Dr. Stephan Esser, MD
Co-Founder/Director

Stephan-EsserBiography

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).

Education

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

Affiliations

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

    "He brings a contagious energy and a warm humanism to his public presentations and continues to be an audience favorite. His passion for lifestyle medicine and the power of personal choice is palpable. His presentations effectively educate, empower and motivate the audience and keep them entertained."

    Lynn Grudnik

    Executive Director, National Health Association

    "Tiffany designed a fun and effective training program for me through different phases of my life (from pregnancy to post-partum and beyond). As a physician, I appreciate her knowledge about exercise physiology as well as nutrition and lifestyle changes. She knows how to motivate and inspire people!"

    Dr. Sabrina Paganoni M.D.

    "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

    “Dr. Esser brings enthusiasm, creativity and a passion for people to every encounter and project. He is a respected and much valued colleague in the effort to promote health through the power of lifestyle.”

    David L. Katz

    Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center; Editor-In-Chief, Childhood Obesity; President/Founder, Turn The Tide Foundation