Our Team

Theresa M. Redling, DO, FACP
Medical Director

Dr. Redling is board certified in Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Redling joined Saint Barnabas in 2012 after holding the Geriatric Chief position at position of Chief of Geriatrics at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ.

Her interests include caring for complex elders, diagnosis and treatment, including new drug trials for Alzheimer's and related dementias and promoting, teaching and improving the care for health system elders. Dr. Redling has a primary care and consultative practice a The Center for Geriatric Health and Disease Management and also manages her own patients if they require hospitalization at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Redling provides consultative care at Saint Barnabas for hospitalized elders, assisting other physicians in best practices for hospital-based elder care. She also teaches physicians in training, medical students and many other health care practitioners the art of Geriatric medicine.

Gerald Tramontano, PhD
Dr. Tramontano has 18 years experience as a practicing clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of various cognitive, neurobehavioral and neuropsychiatric disorders. He is currently in private practice at the NeuroCognitive Institute (NCI). NCI is affiliated with Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center where he directs services for their outpatient Memory Disorder Clinics within Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine. Prior to entering private practice he was the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

After obtaining his doctorate at St. John's University in Clinical Psychology; he completed his internship at Tufts University School of Medicine Boston VA Consortium and his residency and fellowship in clinical neuropsychology and research psychopharmacology at Brown University School of Medicine.

His clinical research expertise is within the neurosciences – more specifically, dementia producing neurodegenerative diseases and other cognitive disorders. He has completed approximately 50 clinical trials. Dr. Tramontano is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and faculty member of the Cerebral Dysfunction Clinic at the medical school. He is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at St. John's University teaching clinical neuropsychology in the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program.

Sarah O'Connell, MSN, APN-C
Program Director/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Sarah is an ANCC board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP). Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Indiana University and her Master of Science degree at University of California, San Francisco. In addition to Geriatrics, she has experience in emergency, palliative care, acute care and the outpatient settings. In addition to seeing patients in the office, Sarah also runs the Housecall Program and participates in Hospital and Community wide efforts to improve healthcare for the elderly. She is a member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association and works in collaboration with Theresa Redling, DO. As a team, they are passionate about providing high-quality care in an environment where their patients feel safe and well informed.

Maisha Cheatham
Medical Assistant

Maisha has over seven years of experience, including inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a gift for helping patients feel at ease and a dedication for providing excellent care to the elderly.

Akunna Onwuzurike
Program Coordinator

Akunna earned her Bachelor's of Science in Business Management at Kean University and is currently studying to become a Clinical Nurse Leader at Seton Hall University. As a coordinator for SBMC Geriatric Health Center, Akunna assists patients and their families with guidance and assistance in scheduling, billing, and authorizations. Akunna is dedicated to our patients and their families.