Juliann (Julie) graduated from Long Island University at Brooklyn in 2006, receiving a BS in the Physician Assistant program. Julie worked in Family Medicine for 12 years before realizing that her niche was always in addiction. Julie started her career in 2018 in addictive behaviors and motivational coaching in medicine. Her greatest interest is treating drug addiction and suggesting non-traditional concepts that go well beyond giving a pill to her patients for treatment. She thrives on understanding the whole person, his/her family/culture and the patient’s aspirations to lead a healthier, happier life. She has always been intrigued by behavior change originating in her 17 years as an exercise physiologist and working with the obese population prior to becoming a physician assistant. Growing up in a family of five with family members diagnosed with bipolar depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety disorder as well as Julie, herself, coping with APD- Auditory Processing Disorder, has made her not only empathetic towards her patients but understands, firsthand, addiction related to many areas, not just drug-addiction. In her spare time, Julie enjoys watching movies, running, hiking and camping with her husband, and daughter.