FSCS Health Center Consultant: Denise Hajjar, M.S.
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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 and Denise continued to develop the Full Service Community School Health Centers in his honor; to carry out their passion to inspire families in Paterson 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. She feels extremely privileged to collaborate with the Board of Education in Paterson and to be working with such amazing children and families. She has brought yoga, dance, mindfulness meditation, and hygiene workshops for students in the school as well as nutrition and wellness workshops for families. She appreciates any suggestions from families to further develop the successful outcomes for the students in Paterson. Denise holds a Masters 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’ five compassionate and caring Treatment Coordinators and Clinical Staff.
Dr. Mannan Razzak, MD, FAAP
Dr. Mannan Razzak is a Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). Dr. Razzak grew up in Paterson and attended Paterson Catholic Regional High School. He attended the University of Notre Dame prior to leaving for early admission in medical school in Bangladesh. He obtained his medical degree from Bangladesh Medical College and completed pediatric residency at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School with training at University Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center.
Dr. Mannan Razzak has worked in four of the five major hospitals in the area as a Pediatric Emergency Room Physician and Hospitalist. Immediately after residency, Dr. Razzak worked at Clara Maas Medical Center as a Pediatric Hospitalist and as a Pediatric Emergency Room Physician at Trinitas Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center. He has also covered several pediatric practices as a locum tenens provider. Dr. Razzak currently works as a Pediatric Emergency Room Physician at Chilton Memorial Hospital and The University Hospital. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Razzak helps train medical students, physician assistant students, pediatric, family medicine and emergency medicine residents at The University Hospital.
Ifrah Syed, Physician Assistant
Ifrah Syed is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant, who works alongside Dr. Mannan Razzak, a Pediatrician at Woodland Park Pediatrics. Mrs. Syed completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Biology & Basic Medical Sciences at Wayne State University in Michigan, and completed the Physician Assistant Program at Mercy College located in Bronx, NY. She began her career working as a PA-C in an Urgent Care Center located in Elizabeth, New Jersey where she found her passion in helping children. She pursued this passion by joining a busy Pediatric Office for two years in Clifton, NJ, working as a primary provider. She is a PA-C at Express Care Medical Group where she started in early 2015 and recently joined our team providing medical services for the Paterson school districts where she continues to pursue her passion to care for children.
Mrs. Syed resides in North Jersey with her husband and two children and knows the importance of staying involved and giving back to her community. She is member of AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants) advocating for Healthcare Reform and preventative care, including vaccinating all children and adolescents, and promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Mrs. Syed is also active in local charity organizations like SMILE, where she is providing medical services for low-income families.
Behavioral Health Team
Melissa Elliott, LCSW
Melissa Elliott, LCSW CGP
Melissa Elliott is the Director Behavior Health at the FSCS Health Center. This is my fifth year at the Health Center and I feel we have created a great program that can help students in our schools individually, with their families and in Groups. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and over the last 25 years of practice I have worked in schools systems, outpatient mental Health centers and private practice. I started my training at The Yale Child Study Center, have worked on Child Study teams in two schools. I have been a Certified Group Psychotherapist for over 10 years and apply this knowledge to our groups here at the Health Center. I also have the pleasure of supervising Master level graduate student interns at our program representing Columbia University, Fordham, Ramapo College and Rutgers University.
The FSCS Health clinic benefits all the families who attend our schools. The Health clinic offers all students receiving Behavioral Health services to receive them while they are in the school setting. This benefits families with their work schedules and time restraints.
Jennifer Hutchinson, MSW
Jennifer Hutchinson recently received her Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Jennifer worked as an intern for the Full Service Community Health Center during the 2014-15 school year and is thrilled to be rejoining the community this year as a social worker. Jennifer will be spending most of her time at schools Six and 15 and is looking forward to a productive and meaningful year for everyone.
Sandy Johnson, LCSW
Sandy Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and therapeutic yoga teacher (RYT-200). Sandy received her master’s degree from New York University and her yoga certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy. Sandy worked for Children’s Aid & Family Services as a clinician within their therapeutic group homes and outpatient family services programs. Sandy acts as clinical supervisor and leads therapeutic groups for New City Kids, an outreach for at-risk children and teens, in Jersey City and Paterson. Sandy continues to work with families involved in the child welfare system and maintains a private practice with a focus on the needs of children and families.
This includes behavioral and emotional concerns that may arise as a result of adjustment to school, divorce, adoption, neglect, abuse and/or loss of a parent or caregiver. Sandy incorporates the practices of mindfulness and yoga into her mental health work in order to promote self-regulation skills, and improved attention and focus. Sandy believes that children may be our best teachers if we take the time to embrace what they have to teach us.
Christina Mejia is currently completing her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She began her internship with the Full Service Community School (FSCS) in September 2016. Christina obtained her BA in Psychology from Kean University in 2013. Christina has experience working with the adult population diagnosed with persistent mental illness ranging from schizophrenia to personality disorders in different settings such as supportive housing and community based independent living programs. Christina is a determined and passionate individual, and looks forward to her experience with the FSCS community.
