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Dr. Daniel Howell has a B.S. in Biology from Old Dominion University (1992) and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech (1997). After getting his doctorate, Howell spent six years conducting biomedical research on cystic fibrosis at Duke University Medical Center and McGill University in Montreal before joining the faculty at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he now teaches human anatomy and physiology to premedical, nursing, and other pre-professional students.


In 2007, Howell became an avid barefoot runner and began studying the benefits of barefoot walking and running, as well as the negative impact shoes have on foot anatomy and biomechanics. He published a book on the subject in 2010 (The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons to Kick Off Your Shoes) and has since lectured on foot health at sports and medical conferences internationally and given hundreds of interviews for television, radio, and print media. Known as The Barefoot Professor, Howell rarely wears shoes any more and almost never when he teaches!


Dr. Howell resides on a farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia with his wife in an empty nest.

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