All our professionals at Cedar Grove Foot and Ankle Specialists, PC maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in podiatry.

Dr. Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Wachtler graduated from Rowan University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He then went on to receive his medical degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. After completing his medical education, Dr. Wachtler was trained in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery at Morristown Medical Center of the Atlantic Health System. During his residency, he was elected chief resident and was extensively trained in complex foot and ankle pathologies both clinical and surgical.

Dr. Wachtler specializes in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, wound care, runners’ pathologies, diabetic foot care and all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery.  Dr. Wachtler is board certified in Foot Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons.

Dr. Wachtler also serves as the Secretary for the Eastern Division of the New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society and is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.  He is currently on staff at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ as well as Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ.  Dr. Wachtler stays up to date on the advances of new techniques and procedures and has contributed to the field through multiple lectures, research projects and publications.


Dr. Zina Cappiello, DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Cappiello graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lehigh University. She received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York, NY. She completed a surgical residency program at Passaic Beth Israel Hospital, Passaic, New Jersey. Dr. Cappiello is a Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Surgery, Board Certified in Foot Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She is currently on staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, Passaic, New Jersey and affiliated with Clifton Surgery Center, Clifton, New Jersey.

Dr. Cappiello opened her own practice in 2001. She has an extensive knowledge of procedures and methods used in examination and treatment of the foot and ankle and a proven track record of providing examination, diagnostic treatment, prevention, and care in the area of podiatric medicine. Dr. Cappiello is an active member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society. She has been published in Foot and Ankle International and The Journal of Comparative Neurology.

She enjoys all aspects of Podiatric Medicine, with a special interest in Sports Medicine, Diabetic foot care, and forefoot surgery.

In her spare time, Dr. Cappiello enjoys running, cardio boxing, yoga, cycling, hiking, golf and traveling. She is proud to have recently completed her 19th full marathon. As an athlete, she is sensitive to the stresses and injuries that the feet endure and the importance of having healthy feet in order to enjoy an active lifestyle.