Newswise — Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, which offers New Jersey’s most comprehensive rehabilitation services, announced today that three new clinical leaders have joined its team of health professionals who are devoted to providing the highest levels of rehabilitation care for adults and children. 

 “We are delighted to welcome Anthony Doss, M.D., Ashley Kakkanatt, M.D., and Monique J. Tremaine, Ph.D., MSCP,”  said Sara Cuccurullo, M.D.,  chair, vice president and medical director, JFK Johnson. “These outstanding, dedicated professionals are among the country’s new generation of specialists in rehabilitation medicine. As we continue to grow as an organization, they will help us provide the highest level of care to the patients we treat.” 


Anthony Doss, M.D., FAAPMR, post-acute rehabilitation specialist

Dr. Doss primarily treats patients in the post-acute care setting, including consultation services at acute care hospitals, as well as inpatient rehabilitation services with a focus on stroke and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. 

“I am passionate about reducing disability and maximizing functional independence after injury or disease, and improving quality of life to the greatest possible extent,” said Dr. Doss. “I’m delighted to be joining the team at JFK Johnson, which is known for both its clinical excellence and its compassion.” 

Dr. Doss earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Morristown Medical Center prior to completing residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson/JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, where he served as Chief Resident. 

Dr. Doss is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and he is involved in the education of medical students and residents. He is an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists and has presented several topics regionally and nationally. 


Ashley Kakkanatt, M.D., a brain injury and spasticity specialist

“It’s an honor for me to join the team at JFK Johnson and to care for patients who are recovering from stroke and brain injury,” said Dr. Kakkanatt, who received her medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She completed her internship at NYMC- Westchester Medical Center and residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center- Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she served as Chief Resident. She then completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Brain Injury Medicine at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

Dr. Kakkanatt provides inpatient and outpatient care with a focus on stroke and brain injury rehabilitation including spasticity management. She enjoys teaching and is active in fellow and resident education.

Dr. Kakkanatt is an active member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the North American Brain Injury Society. She is a participant in ongoing research and has presented her research at both local and national conferences.


Monique J. Tremaine, Ph.D., MSCP, Director of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Rehabilitation

“I am very proud to be a member of the JFK Johnson team,” said Dr. Tremaine, who has more than 18 years of experience in neuropsychological practice “I am privileged to lead such an outstanding cognitive rehabilitation program and to work with such an expert staff. My goals are to work at the highest levels possible and to collaborate across services to create the future of rehabilitation.”

Her career achievements include design and implementation of cognitive rehabilitation programs across acquired brain injury diagnoses and consultation for virtual reality based cognitive rehabilitation, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy programs. 

She earned her PhD in Neuropsychology from Alliant International University in 2002 after completing an internship at Loma Linda University in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Rehabilitation followed by a Postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at Sharp Memorial Hospital. 

Dr. Tremaine most recently completed a Postdoctoral Master’s degree in Psychopharmacology. Her research interests include pharmacological interventions in management of neuropsychological and behavioral changes following brain injury, neuropsychological predictors of prolonged recovery following concussion, and development of technology and evidence base for virtual reality and artificial intelligence in cognitive rehabilitation.