I'm glad to have the opportunity to present my credentials to you and share other information about myself. It's very important that you feel comfortable with your personal physician, and I hope this page will help you get to know me. My nickname is Mike, and my last name is pronounced stew-par-itch ("par" as in parrot).
I was born in Milford, Connecticut, but moved away when I was very young and was raised near Princeton, New Jersey. After ninth grade, my family moved to San Diego. I stayed local for college at University of California - San Diego. I took a year off after college to do some teaching and snowboard. Then I headed to New Orleans for medical school at Tulane University. I took an Army scholarship to help pay for school and did my residency at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington. Following residency, I owed 4 years to the Army, and I was stationed primarily in Germany. In 2006, I spent about 9 months near Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom, which was a wild experience in many ways, both personally and professionally. After this, my wife and I moved back to San Diego in 2009, where I initially took a job downtown with the Navy to continue working with the military. In 2012 my first son was born; I decided I wanted to be closer to home in the Carlsbad community and Kaiser Permanente seemed like a great fit.
Like most primary care physicians, I am a big believer in prevention and healthy living to maximize quality of life. I believe 90% of good health can be achieved with attention to 4 areas: proper nutrition, adequate exercise, adequate sleep (this one is key!), and stress control. I like to spend a lot of time on education in these areas and how they are linked. I believe less is more in terms of medications, and I enjoy working on an individual basis with members to help them feel the best they can, whether healthy or sick. I have a special area of interest in nutrition and metabolic disease.
I try and practice what I preach, with an emphasis on healthy eating, consistent exercise, adequate rest, and spending time laughing with friends and family as much as I can. I play basketball in a weekly league, and I enjoy lifting weights and doing sprints or circuit workouts on the other days. I enjoy watching NFL football (Giants) and NBA basketball (Knicks), and I also enjoy movies, books, and most shows on HBO (and others). Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 children. In the future, I look forward to revisiting currently dormant activities that include rock climbing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. I love to get outside, and luckily that is very easy to do here in Southern California.