Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - Director of Curricular Education


Julie hails from the East Coast where she did her undergraduate work at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. I attended the University of New England in Portland, Maine in 2000 where she completed her master's degree in physician assistant studies. I have been practicing as a PA since 2002 and have worked in various clinical settings. I joined the PA staff in the department of surgery at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland in 2002 before moving to Reno, Nevada in 2004. In Reno, I worked for Nevada Pain and Spine in chronic pain management for two years, then joined Gastroenterology Consultants where I worked in gastroenterology and hepatology for over seven years. In 2014, I decided to return to her roots as a primary care PA and joined Dr. Diane Thomas, a family medicine physician in Sparks, Nevada.

My special interest while working in gastroenterology was in obesity management where I helped create the curriculum for "The Medical Weigh" weight loss program at GI Consultants. I delivered peer lecture presentations including presenting at the 2013 Nevada Obesity Forum.

Currently, I hold a leadership positions within the Nevada Academy of Physician Assistants as the President-Elect. I also am a member of the Washoe County Medical Society (WCMS), Nevada State Medical Association and the Allied Health Commission of the WCMS. In 2016, I received the Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Award.

Personal Interests

Julie enjoys various outdoor activities, which drew her and her husband to the area in 2004. She and her family (Justin, Charlie, Katelynn and Luna the dog) enjoy cross-country and downhill skiing. She is an avid cyclist and mountain biker. She has completed several triathlons including Ironman Coeur d'Alene. She continues to mountain bike with her son and enjoys watching her daughter in various outdoor activities as well.


  • Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies - University of New England, Portland, Maine
  • Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology - College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia