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Chia-Chun Chiang, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Division of Headache, Division of Cerebrovascular Neurology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

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Calli Cook, NP, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor, Clinical Track
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Calli has worked in various settings caring for patients with neurological conditions. She has worked to improve quality in neurology and was appointed to the American Academy of Neurology’s Headache Quality Measures task force, which works to create quality measures in headache medicine. Calli's doctoral work focused on quality improvement and used provider directed education to reduce unnecessary testing.

Calli serves as the Chair of the Consortium of Neurology Advanced Practice Providers (APP) within the American Academy of Neurology and Co-Chair of the Neurology Specialty Practice Group within the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Her top objectives while serving in these roles are to improve professional development and education of neurology APPs. Calli is committed to the role of neuroscience and by focusing on these key factors she feels that both patient care and satisfaction can be improved.

Linda Davis, MD
Medical Director
Kolvita Family Medical Group
Mission Viejo, California

Dr. Linda Davis is a board-certified family medicine physician based in Mission Viejo, California. After completing her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry at the University of California at Los Angeles she attended the Chicago Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/UCI. Her time as chief resident instilled a passion for medical education and mentorship that she has carried through her career.

Dr. Davis is the founder and medical director of Kolvita Family Medical Group, a concierge/direct primary care practice that prioritizes the doctor-patient relationship. In addition to her role as medical director, Dr. Davis has a strong commitment to medical education and a special interest in the field of migraine. With over two decades of experience as a practicing physician, mentor, and medical lecturer, Dr. Davis has shared her knowledge of family medicine, including migraine management, with numerous clinicians, colleagues, and patients. She is passionate about family medicine and plans to continue her role as an educator alongside her work as a physician.

Rashmi Halker-Singh, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Mayo Clinic
Phoenix, Arizona

Rashmi Halker Singh MD FAHS FAAN is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in neuroscience before attending medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit.  She then completed her neurology residency and headache medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona before joining faculty in 2011.  During her residency training, Dr. Halker Singh was named the External Chief Resident for the Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Arizona.

Dr. Halker Singh is the headache medicine fellowship program director at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, neuroscience block faculty member at Mayo Medical School, and the co-director of the Mayo Clinic Headache Symposium.  At the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Halker Singh is the Chair of the Headache and Face Pain Section and has severed as course director, faculty member, and plenary speaker at the annual meetings. At the American Headache Society, she is co-director of the REACH program, past Chair of the Women’s Health Special Interest Group, co-director of the Scottsdale Headache Symposium annual meeting, a member of several committees, as well as an incoming member of the Board of Directors.  She is also the Deputy Editor of the Headache Journal, the Online and Social Media Editor for the Headache Journal, and is an Editorial Board Member of the American Migraine Foundation. 

She has been an invited speaker to many international, national, and regional meetings, and has numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and abstracts related to her fields of interest which include migraine, women and headache, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, secondary headaches, telemedicine, and medical education. 

Dr Halker Singh's areas of interest include new treatments for migraine, community outreach and advocacy, headache medicine education, and promoting women in medicine. She is also interested in utilizing virtual platforms to build professional communities, and is a moderator for the Women Neurologists Group and an administrator of the Migraine Mavens social media network. She has participated in many studies focused on the improvement of outcomes for people with migraine.  Her many honors include the American Headache Society Above and Beyond Award for Service, Outstanding Course Director at Mayo Clinic, Top Faculty Members Award by Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development, Emerging Leaders Award by the American Headache Society, and the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award.

Monica Hauger, MSN, FNP
Monica Hauger, MSN, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
American Health Network
Trafalgar, Indiana

Family Nurse Practitioner, Monica Hauger, graduated from Indiana University with both her bachelors and masters degrees in nursing. Following graduation, she worked for St Francis for 3 years before joining American Health Network where she has practiced as a family nurse practitioner for 18 years. Monica sees patients of all ages, and has a passion as an educator both of patients and colleagues which led her to a previous adjunct faculty position at Indiana University educating nurse practitioner students. Monica continues to precept nurse practitioner students, mentor new APCs, and educate other providers through educational programs and promotional events. She recently spent a 3-year term as the lead Advanced Practice Clinician on the national Optum Care APC Council. Passionate about chronic care, she sees patients of all ages for both acute and chronic care. Most recently, she has partnered with Optum virtual care on a new, hybrid model to bring virtual-first primary care to patients. 

Laurie Garner, PA-C, PhD
Laurie Garner, PA-C, PhD
Physician Assistant
Woodford Family Physicians
Lexington, Kentucky

Laurie Garner graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in PA studies and PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology.  She has been a PA for over 23 years in Family Medicine /Primary Care located in Versailles, Kentucky.  She sees patients of all ages but she has a special interest in women's health and migraine.  She is a preceptor for both PA and NP students.  

