Welcome to Southwest Podiatry

Dr. McDowell first opened her practice in Southwest, Washington, DC on April 1st in 1988 amid the celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival. She remained there until 2007 until she branched out to Lanham, Maryland. Wanting to maintain a presence in the District, she opened a satellite office on Capitol Hill near Eastern Market metro station. Dr. McDowell enjoys her practice being dedicated to her patients who have been loyal customers and often friends over the years. She is very personal and professional. She offers many services to her patients and many not offered by other podiatrists. Hence she has distinguished herself as an old fashioned Doctor , a dying breed. Although it is sometimes difficult for patients to maintain their relationships due to changing insurances chosen by their employers, she accepts and participates with a variety of insurances. She has been a select preferred participating physician with Blue Cross Blue Shield since opening her doors. Now a participating physician with Carefirst and some of the other products offered by BCBS, she continues to accept what BCBS and other large carriers like Medicare and Medicaid deem as UCR which is usual, customary and reasonable . This participation allows the doctor to be paid directly for that which is billed and and allows the patient the comfort of of knowing that charges are fair. Dr. McDowell is a credentialed provider of MedStar a new insurer since the passing of Obamacare. She is also a provider of the Veterans Medical Choice program. They are many other carriers that are accepted at Southwest Podiatry LLC like Cigna and Aetna HMO, PPO and GEHA. We suggest when you call for an appointment, that you give your insurance information so it can be verified in advanced of your visit and you will be able to be seen more rapidly on the time of the appointment. It also gives you an opportunity to know what is covered and what is not, prior to your visit.

Education & Medical Training

  • Dr. McDowell graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a B.S. Degree 1981.
  • Dr. McDowell graduated from Kent State University College Of Podiatric Medicine in Ohio in 1985.


  • Dr. McDowell has been in practice for 31 years. Dr. McDowell also specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery.