Canton, Miss.
October 18-20, 2019

Registration is closed! Thanks to everyone who came this year.

2019 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Rigmor Jensen
Professor, University of Copenhagen
Co-founder of the Danish Headache Center

The Second Annual Mississippi Headache Symposium welcomes all licensed healthcare providers interested in improving outcomes for headache sufferers. Join us as several internationally-acclaimed experts present the groundbreaking treatments, recent breakthroughs, and innovative techniques that make headache medicine such an exciting area of specialty.




Canton, Miss.
October 18-20, 2019

Registration is closed!
Thanks to everyone who came this year.

2019 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Rigmor Jensen
Professor, University of Copenhagen
Co-founder of the Danish Headache Center

The Second Annual Mississippi Headache Symposium welcomes all licensed healthcare providers interested in improving outcomes for headache sufferers. Join us as several internationally-acclaimed experts present the groundbreaking treatments, recent breakthroughs, and innovative techniques that make headache medicine such an exciting area of specialty.

The Headache Center Institute would like to thank our Platinum corporate member:

The 2nd Annual Mississippi Headache Symposium would not be possible without our corporate Gold Sponsors:

Impel Neuropharma - Sponsor - Mississippi Headache Symposium
TEVA Pharmaceuticals - Gold Sponsor - Mississippi Headache Symposium

We would also like to thank our Silver sponsors:

Theranica - Silver Sponsor - Mississippi Headache Symposium
Supernus - Sponsor - Mississippi Headache Symposium
Allergan - Silver Sponsor - Mississippi Headache Symposium

Much appreciation to those companies that supported our event by sponsoring meals:

Lunch Saturday:

Upsher-Smith - Sponsor - Mississippi Headache Symposium

Brunch Sunday:

Electrocore - Sponsor - Mississippi Headache Symposium

Additionally, we would like to recognize the support of the following:

Tote Bags:

Assertio - Sponsor - Mississippi Headache Symposium


Supernus - Sponsor - Mississippi Headache Symposium


Zosano - Sponsor - Mississippi Headache Symposium

Register to Attend

Learn from the best...

Come meet and learn from global leaders who have dedicated their careers to headache medicine. They want to equip you with the necessary tools to successfully optimize treatment of headache disorders without prescribing narcotics or barbiturates.

Our 2019 Symposium features over two dozen speakers and two optional courses—Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging.

...in an intimate setting.

The Headache Symposium has limited registration so that every attendee will have ample opportunity to engage with the speakers, the pharmaceutical representatives, and other attendees. Our goal is to build relationships that last far beyond the event itself, and help to make our industry stronger.

Earn up to 20 hours of CME credit!*

Neurologists • Nurse Practitioners • Psychiatrists

Family Practitioners • Dentists • Registered Nurses

Pharmacists • Physician Assistants  • Pain Specialists 

*pending approval from ANCC and AMC

We ask that everyone register using the form on this page. 

Get ready for 3 full days of intensive education and industry networking with your peers and colleagues.

All Mississippi Headache Symposium Attendees who are licensed healthcare providers will be eligible to earn 15 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, pending official accreditation approval.


6:00am • Registration and Breakfast

7:00am • Session One

> 7:00am: WELCOME ***Dr. Heather McCoy
> 7:10am: Headache 101: Migraine Diagnosis And Treatment 2019 Evidence Based Guidelines ***Christina Treppendahl
> 8:00am: MIGRAINE MYTHOLOGY: Separate Fact from Fiction ***Dr. Christopher Gottschalk

8:50am • Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

9:30am • Session Two

> 9:30am: PEDIATRIC HEADACHE: Caring for Children with Headache ***Dr. Frank Berenson
> 10:20am: Atypical Facial Pain ***Dr. Brigitte Lovell
> 11:10am: Cluster Headache Update ***Ashley Hattle

12:00pm • Q & A (40 minutes)

12:40pm • Lunch in Exhibit Hall

2:30pm • Updates and Directions

> Neuroimaging & Patient Support Groups

3:00 - 5:00pm • Neuroimaging Workshop ***Dr. Ian Carroll and Dr. Jen McVig

3:00 - 5:00pm • Patient support group for MIGRAINE

5:00 - 6:00pm • Reception in Exhibit Hall


6:00am • Registration and Breakfast

7:00am • Keynote Session

> 7:00am: Welcome ***Christina Treppendahl
> 7:10am: Keynote: Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension ***Dr. Rigmor Jensen
> 8:00am: Rigmor Jensen Q&A
> 8:40am: Headache Pharmacology And Adverse Drug Reactions ***Dr. Shivang Joshi

