Stephan M. Esser, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Diplomate | Non-Operative Sports Medicine & Spine Specialist

esserDr. Stephan Esser brings a new angle to Southeast Orthopedic Specialists’ spectrum of care as a non-operative sports medicine and spine specialist. A Diplomate of physical medicine and rehabilitation with advanced training in sports medicine, Dr. Esser offers refined diagnostic assessments and conservative methods of care ranging from acupuncture to personalized physical therapy protocols. His background as an elite tennis player gives him a unique appreciation for the needs of the athlete and the weekend warrior alike. Whether injured or looking to maximize their performance, Dr Esser seeks to quickly and efficiently return patients to optimal function and performance. In addition he prioritizes the power of personal choices through mentoring in lifestyle medicine. With fellowship training in sports medicine including sporting event coverage ranging from high school athletics to the Boston Marathon, Dr. Esser offers a breadth of knowledge to his patients partnered with heart-felt sincerity and expert care. Dr. Esser also works as a Team Physician for the University of North Florida.


Medical Degree

  • University of South Florida School of Medicine, Tampa, FL

Internal Medicine Internship

  • Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

  • Harvard University, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA

Sports Medicine Fellowship

  • Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Professional 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



Patients that Inspire

“When I injured my back in a flag football game, Dr. Esser worked with me to regain the strength that I had lost by means of acupuncture and exercise. His unique approach and philosophy for helping patients during their healing process is both encouraging and enlightening. Anyone who crosses paths with Dr. Esser should consider themselves very fortunate. His influence will definitely help you challenge yourself to find new ways to become healthier inside and out.”

-Al S

“Halfway through the Boston Marathon I injured myself and ended up finishing in severe pain. Realizing I could not work through the injuries myself, I went to various practitioners for relief. Ironically, the treatments I received only exacerbated the issue. I then reached out to Dr. Stephan Esser, who is highly dedicated to natural healing methods and able to use this skill to help his athletic clientele. He worked with me to develop a critical stretching and strengthening plan, partnered with acupuncture. After only two treatments I experienced significant benefits and soon after was able to continue training pain-free.”

-Robert S

Frank Collier – Pain Management Specialist | SouthEast Orthopedic Specialist

Frank Collier, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Frank Collier is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician and Pain Management Specialist who specializes in the treatment of injuries and illnesses that affect how people move and function while living with pain.



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