Dr. Melissa Gowans

Pediatrics
Salt Lake City, UT
23 years experience female

Locations

Utah Primary Care

West Valley City, UT

Address

4431 S Constitution Blvd, West Valley City, UT, US
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Medicaid

About

Bio

I have 10 years experience in pediatric critical care but decided to step back into primary care pediatrics in order to be able to spend more time with my teenaged son. I have 8 years of primary care pediatric/hospital experience. I have lived and practiced all over the country as well as extended training in the UK.

Specialties
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Pediatrics

Pediatric Critical Care

Licenses

United States: Maine, Utah

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785 Answers
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Takes time: Random bug/insect bites take time to heal. The local area was damaged and the body will repair it but it won't happen overnight. The best thing you ca... Read More
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A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Yes: Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in tyleno) is available as a rectal suppository or can be give by IV for those who can't take it by mouth.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Talk to your doctor: If you have numbness in your hands and feet, do not ignore it. Intermittent or persistent numbness is a common neurological symptom resulting from dam... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Depends: How old is your baby? The first few months of life babies can get many different lesions, most of which are considered normal and expected to go away... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Why the blood work: Breaking it down,the Vit B12 level is high - did your physician check a folate (folic acid) level?The creatine kinase MB is minimally elevated as is t... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Use caution!!!: Be very careful! NSAID overuse can cause stomach issues including and not limited to gastric bleeding. They can cause severe and in some cases irrev... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Could be: Aspirin will interfere with platelet functioning and thereby inhibit clotting. This could lead to easy bruising from even mild trauma.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Take pregnancy test: Suggest you take a pregnancy test. I highly recommend you find a gyne doctor and get regular pap smears etc as you are sexually active. Discuss cont... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Asthma: You are right your asthma is not well controlled. You need to see your doc. Discuss what other options are out there for preventative (duel meds, adju... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
X-rays: What were you wearing when you had the X-ray done? When you describe two BRIGHT WHITE circular objects just below the navel the first thing I think o... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Gestational age: Yeah. The ultrasound is used to estimate the "gestational age" of the fetus (How old the fetus is). Subtract that back and you will get the ESTIMATE... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Rashes: Rashes are best diagnosed by actually seeing them. How is your daughter acting? Any fever recently? Any other symptoms? Is the rash bothering her (itc... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Osmotic laxative: Osmotic laxatives work in bulk to pull more water into the large intestine to keep the stool soft. They tend to be very gentle but results will take a... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
NeedsEvaluation: Needs to see his physician. Risks of dehydration is less now than when he was an infant, but still considerably high especially in the face of vomiti... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
StartedSomething: The half-life (time it takes for the dose given to decrease by half) for dulcolax is 8 hrs. You gave your son a stimulant laxative to initiate bowel ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Get back on your med: So it sounds like you should continue with taking the treatment right? Acne is not a short-term problem for most people. While it's true you will eve... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Ouch: Omeprazole works fairly quickly. About an hour to effect acid secretions, 2 hours for peak effect. If you are still having pain - are you sure it's "... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
NotNecessarily: If your child is otherwise acting okay, and staying hydrated it is fine to observe. Persistent sore throat, if fever lasts more than 3 days, of the c... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
ENT: Rhinitis Medicamentoza is a condition of rebound nasal congestion after over use of medicated nasal sprays. In minor cases, stopping the usage of the ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Need medical visit: You need a thorough evaluation by an OB/Gyne doctor. At that visit you can discuss what options are available to you. You can check out your nearest... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Ebola …virus: Ebola is an acute hemorrhagic viral disease, with its first known case appearing in 1976 in simultaneous outbreaks in Nzara, Sudan, and Yambuku, Democ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Wisdom teeth: For those that have wisdom teeth, they can generally appear between the ages of 17 and 25.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
See doctor: Given the report of your symptoms, I recommend you see a physician today. If you can't get an appt with your regular doc then go to a quick care or E... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Depends: Depends on constellation of symptoms: Has there been fever? Weight changes? Vomiting? What GI symptoms specifically? Any association with foods? With... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
