Michael McDowell, DNP, APN, FNP-BC, MSBA, MBA

Behavioral & Mental Health (IPD), Psychiatry

Practices In: Morris
Patients Seen: All Ages

I have been a prac­tic­ing nurse prac­ti­tion­er since 2012. I am board cer­ti­fied as a Fam­i­ly Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er but I have had exten­sive expe­ri­ence in treat­ing many patients with men­tal health con­cerns. I treat all ages of patients across a diverse pop­u­la­tion. I am a flu­ent speak­er of Eng­lish and Span­ish and have worked with under­served pop­u­la­tions for all of my career. My per­son­al style of prac­tice is to build a pos­i­tive rap­port with my patients and their fam­i­ly. This style pro­vides an envi­ron­ment where the patient and their fam­i­ly is com­fort­able to open up about any con­cerns that they are hav­ing. I pro­vide a non-judg­men­tal envi­ron­ment and can assure my patients that any­thing is open for dis­cus­sion. Once the patient is com­fort­able open­ing up about their con­cerns we can begin to start the heal­ing process. I am well-versed in med­ica­tion man­age­ment of psy­chi­atric and fam­i­ly med­i­cine issues and am keen­ly aware of any pos­si­ble med­ica­tion inter­ac­tions and con­traindi­ca­tions. I am always on the look out for any safe­ty issues with the patien­t’s cur­rent med­ica­tions and with any med­ica­tions that may need to be initiated.

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English, Spanish
Clinical Interests

I am inter­est­ed in med­ical man­age­ment of psy­chi­atric con­di­tions and any med­ical issues that may be inter­re­lat­ed to a patien­t’s symp­toms. I have a love for phar­ma­col­o­gy and neu­rophar­ma­col­o­gy. I am con­stant­ly edu­cat­ing myself on all modal­i­ties of ther­a­py options, phar­ma­co­log­ic and non-phar­ma­co­log­ic, to help patients reach their opti­mal phys­i­cal and men­tal health. I am con­sis­tent­ly inves­ti­gat­ing and pur­su­ing edu­ca­tion on past, cur­rent, and future types of psy­chother­a­peu­tic meth­ods. In addi­tion, I also teach nurse prac­ti­tion­er class­es at a local uni­ver­si­ty. I cur­rent­ly teach Phar­ma­col­o­gy, Patho­phys­i­ol­o­gy and Pri­ma­ry Care of Women, Infants, and Children.

Personal Interests

When not work­ing, I spend as much time as pos­si­ble with my wife and three kids. All of my kids are adults now but we are always get­ting togeth­er to enjoy our­selves. I like to tin­ker around with old vac­u­um tube radios and elec­tron­ic test equip­ment when time per­mits. I also like to con­tin­ue my edu­ca­tion. I have earned a Mas­ters degree in Busi­ness Ana­lyt­ics (MSBA) and a Mas­ters in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion (MBA), I am also, solid­i­fy­ing my men­tal health knowl­edge by com­plet­ing my cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as a Psy­chi­atric Men­tal Health Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er. Once fin­ished with that I plan to fin­ish my last five class­es for a Mas­ters in finance.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners American Nurses Association Neuroscience Education Institute
Northern Illinois University Graduation Date: 2009 Degree: BS, Nursing
Northern Illinois University Graduation Date: 2012 Degree: MS, Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
University of St. Francis Graduation Date: 2014 Degree: DNP, with major in Underserved Population
Provider’s Publications
Transformation in Teaching-Learning: Emerging Possibilities with Interprofessional Education Nan Russell Yancey, RN; PhD, Susan Cahill, OTR/L; PhD; FAOTA, Michael McDowell, RN; DNP https://doi.org/10.1177/0894318418755739
March, 2018


ADD, ADHD, Addiction, Adjustment Disorder, Adolescent Issues, Adolescent Mental Health, Adult Attachment Disorders, Affect. Disorder, Aging, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Medical Illnesses, Cognitive Assessment, Communication, Complex Presentations, Couples/Marriage, Dementia, Depression, Diabetes Management, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Epilepsy, Family Issues, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Grief & Loss, HIV/AIDS, High Blood Pressure, Learning Disorders, Life Transitions, Maturity Issues/Life Skills, Medication Management/Medical Adherence, Men's Health, Migraine, Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychological & Neuropsychological Assessments, Psychotic Thought Disorders, Pulmonary/COPD, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Self Esteem, Self-harm, Sleep Issues, Smoking Cessation, Spirituality, Stress, Stress Management, Stroke, Substance Abuse, Suicide, Teen Issues, Thought Disorders, Treatment Resistance, Weight Loss, Women's Health

Treatment Styles

Child Therapy, Family Therapy, Imaging, Individual Therapy, Laboratory Services, Medication