9:30am • Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

10:00am • Session Four

>10:00am: Migraine vs. TIA ***Dr. Randy Evans >10:50am: Migraine Biology: CGRP Recent Developments and Innovate Treatments ***Dr. Nate Bennett
>11:40am: MYSTERY HEADACHE: CSF Leaks & Low Pressure Headache ***Dr. Ian Carroll

12:30pm • Q & A (40 minutes)

1:00pm • Lunch in Exhibit Hall

2:30pm • Updates and Directions

> Neuroanatomy & Patient Support Groups

3:00 - 5:00pm • Neuroanatomy Workshop ***Dr. Sherry Downie and Dr. Deb Reed

3:00 - 5:00pm • Patient support group for CLUSTER

5:00 - 6:00pm • Reception in Exhibit Hall


6:00am • Registration and Coffee/Snack

7:00am • Session Five

> 7:00am: Welcome ***Trey Sebrell
> 7:10am: Neuromodula on Non-Invasive Stimulators for Headache Treatment ***Dr. Heather McCoy
> 8:00am: Post Traumatic Headache ***Dr. Chad Stephens

8:50am • Q&A - Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging chairs

10:00am • Brunch

11:30am • Session Six

>11:30am: What To Do When Your Usual Acute Migraine Therapy Doesn’t Work ***Dr. Ira Turner
>12:20pm: Women's Issues in Migraine ***Kathie Brown
>1:10pm: Clinical Trials For Invesigation Of Headache And Future Treatment Options ***Tiffany Harding

2:00pm • Q & A (30 minutes)

2:30pm • Break in Exhibit Hall

3:00 - 4:00pm • Workshop Procedures

3:00 - 5:00pm • Patient support group for SPINAL CSF LEAKS

4:00pm • Surveys and Feedback
> Closing Remarks ***Christina Treppendahl

5pm • Event End

The Mississippi Headache Symposium is honored to welcome an illustrious group of leading global experts in headache medicine.

Christopher Gottschalk, MD, FAHS

Yale Medicine

>MIGRAINE MYTHOLOGY: Separate Fact from Fiction
>PROCEDURE WORKSHOP: Botox & Nerve Block

Throughout his career, Dr. Gottschalk has practiced with some of the world’s most respected experts and prestigious institution. He studied molecular biology at Johns Hopkins University, where he assisted Dr. RCC Huang in cloning intracisternal A-particle genes before PCR revolution. He then studied French literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne, and cloned whooping cough genes at the Pasteur Institute in the laboratory of Antoine Danchin, all before returning to his native NYC to attend medical school at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Following medical school Dr. Gottschalk remained at Columbia for a residency at the Neurological Institute of NY, as well as a subsequent research fellowship focused on the neurobiology of cocaine abuse. During this period, he also interned at the Montefiore Headache Unit – the country’s oldest headache specialty clinic, birthplace of Fioricet and home to some of the world’s foremost headache researchers – where he trained under Richard Lipton, Larry Newman, and Seymour Solomon.

Dr. Gottschalk joined the faculty at Yale in 1996—continuing his work on substance abuse research—and in 2001 transitioned into full time clinical faculty position in General Neurology. He is now Director of the Yale Headache and Facial Pain program and Chief of General Neurology. His programs offer training to medical students and residents in both Neurology and Primary Care, and to fellows in both Headache and Pain Medicine.

Dr. Gottschalk’s primary interest is in education—both for neurology trainees and Primary Care physicians and for the general public— regarding the facts of Headache disorders and the fictions that interfere with their recognition and treatment. He is active in curriculum development at the American Headache Society (AHS), working to establish milestones for Headache Medicine knowledge and practice over the full range of medical education programs. He was UCNS board-certified in Headache Medicine in 2012.

Anne Calhoun, MD, FAHS

UNC Chapel Hill; Carolina Headache Institute

>MIGRAINE IN WOMEN: Menstrual Migraine, Stroke Risk, & Treatment during Pregnancy & Lactation

Dr. Anne Calhoun is Partner/Co-founder of the Carolina Headache Institute in Durham, NC. Over the last 2 decades, she has served as senior faculty in the departments of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

A graduate of Rhodes College and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, she holds ABIM certification in Internal Medicine and subspecialty certification in Headache Medicine through the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. In 2000, she was among the first physicians credentialed as Menopause Clinicians by the North American Menopause Society.

