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Fundamental Therapy Solutions has a small, dedicated staff of psychological therapists to help you and your child overcome difficulties with learning, improve their quality of life, and more. Call to schedule your child's assessment today.

Shannon Arola has worked with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since January of 2018 and prior to that spent almost 10 years at The Morris Center in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida. Shannon graduated from the University of Florida in 1999. She has training in reflexes, electrical stimulation, and massage, which she uses for all ages to help the body move with as little compensation and pain as possible. Shannon specializes in Sensory Integration techniques.

Melissa graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2008 with her Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Science, and with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2009. Most of her experience has been in an outpatient setting for both adolescents and adults, until her time with FTS.
Melissa is originally from Wisconsin, but has been in Florida since 2011. She enjoy's being active, especially with her daughter - Elaine, and considers herself the biggest fan of the Green Bay Packers ;-) 

Casey has been with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since 2017. She graduated from University of Florida in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. She then became an Occupational Therapy Assistant after receiving her Associates in Science Degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Casey is originally from New Orleans, LA, and currently lives in the Gainesville area.

Jocie Lemus has worked with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since 2018. Prior to working with Fundamental Therapy Solutions, Jocie spent some time at The Morris Center and in hand therapy. Jocie graduated from the University of Florida in 2016. Jocie specializes in self-regulation and sensory-motor development so that people can have the opportunity to explore and find enjoyment. Jocie has a passion for the mind-body connection and for teaching. 

Lila graduated from Salt Lake Community College in 2006 with her Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assisting degree. Lila has worked with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since 2013. Prior to working with FTS, Lila spent several years in a variety of settings, including pediatrics, schools, nursing homes, and home health while traveling with her husband in the military. Lila loves to spend time with her husband and two sons and is learning how to do quilling in her spare time.

Laura earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University. Over the last 15 years, Laura has worked with children of all ages with a wide range of abilities in both clinical and school settings. She is certified as a handwriting specialist (Handwriting Without Tears) and has training in sensory integration, Neuro Net, Brain Gym, and NDT. 

Eli is a native of Lawtey, FL. He earned his Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Barry University in May of 2018. Prior to furthering his education at Barry University, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Florida and an Associate of Science degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Hired with Fundamental Therapy Solutions in 2018, Eli desired to provide services to children in their naturalistic environment within the school system. In addition to serving Columbia County schools, Eli continues to work Per diem within skilled nursing facilities and an outpatient pediatric clinic.

Courtney is an Occupational Therapist born and raised in Naples, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in Health Science, and continued at the University of Florida, graduating with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Courtney has worked full-time in both Hand Therapy (Orthopaedic) and Pediatric settings. She currently works part-time in each setting to maintain a dynamic skill set and optimize the care she provides to the clients. Courtney and her husband have a heart for under-served populations - for mentoring and enabling young people both here in Gainesville and around the globe. 

Haley has worked with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since 2016. Haley graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2016 and has received further education and training in the Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K and K-5 curriculum. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Haley Pope, OTR/L 

Casey Castenedo, COTA  

Jocie Lemus, OTR/L   

Shannon Arola, OTR/L

Lila Onyimadu, COTA

Melissa Cordell, OTR/L

Courtney Stephen, OTR/L

Emma Heaton, OTR/L

Elijah Hamilton, OTR/L

Rachel Walker, OTR/L

Rachelle Newland , OTR/L

Kristen Jones ,  COTA

Mackenzie Weiss, OTR/L

Sarah Schrader COTA

Stephanie Brinson, OTR/L

Laura Holmes, OTR/L
 

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Rachel has been a member of the FTS family since February 2019. She received her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in 2018. She enjoys the use of play to enhance fundamental skills. She primarily works as a contractor for Columbia County Schools. 

Kinzie was raised in Colorado and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2014.  She recently graduated with her doctorate in OT from the University of ST. Augustine and is very excited to join the FTS team.  Kinzie especially looks forward to working with parents and infants on feeding. In her spare time, Kinzie enjoys baking, reading and going to the beach with her husband. 

Sarah is originally from Port Saint Lucie , FL. and moved to Gainesville in January 2019 with her fiancé. Sarah graduated from Keiser University in West Palm Beach FL. in August of 2018 with an A.S. to be a Occupational Therapy Assistant. A large portion of her professional experience has been spent with the geriatric population in home health before joining the FTS team! She has a heart for helping others and enjoys hanging out with her two dogs and going ATVing in her spare time. 

Rachelle is originally from Jacksonville, FL. She earned both her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy degrees at the University of Florida. She is passionate about occupational therapy as a holistic profession that looks at the whole child, and enjoys helping children reach their full potential in order to meaningfully participate in their daily lives. She also enjoys traveling, reading books, and teaching English as a second language in her spare time.

Kristen has been with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since 2019. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree and from St. Catherine’s University in 2018 with Associates in Science Degree to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Florida in 2006 with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She is SIPT certified and has had training in Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Program (iLs), Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Therapressure Program (Wilbarger Protocol), Alert Program, Astronaut Training, SOS Approach to Feeding, and Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K and K-5 curriculum. Stephanie loves helping children who have challenged with sensory processing reach their optimal level of functioning. 

Emma is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from University of Florida with her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been with FTS since 2018 providing services at the clinic and at an elementary school. Emma is currently earning a certification in TS-BTI (Behavior Therapy Institute/ Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders).

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