Trendsetter to Know: Dr. Julie Wendt, CEO & Physician at Relieve Allergy, Asthma & Hives

Name: Julie Wendt





Age: 53

Title: CEO and Physician at Relieve Allergy, Asthma & Hives

Married/Single:  Married to Phil Bach

Kids: 7 – Brice, Brigham, Bronson, Bridge, Katie, Kately & Alex

City you live in: Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes… getting the two last of our kids living at home up and ready for school; getting to workout by 6:30 am; getting to work by 7:45 am.  (My life is blessed because I have wonderful employees and patients. It has not been easy these last two years for any of us, but I cannot imagine the world without each one of them.)

I typically finish late nowadays because with spring being so awful for pollen sufferers, I am typically busy with new patients then I work on the business itself.  This balance is super fun and I learn something new regularly.  I make dinner for our family and while we try to eat together most nights, it can be a little crazy with Alex’s soccer and Katie’s work at Panera bread.  Sometimes we play “Fast Track” or just chat.  I read to Alex (we are almost done with the “I am Number Four” series) and then I hang out with Katie and her two cats (which anyone who reads my blog will know are our “Covid” cats).  Phil and I watch TV.  At the moment, we are watching “Inventing Anna” and just finished “1883”. 

I was born… in Illinois.  Great people! Terrible weather.

My favorite thing about Arizona… the weather is awesome.  So great to walk outside on the worse weather day of the year!  It never gets old to hear about our weather.

I’m listening to… “Execution” by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan

My family… is so amazing.  I am fortunate to know such wonderful people and am so glad they belong to me:  My husband, Phil, my kids, (Katie, 17, Kately, 16, and Alex, 12 at home and Brice, 27, Brigham, 24, Bridge, 20, Bronson, 22, are out of the house).  Brice attends Thomas Jefferson and is working on a degree in music education; Brigham is an engineer for Northrup Grumman; Bronson has his own small business; and Bridge is finishing his first year at the Air Force Academy).  My parents, Al and Diane, still live back in Illinois as does my sister, Laura with her husband Ed and their 4 children, Joey, Jason, Mathew, and Jason.  My brother, Al, Rachel and their 2 children, Isla and Al, live in South Carolina.  I have the most wonderful in-laws, Cheryl and Wayne, who live in Hastings, Nebraska and used to live in Franklin.  I have great sisters-in-law, Charlene, who is lives in Colorado and Colette, who still lives in Franklin.  Family get togethers involve games, lots of food, and lots of laughs.  

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… my husband, Phil Bach, because he is my best friend and hero. 

One thing I cannot live without… my children.  They make me smile or laugh every day.

When I was younger, I wanted to be… a veterinarian.  Who doesn’t love animals?

I’m inspired by… my Dad, who is the most wonderful, good human being that I have ever known. 

The one person who motivates me is… myself.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… more loving, cleaner, less pollution and environmental toxins.

The perfect day would be… a day at the beach, getting a massage, having a nice meal with friends, and going to bed early.  

My first job was… at Taco Bell. The day I turned 16—could not wait to work but I’d come home smelling like a taco, every night.

My favorite escape… Sedona, so beautiful, so relaxing. 

My life… is great.  I am so lucky and blessed.

I’m currently working on… editing with my fantastic editor, Bonnie, on my first book, “What’s eating your kids:  A parent’s guide to food allergies, intolerance, and toxicity”, at least that is the working title and writing my second book about allergies.

Always… Be kind, loving.

Never… Quit.

Favorite Quote… The Man in the Arena by Teddy Roosevelt.

Biggest Dream… to own my own practice.  Oh wait, that is reality. I am living the dream!

My Pet Peeve(s)… lazy people, mean and disrespectful people, especially in medicine. They do not belong.

My Pet Peeve(s)… lazy people, mean and disrespectful people, especially in medicine. They do not belong.

Dr. Wendt earned Bachelor of Science degrees in biochemistry and biology honors from the University of Illinois, a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. She completed residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and an allergy and immunology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center, both in Chicago.

In private practice since 2005, Dr. Wendt has published a great deal of research. She has received the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award, a Patient’s Choice Award and is noted as one of America’s Top Physicians. Dr. Wendt is former President of the Arizona Allergy and Asthma Society.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Wendt is married to a Nebraskan. They have seven children, ages 7 to 22. She enjoys fencing, boating, water skiing, scuba diving, and travel. She’s also taken courses in grape growing and winemaking. In her free time, Dr. Wendt enjoys serving with multiple charitable organizations including Global Orphan Project and Family Promise.

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