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Rising Stars: Meet Christa Malsbury

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christa Malsbury.

Hi Christa, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Houston is where my heart is from, but growing up, I experienced life a little bit like a Nomad. For a variety of different reasons, I became pretty skilled with navigating transitions by the time I had graduated High School. I had also been brought up with strong support in being a performer in all things music and theatre arts, so human behavior became something I studied in my youth as well. I think that those two skills combined with solid work ethics (my first job was at age 14, working for Chick-Fil-A) really groomed me, in a sense. I now feel like I have drive in serving people who are adjusting to some major transitions in life. Occupational Therapy has been a solid match for this, and I knew I had found my calling the moment I started shadowing clinicians while living out in central Florida at age 19, back in 2006. From my growth in that field, I observed that there is a need in personal services in my practice that you can’t always get inside the medical model. Sometimes people are shocked by life changes, and they need more help finding modifications and solutions. So, Adaptable Motions was born. It’s literally in the name. I want to help people ADAPT when they are required to move through life.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I don’t think any roads in life are made to be entirely smooth, right? There are always potholes that come up or whether that changes the drive. I don’t love the concept of struggle, so I am going to say; There have definitely been things in my life I have had to stay flexible for. The trick of it all is accepting that and remaining flexible, and in my line of work, this is imperative. COVID happened, so offering teleservices became my go to. The world literally shut down, so I brought exercises directly to my clients. My caseload is also lower than that of a booming brick and mortar therapy service because the work I do is personal, and the clients who need that level of service are not always easily found. I need to be where they are. Thankfully, the world is opening again, and that is possible. I also have to add that for me personally, I have a driven husband who works for one of the most demanding and prestigious aerospace companies, and he owns his own aerobatic flight school, West Coast Aerosport. We also have two brilliant children and a really busy home life. So, just like I teach my clients, I have to remain flexible and make sure everything is counterbalanced.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Adaptable Motions, my company, and functional living are at the core of what I love to focus on. As an Occupational Therapy provider, I serve clients who are faced with different abilities, be it from physical trauma or mental health-related conditions, in setting goals to optimize their quality of life. In some cases, this is one on one and personal and involves environmental changes, home modifications, and strategies for behavioral changes. It’s functional therapy in your home to make changes that you and the people in it are involved in. Sometimes that even means going through the process of relocating and needing support to do that. I actually went out and became a Realtor as well so that I could bring value to my clients in the transition of relocation in a way that is fully in tune with my client’s unique needs. I also love to work with caregivers for support and training on things that could help them decrease their own burden that they carry, too. I find solutions when it’s a challenge for a person who is in a situation to see them. An example of this is a client who has a condition they’ve lived with independently for years, is now aging with other conditions. The referral came to me by a family member who was concerned and felt they needed to start thinking about relocation and more help in their day to day. This client wanted to live at home and remain independent despite their changes. They had one plan in mind, and the family member doing all of the care that was growing in volume weekly had another. I became the solution finder. We made simple modifications at home, worked on their routine, and agreed on plans that can keep them at home for as long as they are able to. I place value in having valid input and feedback to find solutions.

How do you think about happiness?
When people are able to move forward. Simply put, seeing people succeed in the goals they set for themselves, and watching them grow in them.

It is a JOY when you can sit in the front row to witness that in a person you invest in.

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Tiare Rush, Rush Photography

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