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About Melissa

Melissa P. Gallagher is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) through the NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification). She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) through the NCCDP (National Council for Certified Dementia Practitioners), a Certified Home Health Aide (HHA), as well as a trained Support Group Leader and former Program Specialist for the Alzheimer's Association, Long Island Chapter. Melissa has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from St. Joseph’s College and over 15 years of experience working with adults and seniors in both clinical and residential settings.

Services Include
  • ​​FREE Consultation to identify issues and discuss plan for solutions.
  • Complete Recreation Assessment and Care Plan for your loved one including activity based intervention/tips for challenging behaviors (if needed) and appropriate, meaningful activities.

  • Ongoing Recreation Therapy sessions available 


  • Assistance in transitioning into Adult Day Program, Assisted Living or Skilled Long Term Care Facility,  
    as well as community programs such as Memory Cafe or other social events.


“Melissa is an expert in working with seniors. She assisted my family with evaluating the level of care my grandfather required and served as a great resource for us. Melissa specializes in dementia, but also had a great understanding of his physical limitation which was our primary concern. We are so grateful that she has helped improve the quality of life for both my grandfather and grandmother!”           — K.P.

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