Stephen was born in Portland and grew up in the Hillsdale neighborhood of SW Portland. He attended Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. While at Oregon State, he worked as a research assistant studying deep sea bacteria. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from George Fox University. During his free time, Stephen enjoys rock climbing, hiking, camping, playing board games and teaching new tricks to his cockatiel, Beaker.