About Dr McDowell

"I strive to give my patients the best possible dental experience, care and treatment I can offer."  
  • Dr James McDowell graduated with honors from UCSF dental school in 1998 and was recognized by the faculty with a "Cliinical Excellence" award as the student demonstrating the top clinical skills of his class.

  • Dr McDowell then completed a residency in Advanced Dentistry in 1999 at the University of the Pacific (UOP) focusing on more complex treatment options and skills for patients.         
  • Using his extra training in Dentistry, the goal of Dr McDowell's practice is to provide his patients with the most complete and individualized treatment based on each patients needs.  Dr McDowell can provide his patients with complex treatment involving not only fillings and crowns, but root canals, implants and veneers.

  • Dr McDowell moved his practice to Marin in central San Rafael in 2000 and lives locally with 2 boys and wonderful wife Cristy who also works in the office.

  • Dentisty is always evolving and Dr McDowell takes pride in practicing dentistry with some of the most modern and clinically proven technologies to provide his patients with the highest level of care.  Our practice embraces technology such as lasers, digital x-rays and digital impressions to provide patients with a level of treatment not seen if most offices.
  • We love to see the whole family. Whether you're 3 or 103, Dr McDowell enjoys dentistry because of the relationships he builds with his patients and the "dental family" that has been created with our staff and our pateints.


Meet Dr McDowell's Staff

"We aim to treat every patient like they are one of our family." 
  • Cristy is our Practice Administrator


  • Macama is our Schedule Coordinator

  • Amanda is our Fiancial and Insurance Coordinator

  • Joann is one of our Dental Assistants

  • Nenita is one of our Dental Assistants

  • Terri is one of our hygenists (she is in the office Monday - Thursday)


  • Shaila is one of our hygenists (she is in the office Mondays and Tuesdays)


  • Affie is one of our hygenists (she works Wednesday and Thursday)

Practicing dentistry from his San Rafael location, Dr. McDowell’s service area in Marin County includes Novato, San Anselmo, Larkspur, Ross, Fairfax, Greenbrae, and Kentfield California.