In addition to Family Medicine, she also works in Emergency Medicine at the VAMC in Lexington KY.    

She has been a board member for the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants since 2014 and served as President of KAPA in 2018-2020.  

She lives on a small farm with her husband, horses, dogs and cats.   She volunteers with a local Doberman rescue and is spends any free time hiking in the mountains. 

Susan Hutchinson, MD
Orange County Migraine & Headache Center
Irvine, California

Dr. Susan Hutchinson is a headache specialist and board-certified family practice physician. In February 2007, she founded Orange County Migraine & Headache Center, dedicated to serving patients with headache and mood disorders. Although she is not a psychiatrist, she has developed a special interest in treating mood disorders as well as headache. The mood disorders she treats include depression; anxiety; bipolar disorder; ADHD; and panic attacks.

Prior to starting Orange County Migraine & Headache Center, Dr. Hutchinson practiced as a family practice physician in the Irvine Area since 1985. Over the years, she developed a passion for helping patients with headache, especially migraine. Dr. Hutchinson suffers from migraine headaches which gives her an empathy with her patients. She felt such a calling to help patients with headache and mood disorders that she decided to specialize and devote her career to alleviating the suffering caused by both headaches and mood disorders.

Dr. Hutchinson received her BA degree in Chemistry from Miami of Ohio, graduating Magna cum laude. Her MD degree came from Medical College of Ohio followed by her internship and residency at UC Irvine where she completed her training in the Department of Family Medicine.

She lectures nationally on the subject of headache; has written dozens of articles for medical journals; participated in headache research projects and is very active in numerous professional organizations such as the American Headache Society and the National Headache Foundation. She is the immediate post-chair of the Women’s Issues section of the American Headache Society after serving in the chair position for 5 years. Dr. Hutchinson is a dynamic and sought-after speaker. She speaks for community groups as well as professional groups.

In 2010 she became the President of The Orange County Chapter of the California Academy of Family Physicians.

Shamin Masrour, DO
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Shamin Masrour, D.O., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in treating migraines, facial pains such as trigeminal neuralgia, and headaches in women.

Dr. Masrour earned her medical degree at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency in neurology at the University of Texas at Austin and gained advanced training in headache medicine through a fellowship at UT Southwestern. Board certified in neurology with a subspecialty certification in headache medicine, she he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016.

Dr. Masrour is the Clinical Leader of UT Southwestern’s Facial Pain Program and the Associate Fellowship Director in Headache for the Department of Neurology. She also serves as Faculty Advisor for the Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) and is a member of the Clinical Competency Committee and the Academic Recognitions Committee.

In addition, she is active in numerous professional organizations, including the Facial Pain Association, the International Headache Society, and the Dallas County Medical Society, for which she serves on the Communications Committee.

A prolific author and presenter, Dr. Masrour’s research interests include cranial neuralgias, particularly trigeminal neuralgia, and migraine therapy. Her recent publications include co-authored chapters for the books Pain Management for Clinicians: A Guide to Assessment and Treatment and SCORE Curriculum for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Paul G. Mathew, MD, DNBPAS, FAAN, FAHS
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Headache Specialist
Department of Neurology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Paul G. Mathew, MD, DNBPAS, FAAN, FAHS completed his neurology residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and then completed a fellowship in headache medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  He is board certified in neurology and headache medicine.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and holds positions at three HMS affiliated institutions.  He has clinical appointments at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates/Atrius Health, as well as a teaching appointment at the Cambridge Health Alliance.  In addition to conventional headache treatments, Dr. Mathew performs Botox injections, trigger point injections, and nerve blocks.

In terms of his academic responsibilities, he has been involved in the education of countless neurology, psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine, dental medicine, pain medicine, and headache medicine trainees.  Regarding medical student education, he is the founder of the Harvard Medical School Advanced Neurology Clerkship at Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital.  

He has written over 80 publications, and has presented at both national and international conferences.  Dr. Mathew has served as a peer reviewer for multiple journals including the American Journal of Managed Care, the British Medical Journal, Cephalalgia, Headache, Headache Currents, Pain Medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings,Neurology, the Journal of Neuroimaging, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He is the Co-Chief Medical Editor of the journal Practical Neurology.  In addition, Dr. Mathew applies his passion for writing as a contributing editor on the Harvard Medical School Health Blog, which is intended to educate the public on a wide array of subjects in medicine.  He is a member of several medical societies including the Massachusetts Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, and the International Headache Society.  He is the current Chairman of the American Headache Society Procedural Special Interest Section.   

