U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free

Dr. Michael Sparacino

Family Medicine
Saint Peter, MN
38 years experience male

Locations

Office

Saint Peter, MN

Address

1900 North Sunrise Drive, Saint Peter, MN
Directions

Practice website

Insurances accepted

Allina Health

Aetna Life Insurance Company

American Family Mutual Insurance Company

Bankers Life and Casualty Company

BCS Insurance Company

Banner Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

CHCS Services, Inc

Cigna

CNA Ins

Dean Health

Federated Insurance Companies

Great-West Healthcare

Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company

Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company

Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC)

Humana Insurance Company

Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company

Managed Health Inc

Medica Health Plan

PreferredOne

Principal Financial Group

State Farm Insurance Companies

The Regence Group

UCare Minnesota

Ucare

United HealthCare Insurance Company

UnitedHealthcare

River's Edge Hospital and Clinics

Saint Peter, MN

About

Bio

<DIV> <P>Dr. Michael Sparacino practices Family Medicine and received his undergraduate degree from North Central College, Naperville, IL; his Doctorate of Osteopathy, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO in Family Medicine. He completed his residency at Scott Air Force Base, IL; and a fellowship in High-Risk Obstetrics, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC.</P> <P> He served as Chief, Emergency Medicine, 51st Tactical Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Osan, Republic of Korea; as Medical Director, High-Risk Obstetrics, St. Louis University at Deaconess Hospital and as Assistant Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, St. Louis University, Uniformed Services University; Program Director, Mercy Family Medicine Residency, Mason City, IA; Professor, Clinical Family Medicine, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA; Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Iowa; Family Medicine Clinician, Immanuel-St. Joseph Hospital and Program Director, Family Medicine Osteopathic Residency Program, Immanuel-St. Joseph Hospital, Mankato; Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Minnesota; and Emergency Room Physician, Wapiti Medical Group, Milbank, SD.</P> <P>Dr. Sparacino holds an interest in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, Medical Humanities, and teaching of all kinds. In his spare time he enjoys playing, writing and recording music, medical and nonmedical writing, History, wood working, Martial Arts, and outdoor sports – especially archery and target shooting.</P></DIV>Interests include medical ethics and humanities, palliative care and family medicine including spinal manipulation.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Minnesota

