Dr. Brownell is a native of Burlington and said he is thrilled to be returning to the area to practice medicine. He attended Brigham Young University in Utah where he received a bachelor's degree in English and graduated from medical school at Des Moines University. He also served as a religious missionary in Utah, Georgia and Brazil, where he learned to speak Portuguese and Spanish. He said he is passionate about effective patient and provider communication which leads to informed patient healthcare decisions. He, his wife and their two children enjoy spending time together, reading, going on walks, quoting movies and cooking.