Her unique research and teaching focus is on the impact of female sex hormones in the central nervous system, with particular interest in menstrual migraine, catamenial epilepsy and sleep disorders in women.

A veteran of 29 years in the Navy Reserves, CAPT Calhoun was recalled to active duty in support of Desert Storm and was Director of Medicine for Fleet Hospital 23.

Dr. Calhoun is widely published and a regular reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals in the areas of headache medicine, women’s health care, psychiatry, and sleep. She has presented her research at scientific meetings of the International Headache Society, the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology.

Ira M. Turner, MD

Island neurological associates

>REFRACTORY HEADACHE: Urgent Care Treatment

Dr. Turner is a lifelong New Yorker who did his undergraduate work in chemistry at SUNY Binghamton. While at that institution, he was involved in research in the field of ion exchange selectivity. His medical education was at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Following graduation from there, he did an internship in internal medicine at Nassau County Medical Center and a subsequent neurology residency at the same institution. As a neurology resident, he was involved in bench research on the kindling effect as a model of acquired epilepsy and spent substantial elective time in the epilepsy and headache clinics.

Following completion of his residency, Dr. Turner became one of the founding partners of Island Neurological Associates in Plainview, NY. From 1990-2000, he was chief of the division of neurology at Plainview Hospital (part of the North Shore/Long Island Jewish hospital system). Over the years he has held faculty positions at SUNY Stony Brook, Cornell and NYU medical schools.

In 2000 he started the Center for Headache Care and Research at Island Neurological Associates. Research studies have included multiple clinical trials on treatment of episodic and chronic migraine, as well as the disability associated with these conditions. He has also been involved in treatment trials for cluster headache and post-herpetic neuralgia.

Over the years, Dr. Turner has published in peer-reviewed journals multiple articles on a variety of topics related to headache. These include various acute treatments for migraine, case reports and review articles. He has spoken at several national and regional CME conferences on headache with sex and exertion as well as on various types of headaches of long duration (chronic migraine, new daily persistent headaches and hemicrania continua). He has also served as a mentor to young practitioners in community-based headache centers. Dr. Turner has been a consultant, advisory board member and speaker for virtually every pharmaceutical company that has a migraine product. He has also received research support from most of these as well as from the NINDS.

Heather O’Hara McCoy, DNP, ANP-BC, AQH

Integrative Headache Care


Dr. McCoy received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in nursing from Arizona State University College of Nursing. In 2005 she was named as a Kennedy Fellow by Columbia University School of Nursing, and in 2007 she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from that institution. While at Columbia she also completed her residency in the Department of Neurosurgery at Scottsdale Healthcare.

During her career, Dr. McCoy has led teams in planning, developing, and instituting many innovative programs and care units, including the Novalis Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program and the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Scottsdale Healthcare, and the Neurovascular Neurosurgery Program and the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Banner Desert Medical Center. She also provides mentoring and guidance for RNs interested in obtaining the CNRN (Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse) credential.

In 2016, Dr. McCoy was awarded a Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine (CAQH) from the National Headache Foundation.  Throughout her practice, Dr. McCoy has earned many additional Certifications, making her a Certified Biofeedback Provider (Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2015), Fundamentals of Critical Care Support Instructor (the Society for Critical Care Medicine, 2012-present), Adult Nurse Practitioner (American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2001-present), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (Arizona State Board of Nursing, 2001-present), Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (1996-present), and a Registered Nurse (Arizona State Board of Nursing, 1994-present.)

She has provided both published articles and spoken presentations for a variety of professional organizations, including The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, The Scottsdale Trauma Conference, and The Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and has given innumerable educational presentations to nurses and staff at various institutions on a variety of topics involved in primary headache disorders and neuroscience. She is a member of The American Headache Society, The National Headache Foundation, The American Academy of Neurology, The American Association of Neuroscience Nursing, The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, The Arizona Nurse Practitioner Council, and the Arizona Nurses’ Association.

Frank R Berenson, MD

PANDA Neurology and Atlanta Headache Specialists

>PEDIATRIC HEADACHE: Caring for Children with Headache

Dr. Frank Berenson attended college at the University of North Carolina and the University of Georgia, completed his residency in general pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia, and completed fellowships in pediatric neurology at both the Medical College of Georgia and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After receiving his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Berenson went on to serve as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Mercer University, and as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Neurology Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Berenson is board certified in Child Neurology and Pediatrics (by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology), and he is one of only two people in the state of Georgia boarded in Headache Medicine. His subspecialty training includes electromyography (EMG) and electroencephalography (EEG).

