Meet Our Staff
Jennifer Beal, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA
Jennifer Beal is an experienced Physical Therapist who graduated from the University of Miami in 1986. Since then, she has continuously challenged herself as a clinician in various settings, most notably, outpatient physical therapy. She has been the manager of several multidisciplinary rehab facilities for the past 20+ years.
Most recently, she has become an international consultant in the development of specialized joint replacement and post-op spinal rehab programs.
Jennifer is constantly expanding her education and recently completed a year-long intensive course in 2011 with a certificate from the “Executive Program in Private Practice Management.” She then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in April, 2012, from the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions. She has undergone intensive coursework, including certification in comprehensive lymphedema treatment, and has been successfully treating lymphedema patients for the past 10 years, earning her Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) certification in 2006. This complements her strong clinical skills with:
- Orthopedic Conditions
- Post-operative Athletic Injuries
- Amputee and Prosthetic Patients
- Vestibular/Balance Disorders
- Strength and Reconditioning
Jennifer Beal is now the owner of Best in Town Physical Therapy, which opened its first fully-equipped, professionally-staffed outpatient treatment center in West Palm Beach in July, 2006 and then expanded into it’s second location in Palm Beach, in September 2015.
Moni Chabria Prabhakar, DPT, MTC, CLT
Clinical Manager – West Palm Beach
Moni Chabria Prabhakar, Doctor of Physical Therapy, received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida and received her Master’s and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2002. In addition, she has furthered her education by getting certified in manual lymphatic drainage for comprehensive treatment of lymphedema and is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist.
Steven Sylvester, DPT
B.S., University of Florida; B.S., Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; D.P.T., Boston University.
Dr. Sylvester has had the opportunity to serve Palm Beach Atlantic University as an adjunct instructor since 2004 and was hired as a member of the full-time faculty in 2006. He has been a practicing physical therapist since 1987, and has owned and operated In-Town Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, located in Palm Beach, since 1993. Dr. Sylvester holds certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine as a certified cancer exercise trainer, and from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is active with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, lecturing on injury prevention and marathon training. Dr. Sylvester resides in West Palm Beach with his two children, Elizabeth and Jack.
Julie Schiess, PTA
Julie Schiess, Physical Therapist Assistant, graduated from Indian River Community College. She has experience in pediatric therapy, especially enjoying working with children with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Additional experience and training includes manual lymphatic drainage, Pilates for therapy and Tai Chi. She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor, interested in whole body wellness, and recently became a Certified Personal Trainer.
Marcus Hayward, PTA
Marcus Hayward, PTA, graduated from South University with his associate degree in Physical Therapist Assisting. Prior to this, Marcus served for 8-1/2 years and is now a retired Army Sgt. Among his accomplishments while serving, he received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his time while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Marcus is active in the fitness community, participating in numerous CrossFit events regionally and nationally. He also is very involved in the non-profit foundation; “Some Assembly Required” working with helping adaptive athletes to be able participate in national fitness competitions. Marcus’ goals are to motivate his patients to seek a better quality of life beyond therapy by educating them on proper form, ergonomics and daily nutrition and exercise habits.
Michele Romano, PTA
Michele Romano, Physical Therapy Assistant, specializes in treating people with amputations. Her passion stems from her father who has had an above the knee amputation for many years. She enjoys combining the personal touch of therapy, with the technology of prosthetics, leading to amputee rehab as the perfect therapy combination. Michele also spends her free time keeping up with the latest literature and research about the most effective treatment for her other interest, treating challenging patients with neurological conditions. Michele, originally from new Jersey, received her degree from South University and enjoys her new Florida lifestyle pier fishing. One extra benefit for Michele is the Lake Worth Pier is visible from our Palm Beach clinic!
Sage Gaylord, ATC
Sage graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in May, 2015 with a degree in Athletic Training and a minor in dance. Completing over 1,200 hours both on the field and in the clinical setting while in school, Sage gained experience working with individuals in a broad age range, and with many different injuries. She has worked in outpatient Physical Therapy since January 2015. Sage has a heart for people and a desire to serve others.
Petra Kepchar, LMT, CDT
Petra provides private massage therapy services at our West Palm Beach office every other Tues.