Ryan L. Stewart, MD


Dr. Ryan Stewart brings his appreciation for healthy activities to his role as a primary-care physician at Tanner Clinic Syracuse. “Exercise really is medicine” is how he expresses this belief, and he conveys that to his patients through consultation and personal example.

Dr. Stewart began his higher education with a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University. He received his medical training at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Stewart completed the McKay-Dee Family Medicine Residency, where he served as chief resident. During that time, he also worked in clinics around the Weber and Davis areas, including Weber Basin Job Corps, Wee Care Pediatrics in Layton, Midtown Community Health Center in Ogden and in Tremonton at the Bear River Valley Hospital’s emergency room.

He continues to serve his community as a volunteer physician with the Davis Volunteer Medical Clinic in Clearfield, Utah, and has served as a medical director of the Ogden Marathon. He is an adjunct faculty member with Weber State University’s Athletic Training Program, teaching sports-medicine students.

Among the certifications carried by Dr. Stewart are Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ALSO).

Dr. Stewart lives with his wife and four children in Kaysville. He enjoys staying healthy with favorite activities such as skiing, fly-fishing and, especially, running.

What patients are saying about Dr. Stewart

“Just want you to know what a wonderful doctor you have in the person of Ryan Stewart. He has been my dad’s doctor for many years. Dad is suffering from dementia. We have had to place him in a skilled nursing facility. Dad fought every step ot the way and was very very unhappy. He was threatening us kids. This is the ugly side of dementia. I called Dr. Stewart and he went to the nursing home right away and sat down with Dad. He convinced Dad that he needs to be in a skilled nursing facility setting. Dad has calmed down and has even started to make new friends. He has made up with us kids and is now living a much more enjoyable life for the time he has left. Dad turned 90 in April, and his mental and physical health are declining rapidly. I thank God every night for having Dr. Stewart in Dad’s life.” – Cathy on Facebook, June 13, 2015

“Dr. Stewart is really is the best doctor ever, and just about the only one that I don’t mind waiting for because I know he is taking his time and being thorough with someone just like he’ll be with me when it’s my turn.”   —  Brandy on Facebook, March 16, 2015

“Dr. Ryan Stewart! Thank you for taking care of my family. I know they are in good, caring hands no matter what crazy stunt or sport they just did.”   —   Teresa on Facebook, June 16, 2014

“Dr. Stewart has been absolutely phenomenal. He has always been incredibly caring and patient. And he’s so smart. He really takes the time to look into everything that could be causing your ailment. And if he doesn’t know what’s wrong, you can bet he’ll do his best to figure it out. I was diagnosed with a very rare disease, and he actually approached my doctor who treats it and asked him to tell him about it so he can treat me himself and look for other patients who may have it. Dr. Stewart is nothing short of incredible. He has excellent bedside manner, and is very thoughtful. He doesn’t jump right to a diagnosis, he considers all the possibilities and is very good at communication. He is one of the best GPs in the area.”   —   Jayme on Vitals.com, April 23, 2014

“The best I’ve ever found! Dr. Stewart and his assistants are so patient and caring. They make me feel like a person, not a number. And thank you, Michelle, for always taking my calls. LOL!! I’m 55 years old, so believe me when I say this is very rare with doctors and nurses nowadays.”   —   Lorrie on Facebook, Feb. 13, 2014

“Because of him I was blessed with six more months with my husband before he passed away. I’ll be forever grateful. Dr. Stewart has been so caring and understanding with me as his patient over the last few years. He listens to your problems and concerns and helps in every way he can.”   —   Penny on Facebook, Nov. 29, 2013

 

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Keep the Exercise Ball Rolling by Finding Something You Enjoy

Exercise doesn’t have to be done in gym clothes. There’s no need to drip with sweat or be chained to a heart monitor and five other gadgets.

OK, there goes a few of the many misconceptions surrounding exercise. Here’s another one: Exercise doesn’t have to be difficult or exhausting.

“There seems to be a sense when I ask patients to exercise that it’s going to be really hard and difficult,” said Dr. Ryan Stewart, a family medicine physician at Tanner Clinic Syracuse.

“There’s a sense that exercise has to be something where you end up being really, really worn out. You don’t have to be drenched with sweat and breathing as hard as you can, or end up with sore muscles for a week afterwards for it to count as exercise,” he said. “I think that’s helpful for patients to hear.”

That’s what it isn’t. What it should be is actually pretty simple: two and a half to three hours of moderate activity, broken up over a week. Dr. Stewart recommends these guidelines established by the American Heart Association.

The exercise cycle

Dr. Stewart often helps patients work out an exercise regimen that will stick with them beyond the first month.

We all know the too-common sequence: Very excited in Dr. Stewart’s office. Pretty good at using new gym membership. Buying exercise videos because it’s easier to stay home. Selling those videos on KSL classifieds.

The trick he says, is to find a routine you enjoy. Dr. Stewart begins by trying to discover if any of your past activities have brought you enjoyment. And, he asks patients these questions:

  • What things are fun for you?
  • Do you like to be outside more or inside more?
  • Do you like to play a sport that rolls a ball of some kind? Or would you rather do something that doesn’t?
  • Do you want to do something in a group or alone?

Overcoming obstacles

Admittedly, there are plenty of obstacles on the road to healthy and regular activity. We all know these monkey wrenches, like “I …

  • I don’t have enough time — “I’m busy, I have other priorities.”
  • I am too overweight or too old — A regimen must be tailored to the individual, says Dr. Stewart, taking into consideration such issues as asthma or lung, orthopedic or heart conditions.
  • I lose interest — It takes a long time to see the results, acknowledges Dr. Stewart, “and it doesn’t necessarily get a lot easier either.”

To overcome these bumps in the road, Dr. Stewart recommends a threefold approach. Choose an activity that’s: 1) something you enjoy; 2) something you can work into your schedule; and 3) something you can do with a partner to optimize the odds of continuing long-term.

One effective strategy , he adds, is to sign up for an organized event like a 5K run or bicycle race.

Not only does the event offer a fun, festive atmosphere, but also it’s a goal you can mark on a calendar. That, says Dr. Stewart, goes a long way to boosting your motivation.

“If you hate it, you won’t do it very long,” he said. “I try to emphasize that with patients and help them discover something they can enjoy in the long run.”

 

Imagine You, Just Skinnier

If a simple cupcake can be a motivator to break a diet, what’s the motivation to continue on a weight-loss plan?

Here’s a strategy offered by Dr. Ryan Stewart of Tanner Clinic Syracuse:

“Make a list of all the reasons you want to lose weight. Even it’s a dumb little reason, put it on the list anyway. Put every single reason you can think of.

“And then, when you need a motivator because you’re really sick of what you’re trying to do to lose weight, pull out that list and reread it.

“At any given time, something on the list will mean more to you.”

Maintaining motivation in the long haul, says Dr. Stewart, is perhaps the largest barrier to losing weight.

— Tanner Clinic staff

In the Media
  • Exercise can postpone or prevent heart attacks and other disabilities, says Dr. Stewart in a story published Dec. 12, 2014 in the Standard-Examiner newspaper.Read about this powerful antidote.