Dr. Berenson has been practicing child neurology in Atlanta for almost 20 years—currently with PANDA Neurology and Atlanta Headache Specialists—and has been actively involved in the care of neonates at Northside Hospital since his arrival in Atlanta. He has also been involved in numerous clinical trials and drug studies related to the treatment of headache disorders, epilepsy, Tourette’s Syndrome and ADHD. His professional interests include neonatal neurology, headache medicine, epilepsy and neurophysiology, neuromuscular disease and behavioral neurology.

Dr. Berenson serves as a Member of Advisory Board at PharmaCentra, and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Electrophysiologic Medicine and the American Headache Society.

Christina Treppendahl, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, AQH

The Headache Center

>MIGRAINE DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT: Current Evidence-Based Guidelines for Optimal Management & Improved Outcomes

Founder and Director of The Headache Center in Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, MS.

Ms. Treppendahl is the Founder and Director of the Annual Mississippi Headache Symposium, The Headache Center Institute, The Headache Center Fellowship, Headache Neurology Research Institute and Mississippi’s only headache specialty clinic, The Headache Center, located in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Profits from the symposium are donated to The Headache Center Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to clinical research, public awareness, practitioner training, legislative change, and patient support.

Mississippi Headache Symposium
The Headache Center Institute
The Headache Center Fellowship
Headache Research Neurology Institute
The Headache Center

Ms. Treppendahl was awarded a Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine from the National Headache Foundation in 2016, and she was awarded America’s Top Nurse Practitioner in 2018. Ms. Treppendahl has been invited to participate on advisory boards, serve as a consultant, and promoted as a national speaker for 17 pharmaceutical companies, the National Headache Foundation, the Southern Headache Society, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Since 2016, Ms. Treppendahl has served as the Principal Investigator in ten national and international clinical trials for headache treatment therapies. She has co-authored publications with Drs. Stephen Silberstein, MD, Anne Calhoun, David Dodick, Alan Rapopport, and Stewart Tepper. She has also presented abstracts at the American Headache Society Annual Scientific Meeting (Philadelphia 2019) and the International Headache Congress (Dublin 2019).

As an active member of the International Headache Society, the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation, the Southern Headache Society, the Headache Cooperative of New England and the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, she participates in many special interest groups and committees focused on headache medicine, including TACs/Cluster Headache, pediatric headache, emergency medicine headache treatment, and headache procedures.

She earned a Master of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in 1998 as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She received her second Master of Science degree from the Mississippi University for Women as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is currently enrolled in her second year of the Master of Headache Disorders programme at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark where she studies with her mentors, Dr. Rigmor Jensen, Jes Olesen, Messoud Ashina, Lars Edvinson, Peter Goadsby, Rami Burstein, Sait Ashina, Arne May, Anders Hougaard, Alexandra Sinclair, Timothy Steiner, Cristina Tassorelli and many more.

This year, Ms. Treppendahl was invited by the International Headache Society to participate in the 5th European International Headache Academy (iHEAD) in Dublin, Ireland. iHEAD is designed to inspire a long-term commitment to careers focusing on clinical and research aspects of Headache Medicine. In the past 6 years since opening The Headache Center in Ridgeland, Mississippi, over 6000 patients from Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida have been treated by her team of experts, specializing in Headache Medicine.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams

Shivang Joshi, MD, MPH, RPh

DENT Neurologic Institute

>TRIGEMINAL AUTONOMIC CEPHALALGIAS: Cluster Headache & Its Painful Cousins

Dr. Joshi received his B.Pharm degree in Pharmacy at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions in New York, N.Y. Dr. Joshi received his M.D. and M.P.H. at St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed his Neurology Residency at the Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY.

Dr. Joshi then joined the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, John R.Graham Headache Center in Boston, MA for a Fellowship in Headache Medicine, where he was also an Instructor of Neuroscience at the Harvard Medical School.  He is Board certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine.

Dr. Joshi is a recipient of the American Headache Society’s 2012 “Frontiers in Headache Research” Scholarship Award. Some of his clinical interests include the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, such as cluster headaches and migraine with aura in women.  He is also a member of several professional medical societies including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, and the International Headache Society.

He is actively involved with mentorship and education with his academic societies. He has recently joined DENT Neurologic Institute.

