Today I am honored to be joined by Doctor Tamieka Howell or as she is known on the football field “Doc”. At 46 years young may be just out of the normal Weathered Athlete guidelines. But I dare you to find another physician taking up women’s tackle football in her mid 40’s. She offers a great perspective at what it takes to step outside of one’s comfort zone and try something that most may think is crazy. As she said she has been pushing the boundaries her whole life.
Bio: Born in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Howell is a board certified family physician. She holds a bachelor's degree in Physiological Sciences from The University of Arizona. She moved to North Carolina for residency training at Moses Cone Family Medicine after completing Medical School at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. In her 15 years in clinical practice with Novant Health, she worked in urgent care, served as Lead Clinician, and then started a family medicine practice where she cared for patients from newborn to end of life. She currently works for Wellcare of North Carolina assisting with medical necessity reviews while continuing to see patients part-time with Novant Health. Dr. Howell has several years of experience in advocacy work related to healthcare. She has spent time visiting lawmakers in Raleigh and Washington, DC advocating on behalf of patients, colleagues and the community. She serves on the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Members and Member Services. Also a past president of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Howell continues to sit on their board as an alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. She plays defensive end for the Carolina Phoenix women's tackle football team and enjoys swimming, triathlon, tennis and spending time with friends and family.
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