Prior to starting AOTS, Molly held the position of Director of Occupational Therapy at Southampton Hospital for eight years. During her time at Southampton Hospital, she started a pediatric program enabling her to better understand both the business and pediatric sides of Occupational Therapy. Perhaps more importantly, as a result of this work, she discovered that treating children was her true passion within the realm of therapy.
Molly’s education and experience with school aged children in both the school and office setting is expansive. In addition to her degree from Quinnipiac University, Molly went on to complete an Advanced Certification in Pediatrics from Texas Woman’s University. In 2009, Molly expanded her practice to include Comprehensive Therapy Services, a company that would enable her to provide Physical Therapy services in addition to Occupational Therapy services to the local school districts.
She continues to attend pertinent conferences to remain informed of new treatments and therapies for the children in her care and has completed countless certifications in this regard. In July of 2014, Molly became Board Certified in the use of Neurofeedback. Molly is excited with the gains she is seeing in her clients that are being treated with Neurofeedback. It has been most helpful in addressing difficulties with attention, anxiety, sleep disturbances and much more. In April of 2016 she opened a second clinic in Riverhead in order to provide easier access for clients seeking Neurofeedback therapy from further up the island.
*Neurofeedback therapy is a technique in which brainwave patterns are observed and trained to function more efficiently. The process is 100% painless and involves placement of electrodes on the scalp. The electrodes are attached to a computer program, which show the client an image of their brain waves on a screen. Therapy sessions involve watching a movie of the client’s choice while a neurofeedback therapist monitors their brainwaves. The therapist rewards the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function. Self-regulation training allows the central nervous system to function better.
Outside the world of OT, Molly enjoys exploring new places, traveling to new countries and experiencing other cultures. She also enjoys visiting historic properties and has a love of old homes and architecture. Her dream is to one day own and restore a historic property to its former glory. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones and her mischievous dachshund sidekick named Ketchup.
Her goal as an occupational therapist is to help bring inner joy and confidence to all people she works with through celebrating their strengths and understanding their challenges.
Catherine’s outside interests include standing paddle boarding, TRX workouts, gardening, and agility training with her two beloved Mini Australian Shepherds; her workouts and interests give you a true sense of her joie de vivre! Catherine’s singular focus as an Occupational Therapist is providing excellence in care and improving her patients’ quality of life.