Beau Dowden, M.D.

Beau Dowden, M.D. is a 2003 graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. In 2006, he completed his residency training at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in South Bend, Indiana, and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He has been providing Family Medicine and Urgent Care services in Fort Gratiot since August 2006. Dr. Dowden enjoys Family Medicine because it gives the opportunity to develop lasting relationships with patients of all ages, as well as to see multiple members of the same families. He provides treatment of acute illnesses and management of chronic conditions, while placing an emphasis on preventative health. He also has a special interest in doing office-based procedures. Dr. Dowden enjoys spending time with his 3 children, going to church, outdoor adventures with his dog, Tennessee, and cheering for Notre Dame Football.

Charli Souza, FNP-BC

Charli Souza, FNP-BC, received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College in 2014. She has worked the last five years as Registered Nurse, beginning her nursing career at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola Florida where she realized her love for the Intensive Care Unit. She moved back home to Michigan in 2017 with her family and began working for William Beaumont Hospital of Royal Oak in their Neuro Trauma ICU, as well as Ascension St. John in their ICU float pool. Her passion for serving others encouraged her to pursue further education, and she received her Masters of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Herzing University in 2019. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is committed to providing compassionate patient-centered care to all of those at Lighthouse Family Medicine. Charli and her husband, Irineu, have been married since 2014 and have two children. They enjoy attending Woodside Bible of Chesterfield, cookouts with friends and family, staying active, and spending time with loved ones.

Linda Esch, FNP-BC

Linda Esch is a Fort Gratiot native, graduating from Port Huron Northern High School. She pursued a career in nursing, and obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from Saginaw Valley State University in 1999. She holds national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She lived in, and was employed as a Nurse and Nurse Practitioner in the West Branch, Michigan area for 30 years. Her experience includes various hospital departments, home health, urgent care, and family practice office care. In 2007, Linda returned to the Blue Water area to be near family and friends and has continued her medical career here. Linda provided direct patient care at Lighthouse Family Medicine for over five years until she retired in 2018. She is still a valued member of the clinical team, working with our providers to review clinical documentation. Linda is happy to be back in her hometown, and supports community and local church activities. She enjoys the outdoors, gardening, zip lining, biking, and mining.