About Dr. McDowell
Ernest H. McDowell, D.M.D., Board Certified Orthodontist by the American Board of Orthodontists.
Dr. Ernest H. McDowell has been creating beautiful smiles and enhancing self confidence in thousands of patients since 1987.
“It’s always amazing and fulfilling to see what a difference a stunning smile makes in overall self-esteem and self-confidence. A person who smiles is always happier!”
As a Board Certified Orthodontist, Dr. McDowell is committed to remaining current and at the cutting edge of techniques and technologies available. Only a small percentage of orthodontists are board certified, and he and his staff are uniquely qualified and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of all malocclusions.
Doctor McDowell has achieved an Elite Provider Status for Invisalign due to his extensive level of education and experience with this exciting new technology. This level is awarded to only the top 1% of Invisalign Providers in the world!
Dr. McDowell was born and raised in Pinellas County, graduating from Dixie Hollins High School in 1977. He then attended the University of South Florida, receiving a BA in Biology in 1981. From there, Dr. McDowell received his D.M.D. degree at the University of Florida, graduating with honors in 1985. His residency in Orthodontics was completed at the University of Louisville in 1987, after which he returned to Pinellas County to begin his private practice. Dr. McDowell remains active in lecturing to the orthodontic residents at both the University of Florida as well as Nova University.
He has been published in National Orthodontic Publications as well as presenting topics both nationally and internationally. Active in the local and national dental and orthodontic societies, Dr. McDowell served on the Upper Pinellas Dental Board from 1996-2003, culminating in the presidency in 2003. Because of his commitment to the community, Dr. McDowell is very involved in various activities that enhance the lives of many children and adults. Every year, he is a sponsor of six separate Little League baseball and softball teams throughout Pinellas County, as well as participation in local health fairs, various YMCAs, community projects and more. In addition, he and his staff are constantly involved with local schools discussing oral health topics.
Dr. McDowell’s most recent involvement has been in the establishment of a local chapter in Pinellas County for the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation. This provides orthodontic treatment to those specially selected scholarship winners based on financial need, character and community involvement. This is his way of giving back to his community and touching the many lives in a positive way that otherwise would have never have been able to receive this life-changing treatment. McDowell Orthodontics sponsors this important program for the community at no charge to all the scholarship winners in Pinellas County.
With his beautiful wife Katie, and four wonderful children, Pierce, Naomi, and identical twin daughters Natalia and Milan, his family lights up his life. He enjoys triathlons, boating, traveling, spending time with his family, and enhancing the lives of our community by creating beautiful smiles.