with dignity, grace and humor. Surrounded by family and friends in the Northwest Community Garden in his memory, Pearl Rotary members installed a memorial bench at Northwest Community Garden in his honor; funded by both Portland’s Neighborhood Northwest small grant program as well as Mary Ellen Sweeney, former Rotarian.