Meet Crystal (Burnett) Rayside
Crystal has been a part of Brook Lane's dietary team for over five years. She has performed numerous roles in the department over the years; her current role is assistant to the cook. In this position, Crystal monitors patient dietary profiles to check for food allergies and any special dietary requirements. She also works with other team members to prepare breakfast and lunch trays. Crystal enjoys working with patients and other staff members to assure that patient dietary needs are appropriately met. Our Nutritional Services team takes care of the physical needs so that patients can focus on the healing process of their mental health needs.
Crystal came to Brook Lane by following the footsteps of her mother Leta Spencer. Leta worked in the dietary department for over 15 years, retiring in 2018. Other family members also work for Brook Lane. “Obviously, my family loves Brook Lane,” Crystal says. Previously, Crystal worked for Garden State Tannery (GST) in Williamsport, Maryland, until her role as an Army wife took her and her first husband to Pureto Rico, Korea and then Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Crystal is also a licensed cosmetologist and has been a salon manager for Mastercuts in the past. She generously provides hair services to Brook Lane patients as needed.
Shortly after beginning to work for Brook Lane, Crystal was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through a long and difficult treatment process. She credits her supervisor, Dawn Lewis, and co-workers for cheering her on and helping her to get through her rigorous treatment journey. Proudly, Crystal is a 4 ½ year breast cancer survivor.
Born in Cumberland, Maryland and raised in Paw Paw, West Virginia, Crystal’s parents relocated to Hagerstown when she was in 9th grade. She currently resides in Hagerstown. She has two sons, Tavian, age 29 and Trent, age 27 and five grandchildren. Her grandchildren are dear to her heart and she enjoys spending time with them. She also enjoys playing bingo with her mother.
Like many of us, COVID-19 greatly impacted Crystal’s plans. In July of 2020, she and her new husband were married in a virtual ceremony. “I put everything in God’s hands and do everything for the glory of God,” says Crystal. In January 2021, Crystal was baptized. She and her husband are in the process of building a new home in West Virginia. They hope to move in May. She is grateful for the blessings in her life, yet is still very concerned about the pandemic, as she sadly lost a family friend to COVID-19. She continues to pray for everyone affected by the pandemic.