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

7.4K Answers
11K Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
In the vagina: The transducer is introduced into the vagina to allow it to be next to the pelic contents.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Takes awhile: If you've been on birth control for 10 years (and i assume you are now off of them), it will take several months for your body to adjust and releasing... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
?: It sounds as if you are pregnant. That being said, you should obtain a confirmatory test, either at the store or at your doctor's. The new tests are ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
No: Ultrasound is the only definitive method.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
?: You don't say whether or not any of the pregnancy tests are positive. They shoulf turn positive at about one week late with respect to your period.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Pregnancy possible: The possibility exists. If you are one week late and still haven't had your menses, you should perform a home pregnancy test. If it is negative, rep... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by her doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to her, perform an examination and possibly run lab... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
1 week late: Home pregnancy tests generally become positive when you're about 1 week late with respect to your period. If it's negative, repeat in 1 week.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Play on words: You're right. The cervix technically is not closed completely. From a physiologic perspective it is "open" to secretions and to sperm.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Many: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run la... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Common: Not normal but very common. It's okay to continue.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: It's the other way around. You're pregnant and you don't know it. Up to 30% of pregnant women will bleed at the time of their expected periods becaus... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly: If you've been sexually active, anything can be a sign of pregnancy. If you're a week late, take a home pregnancy test. If it's negative, repeat in o... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Probably normal: This ahs probably become the new normal for you. If there are any new symptoms or pain, see your doctor.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examina... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Dehydration.: After all that you went through, you're probably a little dehydrated yet.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: Inflammation of the hail follicle.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Leak?: You should see your doctor today to make sure you haven't ruptured your membranes.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Normal: Mucous is a normal part of your vagina. Excessive mucous can be removed through bathing and/or douching.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Pregnant?: Pregnancy is a posibility. Purchase and perform a home pregnancy test. It should turn positive by the time you're a week late. If it's negative, re... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: You may get a negative home pregnancy test if you are very early or if there is a problem with the pregnancy. A blood test will be more sensitive. Hom... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: You always have to rule out pregnancy. Get a home pregnancy test. They should turn positive about the time you're a week late. If it's negative, re... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Pregnant?: Probably not, but the best way to rule it our is to do a home pregnancy test once you are a week late.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: It could be inflammation or infection. See your doctor.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
1 week late: Home pregnancy tests become positive at about the time when you're one week late.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See your doctor: You should have your doctor evaluate that area in person. He/she may want to do tests and/or x-rays.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Probably: Better head over to lablor and delivery.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Possible: Probably not, but the best way to rule it our is to do a home pregnancy test once you are a week late, repeat in one week if negative.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Nature: We're biologic organisms, not machines. There's normal variation in menses as well as other bodily functions.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly: It may stop or become irregular.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Need more info: This is the kind of scenario best tackled by your doctor. He/she can ask questions, perform an examination, and possibly order tests to find out what... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See your doctor: If your doctor has been unable to help you, he/she should be able to refer you to an oral surgeon for help.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly: Pregnancy is always a concern. Purchase and perform a home pregnancy test. If it's negative, repeat it in one week and give your doctor a call.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends: From hours to weeks, depending on the patient.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Not inappropriate: Some doctors reserve antibiotics for those patients who show symproms of infection.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
You should be fine: If you've been taking your pills consistently, you should be fine. If you are a week late, take a home pregnancy test to make sure.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Could be: Could be, but we don't know. It could be your mucous plug or ruptured membrane. You should be seen again.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: It is possible. Purchase, then perform a home pregnancy test. These become positive at about the time you become one week late with respect to your ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to he... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly: This should probably be discussed with his doctor.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Pregnancy possible: The possibility exists. If you are one week late and still haven't had your menses, you should perform a home pregnancy test.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Pregnancy?: Purchase a home pregnancy test. They turn positive by the time you are about a week late. If it's negative, repeat in 1 week and call your doctor.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: Up to 30% of pregnant women can have vaginal bleeding, and mistake it for their period.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: Home pregnancy tests become positive at about the time you'd be about a week late.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Your doctor will evaluate you and offer you options on how to normalize your periods.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: They're usually taken in an alternating fashion every 4-6 hours.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: Feed on demand. Whatever he/she wants. You cannot overfeed with breastfeeding.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: If both partners are healthy, each cycle carries a 30-40% success rate.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See your doctor: Discuss this with the doctor who ordered the wri. Surely, the MRI is part of a diagnostic and therapeutic plan for you.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See your doctor: You should go over the entire report with your doctor and radiologist.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

22
Recommendations
7.8K
Thank you notes
Apr 12, 2013
Dr Sparacino provides an excellent service to the public via Health Tap. He is knowledgable about many areas of medicine and his responses are clear and helpful. I recommend Dr. Sparacino.
Nov 5, 2012
Dr. Sparacino helps everyone by sharing his wide experience in such a thoughtful, responsive manner. His patients in MN are lucky to have him in person!
Outstanding consultant on health Tap. Congratulations on Top Doctor 2013. Level 25 is a real achievement.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! I didn't know if it was worth talking about, because of my age (56) with other health issues, and don't want to sound like a hypochondriac. This description is exactly w...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank You! - I denied diagnosis/ treatment here - 4 years pain/2 years+ recovery-still pain right leg tendon/IT band, but not agony of b4.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! My wee girl is 14yrs old and its that time of the month for her, she cant sit still or lay down for more than 5mins, she keeps being sick

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, MO
Graduated 1984MD

Awards

Iowa Educator of the Year
Top Doctor, First Place, National - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Minnesota - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Critical Access

Publications

Reading Retreat
Annual Reading Retreat in Medical Humanities
Reading Retreat
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less