Thurs: Open until 6pm

12 DePiero Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645

Thurs: Open until 6pm
Board of Health

Contact Information


Northwest Bergen Regional Health

Commission Health Officer

  • Dr. Namitha Reddy

Northwest Bergen Regional Health

Health Sanitarians

  • Gary Dorsi, REHS
  • Pam Rosario, REHS
  • Steve Salerno, REHS

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center

(HARP) Public Health Nurse

  • Joanne Wendolowski, MS, RN,BC

Borough Veterinarian

  • Tracy Cohen-Grady, DVM

Board of Health Members


  • Joyce Cohen, RN, MA, APRNC

Vice President

  • Monica Danna, RN



  • Joel Landzberg, MD
  • Patricia Lennon, EdD
  • Joyce Jacobsen, RN


  • Gail Clark, RN, M.Ed, APRNC
  • Alternate #2 Vacant

Council Liaison

  • Theresa Cudequest

Board of Health

General Information

The Montvale Board of Health meetings are held on the first Monday (excluding holidays) in January, March, May, June, September, November and December. Meetings are held at the Montvale Municipal Complex, Conference Room #1, 2nd floor, the meetings start  at 7:45 pm, all residents are welcomed to attend.

The Montvale Board of Health in cooperation with Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission and Health Awareness Regional Program (HARP) of Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center provide an annual flu vaccination clinic in the fall.  Once the date of the clinic has been confirmed it will be advertise on the website. For additional information regarding health programs contact Health Awareness Regional Program at 551-996-2038 or the board secretary at

Montvale Board of Health provides public health activities as described in the "Public Health Practice Standards for Local Boards of health in New Jersey". Services provided include community public health, public health nursing, health  education, and immunization programs for our residents.

Food establishment inspections; testing potentially hazardous foods; health-related complaint investigations, call Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission at 201-445-7217 or  for up to date information, postings & upcoming events at or visit their website

The Board of Health, in cooperation with Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission offer a free rabies vacination clinic. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dog(s) or cat(s) to the Department of Public Works (DPW) Garage located at One Memorial Drive to vaccinate and license their pet(s). Please refer to Borough of Montvale website for additional information regarding the clinic. All pet owners are reminded that borough ordinance requires that all dogs and cats are required to be license. Failure to comply may result in a fine. 

About The Board of Health

The history of the Montvale Board of Health is almost as long as that of the Borough itself. The second ordinance that was passed by the first Mayor and Council was dated March 4, 1865. It was "AN ORDINANCE CONSTITUTING A BOARD OF HEALTH IN THE BOROUGH OF MONTVALE." The ordinance called for a five-person Board to be comprised of the Assessor, the Tax Collector and the Clerk, together with two other citizens appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. On March 11, 1895, Garret F. Hering was appointed as the first President of the Montvale Board of Health.

Over the past one hundred years, the mission of the Board of Health has changed. During the nineteenth century, waves of epidemics persisted and included many communicable diseases. There were few antibiotics and immunizations available. Scientific discovery of organisms during the later part of the century opened a new wave of sanitation concerns and control, and these discoveries had a major impact on the development of public health practice. State and local governments felt increasingly responsible for controlling the spread of bacteria and micro-organisms.

The Montvale Board of Health began safeguarding water and food as well as overseeing sewage disposal. Victims of contagious diseases were quarantined . Early efforts also included inspecting septic tanks, monitoring dairy farms and ensuring adequate drinking water from the many wells in Montvale.  

Today the Board of Health, an autonomous group under the capable leadership of Joyce Cohen, meets every other month to review health inspections, monitor health complaints and conduct a general overview of the health status of the community. A flu vaccination clinic and a rabies inoculation clinic are sponsored annually. These are widely attended by the citizens of Montvale. In addition, Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission  and public nurses from HARP, the Health Awareness Regional Program of Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, are retained by the Montvale Board of Health to assist in meeting the health care needs of the community.

The Modification Access Project (MAP)
Provides financial assistance to Bergen County residents who have disabilities or are over the age of 60 who require increased access to their homes in order to accommodate disabilities. Such projects can include ramps, widening of doorways, roll-in showers, lifts, automatic door openers and more. Where needed, MAP can also help pay for professional evaluations.