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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    Harshita Deshpande Bhurat

    "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

    “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

    "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.

    "Dr. Esser was unbelievably inspiring. He is clearly very passionate about the subject too, which always makes it more enjoyable. Overall a very positive experience that I definitely took to heart"

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