Pediatric School-Based Health Clinics

– Our Administration –

             Denise Hajjar, M.S., Health Clinic Consultant, Nutrition and Wellness Educator

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Denise began her journey as Administrator of the Full Service Community School Health Centers and partner to the Board of Education in Paterson over five years ago. Along with her husband, George Hajjar, they began with School Number 5 and then the New Roberto Clemente. Sadly, George Hajjar passed away in August of 2014 just as they were beginning to bring  Health Care Services to the Orange School District. Denise continued to develop the Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic  in his honor; to carry out their passion to inspire families in Orange  to become educated in preventative health care and render Health Care Services so desperately needed in this inner city. Denise is passionate about the holistic perspective of development for each child. She believes education is half of the equation in order for children to develop intellectually, emotionally, and physically and achieve their hopes and aspirations. This year she will be opening the Rosa Parks Community School Health Clinic in Orange as well.  She feels extremely privileged to collaborate with the Board of Education in Orange and to be working with such amazing children and families. She has brought  Nutrition and Wellness workshops for families and appreciates any suggestions from families to further develop the successful outcomes for the students in Orange.. Denise holds a Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition and is Board Certified as Holistic Health Practitioner from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has four wonderful children, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and adorable grandson. She is surrounded by their love and is supported by the Health Centers’ compassionate and caring Treatment Coordinators and Clinical Staff.

-Our Service Providers-

 Dr. Rosario Zambrano – Pediatrician 

Dr Rosario Zambrano

  • Professor and Board Certified Pediatrician with 20 years experience.
  • Providing quality medical care through her offices in East Orange, Morristown, and now at the Oakwood Community Health Clinic at Oakwood Ave School. (973)677-4000   ext-3621
  • Well trained and experienced to deal with all aspects of well child and sick child medical care including yearly physicals, vaccinations, asthma, allergies, nutrition, lead poisoning, developmental issues, behavior issues, and special needs.
  • She treats all of her patients and families with the respect they deserve regardless of race, religion, financial background, type of insurance, or lack of insurance.
  • She speaks English and Spanish fluently.

                                Cilamene Joseph –  Treatment Coordinator Oakwood 

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 My name is Cilamene Joseph. I am the Treatment Coordinator at Oakwood Avenue Community School in Orange, NJ. I am originally from New Jersey, but I grew up in Haiti. I speak fluent Creole and French. I am easy to talk to and I am always willing to help.   I went to Dover Business College for Medical Billing and I have a license in the field. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to work with Oakwood parents and students. I look forward to continue working with more parents this school year. I am located in the Clinic Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. My office number is (973) 677-4000 ext. 3621. I am always here to help.

Afrika Bond – Treatment Coordinator Rosa Parks Community School Health Clinic

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  My name is Afrika Bond. I recently graduated from Montclair State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a concentration in Community Health Education.  I am currently the Treatment Coordinator for Rosa Parks Community School in Orange, NJ. I’ve been a student in the Orange School District from kindergarten through twelfth grade and it has always been a dream of mine to come back and serve the community which helped to shape who I am today. With this job, I am able to do just that. I look forward to meeting and working with all of the students, parents, teachers, and staff within the school and I am excited to see what new experiences and insight I will gain in this position.                           

                      Marianella Martinez – Gilbert – Nutrition Educator

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My name is Marianella Martinez-Gilbert and I am currently enrolled in the Nutrition and Food Science Program in Montclair State University. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I moved to New Jersey about 10 years ago and one of the things I love most is the diversity found in every city. I love getting to know about different cultures, traditions and beliefs. As a nutritionist I want to educate people about adopting a healthier lifestyle while still keeping their culture in mind. I also want to devote my time to different communities and learn how best to adapt their nutritional needs to their environment.

I am the happiest around children. I feel that children hold so much potential if given the opportunity to thrive. As a nutritionist, it is my goal to offer children the opportunity to thrive by teaching them how to make better food choices and how to take control of their diets. But most importantly my goal as a nutritionist is to teach people how to live a healthy life. A healthy life for me is one that encompasses the mind, body and soul and is void of any social stigma.

                   Cristina Monroy, LCSW – Behavioral Health Counselor

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Cristina Monroy is a graduate of Fordham University with a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She has worked with families and children for over twenty years, specializing in trauma and abuse.  She incorporates sand tray work, mindfulness-based parenting and a non-directive play therapy model which recognizes that play is the language in which children communicate their innermost feelings and can resolve conflict effectively. This framework provides healing, growth and promotes balance.

Her work has centered on assisting families and children find their voice, become empowered and discover their potential despite their life experiences or circumstances.  Cristina practices mindfulness-based play-family therapy and is completing her certification as a Registered Play therapist.

                              Michelle Urgilez, Behavioral Health/Social Work Intern

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Hello everyone! My name is Michelle Urgilez and I am one of the two Social Work interns this year at the Oakwood Avenue Health Clinic. I am a first year Master’s student at Rutgers University. I love to read and watch movies for fun and I am a complete animal lover! I have two cats and one dog! I am so excited to work with the children this year who are in the behavioral health clinic and I look forward to meeting everyone and to a successful year.

                    Rishannabel Ubiera – Behavioral Health/Social Work Intern

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My name is Rishannabel Ubiera I am a Master’s of Social Work Intern from Rutgers University. I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 2014 from Fairleigh Dickinson University. I have been working with young children for the past two years as a mentor and group facilitator for a partial care program. As a group facilitator for the partial care program at a mental health clinic, I was working with children who had psychiatric impairments to improve their social and behavioral skills.  I am interested in working with children and adolescents to offer them the support they need during difficult transitions  for the betterment of their lives. With a great interest in the future of our youth, it is my calling to help at-risk children strive for success in their community



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