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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  • "The energy and optimism they brought to the presentation was fantastic. The concepts were defined with crystal clarity and supported by adequate data. Stephan's style of presentation is compelling and Tiffany's break-out exercise sessions kept the audience engaged and gave them a personal taste of 'exercise as medicine.'"

    Kathryn Hayward MD

    Collaborative Medicine Working Group, MGH Boston, MA

    “It is rare to find a physician that combines clinical competence with outstanding patient education and communication skills.Dr. Stephen Esser is one of those rare gems that possesses the ability to captivate an audience by combining enthusiasm and humor while slipping in valuable health promoting content. My patients’ response to him has been overwhelmingly positive. He definitely rates by highest recommendation.”

    Alan Goldhamer, 

    Director, True North Health

    "Prenatal exercise and personal training have been the best experience with Tiffany. When I was unsure of safe exercises and how far can I push myself without causing any damage, Tiffany’s experience and knowledge was a very strong guiding factor. Her positive energy during that time was a big bonus. The workout regimen that she chalked out for me not only helped me stay fit and healthy throughout my pregnancy, but am sure also indirectly helped get through a safe labor and delivery."

    Harshita Deshpande Bhurat

    "Tiffany is a wonderful personal trainer; I always looked forward to our challenging one-on-one personal training sessions together. Not only did she have a comprehensive workout plan for me, but she also permanently changed my eating habits to make me a healthier person overall. She has been a positive influence in my life in so many ways and has given me many tools to help me (and my family) live a healthy life for many years down the road."

    Robert Leslie

    “If you need a ‘jump start’ for your health – whether to improve your fitness and vitality or to overcome serious disease – you need look no further than Esser Health. Putting physician, Dr. Stephan Esser and fitness professional Tiffany Esser, and their allies on your team is the first and best ‘power move’ you can make to further your journey to a healthier future. I have known the Esser’s work for years and am deeply impressed by the knowledge, integrity and vitality they bring to this life-changing (and often life-saving!) service. I can recommend Esser Health without reservation.”

    Michael Klaper, MD