Olde Towne Optimal Health

Comprehensive Health Care for All Ages












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Comprehensive Health Care

Our Mission

At Olde Towne Optimal Health we emphasize preventative medicine.  Our goal is to provide comprehensive compassionate care for all ages, newborn to elderly.  Our mission is to create health rather than react to disease by empowering our patients to be fully integrated in their own health and support them in their decision to achieve optimal health. We do our very best to educate and empower our patients to take control of their health.


Dr. Maryann Alessio, the daughter of an immigrant Italian mother and second generation Italian father, and the youngest of five children, grew up in Nutley, New Jersey.  She was educated in the Nutley school system along with her four older brothers. 


She started her medical practice in October 2001 in a small office in Bloomfield subsequently moving back home to Nutley several years later.  In July 2010, Dr. Alessio settled into the Olde Towne section of Nutley where the practice was renamed “Olde Towne Optimal Health.”  Her vision was to recreate the feeling of the small town physician in a place that felt more like a home than a medical facility. Dr. Alessio was recognized by the Nutley Chamber of Commerce for her Capital Improvements dedication to Nutley Township, after renovating 349 Passaic Avenue, her “Olde Towne Optimal Health” private practice. 

Dr. Alessio was the 2011 “Physician of the Year” recipient of The John I. Crecco Foundation who honors those who have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the community.  On multiple occasions she has been the recipient of the “Patients’ Choice Award,” a testament of the excellent work in the field of medicine.  Patients’ Choice recognizes doctors who make a difference in the lives of their patients. She is a recognized physician on the Healthgrades Honor Roll. 


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Meet Our Practitioners

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Christine Steinberg,


Dr. Christine Steinberg is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a doctoral degree in nursing practice from the University of Maryland.
She is certified by AANPCB.
She also holds a teaching certificate for nursing and health education.
She has clinical experience in general medicine, oncology, bone marrow transplant, & infectious disease. 


Maryann Alessio,

D.O., F.A.A.P

 Dr. Alessio is a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She serves as the Nutley Township Physician, Nutley and Kearny School Physician. She is  on staff at Caldwell University as their Student Health Services Physician. 

Dr. Alessio is a member of the medical staff at Clara Maass Medical Center.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad. 

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Kathy Courain, 


Kathy Courain is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a Masters in Nursing Science, specializing in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients within Primary Care.  She seeks to always provide support within this diverse family practice in both childhood development and medical care across the pediatric spectrum. 

Our Staff

Medical Assistant Supervisor

Mary Wahab is an integral part of our team. She has been working at Olde Towne Optimal Health for over 15 years.  She is the Medical Assistant Supervisor and Patient Care Coordinator for Olde Towne Optimal Health. She is always willing to go above and beyond for our patients. She will provide friendly, courteous and professional care to our patients and she is here to assist you.

Certified Therapy Dog
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Dante is a Certified Therapy Dog. A Therapy Dog is trained to provide affection and comfort to people in places where people would benefit from positive interaction and therapeutic contact. Dante will oftentimes be present in the office and may be available upon request (he loves his naps)! During a visit with him, patients are invited to interact with him through petting him or stroking him or simply looking at him. Dante is well tempered, well socialized and loves to cheer others up! He especially loves children and is hypoallergenic too!



A family oriented office with a friendly staff.  I know my family is in good hands.  Always able to get an appointment and never a long wait.
                                                                                                 —L. Polewka


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Contact Info


349  Passaic Avenue

Nutley, New Jersey 07110

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"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease"

-Thomas Edison