OneMonthofCough=TTYD: Does she have seasonal allergies? Chronic cough that tends to be worse upon rising often is a result of post-nasal drip - that can occur due to allerg... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Go to Hospital: Two days without ANY urination?? Time to go to the nearest emergency department or urgent care facility. He needs an evaluation now. Do not delay.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Nerves: Did your MRI include the upper spinal column? Have you had any blood test, specifically calcium levels? The differential includes: Over-use injury ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Albuterol: Only use albuterol inhaler if wheezing or chest tightness. If you are needing to use it throughout the day then you need to get seen. Doses used in ho... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Nasal congestion: Assuming when you say blocked airway you mean her nose? The simplest and most effective thing you can do for your baby is to use saline nose drops (sa... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
No: It is not possible to get pregnant without having sex (one exception would be IVF). The multiple causes for women skipping periods is lengthy. It coul... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Nail biting: Nail biting is difficult to address. Keep the nails trimmed appropriately and then address the reason for the biting. Are they having anxiety? Are t... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Pulsatile tinnitus: Pulsatile tinnitus (tinnitus that beats with your pulse) can be caused by aneurysms, increased pressure in the head, and hardening of the arteries. An... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Infection vs sequela: The duration of treatment depends on the presentation. If it was caught early and appropriate antibiotics were started the studies have shown that the... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Monitorforadayortwo: Without more info it's difficult to speculate. Is it possible that they are just marks left from a poor fitting bra? Do they hurt? Are they raised at... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Long list: Osmotic, secretory or exudative?Running a possible list of causes for diarrhea: Acute gastroenteritis (viral or bacterial infection),food intolerance/... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Petechia: Sometimes when the tourniquet is put on to help engorge the veins to make them easier to stick you can get local trauma to the site where the tourniqu... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Likely CMPI: If your baby had an intolerance to regular formula (cows milk protein) then the likelihood of an allergy to soy protein is high.True lactose intoleran... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Stomach bug - viral: Likely a stomach bug. Due to the frequency of the stools you should really get him assessed by his doc to make sure that he's not getting dehydrated.... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
DontStopWithoutDoc: "Any alteration in beta-blocker therapy must be done under the supervision of a physician." Beta-blockers should not be stopped abruptly as there is a... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
No sex: Certainly your doctor told you that while being treated for chlamydia you need to abstain from sex right? While the primary antibiotics for treating c... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Unlikely: tDCS is experimental and has shown some benefit in individuals after brain injury either from trauma or stroke, it has also been tried in individuals ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
No: Sperm won't survive outside the body for hours like that. No penetration = no pregnancy.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Headaches: To really find the source of your headaches you need a face to face visit with your doctor.They will have many questions for you and will complete a f... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Nil: Condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy when used properly and every time. Add the fact that you are also on an oral contraceptive which is... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Growth plates: Once we hit adulthood and our growth plates are generally fused - we can not gain any more height. At 19+ yrs of age, your growth plates are likely f... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
See your physician: There are many reasons that you could have skipped your period: stress, illness, hormonal imbalance. Home pregnancy tests are very sensitive, if you'v... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Not allergic: Certainly eating/drinking a lot of dairy products can lead to constipation. IT IS NOT AN ALLERGY tho to get constipation this way. I recommend you d... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Possibly: Signs of a deer fly bite can last quite a long time.They can also wax and wane for a period of time. If the area becomes painful, hot or increasing si... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Get some fresh air: Hair relaxers have strong chemicals in them that can cause all sorts of problems to the scalp. Prolonged inhalation can be associated with upper resp... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Well….: You've been given a list of possible causes, but without more information, a physical exam and possibly laboratory studies it is impossible to sp... Read More
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I would like to add my highest regards & recommendations to Dr. Gowans. She is a thoroughly knowledgeable specialist, has a caring personality (as evidenced by her answers to several questions of emo...Read More
Dr. Gowans communicates medical information with pin point precision while including comprehensive detail.
Sep 5, 2014
Impressively smart specialist in Pediatrics. I value and trust her answers. Highly recommend.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much Dr. Melissa ! I have a case of impetigo for the first time. And its so random so I decided to research about it and this really helped :)
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This made me feel good. Thanks! People always make me feel guilty for not letting my child watch tv all day or ipad away the day. This definitely confirmed my decision to keep at it
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. My mom insist that its not important for the kid to sleep at daytime. I think its bcos' it makes the kid harder to sleep at night. Thanks!!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

University of Nevada, Reno
Completed 2003

Awards

Best Case Presentation, Critical Illness and the Lung. SCCM
Top Pediatrician, First Place, North Carolina - Fall
2014
Top Doctor, Second Place, Greenville Region - Fall
2014

Affiliations

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
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