ABOUT the Therapist
Kaitlin (Kaity) Dollard MS, OTR/L
I graduated with my BS/MS in occupational therapy from the University at Buffalo in 2010. My first incredible/life enhancing position in occupational therapy was with Special Programs in Occupational Therapy services (SPOTS) in and around New York City. SPOTS provided me with a strong foundation for my work, ignited my passion for OT and inspired me to never stop learning. I give much thanks to all the SPOTS family for inspiring me daily with clinical brilliance, creativity and support. I gained experience working, not only in clinic settings, but in a variety of school-based placements including: pre-schools, charter schools, specialized educational programs and grade level schools.
My career path then led me home to the Hudson Valley, New York. I worked at The Center for Discovery (TCFD) which is a world-renowned non-profit for individuals with complex needs. My passion for aquatic intervention blossomed in TCFD's pool during moments of pure joy and achievement with my fellow clinicians and students. I saw first hand the power of providing clinical intervention in natural environments like "The Center's" biodynamic farm. TCFD not only enriched my professional career but I was blessed to grow up in the ponds, programs and magic of TCFD. My beloved father, Patrick Dollard, has been the CEO of TCFD for over 35 years and my remarkable sister Nicole Kinney is the Chief of Clinical Services. I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by superhero-humans I get to call family everyday! I learned vital skills working at TCFD and I am honored, humbled and grateful to call "The Center" my forever home.
My nomadic spirit then drew me west to Colorado in search of more learning and growth opportunities. I landed my dream position at Developmental FX (DFX) which is a transformative non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L was my director and continues to be my greatest mentor. She taught (and continues to teach) me a great deal regarding working with individuals with complex neurodevelopmental disorders. I gained much experience and expanded my knowledge base tremendously working under the guidance of Tracy and alongside my fellow DFX all-stars! I became the lead OT at DFX, and this experience enhanced my ability to mentor and teach other clinicians what I had learned and was learning. I also gained a wealth of knowledge regarding working with individuals with Fragile X syndrome through the mentorship and collaborative efforts of Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L, Sarah Scharfenaker, MA, CCC-SLP and Ruth Meissner, MA, CCC-SLP. My deep gratitude to the DFX scholar clinicians cannot be overstated!
In Colorado I was fortunate enough to spend some time learning from Dr. Leslie (Morrison) Bushog OTR/L who is the owner of Poseidon Therapy LLC. Leslie is an incredible and dynamic occupational therapist with a diverse aquatic background. I was inspired by her use of the water and the healing properties which the water provided during her occupational therapy sessions. Leslie continues to be my mentor regarding aquatic based occupational therapy, and she is my biggest motivator for adding water into my practice today.
-Kaity Dollard MS, OTR/L