Dr. Julia Hipp
I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey and as soon as I could, moved to New York City, where I studied Political & Social Photography at New York University. I have always been passionate about personal and social change, as well as creativity and seeing the world in new ways.
During my time in NYC, I lived near the World Trade Centers on 9/11. I developed respiratory issues, for which no one had a diagnosis, a solution that seemed to be working, or answers about why I was constantly sick. Left unsatisfied and wanting to take my health into my own hands, I changed my diet, started exercising, and read up on herbs. After noticing a huge difference, I saw a naturopathic doctor who helped guide me through my health journey, and I realized I wanted to spend my life guiding others.
After ten years in NYC, it started to overwhelm me, so I moved west for the naturopathic medicine program at Bastyr University and was pleased to find Seattle a happy medium between suburbs and city.
I am excited to redirect some of my creativity towards medicine and the human body, empowering patients in their own challenges to health, seeing the human body in new ways and discovering the mysteries to wellness.
I live in Bellingham with my partner, Steve. You can find us playing with our cats, Simon and Chad (who is secretly really a dog), shopping at the farmer’s market, exploring delicious places to eat, and enjoying all manner of PNW life from beer & coffee to hiking & snowshoeing.
Achillea millefollium is the latin name for the plant, yarrow. It is thought to be named after the warrior, Achilles, because he carried it in to battle to heal bleeding wounds. It has many amazing uses for today's times, including calming the nervous system & reducing anxiety, stimulating digestive function, as an antimicrobial and an inflammation-modulator. It is thought to bring strength & confidence to those who use or carry yarrow, and it can be energetically protecting.
I look forward to being your wellness warrior!