Former St. Matthew’s student returns to Cayman as sports injury specialist

A former student of St. Matthew’s University Medical School, Melissa Mascaro, is returning to the Cayman Islands, where she completed her undergraduate degree.

She will be bringing her sports medicine expertise to Cayman Clinic, where she will make monthly visits on weekends, and she hopes to return full-time to Cayman in the future.

Dr. Melissa Mascaro
Dr. Melissa Mascaro

Dr. Mascaro attended St. Matthew’s from January 2005 to May 2008. “During that time, I did my basic sciences on island working with local physicians, including [Dr. Ginny Hobday of Cayman Clinic] who ultimately influenced my decision to pursue family medicine/general practitioner,” Dr. Mascaro said.

After completing basic sciences in Cayman, she moved to England where she undertook a year of core training in sub-specialties, including surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, neurology, orthopedic surgery and psychiatry. In her fourth year at St. Matthew’s, she went back to the United States where she spent time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, working on injury prevention and epidemiology studies.

After four years of medical school, she completed a three-year family medicine residency in New Jersey and went on to do a fellowship and specialize in sports medicine at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Mascaro, originally from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, has been a regular visitor to Cayman since completing her studies here.

When she returns monthly to Cayman, she will focus on primary care sports medicine, “which is essentially non-operative orthopedics.”

“I look forward to taking care of athletes of all ages,” she said. “I am also a certified hyperbaric physician and enjoy scuba diving, making Cayman a great place to live and work.”

She hopes to relocate here “to a full-time practice … with Ginny [Hobday], who has been a role model for me through the years.”

Dr. Mascaro is a consulting physician for Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA Boxing and USA Gymnastics, as well as sports medicine director in her private practice group for family physicians.

“I would love the opportunity to assist any local Caymanian teams/athletes and schools to better serve the community,” she said.

“I was fortunate enough to train in advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound procedures which makes ‘in office’ diagnostic and therapeutic injections possible. I am able to provide multidisciplinary care for athletes of all levels … We hope to provide compassionate individualized treatment plans for our recreational athletes to our elite level competitors in the Cayman Islands.”

Dr. Mascaro has served as an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehabilitation and worked in corporate wellness. She has been a team physician for USA Gymnastics, covering the Kellogg’s Tour for Olympic Champions, and the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships, USA Boxing Diamond and Golden Gloves events.

Her fellowship training included time with the University of Connecticut national championship women’s basketball team at the Jimmy V Basketball Tournament in Madison Square Garden in New York.

She has also provided coverage for Reality MMA Fighting, freestyle ski jump competitions, the Lake Placid Ironman, New York City Marathon, 2013 Boston Marathon, and Big East soccer tournaments. She has worked with football, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, field hockey, swimming and diving, track and field, golf, lacrosse, crew and rugby.

She is also a former NCAA Division 1 gymnast.