Molly Gallegos, M.A., OTR/L
Molly is passionate about her work as a pediatric occupational therapist. She feels blessed to be able to support the unique potential of each child through meaningful occupations and through close collaboration with parents, caretakers and colleagues.
Molly recently moved to Idaho from Southern California, where she was born and raised. She first fell in love with pediatric occupational therapy shortly after graduating from college with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Immediately following graduation, Molly began working with children and adolescents at Loma Linda University’s Behavioral Medicine Center, an inpatient behavioral health hospital in Redlands, CA. It was at this hospital that she was first introduced to pediatric and behavioral health-based occupational therapy.
Because of this experience, Molly decided to become an occupational therapist. She graduated from the University of Southern California with her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy in 2004. Immediately following graduation, Molly worked at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation’s outpatient pediatric clinic, in Pomona, CA. While there, she worked within both the outpatient clinic and public school settings. Molly enjoyed the multidisciplinary team dynamic as well as the ability to support the success of children within their natural environment within the school setting. Because of this, she pursued work at Capistrano Unified School District in San Juan Capistrano, CA, a very large and progressive school district, consisting of 50 schools within adjoining cities within Orange County. Molly worked-full time at CUSD during the next eleven years. She also worked part-time for a pediatric clinic in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA during two of those years, with the primary focus of therapy supporting developmental, sensory and feeding needs of children ages 0-3.
Molly has advanced training in Sensory Integration-Based Therapy (she is SIPT certified) and is experienced working with children within the early intervention populations (ages 0-3) through young adulthood. Molly has worked extensively with children who experience Autism, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Psychological and Behavioral needs (including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Schizophrenia), Down Syndrome as well as with children who experience a variety of genetic, cognitive, neurological, motor and developmental delays. Molly is pleased to facilitate improved developmental skills, fine and gross motor skills, visual motor skills, sensory processing abilities and to support the cognitive, behavioral and emotional needs experienced by children of all ages.
Molly lives in Meridian with her husband and two children. When not working, Molly enjoys spending time with her family. She loves playing with her own children, creative and artistic pursuits, swimming and exploring all of the natural beauty that Idaho has to offer.