John W. Rothwell III, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Merritt Island, Melbourne

Dr. John W. Rothwell III, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, began his healthcare career in 1989 as a flight medic in the Army. After a combat tour in the Middle East with the 2/1 Attack Helicopter Regiment, he served in first the Florida, then the New Hampshire, National Guard until 2000. Dr. John completed his registered nursing degree in 1998 at Florida State College.

As a registered nurse he gained experience in intensive care, hematology and oncology, cardiology and the emergency department. He earned his Baccalaureate in Nursing and Masters in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Central Florida, and finished his Doctor in Nursing Practice at the University of Central Florida in 2018. His experience as a nurse practitioner includes employment at two community hospitals and multiple MedFast Urgent Care Centers throughout the county. Additionally, Dr. John is also employed as adjunct faculty at the University of Central Florida, College of Nursing, and teaches nurse practitioner courses for Provider Practice Essentials, LLC.

Philanthropy plays an important role in Dr. John’s life. He has volunteered with Cape Pirates Rugby Club ( ) as a coach and mentor for local youth since 1998. He plays on a military rugby team ( whose mission is to remember the fallen and raise money for their families across the country. He participated on an international medical mission in the volcanic region of Guatemala. His latest project stems from his passion for those who have served in the armed forces; a street clinic for homeless veterans.

Dr. John has lived in Merritt Island for 16 years. He is happily married to his wife of 22 years, Wendy, and they have three wonderful grown children, dogs, and cats.


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