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Getting to Know Julian Poush, PA – Lander Medical Clinic and Western Family Care

Julian Poush, PA was born in Story, WY in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. He moved to the American West as a child and eventually returned to the University of Wyoming to study psychology and molecular genetics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He earned his master’s degree as a medical assistant at Idaho State University.

Julian was drawn to the medical field because of his desire to work in a career that had a profound impact on the community. “Being able to help/improve the lives of patients is the most rewarding line of work,” Julian said.

When asked what drew him to Lander Medical Clinic & Western Family Care, he replied, “I am attracted to Lander Medical Clinic & Western Family Care because I feel most comfortable in the small western towns. I am also an avid rock climber so living/working at the gateway to the Wind River mountain range is a dream. Julian started working at the clinic in October 2021.

I had the opportunity to ask Julian a series of questions to help the community get to know him better as one of their trusted medical providers.

What do you like most about your job?

The best part of my job is the people and the location. Not only do I love this small western mountain town, but I enjoy interacting and working with the citizens of Fremont County.

What has been unique about your work at Lander Medical Clinic?

When I accepted the position at Lander, I did not expect to be surrounded by so many talented and accessible service providers. The support system here is unparalleled; I appreciate the unique and invaluable insight I get from consulting with my fellow healthcare professionals.

How would you describe what you do?

As a Physician Assistant, I am a licensed healthcare professional. I can examine, treat, diagnose and prescribe medication.

But ultimately, I would describe what I do as being a resource for the community. I will ask many questions, compile a comprehensive history, and take the time with my patients to ensure that we are developing the best possible treatment plan.

What made you want to become a PA?

I was inspired to become a PA by my sponsor, Peter Hollis. As a physician assistant, he was able to work in a variety of fields, from pediatrics to emergency medicine. Seeing him prosper in his career serving his community made me want to follow in his footsteps. The diversity that we experience as AM continually challenges us. We’re still learning, which I really appreciate about this job.

What is the hardest thing about what you do?

From time to time, I deliver unfortunate and difficult diagnoses to patients. While I do my best to be compassionate and empathetic, letting my patients know we’re in this together, I don’t think the burden of being the bearer of bad news will get any easier. All I can do is give my patients the best and most appropriate treatment, provide them with resources, and make sure they feel supported.

What is the most rewarding?

I think the most rewarding part of my job is when I can help patients improve their mental health. Treating psychopathology is where I seem to thrive the most.

What are some of the most common things you see patients for?

Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, Diabetes, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia.

How would you describe your bedside manner?

I would describe myself as easy going/easy to read. My goal with patients is to be communicative so they feel comfortable talking to me about their health issues/experiences.

What else would you like people to know about what you do?

I think I’m pretty well balanced as a medical care provider. I love the complexity of family care, but I also love diving headfirst into the fast-paced nature of emergency care.

What is the best advice you have ever given to a patient?

Do not start smoking or chewing tobacco.

Routes, leisure, family…

A bit about me, I’m from Story, WY. As mentioned earlier, I attended Idaho State University, but was looking forward to returning to my home state.

My sister is six years younger than me but is fluent in Japanese, French and Korean. She is currently in Taiwan, adding several other languages ​​to her repertoire.

Rock climbing and mountaineering are my favorite activities outside of the clinic. I made two expeditions in Argentine Patagonia.

Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?

I love my work; there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than Fremont County. So, if you are looking for a supplier who is down to earth and accessible, do not hesitate to make an appointment with me. I value my patients and intend to provide them with the best possible care and build lasting relationships.

Julian is part of Family medicine Lander Medical Clinic & Western Family Care team. Appointments are available at the offices in Riverton and Lander. Call (307) 332-2941 or (307) 856-6591 to schedule an appointment.

Common problems treated by family medicine providers:

  • Chronic Disease Management
    Chronic diseases include, but are not limited to, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, arthritis, and allergies. Such diseases usually require lifelong treatment.
  • Acute care
    Acute illnesses include conditions such as upper respiratory tract infections, bladder infections, back, neck and other musculoskeletal injuries – illnesses which, although can be serious, are usually brief when they are properly processed.
  • Wellness care
    Many insurance policies now cover most, if not all, of the cost of a wellness exam.
Our doctors strongly recommend that you have a wellness physical once a year. An annual wellness exam provides our doctors with the necessary information to ensure you maintain a healthy lifestyle and is also essential for the early diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious illnesses.
  • Immunizations
    Maintaining the recommended vaccination schedule is an important aspect of the well-being of adult and pediatric patients. We encourage you to consult your physician to ensure you are up to date.
  • Asthma management
    Our physicians diagnose and provide long-term management of asthma in many patients.

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