Larry Rutland, OTR/L, Owner of On Top Therapy
Larry believes that being successful in therapy begins with a true passion to see client progression to independence. He enjoys building rapport with clients and caregivers through communication and transparency. As an owner, the clients and caregivers will have direct access to Larry at all times which separates On Top Therapy from the other clinics. Larry has 7 years experience in occupational therapy while working with all ages and virtually every impairment where OT is beneficial. Mr. Rutland is happily married to his loving wife Ashley, and has 2 beautiful daughters: Allie and Anna.
Emily is a licensed and board certified occupational therapist. She received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from The University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Emily aims to make a difference in the lives of others by providing meaningful and engaging occupational therapy treatment. She enjoys implementing creative and novel interventions to make each session unique for her patients. When she is not at work, Emily enjoys spending time with her grandmother, her boyfriend, Ryan, and her dog, Lola and 5 cats, Indo, Kaia, Rooster, Al, and Berlioz. She also love to spend time doing arts and crafts.
Ellie is a licensed and board-certified occupational therapy assistant. She received her degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Ellie brings her experience working with and participating in a vibrant and diverse homeschool community for over 20 years to the field of occupational therapy. She has worked in rehabilitation and care facilities as well as working with children and teens as a registered behavior technician. Ellie believes in focusing on and utilizing a client’s strengths in order to achieve their personal goals and their best outcomes. She is an avid believer in the power of play. In her free time, Ellie likes to hunt for fossilized sharks’ teeth, spend time with friends and family, read, play board games, do puzzles, cook, and play with her grandchildren.
Lexi has been working with children with special needs since 2012. From these experiences, Lexi witnessed many individuals struggle to complete motor skills that would let them participate in activities, resulting in frustration, disappointment, and self-doubt. This led Lexi to search for a career where she could help individuals with motor impairments increase mobility and independence. Lexi believes that gaining gross motor skills provides kids with the independence needed to excel in various aspects in life including interacting with peers, making friends, participating in sports, enjoying playgrounds, physical education classes, community navigation, trampoline or other play parks, and much more! Lexi went on to receive her Bachelor and Doctorate degrees from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). Lexi has been working in pediatric physical therapy for over two years and looks forward to helping kids do what they do best - PLAY!
In her free time, Lexi enjoys reading, weightlifting, painting, cuddling with her special needs cat, and playing with her dog!
Brittany received her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorder from Jacksonville University in April of 2018. Brittany has obtained her American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence and is licensed in KY and FL. She has worked in the schools systems of GA and medical setting in KY, enjoying both inpatient and outpatient facilities for 4 years prior to moving back home to Fernandina Beach, FL. She has a background in music which she incorporates in her sessions. Brittany just married her wonderful husband, Matthew, February of 2023. In her free time, Brittany enjoys playing group games with her husband and friends, singing and spending time with her church family.
Rachael has been a licensed speech-language pathologist for 8 years. She is passionate about play based therapy and parent education and training. She is skilled in equipping children with the speech and language skills to help in reaching their full potential. Being a mom herself, Rachael has an understanding of the ups and downs of parenthood and would be honored to come alongside parents and children on their speech and language journey. Rachael is married to her wonderful husband, Tristan and has three beautiful children: Naomi (5 years), Raelynn (3 years) and Bennett (18 months).
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Kayla has been working in pediatric offices for 8 years. She is passionate about children reaching their full potential and watching them grow. She and her partner, Matt, have a beautiful 1 year old daughter, Everleigh. During her free time she enjoys shopping, traveling, cheering on the Georgia bulldogs, and hanging with friends and family. Expect to see her smiling face when you first enter our clinic!
The philosophy of On Top Therapy is based on the 3 C's of stewardship: Commitment, Communication, and Care. The therapists at On Top are committed to the clients and all involved in servicing the community. All treatment sessions are centered around the clients' needs while integrating motivational factors to ensure efficient progress. Effective communication will be utilized between the therapists and clients/caregivers in order to meet the needs of the clients successfully. We encourage conversations about client progress as seen in environments other than the clinic. We also encourage caregivers to sit in on treatments at their convenience to demonstrate our transparency. And client care is paramount for the success of all who choose On Top Therapy. Every single therapist at the clinic will demonstrate the love we have for assisting clients toward independence.