Dr. Stephan Esser, MD


Stephan Esser, MD is a physician, author and motivational speaker specializing in sports medicine and lifestyle modification. He is dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve their best health and maximize fitness, fun and function.
Dr. Esser completed a Bachelor of Science at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Medical School at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. He currently works as the Sports & Spine Physician with Southeast Orthopedic Specialists in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Prior to his career in medicine he was a competitive tennis player, achieving a ranking of #1 in the US in Men’s Open Doubles (2002).


Board Certified Sports Medicine Fellowship
Mayo Clinic Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency
Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA

Internal Medicine Internship
Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

Doctor of Medicine (MD)
University of South Florida College of Medicine

Bachelor of Science
Palm Beach Atlantic University


American College of Sports Medicine
American College of Lifestyle Medicine
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
United States Tennis Association
United States Professional Tennis Association

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  • "Dr. Stephan’s knowledge is vast. He is a gifted speaker that makes the most intricate medical information easy to understand. We heartily endorse not only his ability to speak, but also his integrity. Dr. Stephan makes all of us in the ministry of nurturing others regarding their health, proud!"

    Rev. George Malkmus

    Founder, Hallelujah Acres

    “Tiffany Esser’s Nurse Fitness Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital has been a very motivating experience. Her pilates and yoga classes help nurses de-stress after work. It has been easy for nurses to keep up with their fitness goals having the classes on site and at convenient times!”

    Pat Lyons RN MS CRRN

    "I have cycled through the same lifting and running routines for several years. Before beginning Tiffany’s classes I felt like I was stuck in a rut and stopped seeing results. Her group training classes serve as an excellent way to change up my routine and work muscles that I never knew I had! The group classes are up beat and fun; Tiffany consistently mixes up the routines to keep things interesting. She pushes and encourages you to continuously improve. I am typically sore for two to three days after one of her workouts."

    Jared & Emily Klinefelter

    "Dr. Esser gave a spectacular talk tonight. He was very inspiring and had a tremendous impact on the students who came to the meeting!"

    RB Medical Student

    "Tiffany is an extremely motivational and enthusiastic personal trainer and teacher with the ability to adapt workouts to any fitness level. From challenging my very fit and athletic husband in one of her group classes, to helping me (not so active!) get in better physical shape prior to my wedding, she can do it all. She worked with me to help me meet my personal goals in a way that was healthy and realistic, and really made working out seem less intimidating for me."

    Katie Fenney