Born and raised in Nebraska, Julie Brush grew up eating farm-fresh produce and bicycling in the flat countryside. Her mother’s interest in natural foods and alternative healing planted the seed for her future career choice. She attended Creighton University in Omaha, where she studied biology in a pre-med program. She then served two years in AmeriCorps, working in wildlife conservation in Northern California. Her work took her to New Hampshire, then Arizona where she found herself managing a natural foods coop. Here, her desire to help people was rekindled and she headed back to school to study natural medicine. Her love of the Northwest made her decision to move to Portland an easy one.