MEET OUR SPECIALISTS

The team behind your pain relief

The multi-disciplinary team at NJ Institute for Spine & Joint Pain specializes in treating all types of acute and chronic pain conditions. Our highly skilled, board-certified providers incorporate a comprehensive approach to treating issues associated with the neck, back, joints and other areas.

Pasquale Pucciarelli, DC
Chiropractic Physician, COO

Jorge Mendez, MD
Interventional Pain Management
Medical Director. CEO

Diego Herrera, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Eileen Pucciarelli, DC
Chiropractic Physician
Director of Chiropractic Services

Jorge G. Méndez, MD. DABAPM

Jorge G. Méndez, MD. DABAPM

Medical Director and Co-founder of NJ Institute for Spine & Joint Pain

Education:

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Cook College, Rutgers University

Residency & Fellowship:

Harvard Medical School, Department Anesthesia
Rutgers Medical School, Department Anesthesia
Rutgers Medical School, Department Surgery

Honors:

Teacher of the Year 2009-2010 UMDNJ RWJ Anesthesia Department
UMDNJ-RWJ Dept. of Anesthesia – Golden Beeper Award for Excellence in Teaching
Selected to the Access-Med BS/MD Program Rutgers University/UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers University Recreation Dept. Outstanding Service Award 2002
Surgery Clerkship, Chief Student. RWJ Hospital 2nd Rotation 2001
OB/GYN Clerkship, Chief Student. RWJ Hospital 2nd Rotation 2002
NIH Pipelines Research Program Rutgers University 1997-1999
Rutgers University Recreation Dept. Outstanding Service Award 1999
District 12 Wrestling Champion, NJ 1994

Licensures & Certifications:

ABA Pain Management Certification
ABA Certification
Medical Board of NJ, NY, CA: Medical License
EMG/NCV
ACLS/BLS: American Heart Association
Certification in MUA

Research:

1997-1999 Rutgers Medical School, RWJ University Hospital, New Brunswick NJ
Department of Psychiatry
Sr. Research Assistant
PI: Daniel Cowen, MD
Studied the differential coupling of 5-H1TA and 5-H1TB receptors to activation of ERK2 and inhibition of adenylyl cyclase.

1994-1996 Cook College Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
Animal Science Department
Jr. Research Assistant
PI: Larry Katz, DVM.
Studied hormonal treatment and dispensing techniques for white tail Deer population control. Focused on treatment of female deer.

Publications:

Poster Presentation at the NJSSA Annual Spring Meeting
Poster Presentation at SAMBA 25th Annual Meeting
Poster Presentation at the 2010 ASA Annual Meeting
How to Improve Oxygenation and Patient Safety during MAC/TIVA by Converting a Nasal Cannula to a Face Tent in 10 Seconds at No Cost
Differential Coupling of 5-HT1A and 5-HT1B Receptors to Activation of ERK2 and Inhibition of Adenylyl Cyclase

Professional Organizations:

AAPM
ASRA
ASA
Harvard Medical School Alumni Association
Rutgers Medical School Alumni Association

Languages:

Fluent in Spanish (Spoken/Written)

Diego Alberto Herrera Figueira, MD

Diego Alberto Herrera Figueira, MD

Licensures & Certifications:

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, July 2015 to 2025
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Part 1, July 2013
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Part 2, July 2015

Professional Experience:

Orthopaedic Surgeon,
Advanced Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine
1907 Oak tree Rd. Suite 201
Edison, New Jersey 08820

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Away Rotation
Saint George Hospital, Sports Medicine
Orthopaedic Research Institute, Sydney, Australia

Clinical Research Fellow
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota
Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota

Surgery and Othopaedic Resident at Clinica Vista Alegre
Caracas, Venezuela

Observership, Orthopaedic Surgery
Hand Surgery Department, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Surgery and Orthopedic Resident Physician
CEMO Hospital, Caracas, Venezuela

Rural physician
El Clavo, Edo. Miranda Venezuela

Honors:

Top Doctor by NJ Top Docs, 2019
Garden State Law Enforcement Officers Association, Top Orthopedic Doctor of the Year, 2018

Education:

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellow
Kaiser Permanente, San Diego. California

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Orthopaedic and Trauma Resident
Perez de Leon Hospital Caracas, Venezuela

MD Degree
Central University of Venezuela, School of Medicine J.M Vargas,
Caracas, Venezuela

Languages:

Fluent in Spanish (Spoken/Written)

Sports Team Coverage:

Multiple High School Football teams in the Birmingham Area
Chula Vista High School football team, San Diego, California
Southwestern College Football team, San Diego, California
Cartaret High School Football Team, Cartaret, New Jersey

Pasquale Pucciarelli, DC

Pasquale Pucciarelli, DC

Practice Administrator and Co-founder of NJ Institute for Spine & Joint Pain

Education:

New York Chiropractic College 1991-1995
Kean University 1985-1990

Clinical Residency:

New York Chiropractic. Seneca Falls, New York
New York Chiropractic. Levittown, New York

Licensure & Certifications:

New Jersey Chiropractic Board: Active Status
New York Chiropractic Board: Inactive Status
Certification Manipulation Under Anesthesia

Professional Achievements:

Certified Expert in Field of Chiropractic Medicine
Certified Expert in Field of Magnetic Resonates Imaging of the Spine
Physician Immaculata High School, Somerville New Jersey 1196-1997
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Part 3
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Part 2
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Part 1

Eileen Pucciarelli, DC

Eileen Pucciarelli, DC

Director of Chiropractic Services and Co-founder of NJ Institute for Spine & Joint Pain

Education:

New York Chiropractic College 1990-1994
Kean University 1986-1990

Clinical Residency:

New York Chiropractic. Seneca Falls, New York
New York Chiropractic. Syracuse, New York

Licensure & Certifications:

New Jersey Chiropractic Board: Active Status
New York Chiropractic Board: Inactive Status

Professional Achievements:

National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Part 3
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Part 2
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Part 1

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Over 20 years of experience treating work and sports related injuries, car accidents, and aches and paints from normal activites of daily life.

 NJ Institute for Spine & Joint Pain. 901 North Wood Avenue Linden, NJ 07036