Fatima Mohammad is currently in the process of completing her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. Fatima also works as a clinical case manager in the mental health field and has experience working with adults with mental health issues in the community. She is currently interning at School 9 as a bi-lingual counselor (English/Arabic) working specifically with students in kindergarten through eighth grade who recently immigrated to Paterson from Syria. This is the first time FSHC is operating at School 9. Fatima’s work includes individual intakes, crisis intervention, mediating conflicts in groups, relationship building, helping the students acculturate to a new environment, as well as coordinating with teachers and parents to help ensure a healthy and educational environment for students.
Diane Savage, Frank Lautenberg School
Hi I am Ms Diane , the Treatment Coordinator for The Senator Frank R. Lautenberg School ( formally known has school 6).
I am a mother four beautiful children; 2 girls and 2 boys. I graduated from Dover Business Colleges in 2011, with my certification in Medical Billing and Coding. I also, have a license in Cosmetologist and Salon owner.
I have been the Treatment Coordinator for the pass 2 yrs. This has been a plus with all my experience to help the families at Senator Frank R. Lautenberg School.
Nargish Akther, School 5
My name is Nargish Akther. I was born in Bangladesh. I moved to the USA when I was in 6th grade. Moving to a new country and going to a new school was not easy especially when you barely spoke English, but I was very ambitious and hardworking. I never gave up and always tried my best. My hard work paid off when I graduated from William Paterson University in May 2015 with a bachelor degree in public health. I also minored in Psychology. I’m a Certified Nursing assistant also certified in first aid and CPR. I love to learn new things; I believe there’s always something new to learn. Therefore, I like participate in different programs. Last year, I did my internship at OASIS. Oasis had given me chances to participate in seminars where they teach you about different topic such as preventing sports injuries in schools and medical emergencies. Also, at OASIS I had the privilege of working on nutrition’s idea for children age 5-10 years. I was able to organize lesson plans and activities related to nutrition for the after school program.
I have always been very passionate about helping others. I believe it’s preeminent to use my education and knowledge in a field where I know I make a difference. I have always worked in places where I’m surrounded by many people with the feeling that my presence actually means something. I enjoy spending time communicating with different people especially when someone comes from a different county. You can learn so much from them. For example, I work in a nursing home, with the aging population. When I spend time with them I feel as if I am actually doing something great. I recently started working at the School 5 Full Service Community Health Center as a treatment coordinator. I’m very blessed to have this job not only because this job provides me with many opportunities to further my skills and knowledge but I believe being a treatment coordinator is a perfect fit for me because I can apply my skills that already are inherit. For example, on a daily basis I interact with many parents and children, where I am able to use my communication skills and foreign language skills to help them. This position also gives me the opportunity to enhance my computer skills and time management abilities.
Miriam Perez, The New Roberto Clement
I am the Full Service Community School Treatment Coordinator for the New Roberto Clemente School. my name is Miriam Perez. I am a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. I enjoy working and helping children. Working as a Treatment Coordinator is a great job and we provide great services. I get to schedule the students in our school for dental, pediatric, behavioral health, optical and nutrition/wellness services and the parents do not have to take off from their jobs and the students do not need to be absent from school. I love seeing the students everyday and see how they are progressing in health, grades, and behavior! Just seeing them smile is great. I am very lucky and proud to be a part of the New Robert Clemente school and family. To me it is a family when Principal Montes, Vice Principal Royal, Vice Principal Francisco, Mrs. Giliano, the School Nurse, and the entire staff are very involved in making sure that each student has a special and positive experience throughout their years at NRC!
Victoria Vargas- Rivera, The Napier Academy
Warm Greeting’s To All!
My name is Ms. Victoria Vargas-Rivera. I’m proud and humble to introduce myself as the FSCS Treatment Coordinator for The Napier Academy School #4 Health Center. I am bilingual in Spanish. I previously worked as a translator for Social Services and New York Hotels. I recently finished a year term of services at School #15 for AmeriCorps. where I served gratefully the Community of Paterson! It is s a blessing to be here and to work with a great Health Center team!
I am looking forward to a successful year working with families & children providing great services at the FSCS Health Center! I am here to support and assist the students to meet their health care needs. Please stop by The Community Room-105. I’ll be honored to meet you all!!
Shalika Ulloa, School 15
My name is Shalika Ulloa, I have been with the Full Service Community School Health Center at School 15 since 2014. I am a mother of four beautiful children and worked as a Dental Assistant for a dental office for about 8 years. I left to attend American Institute to pursue a certification in dental assistance along with other credentials needed in the field of dentistry. Becoming a Treatment Coordinator of a Health Clinic has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Being able to grow a relationship with all the children in the clinic is what I look forward to everyday. Whether it is providing services to them or just having them stop in to say ‘hi,’ the children of the Full Service Community School Health Center have become my children too. My promise is that I will go above and beyond to provide everything that they need.