Ashley Hattle

Author, Cluster Headaches: A Guide to Surviving

>CLUSTER HEADACHE: The Patient’s Perspective

Ashley S. Hattle is a Michigan-based writer and photographer with a B.A. in Journalism from the Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado. She writes medical content for various companies and freelance writes for plastic surgeons, orthodontists, ophthalmologists, and personal injury lawyers. Hattle is the author of the newly-released, comprehensive cluster headache book—Cluster Headaches: A Guide to Surviving One of the Most Painful Conditions Known to Man. She has suffered episodic cluster headaches for 11 years, and her struggle to find the correct diagnosis and effective treatments led her to write this book.

“I bought every book from Amazon that mentioned the words ‘cluster headaches’ after I was diagnosed in 2014,” said Hattle. “I was sorely disappointed when they arrived because they only mentioned cluster headaches in one or two paragraphs or featured miscellaneous quotes that offered more confusion than clarity. I decided I couldn’t be the only one searching for information on ‘suicide headaches’ so I set out to write the book that I needed when I was diagnosed.”

Hattle hopes to continue her work by creating a series titled “Patient View Books” to help patients who suffer from other brain disorders and mental illnesses understand their medical condition and treatment options.

As a professional writer, Hattle spends her days writing medical content and freelance articles for various online and print publications. By night, she explores the depths of her imagination, creating short stories filled with strong messages of heroes and villains, truth and lies. Her favorite authors include James Rollins, Jeff Long, Daniel Keyes, John Connolly, and (of course) J.K. Rowling. Hattle has been featured in worldwide competitions and experienced episodic cluster headaches since 2007.

Hattle is also the founder of ASH Photographs and offers portrait and event photography to clients in the Southwest Michigan area including St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Stevensville, and Niles.

Ian Carroll, MD

Stanford University Medical Center

>MYSTERY HEADACHE: CSF Leaks & Low Pressure Headache

Dr. Carroll joined Stanford’s Pain Medicine Faculty in 2004. He is board-certified in four different specialties: Headache Medicine by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties; Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine; Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology; and Anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology. His primary focus is on chronic daily headaches, chronic migraine, occipital neuralgia, and New Daily Persistent Headaches (NDPH) especially as related to related to spinal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, and nerve injuries. He has collaborated with Stanford’s Neuroradiology and Neurology Headache divisions to create the Stanford CSF leak program, and Stanford’s Peripheral Nerve Injury Pain Program. He has spoken at numerous national meetings on CSF leaks, management of the pain from nerve injuries, and factors influencing opioid cessation. He has conducted visiting professorships at Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, University of California at Davis Medical Center, and others.

Dr. Carroll graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University, and then graduated with an M.D. from Columbia University. He was a Research Fellow at the Experimental Immunology Branch at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine, residency in Anesthesiology, fellowship in Pain Medicine, and was elected Chief Resident of Anesthesiology from 2001-2002 at Stanford University Medical Center.

Dr. Carroll completed Stanford’s two-year Clinical Research training program earning a M.S. degree in clinical epidemiology from Stanford in 2006. He has published over 30 original articles including research funded by the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER); the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA); and the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences (SINTN).

In addition to his clinical and research responsibilities, Dr. Carroll helps select and train Stanford’s Anesthesia residents, and runs the Morbidity and Mortality conference for Stanford’s Pain Management division.

Peter McAllister, MD

NE Institute for Neurology & Headache; NEICR

>CLUSTER HEADACHE: Exciting Developments & New Therapies

Dr. Peter McAllister is board certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine. He is Director of the New England Institute for Neurology and Headache, where he sees adults and children (age five and over) and employs a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to diagnosis and treatment. He is also the Chief Medical Officer of New England Institute for Clinical Research and Ki Clinical Research in Stamford, CT. Dr. McAllister holds clinical appointments at both Yale University School of Medicine and The Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. Recognized as a “Top Doc” in Connecticut, Metro N.Y., and Fairfield County, he is also listed as a “Top Neurologist” by US News and World Report. He lectures nationally, has been a principal investigator on over 250 clinical trials, and has authored numerous articles in the lay and scientific press. His areas of expertise include headache of all types, concussion, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, Lyme disease and complex neurological mysteries.

