In 1992, she began her career in the fire service. In 1996, she graduated from Central Washington University's Paramedic Program in Ellensburg, Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine. Immediately after graduation, she began working as a full-time career Fire Fighter/Paramedic for Walla Walla Fire Department. In 1998, she began her EMS teaching career, and has subsequently taught across the United States for public and private EMS programs, serving as an Assistant Professor, EMS Training Administrator and Paramedic Program Director. Additionally, she has served as a contractor and consultant for a variety of for-profit entities.
Julie she holds a Masters of Science in Education. She is a Nationally Certified EMS Educator, Board Member for the National EMS Educator Certification, Certified Flight Paramedic, and Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. Additionally, she is an EMS conference lecturer, contributing textbook author, and internationally experienced EMS Instructor.