Julie Harmon is the Chief Operating Officer of Just for the Health of It, bringing more than 35 years of experience in healthcare and practice management. Her high energy leadership style, and passion for exceptional patient care, advance the culture of the clinic as it serves its patients around the world.
The Northwest native was first exposed to the healthcare industry at the age of sixteen when she worked as a Nursing Assistant at a Skilled Nursing Facility. She recalls being incredibility inspired by patients who were in need of quality care, and encouragement and how could she do the same thing on a larger scale. This inspiration shaped a successful career in the USAF as Medical Technician where she served all over the world. While serving in the Air Force, Julie excelled in emergency medicine and was quickly promoted to shift leader where she learned she had a natural talent for telling people what to do. And they would listen to her (no one says “no” to Julie) – primarily, as she learned from them later, because they knew her bite is actually worse than her bark. After leaving the USAF, she realized her passion was embedded in empowering patients to improve the quality of their own lives. She spent the next twenty years running multidisciplinary medical practices, while learning the complexities of healthcare economics across several specialties. Gradually she discovered she had a knack for cross-pollinating ideas and skills across the various people she worked with. By finding that in herself, she’s become adept at encouraging and recognizing it in others. “Pulling people out of their comfort zone, and watching them find and explore new talents in themselves is one of the greatest gifts of leadership,” she observed.
She joined Just for the Health of It in 2011 taking on the responsibility of the front office and working closely with the medical and administrative staff to improve office efficiency. As the practice grew, and with encouragement, she accepted the position of COO and has not looked back. To balance her life, Julie relaxes through her love of sailing, reading, and traveling the world.
“Our patients are looking for custom care that fits their lifestyle, fitness, and medical needs – and they want to be empowered to take control of their own health care. Our responsibility, and promise, is to be a resource for them during their wellness journey”