By joining Sound Family Medicine in 2008, Dr. Julie Komarow has come full circle. She began her career in private family medicine in 1986 after graduating from the University of Washington Medical School, working at the Everett Family Practice Center.
The opportunity to join SFM and return to an environment in which the bottom line is physician-directed, excellent patient care, proved irresistible. She wanted to go back to a physician-owned-and-run practice, providing full-spectrum family medicine – that’s where she came from and where she feels she belongs.
At SFM’s Bonney Lake clinic, she provides family medicine with a special emphasis on obstetrics and preventive care. As a breast cancer survivor, she has a personal perspective on the value of heading off problems before they become serious. Patients who select her as their provider need to plan on seeing her on at least a yearly basis and be prepared to consider preventive services once a year.
As the daughter of an Air Force pilot, she inherited a love for speed and has given it an outlet competing in sprint and endurance races with local and national sports car clubs. She has driven BMWs, Miatas and Porsches in races all over the US. “Just don’t call me ‘Camaro.’ She is a German-car kind of woman.” (My name is pronounced ‘Comma-Row’.)
At the opposite end of the speed and noise spectrum, she and her husband own six llamas who behave more like big dogs than livestock. Smart and affectionate, each has its own personality. The llamas ride nonchalantly in the family van when heading out on a camping/hiking trip. Even though she grew up all over the United States, she has lived in the Pacific Northwest since high school.
She is also proud to report that she has been elected by peers to represent the state as a trustee for the Washington State Medical Association and as a delegate to the American Medical Association.