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Julie received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. She then worked for General Electric as a Corporate Research Scientist, leading a nano-imaging facility at GE’s Global Research Laboratories in New York. Prior to GE, Julie was a Product Development Chemist and Consultant for a small chemical company, working in North and South America, Europe and Austral-Asia.
After taking time off to buy a boat and sail the Pacific for 2 years, Julie arrived in New Zealand where she built a state-of-the-art imaging facility and worked as a research scientist for a start-up company developing bio-sensors and solar-generated power solutions in Auckland. Julie had been teaching yoga part-time for over 10 years and was more passionate about experimenting with the mind and body than with “stuff” in her research lab so she decided to make a change.
After training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and Trauma Touch Therapist, Julie now has a private practice in Takapuna where she works with people recovering from trauma, addiction, depression and anxiety. She offers a unique style of trauma-informed yoga for students suffering from chronic pain or symptoms of trauma or chronic stress. Julie is an assistant trainer with the Trauma Healing Institute in Australia. Julie also helps people understand and apply the latest findings in neurobiology to enhance their day-to-day life experiences. She consults with organizations regarding gender balanced and embodied leadership strategies. Julie is passionate about creating environments where people can feel greater safety and belonging.