"Striving to deliver the highest quality and the most skilled physical therapy services in Brevard County"
Meet the Team

PT Professionals Team
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Shauna Jacobs
Shauna Jacobs
Daryl Jacobs
Daryl Jacobs II
Shardae Clemens
Shardae Clemens
Laura Siviter
Laura Siviter
Juliana Bruner
Juliana Bruner
Erik Nelson, DPT
Jason Briscoe, DPT, MTC
Shauna Jacobs, DPT, MTC

Shauna has been practicing in Brevard County as a physical therapist since August of 2001.  Shauna graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University (FSU) in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition and fitness.  While attending FSU, she was a member of the Florida State water ski team where she competed in trick skiing, slalom skiing and water ski jumping.   After completion of her Bachelor’s degree, she continued on to physical therapy school at the University of St. Augustine (USA).  Shauna graduated with honors with a Master’s Degree in 2001, and continued on to achieve her Doctorate degree in physical therapy later that same year.  She also achieved manual therapy certification upon completion of her education at St. Augustine.

Shauna began her career as a physical therapist in Melbourne shortly after graduation from USA.  During her career, she practiced as both a staff physical therapist and a physical therapy department manager for several years.  Although her background is heavily focused on orthopedics and manual therapy, she developed an interest in treating patients with dizziness and vertigo and took extended coursework to further her education in vertigo related dysfunction.   She has an impressive education and has achieved clinical excellence in her specialties.

Together with her husband, Shauna helped to form PT Professionals, LLC in 2006.  It had been a dream of hers to one day open a private practice physical therapy clinic that allowed her to utilize her manual therapy techniques and extensive clinical expertise in a personal and professional setting.

Since PT Professionals opened for business in 2007, Shauna has served as the primary insurance biller for the company and handles claims for all patients.  Having a physical therapist in the billing department is an added value from a compliance perspective.  As a physical therapist, she is able to understand and translate documentation from the providers to make sure that the billing and coding is correct.  She is also able to communicate with our team of physical therapists directly about their documentation to ensure proper and ethical processing of claims.  Additionally, she is able to speak with insurance companies directly to help minimize claim denials. 

Shauna is not currently involved directly with patient care and serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of PT Professionals.
Daryl Jacobs II, DPT, MTC, ATC

Daryl has been practicing as a physical therapist in Brevard County since August of 2001.  He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of West Alabama (UWA) in 1999 and graduated Magna Cum Laude in athletic training and sports medicine.  While in pursuit of his degree, Daryl was fortunate enough to train under one of the most respected athletic trainers in the field, Dr. R.T. Floyd.  It was during this portion of his education that he took a specific interest in sports medicine and sports related injuries.

During this time, Daryl was a scholarship athlete and played competitive NCAA college baseball for his school. Daryl was the first baseball scholarship athlete to complete the full time athletic training curriculum since the program's inception.  

Daryl then attended the University of St. Augustine (USA) in St. Augustine, FL where he earned a Master's Degree and Doctorate degree.  He furthered his education by achieving Manual Therapy Certification in 2001.  At USA, Daryl was fortunate to learn from and interact with Stanley V. Paris, one of the most noted physical therapists in the profession. 

During his clinical career, Daryl has taken courses in spinal manipulation and has focused mainly on orthopedics and sports medicine.  He has been a professor at both the collegiate and graduate level in both orthopedics and anatomy and physiology.  Daryl has worked with many professional athletes, particularly Major League Baseball players, and has helped them recover from various orthopedic injuries.

Daryl has been participating with high school sports medicine outreach programs for more than ten years.   Daryl volunteers his time by providing sporting event coverage and assists with injury prevention and management, further strengthening the resources of the programs that he works with.  He provides assistance for high school football, baseball, and basketball games.  During the past ten years, Daryl has assisted with event coverage at Palm Bay High School, Melbourne High School, Melbourne Central Catholic High School and Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).  Daryl is currently assisting the Viera High School sports medicine team and is excited about the professional relationship that is forming with the school.   Daryl is current a member of the Viera High School Quarterback Club and is an active sponsor of the football program.

Several years ago, Daryl developed an interest in the subject of compliance.  A compliance program uses internal controls to efficiently monitor adherence to applicable statutes, regulations and Medicare federal health care requirements.  Daryl had always believed that his interests would lie primarily in patient care, but there was a change of heart that began to become evident as he started taking courses and modifying the internal procedures of PT Professionals.  The interest was strengthened as he attended seminars with keynote speakers that were noted compliance experts.  Over the course of many years he modified the facility operations and began to encourage a particular style of documentation that exceeded acceptable standards and measures.  He participates in small business groups and blogs that continuously discuss the changes in compliance.  All team members at PT Professionals will readily admit that compliance is important in our facility, and ongoing education in the subject of compliance is part of our day to day operations.

It is because of this new-found interest in compliance that Daryl has stepped back from full time patient care.  With regards to patient care, Daryl now functions primarily as the therapist that takes patients when our team of physical therapists have full schedules, giving patients more opportunity to be seen within a short time frame.  It has taken quite a while for Daryl to find the courage and to find the right mixture of team members to allow this transition to the administrative side of the business to occur, but Daryl is very confident in our staff and feels that our patients are in good hands with any of our therapists.  Daryl is still occasionally treating patients, but he has learned that he has equal enjoyment from treating patients and from keeping our facility in compliance with federal and state regulations.
Juliana Bruner, DPT

Julie joined the PT Professionals team in 2016.  Julie is a Melbourne local, having graduated valedictorian from Eau Gallie High school, home of the Commodores. She attended the University of South Florida (USF) and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, magna cum laude with a cumulative GPA of 3.86. She also earned a minor in psychology.  After graduation, she continued her professional education at the University of St. Augustine.  She earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and held a 3.85 GPA as she earned her graduate degree. 

