Roy Steinbock Mindful Pediatrics

Dr. Roy Steinbock

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Dr. Roy Steinbock MD is a Board-Certified Pediatrician with an integrative and patient-centered approach. With over 20 years in primary care, he built a solid foundation assisting patients and families dealing with a diverse range of medical conditions. He believes that investigating the root cause, rather than only addressing symptoms, is the best route to achieving and maintaining optimal health and well-being.

Throughout his early years practicing medicine in “traditional” Western medicine settings, Dr. Roy interacted with many patients who experienced chronic symptoms that showed little improvement with conventional treatments because they often failed to address the underlying causes of the condition.

In 2006 Dr. Roy founded Mindful Pediatrics so that he could combine evidence based Western medicine with a functional and mindful approach. It is his own nutritional, spiritual, and lifestyle choices that complement his pediatric practice, and continue to influence his approach as a physician.

Dr. Roy was born in Israel and moved to Los Angeles at the age of four. His degrees include a Bachelor of Arts with honors from UC Berkeley and a Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.) with honors from the University of Tel Aviv, Sackler School of Medicine. Dr. Roy completed a Pediatric Residency at the Schneider’s Children Hospital in New York.

Since residency he has worked as a pediatric inpatient doctor, in a newborn nursery and neonatal intensive care unit, in several pediatric emergency rooms, and for a large pediatrics private practice in Denver. He has completed advanced courses in functional and integrative medicine and maintains a lifelong passion for learning.

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5 things I do to stay balanced

1. Get moving. My entire life, I have been happiest when I am moving my body. I especially crave difficult and vigorous exercise like biking, running, and long hikes. Cardiovascular exercise not only keeps me physically fit but also benefits my state of mind and sleep. As I have gotten older, I’ve learned that I need to balance this hard exercise with more restorative activities like yoga and stretching.

2. Play. I’m a pretty serious person in general. I often joke that I was born a little adult. That being said, the little kid in me is still very alive and I indulge him often. Nothing makes me happier than riding a bike – especially fast downhill! My riding partners say I look like a giggling 12-year-old boy on a BMX bike and I’d say that pretty much sums up how I feel.  Another passion of mine is music and I make time daily to play guitar, either alone or with my bandmates.

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3. Quiet time. Although I love being with my family, friends, and patients, I’m naturally an introvert. Because of my professional and personal responsibilities, time alone is my rarest commodity—but I need it to feel balanced. I often will stay up until everyone in my house is asleep to squeeze out an hour or two of solitude. That time alone allows my mind to become more still, amplifies my creativity, and charges me energetically.

4. Connecting with nature. I have a deep calling to nature, and the older I get the stronger it calls me. When I am in nature it calms my nervous system, I slow down, and feel a grounding that brings me out of my busy mind and back down to Earth.

5. Meditation and mindfulness. My nervous system naturally runs at a very high setting. I work hard, play hard, and feel things intensely in general. In order to counterbalance this intensity, I try to actively slow down. Nothing has helped me more than having a regular mediation practice. In addition, I set up “speed bumps” – such as typing and talking more slowly as well as closing my eyes while I wash my hands and just feeling the water and soap (which as a doc happens a lot.)

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