Mountainside/UHMC Hospital, Montclair, NJ
Seton Hall University, Department of Orthopedics, Clinical Assistant Professor
St. George’s University, Department of Orthopedics, Clinical Assistant Professor
Stevens Institute of Technology, Team Physician
Consultant Physician, Rutgers University Women’s Gymnastics
USA Gymnastics, Consultant Physician
USA Boxing, Ringside Physician
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
American College of Sports Medicine
American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine
Exercise Physiology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
St. Matthew's University Medical School, Grand Cayman, BWI
Mountainside/UHMC Hospital, Montclair, NJ
Mountainside/UHMC Family Practice Residency, Montclair, NJ
Sports Medicine, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT
Dr. Melissa Mascaro Takes a Championship Approach to Sports Medicine
“My goal, every day, is to help my patients maximize their mobility and overall health. We strive to provide a multidisciplinary team working collaboratively to develop a treatment plan tailored to each individual patient’s needs.”
Dr. Melissa Mascaro is a former full-scholarship Division 1 gymnast who is board-certified in family medicine and holds a certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine. Dr. Mascaro has worked in private practice locally helping develop primary care sports medicine in the community. She is currently a team physician for Seton Hall University and Stevens Institute of Technology. As a consultant physician for USA Gymnastics, Dr. Mascaro works with local elite gymnasts, assisting with events such as the Kellogg’s Tour of Olympic Gymnasts, the American Cup and the P&G Championships. She works with athletes of all ages, brings to the practice a passion for the prevention of sports injuries and strives to keep all athletes safely “in the game.”
Dr. Mascaro brings unique insight as a former scholarship athlete and has treated some of the country’s top athletes, including those at the Olympic and professional levels.
Dr. Mascaro also serves as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedics at both Seton Hall University and St. George’s University. She mentors medical students, residents and fellows interested in sports medicine, bringing a unique perspective as a former athlete herself.
She is also a ringside physician for USA Boxing and serves as the primary care physician for Montclair Public Schools.
Sports Medicine For All Ages and Abilities
Dr. Mascaro decided on primary care sports medicine because she could treat patients of all ages. With a family medicine specialty, she cares for pediatric through geriatric patients.
Patients who do not currently exercise may seek her advice on how to initiate a fitness program safely. “I want to show my patients that physical fitness can be for everyone. It doesn’t matter if it’s yoga or CrossFit.”
Dr. Mascaro also provides advice on healthy lifestyle choices, from exercise to nutrition and stress reduction. She performs ultrasound-guided injections and manages the conservative treatment of sports medicine injuries in Vanguard’s state-of-the-art facility. She also is a certified hyperbaric physician.
“We focus on injury prevention and try to screen our athletes before the injury occurs,” she says. “Our concussion program is expanding, and we are staying abreast of current research to give our athletes the competitive edge.” She is ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test)-credentialed and runs a comprehensive concussion program for her patients. This includes visual, vestibular and neuropsychological evaluations and specialist treatment plans when necessary. Her sports-specific concussion rehabilitation program is unique to each individual athlete.
“My approach is to gain my patients’ trust so that I may guide them through an injury and return them to athletics safely,” says Dr. Mascaro.
She has published book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presented research and given instructional lectures at sports medicine meetings both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mascaro’s research interests include the female athlete as well as injury prevention in the adolescent athlete. She spent time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta working on policy and legislature for “Exercise Is Medicine” during her training.
Dr. Mascaro is a native of western Massachusetts and her hobbies include scuba diving and traveling.