Meet Michelle Rowton, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Healthy
What inspired you to work at HKP and practice in a more
holistic way using functional medicine?
My personal health journey is my greatest inspiration for
helping others. I had an extremely ill childhood and young
adulthood which culminated in seeing 9 traditional medical doctors
in about a year who could not help me. It then took years of
research, hard work, implementing lifestyle changes, and multiple
alternative physicians to reclaim my health. My true interest
has always been helping children, with an emphasis on 2 and
under. Last year I spent the year as Program Coordinator for
a functional medicine office that treats mostly adults. Although I
absolutely loved that rewarding job and was able to help so many, I
constantly realized that so many young adults wouldn't be dealing
with what I dealt with if they had been afforded a different kind
of healthcare as children. I joined Healthy Kids Pediatrics
because providing children with a healthy childhood provides me
with immense satisfaction.
Please share with us anything else within your
professional and personal background that would be relevant to our
patients and their families. (Work experience, etc.)
I originally started my career in the Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit quickly moving to neonatal transport nurse via ground and
air, charge nurse, central line specialist, safety specialist, and
educator. I was afforded the opportunity to provide education
to not only interns and seasoned staff but also to nurses,
physicians, and respiratory therapists all around the North and
East Texas areas. Following completion of my graduate degree
I worked in many Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the area as a
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner while spending over 800 hours of study
in alternative and functional medicine areas such as nutrition,
naturopathy, homeopathy, methylation pathway and other genetic
defects, functional blood chemistry interpretation, blood, hair,
saliva, stool, and urine interpretation, and applied
kinesiology. I have actively been involved with bringing
delayed cord clamping back to the delivery room in the DFW
Metroplex, as well as providing inservices to nursing organizations
regarding the science behind alternative birth plans. I provided
one on one care privately to many patients during that time until
last year when I began running a functional medicine program with
as many as 150 patients in the program at any given time. My
journey is most certainly unique, but provides me with a very broad
range of experiences to make me the clinician I am today.
You are often asked to be interviewed, please share with
us some of the radio shows you've been on.
I have been on shows such as the Robert Bell Scott Show on the
Natural News Network, Project Socrates on Freedomizer Radio, and
The Power Hour.
During the winter, what are some ways you prevent/treat
cold and flu symptoms personally?
The main way I prevent cold and flu symptoms in the winter is by
having high standards for the things that I put in to my body.
Year after year I see the same cycle; Halloween comes with all
of its candy and sugar and within the next two weeks, winter
illness season begins. Then follows Thanksgiving, Christmas,
New Year's, and Valentine's day with that final wallop of sugar and
illness at Easter.
One teaspoon of sugar can affect the immune system for
the next 6 hours!
My diet is very clean with very little processed foods, little
to no sugar or sugar creating foods such as white potatoes, corn,
rice, or other starches, appropriately raised animals for sources
of high quality protein and good fats, and lots of organic, local
if available, produce.
I schedule time for fitness with a requirement of 8 to 10 hours
of sleep per night.
My favorite products for immune support or winter illness
treatment are Viracillin, Agrisept, elderberry syrup, vitamin D,
oregano oil, essential oils, and colloidal silver.
Do you have a favorite family recipe for
My family very much enjoys the abundance of fresh leafy greens
and herbs that come with spring! California chicken wraps are our
I use the recipe from Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple by
Danielle Walker to make gluten free tortillas, honey Dijon chicken,
homemade dairy free ranch dressing, topped with fresh lettuce and
Although we live on acreage, our land is dedicated to our
animals and we have yet to place an in ground garden. That would
take heavy duty fencing to keep it safe from grazing animals. We
currently shop at Mckinney Farmer's market and use our Tower Garden
for growing vegetables. Our goal this spring is to finally raise
our own chickens!
What would you like to say to your future
One thing I have learned in my personal health journey is that I
am not a protocol. Your child is not a protocol either.
We are all unique beings that deserve to have our healthcare
tailored to our own bodies, health histories, family health
histories, and specific wants and needs. I also believe in letting
parents parent. The answers that I have may not be easy at
times, but I hope that my patients and their families can take
comfort in that I have experienced firsthand through my own journey
what a journey back to health entails. If I'm asking you to
do it, I've probably all ready done it, and I know what it is I am
asking from you! I take great pride in what I do and look forward
to all new patients who are looking for a practice that offers care
outside of the traditional practice model.