Pediatric School-Based Health Clinics

– Our Administration –

Denise Hajjar, M.S., Health N Wellness Services, LLC

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 eight years ago. Along with her husband, George Hajjar, they began providing Pediatric Services to include a Pediatric Doctor, Dental and Vision Services, Behavioral Health Counseling, and Nutrition/ Wellness Education for parents and guardians. 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 as well as the Rosa Parks Community School to carry out their passion to inspire families in Orange to become educated in preventative health care and render accessible Health Care Services 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.  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 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. She has four wonderful children, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and two adorable grandsons and a granddaughter. 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.

 

                                                           Treatment Coordinators 

                                                 Carla Ann Alexander – Rosa Parks

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My name is Carla Alexander. I am currently enrolled at Montclair State University seeking a degree in Family and Child Development with a minor of Sociology. I grew up in Essex and Union county and look forward to working with the Orange School District. I am known for being patient, honest, sympathetic, and most importantly, for being a hard dedicated worker. I use to be a tutor and a dance leader. I really enjoy working with children and the school staff overall. I am happy I get the chance to add to my knowledge and learn with my position as a Treatment Coordinator at the Rosa Parks Community School Health Clinic.

                                               Tanya Simon – Oakwood Avenue Community School

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Hi, my name is Tanya Simon I am the Treatment Coordinator at Oakwood Avenue Community School. I graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Sociology. I have always been passionate about working with children and serving my community. Seeing that I can make a difference in the lives of students is a rewarding feeling and I’m happy that while growing up, someone made a difference in my life. I grew up in the city of Orange in my formative years and now have the pleasure of giving back to its families and communities. Nelson Mandela once said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I value my work in the clinic for this reason. As a health educator of children and families, I am responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students in the school—the most gratifying work I have experienced thus far in my career!

 

 

Cristina Monroy, LCSW – Behavioral Health Supervisor/Director

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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.

 

                                                                        Carmen Fix, LSW

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My name is Carmen D. Fix, I am a MSW bilingual Social Worker. I completed my MSW at Rutgers University, I have been working in this field for more than 15 years with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. My goal while working with clients is to make a positive difference in their lives. I really look forward to working with the Orange School District!

                   

Behavioral Health/Social Work Interns

                                                                 Christine Galiardo

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Greetings! My name is Christine Galiardo and I am working in the Full-Service Community Health Clinic-next to the nurse’s office in Room 106.  I live here in New Jersey and after working in the financial industry for many years I am back at school pursuing my Master’s in Social Work at Rutgers University. I have always had a passion for helping others and for education and the combination has brought to the field of Social Work.  I am married and have 4 children: ages 23, 21, 19 and 14 years old.  My kids think that my favorite child is my big dog named Stella.  I look forward to working with all of the children, parents, caregivers, staff and extended family of Rosa Parks Community School to make this a GREAT school year.

                                                               Angela Vilas

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My name is Angela Vilas. I graduated from Caldwell University with my Bachelors in Criminal Justice with a minor concentrations in Sociology and Psychology. During my tenure at Caldwell University, I worked as an intern at Alum & Ferrer, a law firm in Guttenberg, NJ. Currently, I am working towards my Masters of Social Work degree at Montclair State University. In doing so, I have become an MSW intern at the Rosa
Parks Health Clinic. I hope to have a positive impact on the children and families we serve.

                                                                  Brianna Velez

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Hi, my name is Brianna Velez and I am the current Social Work Intern at the Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic! I graduated from Montclair State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and two minors in Classics and Creative Writing. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at Montclair State University and hope to work with children, youth and families in an elementary school setting. I have a previous work background in elementary school education and have worked at Oakwood Avenue Community School for 2 ½ years as an educator and Family Liaison! I enjoy interning at the Health Clinic because I have a passion for helping children and families grow to be their best selves!

                                                            Nutrition Intern

                                                             Amanda Garcia

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My name is Amanda Garcia and I am currently completing my undergraduate degree at Montclair State University in the Applied Nutrition Program. I began my internship at the Rosa Parks and Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinics in January of 2019. I have loved being able to use my creativity to come up with monthly workshops educating parents, students and faculty on the importance of nutrition in their daily lives. I look forward to seeing the opportunities that arise with this internship program and continuing to support and learn about what the Health Clinic has to offer!

 

 

 

 

 



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