Since he took up ocean kayaking in 1995, Matthew Molison, DO, has spent his vacations in Maine. The draw was the outdoor opportunities of ocean, mountains, lakes and remote areas that are becoming rare in other parts of the country. Still, when he finished his residency in New York, he headed south to fulfill his obligation to the National Health Service Corps and he remained in North Carolina for 13 years.

Molison has now moved to Maine and opened his practice in Suite 202 in the Cobb Medical Building at Waldo County General Hospital with Dr. Ben Mailloux and Nurse Practitioner Joanne Moesswilde.

It was Penobscot Bay that first drew Molison to Waldo County, but once he visited the hospital, “I was impressed with the friendliness and openness of the medical staff. I was impressed with all the specialty care that is available for such a small hospital and I was impressed with what appeared to be the willingness of everyone to work together for the betterment of the community.”

He said he enjoyed the entire spectrum of family medicine, from pediatrics to geriatrics. That said, much of his experience is with geriatrics. He worked as the medical director for a nursing home and much of his practice was involved with chronic disease management, including lots of experience with diabetes, hypertension and COPD.

Molison said he makes sure that he listens to his patients and doesn’t make them feel rushed. “I involve them in their care and medical decisions,” he added.

After growing up in Pennsylvania,  Molison received a doctorate of osteopathic medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in family practice at Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, N.Y.

He practiced at Chatuge Family Practice in Hayesville, N.C., from 1997 to 2010, with one year off to work at the Western Medical Group in Cameron, N.C. He served as the medical director at Clay County Care Center, a long-term care facility providing care and rehabilitative services, from 2006 to 2008.

Besides sea kayaking, he is a certified coastal kayaking instructor, Molison also enjoys photography, reading, hiking, camping, mountain biking and the arts.