Susan Julian sat in a nurse practitioner conference and thought to herself, “there has to be a better way.” She began a journey toward learning about the root causes of illness, and this journey led her to start her own clinic, Julian Healthcare, in March of 2017.
With more than 30 years of nursing experience, 12 as a nurse practitioner, Susan uses functional medicine to help patients experience optimal health. Susan’s nurse practitioner certification is in family practice, which means she treats all ages. She is in the certification process with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Functional medicine is designed to be proactive, addressing the whole person instead of symptoms.
“I see myself as an investigator who is looking for answers and solutions,” Susan expressed. “My goal is to be about creating health, not treating disease. I want to provide patients with honest, quality, and affordable resolutions to the root causes of illnesses.”
One of Susan’s inspirations is Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, from the popular 1990s television series. The idea of owning her own small town clinic was a dream Susan had for many years, and she is excited to see it becoming a reality. Prior to starting Julian Healthcare, she served patients through Henry Community Health.
Susan’s office in downtown Hagerstown fits the profile of a small-town clinic. With a charming front porch and classic architecture, the clinic houses a waiting room, office space, and two examination rooms. Lori Garner is the office assistant, welcoming patients and helping to manage office operations.
In addition to preventative care, Julian Healthcare will offer simple laceration repair and other skin procedures. Acute problems such as earaches, infections, back pain, or strep symptoms can be addressed in the clinic, along with pregnancy, blood sugar, and urine tests.
The initial cost for a new patient visit is $200, with follow-up visits at $100. Julian Healthcare does not have contracts with any insurance carriers, which means each patient’s investment in health is due at the time of service. Patients can work with their insurance companies for re-imbursement, but some insurance companies may not provide re-imbursement. The goal of Julian Healthcare is to provide care without intervention by an insurance company.