Dr. Dowell loves the Lord, and seeks to serve Him through the use of her medical training. She is the adoring wife of Jasper Dowell, and proud mother of their two adult children—all of whom also love the Lord. Dr. Dowell’s faith has been forged in the fires of great adversity and trials. Her life’s verse is, Luke 1:37— “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” Her heart’s prayer is, “Lord, may you be glorified through my life. Let me serve with humility, or let me die.”
Dr. Dowell received her Bachelors Degree in Biology from Loyola University and later, her Medical Degree from the University of Illinois in 2003; after which she completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Chicago in 2006. Dr. Dowell currently serves as a primary care physician and Site Director of the Homan Square branch of the Lawndale Christian Health Center. In addition to serving as a domestic medical missionary at Lawndale for the last seven years, Dr. Dowell serves as a medical missionary to Haiti as part of El Shaddai Ministry’s, “Haiti Orphan Project.” During these missions, Dr. Dowell, along with other medical and nonmedical personal bring medical care along with the Gospel, to orphanages and their surrounding communities in the more remote areas of Haiti. Dr. Dowell also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ibi People’s Clinic in Nigeria, Africa, and is actively involved in the development and building of a clinic for their village.
Locally, Dr. Dowell has served as a volunteer medical consultant to a community healthcare facility, providing counsel in order to help improve their delivery of services, and access to medical care for the under-served residents in the Austin community on the Westside of Chicago, where she currently resides.
Dr. Dowell is a member of the Mars Hill Church in the Austin community, where she serves as one of the core team leaders of the “Faith In Action” social justice ministry, in partnership with the Christian Renewal Society. She is also an avid reader, who loves to learn. Dr. Dowell is fluent in sign language, and has a love for the Deaf Community. She has used this skill to serve deaf people in some capacity for over 30 years.
Dr. Dowell has served children and their families nearly all of her life, and believes strongly in education. Prior to attending medical school, she served as a high school science teacher for Chicago Public Schools for eight years. It was through this experience that she developed a love for writing curriculum and creating activities to enhance learning. She has used this gift to co-author two Vacation Bible School series, and to create more culturally sensitive activities for the CenteringParenting program at Lawndale. Additionally, over the last seven years, with the aide of the Holy Spirit, she has developed the “Taking Care of the Temple” ministry-- through which God has graciously given her the privilege of blending her love of teaching with her medical training to encourage, educate and empower other Believers regarding their health.