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

Behavioral & Mental Health, 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, Adjustment Disorder, Adolescent Issues, Adolescent Mental Health, Affect. Disorder, Aging, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Complex Presentations, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Grief & Loss, Medication Management/Medical Adherence, Men's Health, Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychotic Thought Disorders, Schizophrenia, Self Esteem, Self-harm, Sleep Issues, Smoking Cessation, Substance Abuse, Suicide, Teen Issues, Thought Disorders, Treatment Resistance

Treatment Styles

Laboratory Services, Medication