I'm Dr. Granger. You can call me Julie.
I'm equal parts skilled detective, savvy business owner, creative puzzle master, teen magician, wholehearted geek, spiritual and medical junkie, nutty professor, unicorn and oh yeah, a lifelong athlete.
I've always worn the go-getter badge with honor in my own life. Now I simply love giving back to people who have walked a similar path.
Applying my athlete mentality to life got me a pretty nifty resume. I swam at Duke, graduated first in my Emory physical therapy school class and became the expert in girl athlete health in my profession and all over the world. You can check out more about that here if you'd like.
Being a driven go-getter isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. For myself and my clients, unexpected stuff comes up that can threaten to derail our careers or our lives.
I'm talking stress, health problems, or career and business ruts and snafus. For better or worse, I can add all of those to my resume, too.
I know firsthand that when those things happen, we may feel we have to choose one: being healthy or being good at what we do. Given the pressures we all face these days and the expenses of staying healthy while getting a bunch of gold stars in life, it's no wonder so many women and teens feel stuck, overwhelmed, or confused about how to be healthy.
But it doesn't have to be that way. I have a secret for you:
If you slow down and tap in to what you truly value, you can discover a personalized, sustainable and healthy life and career.
You've probably figured out by now that doing that is easier said than done.
That's where I come in. I’m here to be your guide.
Driven women, teens, and I just "click."
Not many people understand the life of a driven woman or teen.
It's not easy to maintain our energy when we're always giving so much to everyone else or working so hard to help others gain their energy back. We're afraid that if we take time for doing what we truly love, we will miss out, fail, or not feel good enough anymore.
But what I know from my own experience is that being healthy in our lives or careers doesn't have to be so laborious and never-ending. We don't have to be constantly running towards the next shiny object so we can get more gold stars or check all of the boxes. Instead, our best and most fulfilling lives come from a place of values and not fear.
What I also know is if we give ourselves permission to slow down just enough, we can achieve way more in our lives by doing less. And in that process, we can discover a healthy path that inspires us and reflects what we truly value.
It takes one to know one.
Like most of my clients, I once believed that pouring my whole heart—at any price—into sports, school and my career was the route to happiness.
It certainly worked for a while, or so I thought. In high school, unrelenting injuries and illnesses slowed me down. I just worked even harder to get over them.
At age 19, a shoulder injury and surgery derailed my collegiate swimming career.
That was not in my perfectly mapped out life plan.
— Dr. Jessica Drummond DCN, CHC, PT Founder, Integrative Women's Health Institute
Lost without a sport to define me, I charged on like the "Little Julie that Could." I poured my energy into my PT career with the goal that no other girl would ever feel the physical and emotional pain that I felt.
I certainly made waves toward that goal. But...it cost me again, this time in the form of unrelenting pain, abnormal periods, food sensitivities, recurrent sinus infections, and stress. Oh man, was there stress.
The athlete in me thought, "No pain, no gain!" Illnesses & stress were a normal part of the process!
The fork in the road
Eventually, I hit rock bottom.
Right after speaking at a huge conference for the third time, I experienced a series of panic attacks. Then I was diagnosed with cancer.
Those were—again—not in the plan. I didn't have time for that!
But I didn't have a choice. With a team of health & life coaches and medical providers, I dug deep to examine, save and reinvent my life.
With the best of intentions, I had merely placed band-aids on stressors and health problems before, rather than fixing them from the source.
And it turned out that all of that striving I'd done before was not the route to happiness. I had earned a lot of gold stars in life, yes, but I felt neither happy nor healthy.
Anything I can do, you can do better.
As I climbed my way out, I learned that health, happiness, and success are not mutually exclusive, and I didn't have to work so hard for them.
The payoff was nothing short of amazing:
I kicked cancer to the curb.
I got swimming back into my life in a BIG way.
I created a business that allows me to work only 2 days per week, from anywhere.
Now I have plenty of energy for the things I never even had time for before, like gallivanting to New Zealand with my adventurous husband, painting, cooking, playing with our puppy Raven, and curling up with a good book.
Shameless plug as it is, my personal experience with life and health coaching was the game changer that shifted how I holistically problem-solve through the challenges that my clients face.
Now I pay it forward. I’ve developed the first program that combines my functional medicine and sports medicine expertise with health, life and business coaching. My health & life come first. I teach my clients the same. And believe me, if I can do it, you can do it too (and maybe even better than me)!
Problems with health or your career don't have to derail or take over your life. I believe that, like me, go-getter women and teens are oftentimes perfectly poised when it comes to owning their health and changing their lives and careers. And I love walking alongside them to help them do just that.
That's my story. Now I'd love to hear yours.
I know I'm not the only person with a story like this one.
Why? Because for over a decade I've guided go-getter women and teens to freedom from the belief that you can't have radiant health, happiness, sport & career success all at once.
The truth is, you totally can have it all.
I'm so passionate about it that your first chat with me is totally on the house.
That's it. You've just gotta show up.
Let's chat. I can't wait to hear from you!
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"One of the major reasons I decided to reach out to Julie for coaching is that she is also a physical therapist. I knew that she would completely understand the daily requirements and pressures of my job. Julie has also made a huge impact on my overall health and lifestyle. As a female distance runner, I knew I needed help to balance my hormones so my husband and I could start a family.
When I first met Julie, I hadn't had a period in several months. I was so impressed by her depth of knowledge in dealing with female athletes. She was able to consider the full picture, from my lab and ultrasound results, my running, my diet, my job, and my stress levels into consideration to help create a game plan. Because of Julie, I eat better, feel better, and sleep better. I am more relaxed and less anxious. I have more fun, both at work and at home. My periods are getting more "normal" each cycle. Best of all, in a health care system where my doctor spends maybe five to ten minutes with me before making a generalized, nonspecific recommendation, I have a resource that I trust to help me manage my health while taking my work, nutrition, and lifestyle into consideration."
— Dana Strozier, Sports Physical Therapist