Dr. Gerald Mauriello
Dr. Gerald Mauriello, Jr., is a Board-Certified Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon. He completed his undergraduate education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and earned his graduate degree in Health Education from Columbia University’s prestigious Teacher’s College in New York City. Dr. Mauriello continued his medical education at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and graduated in 2004.
He completed his residency in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of NYC, where he served as Chief Resident. Following his residency training, Dr. Mauriello was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and the Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Mauriello completed advanced training at the world renowned, Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics in Kurgan, Russia. This valuable experience allows him to utilize specialized techniques to reconstruct deformities of the foot and ankle after traumatic injury and complications associated with diabetes.
Prior to Joining Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Mauriello has spent the last five years as Director of the Foot and Ankle Institute of Advanced Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute in Freehold, NJ.
He is proud to bring his expertise to the Patients of Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Mauriello has special interest and advanced training in diabetic foot and ankle disorders, charcot foot and ankle reconstruction, sports medicine, trauma of the foot and ankle, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. From toenails to ankle fractures, Dr. Mauriello has you covered.
“I am so happy to be joining this practice and am honored to serve the patients of Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists. It is my life’s work to keep you on your feet, in the game and enjoying life.”
Dr. Gerald Mauriello, Jr.
Jennifer Hicks, Lac
Jennifer Hicks, Lac, is a board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist licensed through the NCCAOM. She specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, sports-related injuries, pain management, and women’s health.
Jennifer graduated with honors from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, holding a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Additionally, Jennifer completed a post-graduate year-long training program in sports medicine acupuncture.
While studying at Pacific College, Jennifer further developed her appreciation for an integrative approach to patient care by participating in several externships, including the San Diego Cancer Center and Rady Children’s Hospital. She also treated diverse health issues interning at the senior’s health clinic in downtown San Diego. Her training continued at the Chengdu University of TCM in China, where she studied alongside prominent doctors and completed rounds in the hospital’s Endocrinology, Gynecology, and Acupuncture units. Jennifer is also certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. She has special interest and training in using essential oils with Aroma AcuPoint technique.
Jennifer believes Chinese medicine can be used as a powerful tool that naturally promotes the body’s healing potential, allowing for optimal health and wellness. She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and using her knowledge of acupuncture and herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and lifestyle modification to educate and empower patients. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family, practicing yoga, hiking, dance and music, exploring new places, and learning new things.
Melissa will always provide you with a smile and a friendly welcome. She loves forming relationships with patients and meeting all of their needs. Her duties include phone and scheduling appointments, pre-certifications, MicroVas Therapy, coordinating patients into treatment rooms as well as daily office duties. Melissa will always be happy to speak with you.
Janet has been with Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists for 12 years! She works in human resources, specifically in the hiring of new employees and NJ labor law compliance. She also manages our Facebook accounts and oversees marketing and recalls. Her free time is selflessly spent donating at Sy’s Piece of Heaven.
Senior Medical Assistant/Scribe
Katrina is a senior medical assistant and scribe who assists patients and our doctors in a variety of ways. She takes medical histories, records vital signs, and takes the time to explain treatment procedures to patients, prepare patients for examinations, and communicates daily with doctors, billing staff, insurance representatives and pharmacists. Katrina also assists our doctors during examinations, and oversees and manages the forms necessary for coverage of supplies, as well as all disability forms.
Mariela is a medical assistant who assists patients and our doctors in all aspects of patient care. In addition to assisting our doctors, Mariela manages billing and insurance verifications, and is an expert ICD-10 coder.
Ted is well versed in business management and employee team building, and makes sure everything runs smoothly from morning to night. He works with scheduling to maximize available patient appointments, while evaluating patient satisfaction surveys to ensure office hours are pleasing to our patients’ schedule needs. Ted also oversees ordering to ensure only the best of products are available for our patients. He believes a great manager is always available to each staff member whether during office hours or after, so he’s always there to help! In addition,Ted oversees current office policies and ensures they are in operation, or when needed, modifies or changes them. Finally, he works closely with our financial team so that clean claims are submitted in a timely manner.
Krys is a medical scribe who works closely with Dr. Mauriello to complete medical documentations, take medical histories, and record vital signs. She is in daily communication with not only our doctors and billing staff, but also insurance representatives and pharmacists. Krys interacts frequently with patients to ensure they are comfortable, at ease, and have enjoyable visits, making sure to explain and prepare each patient for procedures and examinations.
Richybel is our front desk receptionist who will greet you with a friendly smile and work with you to coordinate referrals and schedule tests. She is also a licensed therapeutic dietician and works closely with Jennifer Hicks, Lac, coordinating visits for our holistic medicinal services, including acupuncture, essential oils, and other natural alternatives.
Athena is one of our friendly front desk receptionists who welcomes patients with a smile! She also has a bachelor’s degree and is a registered nurse. Athena works closely with insurances and especially workman’s comp, to precert your eligibility and ensure all your tests are performed and approved in a timely manner.
Amber is one of our medical assistants who assists our doctors and ensures our patients receive personal attention and the best of care.
At Pequest Foot and Ankle, we speak English, Pilipino, and Spanish.