Our Staff

All professionals at Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

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

Holistic Practitioner


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 Kornmeyer

Office Manager


Melissa will always provide you with a smile and a friendly welcome. She loves forming relationships with patients and meeting all of their needs. If you have any questions about billing or insurances she will be glad to assist you.


Mariella Santos

Medical Assistant Extraordinaire


Mariela is the head medical assistant who assists patients and the doctor in all aspects of patient care. She also assists in transcription of your office visit. She will make sure all loose ends are tied up and discuss patient education with you.



Medical Scribe


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 Barbo



Richy is one of your first interactions with our office! Her main duties include phones, insurance verification, scheduling and recalls. She will be glad to help you with insurance participation questions and referrals. You will also recognize her voice when she calls to remind you of your appointment!


Athena Gamosa



Athena works very hard to make sure all your needs are taken care of before your appointment. She 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 McKenzie

Medical Assistant


Amber is one of our medical assistants who assists our doctors and ensures our patients receive personal attention and the best of care. She brings you back to the rooms and gets you all set up so we can make your visit here as comfortable and trouble free as possible.


Kim Liedel

Front Desk Receptionist


Meet our new Front Desk Receptionist! You will have an immediate connection with her and can be rest assured she will make sure everything is set and ready to go for the Doctor and assistants. She will assist you in scheduling your next upcoming appointment and any out of office appointments you may need help with.


At Pequest Foot and Ankle, we speak English, Pilipino, and Spanish.