LernerCohen A Concierge Medical Practice

(941) 953-9080
1921 Waldemere Street
Suite 814
Sarasota, FL  34239

Our Staff

At LernerCohen Healthcare, you are treated by a dedicated staff of trusted professionals led by Dr. Brad S. Lerner and Dr. Louis M. Cohen – two of the most respected primary care physicians in Sarasota.

Meet the LernerCohen Team

Administrative Staff

Melissa, LPN
A lifelong Florida resident, Melissa brings her vast experience in hospital bedside nursing to LernerCohen Healthcare, where she offers a unique perspective in total patient care. In 2001, Melissa received the Nurse of Excellence Award while a nurse at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Melissa is the Practice Manager of LernerCohen Healthcare, and is involved in various community organizations including The Pines of Sarasota Operations Board and A Woman’s Journey, a program that supports All Children’s Hospital in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University.

Dondra, CNA
A Sarasota native, Dondra joined LernerCohen Healthcare from First Physicians Group. In addition to being a Certified Medical Coder (CMC), she holds a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate. Dondra is the Front Office Coordinator, and it is her charming, friendly voice you most often hear when you call our office.

Nursing Staff

Ashlee, LPN 
Born in Sarasota at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Ashlee became an LPN in February of 2014 and worked with Dr. Cocco at First Physicians Group before joining LernerCohen Healthcare in 2016. Ashlee was recipient of the Hypothyroidism Honor Roll for outstanding work by successfully mastering the “Diagnosing and Managing Hypothyroidism” educational program. She is energetic, excited to learn and a committed team member to LernerCohen Healthcare. Some of the many activities Ashlee enjoys in her spare time are football, basketball and fishing.

Julie, LPN
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Julie moved to Bradenton in 2002. She began her medical career as a Certified Medical Assistant in 2003 with Associates of Internal Medicine before joining LernerCohen Healthcare in 2006. Julie holds a Licensed Practical Nurse degree and works primarily with Dr. Lerner.

Kairawan, CMA
A native Floridian, Kairawan worked with Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s First Physicians Group before joining LernerCohen Healthcare. Kairawan graduated from Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI) as a Certified Medical Assistant. She was a member of the SCTI Honor Society as well as a part of the SCTI Advisory Board. At LernerCohen, Kairawan works primarily with Dr. Cohen.

Tara, RN
A Registered Nurse (RN) and certified in medical/surgical nursing, Tara has been a Sarasota resident since 1984 and brings extensive nursing experience. Tara joined LernerCohen after 13 years with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where she was involved in several committees and councils.

As a member of the LernerCohen Healthcare team, Tara is responsible for all aspects of Patient Education.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Services

Bryan, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSCS, TPI 
Bryan is a licensed physical therapist who has been in private practice, academia, wellness and sports for more than seventeen years in Sarasota. In that time, he has acquired exceptional clinical skills working with professional athletes from the PGA, MLB and WTA. In addition to being certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), Bryan is also certified as an orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) and strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). He is one of the few physical therapists in Sarasota who has achieved board certification as an orthopedic specialist (OCS). These skill sets are unique to the region, allowing for optimal golf and other sports performance improvement programs.

A native of Tampa, Bryan moved south to Sarasota to escape cold weather. He earned his undergraduate degree at Stetson University and doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University. Bryan is available for complimentary in-office physical therapy evaluations and exercise consultations.

Jennifer, DPT
A licensed physical therapist, Jennifer has been practicing physical therapy in Sarasota for over seventeen years. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida in 1995 and has since obtained both her master’s and doctorate degrees in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University. After working several years in hospital-based and outpatient clinical settings, Jennifer opened Active4Life, a provider of physical therapy, fitness training and sports performance services. Jennifer’s combined education, experience and commitment to lifelong learning provide clients with programs designed to get results. Jennifer is available for complimentary in-office physical therapy evaluations and exercise consultations.

Dietary Services

Bonni, RD
Bonni began her career as a personal trainer in New York City in the 1990s. During this time, she discovered her passion for nutrition and her skill for motivating and challenging people to improve them­selves. Bonnie earned a master’s degree in nutrition from New York University as well as her certification as a Registered Dietitian (RD). She is a past president of the Manasota Dietetic Association. Her experience in long-term healthcare, physician’s offices, fitness centers, and private practice has served as further inspiration to challenge individ­uals to take control of their own bodies, health and life.

Bonni integrates the latest research with your personalized goals to assist you in achieving your vision.

Laboratory Services

Angie, Phlebotomist
Born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, Angie moved to Florida in 2001 after having spent 2 years in North Carolina. In 2003 Angie attended SCTI and obtained an academic scholarship for the highest GPA in the Phlebotomy course. Prior to joining LernerCohen Healthcare, Angie held a position as the lead Phlebotomist at Sarasota Memorial Hospitals outpatient lab.  In 2014 Angie received the HAZEL Award, which signifies the lab employee of the year. She has 2 daughters and loves to spend time enjoying the beach.

Dr. Brad Lerner, Dr. Louis Cohen and Melissa Lerner

Dr. Louis M. Cohen, Dr. Brad S. Lerner and Melissa Lerner, Practice Manager.