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Psychiatric Physician Assistant

  • Physician Assistant Studies, Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO
  • Master of Arts, Health Services Management, Webster University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Julie Himstedt joins the Bridge House team after a number of varied healthcare treatment experiences. She began working in mental health in 1986 as a direct care staff, program manager, and then a program administrator for a residential therapeutic program. While living in Colorado, Julie also spent a few years as a case manager for the Colorado AIDS project. In 2008, Julie began her work as a physician assistant in family practice, addressing clients along a full spectrum of care, from birth to geriatric populations. 

Julie’s goal as a health care provider is to work as a team member alongside her patients and others involved and impacted in order to develop the most holistic approach and best medication plan. To do this, she believes that it is crucial to look at all aspects of a person's life that impact overall health such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, and interpersonal relationships. Julie’s work as a physician assistant has always involved evidence-based medicine and she is committed to lifelong learning to continually enhance her knowledge and skills. Julie strives to develop trusted relationships founded on compassion and competence with her patients and co-workers alike.

Julie is happiest when she is outside gardening, walking, camping, hiking, or skiing. She also maintains a regular yoga practice and has a passion for travel and experiencing different cultures across the world; before moving to Utah, Julie spent a year and a half in South Africa teaching medicine and traveling the country. At home, Julie spends quality time with her two daughters and son-in-law, watching grandchildren grow. Before moving to Utah Julie enjoyed living in the mountains of Colorado for 25 years.

Hope, Health & Healing

Julie believes that the struggling human spirit is resilient when nurtured, supported, educated, and allowed to grow and evolve. She believes that when there is resilience and hope, healing and health will follow. In her diverse personal and professional experiences she has found herself drawn to circumstances in which people thrive when supported by compassion and collaboration.

Working in healthcare since: 1986
Working at Bridge House since: 2020