Meet the Vero Beach Neurology Team

From chronic headache management to Multiple Sclerosis, our staff are there for you to provide our personalized care and professional expertise.

VBNRI Doctors

Personalized Care, Professional Expertise

Dr. Stuart J. Shafer and Stacy Smith, PA-C, are honored to practice Neurology in Indian River County since 1997 and 2000, respectively. They believe that each individual patient is not just a number or a chart full of papers, but a part of our family.

The Vero Beach Neurology Team

We know all too well that choosing a medical provider is no trivial task. Therefore, we thank you for choosing Vero Beach Neurology and Research Institute for your Neurological needs and look forward to assisting you.

​Neurodiagnostics Technologist

Bryon is originally from the foothills of north Georgia. He has been in the field of neurology since 2009 and he has been focused on Electroneurodiagnostics since 2010. He is a registered nerve conduction study technologist through the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Technologists. He is also a certified medical assistant through the American Association of Medical Assistants. He is an active member of both associations as well as an active member of ASET – The Neurodiagnostic Society, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and The American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. He also has significant experience in performing other Neurodiagnostic modalities including electroencephalography and evoked potentials. His background includes motor sports, computer programming and metalworking. His hobbies include going to the beach, swimming, and as he puts it, “always learning something new.”

Melissa Tyre, Certified Nursing Assistant at Vero Beach Neurology


Melissa Tyre

Melissa has been another mainstay in caring and assisting VBNRI patients since 2014. Her ability to multi task while continuing to engage the patient in a caring and friendly way is appreciated by patients in our clinic as she too works as Certified Nursing Assistant handling and implementing all the duties required to assure consistent top-level patient care. She is IV certified allowing her to care for all spectrum of IV patients.

Melissa, enjoys spending type with her daughter, Kayden. She enjoys going to the beach, Walt Disney World, watching her favorite college football team, Florida State University, as well as working on her house.

Melissa is a dedicated employee to the Vero Beach Neurology family and is a fundamental component of this team.

Kim Britt, Medical Assistant at Vero Beach Neurology

Clinical Staff

Kim Britt

Kim has been a mainstay in caring for and assisting VBNRI patients for over 10 years. Her friendly character and caring smile is welcomed by patients everyday as she works in our clinic as a Medical Assistant handling and implementing all the duties required to assure consistent top-level patient care. Kim is IV certified allowing her to manage and monitor patients while receiving IV infusion services in the office.

Personally, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Charlotte, playing outside in the rain or doing crafts. When not spending time with her daughter she is a dedicated sports fan for football, hockey and Nascar.

Kim is an integral part of our Vero Beach Neurology family. She goes above and beyond for her patients to provide medical and non-medical assistance.

Maria Rodriguez, Receptionist at Vero Beach Neurology

Maria Rodriguez

Maria has been the receptionist at Vero Beach Neurology for nearly a year. She has a CNA received in 2013.

Personally she enjoys time with her children, a son and a daughter.

Her favorite quote is “Feet, what do I need you for? When I have wings to fly!”

Marilyn Maloney, Lead Technologist at Vero Beach Neurology

Lead Technologist

Marilyn Maloney

Marilyn Maloney, REEGT, REPT has been working with Dr. Shafer since 1998 as his lead Technologist. Their time together started several years before 1983. Dr. Shafer and Marilyn have worked together for 34 years. Marylyn was his Board Examining Technologist when he took his Neuro-diagnostic Boards prior to becoming a physician.



Danielle Loucks

Danielle has a major passion for the healthcare field.  She has effectively filled a fast paced receptionist position at Vero Beach Neurology and Research Institute. Prior to joining VBNRI in 2019 she dedicated her time to individuals who were mentally or physically challenged.  In addition to her training as a receptionist, she is a Certified Nursing Assistant who specialized in private duty care for patients with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. 

Danielle and her husband, Shane, have been building their life over the last 8 years and counting. They share 4 wonderful children who “keep us on our toes”.  They have a German Shepherd, Pit-bull, and 3 cats who are very much apart of their family. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading, meditating and anything outdoors.  One of her favorite quotes is “as for me, I serve the Lord”.
Infusion RN

Carlyn Evans

Carlyn began working with Vero Beach Neurology in March of 2019. She is a Registered Nurse – BSN and is our resident Infusion RN.

Personally, she enjoys traveling, anything water related and being a mom. Her husband is active duty Coast Guard, and they have a 4 year old son named Fisher, with a boy on the way. Carlyn also has a dog named Walter and a cat named Ted.

Her favorite quote is “Bloom where you are planted.”

Hayley Kathleen Guess, Practice Manager at Vero Beach Neurology & Research Institute


Haley is our Practice Manager at Vero Beach Neurology since July 2018. She has an Associates in Accounting, with QuickBooks Certification and was awarded a Wells Fargo Work Champion.

Personally, she is interested in Young Living Essential Oils, and health and wellness.

Her favorite quote is “Seek His will in all you do. – Proverbs 3:6”.



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Our Services

Dr. Shafer, a life-long resident of Vero Beach, has been practicing Neurology here since 1997. Stacy Smith, PA-C joined him in 2000. Together they bring nearly 50 years of caring for patients of Vero Beach and the surrounding communities.

Meet Our Team

We’re dedicated to providing high-quality, patient focused neurological care and our staff helps us provide the highest level service. Learn more about out doctors, staff and research team.

Dr. S. James Shafer, a local resident since 1977, has practiced Adult Neurology in Vero Beach and the surrounding area since 1997.

Stacy, a lifelong area resident, completed her Physician Assistant training in 2000, joining Dr. Shafer upon graduation.

A medical team would not be complete without a comprehensive medical staff. We are honored to work along side some of the best in the business.

Our Research Clinic

Our Research Clinic has participated in over 40 National and International trials of which Dr. Shafer has been a Principal Investigator or Sub-Principal Investigator. We currently are enrolling patient in the following clinical trials.