Julie grew up in Colorado and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder a long time ago. She worked for Outward Bound in the summers, before discovering Teton Valley, Idaho in 1977. She moved to the Tetons to ski the legendary powder snow, and discovered summers in the Tetons were just as enticing. Julie lived in Jackson Wyoming for a couple of years, rowing boats on the Snake River and painting houses to make ends meet, before purchasing a home in Victor, Idaho with her future husband, Dave Hensel, in 1980.
Prior to establishing her Real Estate career in 2000, Julie owned and operated a small sewing business; Main Street Case Company, making custom musical-instrument cases. In 1996, Julie founded the Teton Valley Humane Society, which has since morphed into the Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter. In 2012 she created and coordinated the local annual summer art and painting event in Driggs; Driggs Digs Plein Air.