Dr. Howell is a native of West Monroe, Louisiana where he attended West Monroe High School. He played on the Rebel state championship football team as well as the Rebel baseball team. After high school Dr. Howell received a scholarship to Louisiana Tech University where he played for the Tech baseball team. While at Tech, Dr. Howell earned his Bachelor's Degree in Animal Biology with a minor in Chemistry and also earned his Masters of Science with a focus on cell and molecular biology. After leaving Louisiana Tech, Dr. Howell worked in a private-sector genetics lab, and then attended LSU School of Dentistry.
Dr. Howell is married to the former Dr. Julie Lebell. He enjoys traveling, sports, the outdoors, art, Louisiana history, and historical architecture. He is at present restoring two historic buildings in Monroe, Louisiana.
Dr. Howell is an active member of the following organizations: The American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and the Northeast Louisiana Dental Association.