Julie decided to become a physical therapist shortly after she graduated high school.  She had been very active in dance throughout her childhood, and was taking a ballet class in college that introduced her to functional anatomy. Intrigued, she began to research careers that would allow her to study movement of the musculoskeletal system and apply that knowledge to every day life. Shortly after that, a friend introduced her to physical therapy, and she decided to get a part-time job as an aide at a PT clinic to further investigate the field. It was at this job that she discovered she could combine her interest in movement with her love for people and make a positive impact on others' lives. Since then, she has had no doubt that physical therapy is the career she's meant to pursue. Her professional interests include working with orthopedic injuries, dance injuries, and balance disorders. She also enjoys working with kids of all ages.

Julie’s interests outside of her professional career include dancing, hiking, swimming, reading, and playing her violin. While in college, she was very active with a collegiate ministry called The Navigators, serving as a small group leader and community outreach coordinator. Her life's bucket list includes taking her therapy skills on at least one missions trip overseas. She also hopes to visit every state in the U.S. and every continent in the world at least once in her lifetime.
Laura Siviter, DPT

Laura joined the PT Professionals staff in 2016. She graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. She then attended physical therapy school and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences graduating with High Honors and a 3.92 GPA.  During her schooling, Laura gained experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as held an internship position with the Washington Nationals professional baseball team.

Laura has attended advanced manual therapy courses to further enhance her manual skills within the orthopedic setting. Courses have included advanced spinal and extremity manipulation. Laura will sit for her Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) later this year.
Laura is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences where she is involved teaching labs in Applied Anatomy, Gross Anatomy, Therapeutic Exercise, and Patient Care Skills.

Laura has always been active in sports. She was a scholarship athlete at Stetson University and played competitively on their Division I tennis team. Through her time as a college athlete, she endured a number of injuries which gave her a firsthand appreciation of the benefit of skilled physical therapy. Her personal rehabilitation experiences helped shaped her ultimate career choice to become a physical therapist.

Laura continues to be an avid tennis player and has also added distance running to her favorite activities. She enjoys running half marathons and trail races to keep in shape and enjoys spending time outdoors. She also serves as an alumni student advisor at Stetson University to help guide student athletes through their undergraduate education and graduate school applications.
Shardae Clemens, PTA

Shardae joined the PT Professionals staff in 2016.  Originally from Oklahoma, Shardae decided to become a Certified Nursing Assistant shortly after high school and fell in love with caring for geriatric patients. She spent 12 years providing services within the acute care, hospital, rehabilitation center, nursing home, and home health-care settings. She spent time not only caring for patients but also motivating them in their homes and helping them keep up with home exercise routines. During this time she learned to appreciate the functional benefits that physical therapy provided to her patients, and this experience ultimately led her to pursue a degree in physical therapy assisting.  She attended Herzing University and graduated with honors and a 3.89 GPA while earning an associates degree in Physical Therapy Assisting. 

Shardae has been active in coaching young athletes ages 8 -18, motivating, mentoring, and providing a positive atmosphere to develop teamwork in order to be competitive in the sport of softball.

In Shardae’s spare time she enjoys photography and watching her daughter play competitive travel softball.
Erik Nelson, DPT

Erik was born and raised in Melbourne, FL.  He graduated from Melbourne High School in 2009 and was part of the Soccer State Championship team that year.  After finishing his undergraduate degree in Orlando, FL at the University of Central Florida he moved to Atlanta, GA where he completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Emory University. After working in a Sports Medicine Orthopedic clinic in Georgia postgraduate, Erik was ready to move back to his hometown to raise his first child with his wife, Abree.

Erik works with a wide range of individuals and diagnoses. He has worked with collegiate and professional athletes as well as individuals who feel stuck in their recovery process. He believes in a mind, body approach to healing and feels passionate about helping patients reach their maximum potential.  His mission is to show people how physical therapy can not only improve their current lives but also foster resilience to take on the challenges of tomorrow. As a commitment to his clients he is constantly engaged in continuing education.  He has completed courses with the Postural Restoration Institute and received his Vestibular Rehabilitation Certificate.

In his free time, Erik enjoys being outdoors, playing various sports, listening to podcasts, and learning about new developments in physical therapy. Erik and his wife also enjoy being involved at Centerpointe Church in Palm Bay.
Jason Briscoe, DPT, MTC

Jason joined the PT Professionals team in 2017.  Jason relocated to Melbourne after PT school. After growing up in South Florida he welcomes a slower paced atmosphere. Jason graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and a minor in Health Administration in 2012. After graduation, Jason continued to progress his professional education by attending the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, where he earned the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

While attending the University of St. Augustine, he focused on manual therapy and took several courses focusing on advanced spinal and extremity manipulation. Jason has returned to the University of St. Augustine in January 2017, where he attained his Manual Therapy Certification. This advanced certification demonstrates his dedication and knowledge in the field of Orthopaedics and manual therapy.

Jason decided to become a Physical Therapist when he grew a passion for health, fitness, and wellness. Having grown up playing sports his entire life, Jason developed a passion for understanding how to maintain longevity in his own life and how to relay that information to others.

Jason’s interests outside of his professional career include traveling, hiking, scuba diving, surfing, fishing, kayaking, reading and playing guitar. He also enjoys taking adventure based trips every few years. He has completed the Inca Trail by way of the Salkantay pass. This voyage ends in the infamous Machu Picchu. His most recent adventure includes traveling to Africa and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. This mountain is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, the tallest point in Africa, and one of the 7 summits. Who knows where life’s next great adventure will lead him?
PT Professionals Team
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