Dr. James Howton
Dr. Howton completed his residency in Family Medicine in 1996. He practiced emergency medicine in Oklahoma until moving to Estes Park, Colorado, where he purchased and developed a Family Medicine clinic, caring for entire families from “cradle to grave.”
Over time, Dr. Howton became dissatisfied with conventional medicine’s direction. He had less time with his patients, and insurance and pharmaceutical companies dictated treatments based on their interests rather than what was truly best for his patients. He had already begun to embrace Functional Medicine, which emphasized spending more time with patients and adopting a “root cause” approach to solving medical problems. His new way of practicing medicine further placed him at odds with a system focused on disease management and treatment of symptoms. Although he owned the clinic, he found it difficult to practice this new Functional Medicine within the established traditional model. So he sold his Family Medicine practice and started a new clinic designed to serve the needs of his patients best.
In 2007 Dr. Howton opened Restore Health Center in Northern Colorado, where he continues as owner and Medical Director. At Restore, he and the other providers emphasize health optimization rather than disease care. Dr. Howton’s diverse background in conventional medicine and his expertise in Functional Medicine make him uniquely qualified to help those not finding good answers elsewhere. Beyond addressing dysfunction, Restore Health Center offers its clients health optimization and cutting-edge anti-aging care.
In 2022 Dr. Howton co-founded Navigate Wellness Partners to provide access to in-depth Functional Medicine testing, trusted nutraceuticals, and effective protocols to anyone who wants to improve their health.