Nathan L. Bennett, MD

Preferred Headache Center

>CGRP: Recent Developments & Innovative Treatment

Dr. Nate Bennett is one of approximately 600 Certified Headache Medicine Subspecialists in the country, and specializes in the treatment of headache and concussion. He is an active member of the American Headache Society, where was named to the Ad hoc Medical Education Committee. Within that organization, he serves on the Clinical Informatics, Pediatric-Adolescent Headache, Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalgia, and Primary Front Line Headache Care Sections, and previously served as Chairman of the Primary Care Section. He is also a member of the International Headache Society and the National Headache Foundation, and was previously a member of the Board of Directors for the American Headache and Migraine Association.

Dr. Bennett is involved in clinical research and has participated in studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the pharmaceutical industry. He is the author of several articles, and he provides lectures on migraines, concussion, and other headache disorders to healthcare providers and the public.

Board-certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Bennett completed his residency at Forbes Family Medicine Residency in Monroeville, PA (1993) and graduated from Jefferson Medical College (1990) and Washington and Jefferson College (1986). He is the founder and medical director of the Preferred Headache Center in Pleasant Hills, PA.

Rigmor Jensen MD, Dr. Med Sci.

University of Copenhagen


Dr. Jensen is co-founder of the Danish Headache Center, which has twice been awarded as Global Excellence in Health. Dr. Jensen has been associated professor and lecturer at The University of Copenhagen since 1997 and was appointed as professor in Headache and Neurological Pain in 2007. She has conducted or been involved in numerous epidemiological, clinical, and neurophysiological studies of migraine, tension-type and cluster headache since 1988. She also has published more than 250 scientific papers in refereed journals and more than 50 textbook chapters.

Sherry A. Downie, Ph.D.

The Arthur S. Abramson Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Dr. Downie has been an educator specializing in human gross anatomy, medical microscopic anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics for more than 20 years. She has developed 3-D, hands-on, and online teaching tools that help students visualize and experience the core principles of kinesiology and human movement. She has authored the OnLine Dissector used in the dissection lab by Einstein’s medical students, and co-authored papers on human anatomical variation, anatomy of clinical procedures, and medical education.

Randolph W. Evans, MD

Baylor College of Medicine


Dr. Evans, certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine, teaches medical students and residents and is on the staff of 3 hospitals. He has authored several books, more than 220 journal articles, 75 book chapters, and is on the editorial boards of 10 publications. His media appearances include ABC-News, CNN-Headline News, Univision, BBC radio, the New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. He has been listed in publications including Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors.

Tiffany Harding, CCRC, MSCS

Island Neurological Associates


Ms. Harding is a Certified Clinical Coordinator through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.  She is also a Certified Multiple Sclerosis Care Specialist and a Certified Phlebotomist. She has extensive research experience conducting clinical research in MS, migraine, neuropathic pain, neuromuscular disorders and epilepsy.  She is a member of the American Headache Society, National Headache Foundation, and the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Brigitte Lovell, DMD

Keeler Center for Headache and Orofacial Pain


Dr. Lovell is a dentist specializing in headache, orofacial pain management and dental sleep medicine. Her focus is on treating and managing all aspects of chronic refractory headache disorders such as migraines, tension-type headaches, cluster headaches, post-traumatic headaches, and occipital neuralgia. She also treats patients with orofacial pain conditions including musculoskeletal pain, atypical tooth pain, trigeminal neuralgia, and neurovascular and neuropathic pain. She is experienced in Botox injections for migraines, intra-articular injections, trigger point injections, and nerve blocks in the head.

Jennifer McVige, MD, MA

DENT Neurologic Institute


Dr. McVige is board certified in Pediatric Neurology, Adult and Pediatric Headache and Neuroimaging. She is the director of the Concussion Center at DENT Neurologic Institute and provides care for many active and retired professional and semi-professional athletes with traumatic brain injuries. She also works with many local schools to care for injured students. She attended the State University of New York for medical school, and for a Masters degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology.

Chad Stephens, DO

Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine


Dr. Stephens specializes in pain management and sports medicine, and is a nationally recognized expert in concussion and migraine management. He helps patients determine the true source of their pain and creates customized plans designed to return patients to their normal, active lives. Because he believes in the power of leading-edge technology, science and medicine, he is an early adopter of innovative and life-changing procedures such as SphenoCath, a minimally invasive solution for migraine sufferers, and TenJet, a minimally-invasive procedure for tendon pain and injuries.

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The Headache Symposium is proud to host this inaugural event at Global Training Institute's state-of-the-art facilities.

152 Watford Pkwy Drive, Suite 203 • Canton, MS 39046

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