Meet Our Care Team
Dr. Julie Nowak-Stears
Dr. Julie Nowak-Stears has been in practice for over 20 years. She graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2000 after receiving her undergraduate degree as a Community Health Educator. Dr. Julie is well grounded in values of education and lifestyle modification to support one’s overall health and is passionate about helping her patients achieve their best health possible.
In 2010, I received my RN from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Throughout my career I have specialized in geriatric nursing with an emphasis on symptom management and chronic illness.
Growing up an hour south of Chicago, Illinois, has led me to sunny Arizona. I moved here in July, 2020, looking forward to a longer summer and a short, mild winter.
After obtaining my associate degree in nursing in 2007, I furthered my skills with hospital experience including orthopedic telemetry, pediatrics, medical surgical and home healthcare.
In 2007, I graduated from Yavapai College with my nursing degree. My nursing career began in regenerative care for patients post traumatic brain injury and spinal injury. Over the last 14 years my career in nursing has taken me down many different paths including triage, dialysis, OR and PACU. I attribute this to my deep desire for expanding my knowledge and skills.
RN – Hyperthermia
I have always had a passion for caring for people. Both my grandmas were nurses and I decided at a young age I wanted to work in healthcare.
In 2003, I became a CNA working in long term care facilities then a PCT in float pool while attending nursing school. I graduated nursing school in 2008. I specialized in critical care and cardiac ICU.
Two years ago, my husband passed away after undergoing treatment for cancer. After that experience, I decided I wanted to dedicate my time working in holistic cancer care. I’ve learned the benefits of this approach which is a combination of the wellness of the mind, body, as well as spirit, which is all needed to promote healing, whether it is for prevention or health maintenance.
As an I-ACT certified Colon Hydrotherapist, I know the power of combining nutrition and naturopathic modalities to create an environment in the body conducive to health and healing. For six years I have been practicing colon hydrotherapy alongside many passionate practitioners and doctors.
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2008 and was certified as a Lymphedema Therapist in 2017. When my father was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, I sought more training in oncology massage to help ease his symptoms and improve his quality of life. That experience totally changed the focus of my massage practice to working primarily with those either going through their cancer treatment or living with the effects after treatment, such as lymphedema.