Julie Kristjanson, NP
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I grew up in Aurora, Colo. and graduated from Gateway High School. While in high school, I decided I wanted to become a nurse. I fulfilled this dream by attending Brigham Young University and graduating with my Bachelors of Science in nursing. Before my graduation, I had already decided I wanted to become a nurse practitioner. Prior to pursuing my advanced degree, I gained clinical experience by working on an Infectious Disease/Oncology unit. I then returned to Colorado where I began working in the emergency department at the Medical Center of Aurora. I continued working there while attending the University of Colorado Denver where I received my Masters of Science as a family nurse practitioner. It was during one of my clinical rotations for my degree that I determined I wanted to work for Kaiser Permanente due to their focus on prevention and optimal care of their members.
About my practice
I really enjoy getting to know each of my patients and learning about their lives. Coming from a nursing background, I am very focused on all aspects of patients, not just the illness that brings them to the clinic. All parts of a patient's life contribute to their illness and also their treatment and recovery. I believe my patient and I should come together as a team to battle against the illness or disease he or she is experiencing. I am able to contribute medical knowledge and experience but the patient's personal knowledge and experience is vital in all care decision making. I also focus much of my practice on prevention so my patients can optimize their health and wellness for an ultimately fulfilling life.
How I thrive
My favorite form of exercise is walking as it can be done anytime anywhere. Getting up and moving helps to clear my mind and lift my spirit. I enjoy traveling to different parts of the country and learning about the history and people who live in the area. I also enjoy attending cultural and artistic events whether it is a high school play, a local orchestra or band, an event at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, or an exhibit at a museum. Ultimately, I thrive the most through daily prayer and scripture study and participation in my religion.