About Mitchel

 The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. — Tenzin Gyatso  

Hi and thank you for stopping by.  

I’m Doctor Mitchel Schwindt. I am a board-certified physician and I want to show you how you can stay healthy and happy for many years.

My story is simple: I worked in emergency rooms in both urban and rural environments. At every ER, I kept seeing the same people over and over. Whether it was from accidents or illness, it seemed like there was a group of regulars that would always end up in the ER, seeking treatment, and coming back again in a week or two.

Then I learned about functional medicine. Instead of being reactive, functional medicine is proactive! It seeks to get the core of the problem, not the symptoms. This isn’t only about health, but about a total mind-body-spirit experience that can allow people to reach their full potential.

“This sounds familiar. Lots of people say these things.”

True, but few of them are experienced physicians who have treated thousands of people teetering the edge of death. Few of them understand who the body reacts to trauma and how it can be strengthened by simply going “upstream of the problem.”

“Going upstream” means going farther than this moment or this illness or this injury, it means digging in and looking for the ROOT of the problem. Once we have found the root cause, we can fix it and everything else will fall into place.

“What if I don’t have an illness or an injury?” Every one of us has things that we can fix. Can you cheat death? Maybe not forever, but we can certainly keep it at bay for a lot longer.

I can show anyone how to feel better, live longer, and enjoy life more!

That’s my passion, my mission, and my commitment.


About me

I trained as an emergency medicine physician, but I have worked in many different clinical settings. I completed my residency at Butterworth Hospital (later renamed Spectrum Health) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is one of the busiest Level 1 trauma units in the US. My last year there, I was honored with the role of Chief Resident.

After that, I took to the skies and become a helicopter flight physician for an aeromedical organization. (Shameless self-promotion: I wrote a book about it. See the sidebar.) That was one of my favorite roles.

Over the years, I have served on many health-related boards and committees, working to improve the healthcare infrastructure, but my love is still being one-on-one with patients, helping each individual achieve maximum health and vitality.

My love for creatures is not limited to humans; I and my children are passionate about animal rights. We volunteer each week at the local animal shelter. I find the bonding experience with animals to be rewarding and valuable to my full-time job.

I love to spend time with my family, compete in triathlons, go skiing, watersports, and to travel around the world. I am a plant-powered chef; you can see my creations on my Instagram page.

My life is dedicated to bringing optimal health to everyone. Join in the journey toward a long and fulfilled life.


Mitchel Schwindt, M.D., FAAEM


Mitchel Schwindt, M.D.

Mitchel M.D. Triathlon



Mitchel Schwindt, M.D., FAAEM

  • Board certified emergency medicine physician
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • Cornell University – Plant Based Nutrition certification
  • Member A4M (American academy of anti-aging medicine) – current fellowship
  • Member Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Plant-Based Professional Chef




Want to work with me?

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Food As Medicine?

Absolutely!  I feel so strongly about this that I completed professional plant-based chef training and also completed the Cornel University course on plant-based nutrition.

Let me help you reshape your health.

Rouxbe Mitchel M.D.


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