A new OB/GYN has set up practice in Johnston County. Michael Stine, DO, is in practice with Southeast Women’s Center. He is on the medical staff at Johnston Medical Centers in Smithfield and Clayton. A native of Florida, Dr. Stine moved to North Carolina after his wife Jessica, also an OB/GYN, received a fellowship in gynecological oncology at UNC Hospitals.
Prior to joining the local practice, Stine was the assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. In that role, he also treated patients. Earlier, he taught OB/GYN residents at Jackson Memorial Hospital, which is the major teaching hospital of the university’s medical school. Stine earned his medical degree in 2007 from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Miami. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 2011 at Jackson Memorial.
In his practice, Stine puts an emphasis on eating well and getting exercise. He recommends that pregnant women get 30 minutes of cardio exercise daily to reduce their risk of developing gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Stine has a special interest in researching and preventing surgical adhesions, which can cause severe pain and affect a woman’s quality of life. “They increase operative times, blood loss, infection rate, complications and time spent in the hospital postoperatively,” he says.
At the end of his residency, Stine won an award for outstanding performance in gynecologic surgery. As much as possible, he uses minimally-invasive techniques and is now training to use the da Vinci surgical robotic system at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield. Stine looks forward to settling into private practice and taking care of patients. “I believe in treating patients the way I would want to be treated,” he says. “I want them to feel that they’ve had the time they need with their OB/GYN.”