Our Physical Therapists are the best!
Therapeutic Rehab Specialists was founded by two cutting edge physical therapists, Dr. Anthony Pribila and Brad Young. We have been providing excellent physical therapy care to the central and West Central Florida area since 2007. We have practices in Lakeland, Brandon, Tampa & Pinellas Park. Read below to find out more about our outstanding staff.
Anthony Pribila, PT, DSc, CMPT, CMP, CEAS
Dr. Pribila was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He earned his physical therapy degree in the Netherlands. In continuing to further his skill level; Dr. Pribila completed his Doctorate of Science (DSc) degree in physical therapy at Andrews University. He completed his first manual therapy certification (CMP); through world renowned New Zealand physical therapist Brian Mulligan. His second manual therapy certification (CMPT) was through the prestigious North American Institute of Manual Therapy. Dr. Pribila also has extensive training in industrial rehab and is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS). This credentialing signifies advanced training in job site analysis and worksite evaluation. Dr. Pribila is certified through the American Institute of Balance in post-concussion management and treatment. He has completed a level 2 certification in (SFMA) Selective Functional Movement Assessment through Functional Movement Systems, and is certified in (IASTM) Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.
Professional highlights include the rehabilitation of many professional athletes throughout the country as well as serving as a physical therapist for the Broadway show The Producers. Dr. Pribila has completed extensive research demonstrating successful treatment of cervicogenic headaches. He proudly serves on Keiser University’s PTA program’s advisory board and has lectured nationally on diverse topics in physical therapy and wellness.
Melissa Santoro PTA
Melissa is a high-energy physical therapy assistant and team member at TRS where she has worked as a (PTA) since 2014. She graduated with an Associate of Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Keiser University. Melissa has received extensive training in physical therapy in our Lakeland and Brandon physical therapy offices treating surgical and non-surgical conditions from the head to toe, and really enjoys getting to know her patients. On her time off, she is an avid soccer player and enjoys spending time with her two daughters.
Elsa Nail: MSPT, Aq, ATRIC, Cert in Halliwick, Bad Ragaz, Clinical Ai Chi (aquatic advancements)
Elsa graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She furthered her education through Nova Southeastern University obtaining her post professional Master’s degree. Elsa has attended physical therapy PhD classes with advanced training in orthopedic manual techniques. She has taught manual therapy and exercise regimes to students throughout the world. In Lakeland; she has focused her expertise and extensive clinical education in the pool environment; using the special healing properties of water to achieve amazing results with conditions often not successful on land. In 2017 Elsa has launched a unique program of BIOEXERCISE: combining fun, aquatic fitness and Mental acuity training. Elsa is the only PT in the state of Florida with multiple aquatic certifications. Her clients include children through advanced age adults, as well as the wounded warrior population. Elsa is proud to be part of Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, Polk County’s first free clinic since 2001. In her spare time, she is a master gardener and certified contract bridge teacher and director.
Deborah McVey, PTA
Deborah McVey attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a Bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, minoring in Psychology in 2004. After spending a year learning Kung Fu at Kunyu Shan in Yantai, China, she earned a degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Arkansas State University in 2009. She has more than 8 years of geriatric experience. Deborah continues to advance her education by pursuing professional certifications and is committed to keeping up with the latest innovations in rehab. She keeps busy with many interests and has lived in Tampa Bay since 2013.
Lisa Church, PTA, CPT, Nutrition Coach, Sports Specific Movement Specialist
Lisa Church is a tenured human movement professional crossing from the fitness industry into physical therapy in 2014. Lisa graduated from Keiser University in 2014 as with a Clinical Excellency Award for top clinical performance of her graduating class. Lisa is a trusted go-to with both professional and amateur athletes for improving sports performance. Lisa wears the Title of Tampa Bay’s Fittest Female 2008 and continues to be a fitness competitor. Lisa has experience in bio-integrative myofascial release, sport specific manual therapy, strength and conditioning, nutrition and is a functional movement screening specialist. Lisa is Co-Author of Scaptivation- Bulletproofing the Next Generation of Throwing Arms and sole creator of HardcoreBroga- a Sport Specific Yoga program including mindset and meditation for throwing athletes. Lisa is apt to perform body-composition analysis, postural assessments, and movement screenings including running and gait analysis.
Casmin Wilson moved to the Tampa bay area from Pensacola, Florida to study Health Sciences at the University of South Florida. As a recent graduate, she plans to attend Adventist University of Health Sciences to receive her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Her current role is that of physical therapy aide/front office coordinator; where she enjoys helping and interacting with patients. Casmin is also a nationally certified phlebotomy technician. Casmin loves to read, spend time outdoors doing yoga and hanging out with family and friends. She is extremely devoted to our patients and their individual needs.
Yolanda Hernandez is a dedicated Front Office Assistant in our Brandon office. she Graduated as a Computer Software Specialist at Erwin Technical Center in Tampa Florida. Yolanda is fluent in Spanish and enjoys helping our clientele with insurance questions and scheduling. Yolanda enjoys building positive relationships with customers and co-workers. She also love’s to spend time with her family and travel the world.
Pinellas Park Office
Brad Young, PT, CEAS
Brad, a Florida native, was born and raised in St. Petersburg. He has been a practicing physical therapist since 1998. His international training in the Netherlands provides him with the knowledge and techniques to treat acute to chronic conditions with a broad spectrum of therapies.
Brad’s utilization of state of the art technology as well as hands on manual therapy produces remarkable results in pain control and improved function. His treatment style focuses on designing individualized rehabilitation programs where he works one on one with clients. Patients are often referred to Brad for pre and post surgical rehabilitation therapy by many Tampa Bay area orthopedic surgeons. Brad also has extensive training in industrial rehab and is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS). This credentialing signifies advanced training in job site analysis and worksite evaluation. Brad is also certified in (IASTM) Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.
Breck Pribyl, MSPT, CKTP
Breck Pribyl, MSPT, CKTP is a board certified Physical Therapist who has been working in the Tampa Bay area since 2005. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science from FSU and graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Masters of Physical Therapy. Breck is also a certified Pilates Instructor and a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner. Breck is a St. Petersburg native and was a nationally competitive gymnast for many years as well as a collegiate athlete. As a therapist she specializes in athletic injuries, core stability training, injuries sustained from motor vehicle accidents, headache treatments, post-surgical rehab, vestibular/BPPV therapy, body mechanics training and manual interventions. In her free time Breck enjoys photography, being active, the great outdoors, spending time with her friends and spoiling her pets.
Stephen Chastain, PTA, CKTP
Stephen Chastain, PTA, CKTP is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant who has been in the St. Petersburg area since 2014. He graduated with his Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2001 from Gwinnett Technical College just outside of Atlanta, GA. He has been working in outpatient /sports medicine clinics for his entire career specializing in post surgical rehab, injuries sustained in motor vehicle collisions, vestibular / BPPV therapy, TMJ soft tissue and mobilizations, SI Joint mobilizations, and body mechanics with postural training. Steve is married with two children that are both in gymnastics and the majority of his free time chasing them around.
Cortney Levy, PTA
Cortney Levy, PTA is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant who has been working in field since 2010. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science from FSU and graduated from St. Petersburg College with a degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. Cortney has worked in the outpatient setting since 2010 as a rehab technician prior to being licensed as a PTA and has been a personal trainer since 2012. She is a native to the Tampa Bay area and enjoys spending time with family, friends and going to sporting events in her free time.