Meet the Founder of Compass Cellular Healing



Dr. Lee Howard, MD, FACS

Dr. Howard founded Compass Cellular Healing, a Nashville alternative medicine clinic, to provide patients the tools needed to achieve optimal health and longevity.

Dr. Howard is a board certified general surgeon, a cosmetic surgeon, and a functional medicine practitioner. He encountered the effects of chronic disease and the shortfalls of modern medicine too frequently. He found that patients are not provided the proper tools and information to get well and stay well. Spurred on by his own desire to achieve health and wellness, he has dedicated his career to helping his patients achieve their unique health goals. At our Nashville alternative medicine clinic, we take a practical approach to health and provide our clients with proper education. We incorporate ways to improve their quality of life by treating the person as a whole and not simply putting a bandaid (a pill) on the symptom.

Meet the Team

Highly trained professionals ready to provide the best treatment, be gentle and give you a pleasant experience

Dr. Lee Howard, M.D., FACS


Dr. Howard is from Lawrenceburg, TN. He attended medical school at St. George’s University and completed surgical residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Dr. Howard is Board Certified in General Surgery. In 2018, Dr Howard started Compass Cellular Healing recognizing that healing, from any disease process, is best when approached at the cellular level. Dr. Howard saw that current treatments offered little hope to so many and he wanted to change that. Dr. Howard enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting. Dr. Howard is married to Kelly and they have 4 children.

Nathan Byrnes, APRN, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Nathan was originally born in Turkey. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with an emphasis in Sports and Marketing. He enlisted active duty Air Force in 2015 as a public affairs specialist/photojournalist. While serving in the Air Force, he was accepted into an accelerated RN program and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arkansas State University in 2019. He obtained his Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2021. Nathan specializes in Mens health and wellness, joint injections, regenerative medicine, sexual wellness, and hormone management. He enjoys spending his free time working out, traveling, being outdoors, and photography.

Kelly Howard, RN, BSN

Registered Nurse

Kelly is originally from Union, NJ. She is the wife of Dr. Lee Howard. Kelly started her nursing career as a Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse. Currently, Kelly serves as the office manager at Compass and also administers intravenous therapies. Kelly is with each patient throughout their journey at Compass. She assists each patient with planning their therapy schedule. Kelly is a wealth of clinical information and is instrumental to the success of our patients. Kelly is a mother of 4 and she enjoys travel and spending time with her family.

Olivia Jackson

Administrative Assistant

Olivia is originally from Franklin, TN. She attended college at the University of Mississippi and graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. After graduation, Olivia, returned to Tennessee to continue her personal fitness journey. Olivia, joined the team at Compass Cellular Healing in May 2018. Olivia assists patients with coordinating and scheduling treatment plans, diagnostic studies and guiding patients throughout their course of treatment. Olivia is diligent and takes an extra bit of care in helping patients achieve their maximum wellness.

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