Crystal Lemley, COTA/L, Lead OT/PT

Crystal Lemley

COTA/L, Lead OT/PT

Crystal Lemley is an Occupational Therapy Assistant and Lead of the Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Departments at FOCUS.

A native of Okeechobee, FL, she earned her associate degree from Keiser University before joining the FOCUS Therapy in May 2018.

She was first drawn to the field of occupational therapy after needing it herself following traumatic injuries sustained in a high school car accident.

“I went through therapy and realized that I also wanted to help others live their lives to the fullest,” Lemley said. “I wanted to give others the chance to engage in activities that brought them not only independence, but joy. Being an occupational therapy practitioner has given me all that and more.”

She’s treated patients of all ages with unique disabilities using creative, modified and adaptive interventions.

“I love being in a profession where the main focus is holistic treatment for patients and their families.”

She began her career in a skilled nursing facility, caring primarily for elderly and other vulnerable populations. With children, though, she revels in the opportunity to see each child light up, grow, excel, advance. Facilitating progress with the potential to positively impact each patient’s future. She’s trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Zones of Regulation, and Primitive Reflex Integration.

At FOCUS, Crystal has found a unique work environment with other therapists who welcome an interdisciplinary, creativity-oriented approach. She’s treated children with a broad range of conditions, including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Developmental Delay
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Sensory Processing Disorder

She’s working toward obtaining additional certification in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Program (which will make her a Certified Primitive Reflex Clinical Specialist, or CPRCS). This, she notes, is in response to an influx in cases involving children with retained reflexes impacting the nervous systems, food aversions, visual deficits, developmental skills, and behaviors. Her coursework focuses on integration of primitive reflexes through play, yoga, movement and other fun activities.

“The best feeling is seeing a child light up, with a big grin on their face, shouting, ‘I did it!’ after completing a challenging task,” Crystal says. “I love to celebrate all their accomplishments and moments of success.”

When she’s not treating patients at FOCUS, Crystal enjoys exploring new places and taking road trips with her husband, enjoying the outdoors, working out or practicing yoga, cooking healthy meals, playing with her dogs Ollie & Otis and catching brilliant Florida sunsets.