Dr. Diane Howlin, MD, FACP

Dr. Howlin is a native of Michigan and graduated from the University of Munich medical school in 1987.  This allowed for a unique education of European trends in medicine and natural ways of treating the body, many of which eventually came to the United States.  Internal medicine internship and residency were completed at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2000, she became a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a prestigious award for internal medicine physicians and is currently listed as one of America’s top doctors.  In 2007, she became a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery.

Dr. Howlin has practiced internal medicine in Chelsea Michigan for over 24 years, six of which were for the University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine as clinical assistant professor of medicine.  Her philosophy in medicine is to provide timely care with a pleasant atmosphere and up to date evidence-based medicine. Due to frequent requests and a long-standing interest in dermatological care, she added laser, IPL and aesthetic services to the practice in 2005.  Being an internist is unique in allowing the depth of understanding of a person’s health that can make these procedures safer than having them in other settings. She has trained extensively around the country and internationally under experts in the field who invented these procedures (Drs. Carruthers in Vancouver) and is now a clinical preceptor for laser education for Lumenis and a certified Botox and Juvederm injector. Dr. Howlin is an advanced injector of Botox, utilizing the medication for unusual uses of pelvic floor muscle spasm (obturator), TMJ pain, migraine, hyperhidrosis, and anal fissures.  Dr. Howlin also serves as an expert witness for the State of Michigan in internal medicine cases, both criminal and licensure.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • Huron Valley Physicians (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Dr. Howlin believes that safety is paramount to excellent results in aesthetics and requires patients to have a consultation in order to devise the best individualized treatment plan. During this consultation, the patient’s medical history is reviewed, a Visia skin analysis is done, and a plan with follow up is established. Aggressive sun protection is recommended in order to protect the investment in reversing prior solar damage. Dr. Howlin is knowledgeable in skin care products that are most effective in aesthetics to maintain and achieve results and has her own line of products to meet these needs.

What is unique about Dr. Howlin’s aesthetic practice is that these procedures are non surgical and require minimal down time. They also don’t involve the risk or expense of surgery. She has attended numerous trainings by national experts in injectable fillers, sclerotherapy, and various laser procedures including cold laser. The cold laser is FDA approved for pain syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, migraine, TMJ. It is investigational yet popular for smoking cessation and weight loss. Dr. Howlin was a participant in the study on smoking cessation as well as other medical studies.

In 2001, Dr. Howlin founded Chelsea Hope Clinic, a free Saturday clinic for uninsured patients.  In 2008, she was named the “Howard S. Holmes Humanitarian of the Year” by Faith in Action for this charity work. In 2009, she launched another not for profit free clinic, Chelsea Grace Clinic,  for uninsured and under insured patients in Western Washtenaw County.  With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, Grace Clinic patients were then able to receive insurance, and we were able to close the clinic with our mission completed.