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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  • “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, 
DC

    Director, True North Health

    “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 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

    "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.

    "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