Julie Mullen, P.A.-C., is a certified physician assistant who specializes in orthopedic surgery. She is a member of MyMichigan Health’s comprehensive musculoskeletal program and is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries, disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Julie currently sees patients in Prudenville, in the office of Orthopedic Surgeon Cynthia Rubert, M.D.
“I went into the field of orthopedic surgery to help patients restore their mobility and obtain pain relief,” she said. “There are few things more rewarding than giving a patient their functionality back.”
Philosophy of Care
Julie’s philosophy of care can be summed up with the old adage – treat others how you want to be treated. “Each of my patients will receive the same care that I expect for myself or for my family,” she said. “This means putting the patient first, actively listening to their concerns, answering questions in a way that can be easily understood, and treating the problem instead of the symptom.”
According to Julie, the most satisfying aspect of her work is interacting with all kinds of people, representing a wide variety of backgrounds. “Every person has something unique and inspiring to offer and I feel that every day is an opportunity to learn, grow, and make new connections,” she added. “My goal is to establish patient relationships built on confidence, honesty and understanding. I feel each relationship must be one of mutual trust, and the best way to achieve that is by making patients feel heard and encouraging them to take an active role in the decision-making process.”
Special Interests and Procedures
When asked about the most exciting medical development in the field of orthopedic surgery, Julie said that arthroscopy has made diagnosing, and simultaneously treating certain conditions and injuries possible with a minimally-invasive technique. “This allows for lower surgical risk to the patient and quicker recovery times,” she added.
“In school I was taught that the best treatment plan is the one patients will follow - you won’t know what they can or will do if you don’t listen,” she said. “That is why I encourage my patients to be involved in their healthcare, to help make decisions and develop plans, and work closely with them instead of for them.”
In her free-time, Julie loves spending as much time outside as possible and she looks forward to exploring northern Michigan. She enjoys kayaking, swimming, hiking, reading, and hanging out with her pups.