Staff

Bruce Neal, Jr., P.T.

Bruce is a co-owner of Professional Physical Therapy which was founded in 1993 with his business partner, Frederick Payne, PT. Bruce received his degree in Physical Therapy in 1988 from LSU Medical Center School of Allied Health Professions in New Orleans, La. Bruce’s primary interests include treatment of orthopedic injuries, post-surgical rehab, and geriatric musculoskeletal/balance problem. Bruce is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association (LPTA), and Private Practice Section of the APTA. Bruce’s hobbies include gardening and spending time with his wife and children.

His training has included:

  • McKenzie spinal assessment and treatment
  • Manual therapy
  • Balance assessment
  • Geriatric musculoskeletal injuries
  • Total joint rehabilitation
  • IASTM: Instrumental Assisted Soft Tissue Massage

Frederick Payne, P.T.

Frederick is a co-owner of Professional Physical Therapy, which was founded in 1993 with his business partner, Bruce Neal, PT. Frederick received his degree in Physical Therapy in 1989 from LSU Medical Center School of Allied Health Professions in Shreveport, LA. Frederick has worked in the following clinical settings: acute care, wound care, outpatient rehabilitation, and home health care. Frederick has studied extensively since 1989 in manual and neuromuscular treatment techniques. Frederick’s primary interests are in manual therapy, post-operative care, and sports related injuries. Frederick is a lifelong proponent of engaging individuals to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle. He and his wife have 4 children and have lived in Amite since 1993.

His training has included:

  • Manual therapy
  • IASTM: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage
  • Cupping
  • Mulligan’s Mobilization with movement
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Foot and Ankle disorders
  • Strain-Counter Strain
  • McKenzie spinal assessment and treatment
  • Total joint rehabilitation

Melissa K. Neal, OT

Melissa is a native of Amite, LA and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1989 from the University of Louisiana in Monroe. She has had a diverse career working in the acute hospital, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, and outpatient rehabilitation settings. She has worked at Professional Physical Therapy since 2001, and her primary interest and training has been in non-surgical and post-surgical hand injuries. She also has extensive experience treating post-surgical shoulder and elbow pathologies. Melissa is married to Bruce Neal, Jr., PT and has 5 children.

Melissa has had extensive training and experience in hand therapy splinting and rehabilitation.