Dr. Mathew also applies his passion and expertise to the role of advocate for both patients and fellow physicians. He has participated in multiple successful lobbying efforts in Washington, DC headed by the American Academy of Neurology to improve patients’ access to healthcare and research funding.  In March, 2015, Dr. Mathew was appointed as the neurology representative on the advisory board of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons), and in January, 2019 was appointed Director of Legislative Affairs.  The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons is an organization committed to providing board re-certification that ensures physician compliance with national standards and lifelong learning after completing initial board certification with an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Board.

Abby Metzler, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Abby Metzler, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Mathematics and taught high school mathematics for two years before attending medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She completed neurology residency at the University of Minnesota, where she was Chief Resident for Education. She went on to complete her headache fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Metzler is a board-certified Neurologist and Headache Specialist. She is passionate about education and providing comprehensive care for people living with migraine and headache disorders. She was chosen as an Emerging Leader by the American Headache Society. She is the program lead for the M Health Fairview Headache Care Program, which she co-founded. She also serves as assistant clerkship director for Neurology, serves on the department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, and advises and teaches medical students, Neurology residents, and orofacial pain residents.  In addition, she represents Minnesota in lobbying for improved patient access and research funding with Headache on the Hill.

Teshamae Monteith, MD
Chief, Headache Division
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology
Department of Neurology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Dr. Teshamae Monteith is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology.  After graduating with a medical degree at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, she completed Neurology residency at New York University and then pursued two fellowships in headache medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and University of California, San Francisco. She is currently the chief of the Headache Division and director of the headache medicine fellowship.

Dr. Monteith is a co-recipient of the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Award, and fellow of the AAN and the American Headache Society.  She is president-elect of the Florida Society of Neurology and on the Board of Trustees for the International Headache Society. She serves as an editorial advisor for the Brain and Life Magazine and the American Migraine Foundation.  She is a senior contributor for the Neurology Podcast/Neurology Minute. 

Dr. Monteith has served on several advisory boards for migraine therapeutics and conducts several clinical trials in headache. She has been previously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) supplements to promote diversity in health-related research and work in migraine, stroke, and imaging biomarkers.  She has published in prominent journals in headache medicine and neurology and has lectured on topics such as headache disorders and migraine. 

James North, MD
James North, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Albany Medical College
Family Physician
Glens Falls, New York

James North, MD attended SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, and completed his Family Practice Residency in Middletown, Connecticut. He has practiced Family Medicine for 30 years in Glens Falls, New York, and is on the faculty of Albany Medical College as an Assistant Clinical Professor. For the past three decades, Dr. North has studied and lectured extensively on Primary Care Psychiatry and Neurology. In his free time, Dr. North enjoys road and mountain biking, nordic and alpine skiing, and deep forest living outside Saratoga Springs, New York.

Christopher Rhyne, MD
Christopher Rhyne, MD
Director of Clinical Research
Staff Physician
Diamond Headache Clinic
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Rhyne is a Board-Certified Headache Physician. He has a BA in Political Science from Quincy University, an MBA from Plymouth State University, Post Baccalaureate studies in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, and his MD from Windsor University School of Medicine. He did his residency with the University of Illinois Chicago-Rockford’s Family Medicine Residency Program and his Headache Medicine Fellowship with The University of Wisconsin’s Neuro and Headache Center in Rockford, IL. He is double boarded in Family Medicine as well as Headache and Facial Pain. He is trained in the use of Bedside Ultrasound for diagnostics and procedural interventions and maintains a professorship with University of Illinois Chicago-Rockford Campus. He is also a proud veteran of the US Army.

Dr. Rhyne loves his work. He is lucky to be married to an amazing woman and the love of his life, Elizabeth. She has blessed him with two amazing children, Connor and Benjamin. Dr. Rhyne’s medical training has been in and around the Chicago Land area and the Midwest is home. Chicago is just where he and his family wanted to settle down. Dr. Rhyne has 2 great dogs, Rory and Biscuit. He loves music, plays the drums, and is learning piano. He is a fan of great movies and loves to hang out with his family in his free time.

Dr. Rhyne is intensely focused on improving the lives of his patients and supporting them as they traverse their conditions. The truth is, the human condition can be difficult. He sees this as a chance to look through the formality of the doctor & patient relationship to see a real person in need of help. He will work with everything he can in order to better their lives so they can be lived. Dr. Rhyne wanted to become a doctor because there are people that need help. He believes it is that simple and sees medicine as a path that lets him serve others. His passion for Headache Medicine is driven. He says, “I want to break down barriers between those that need care and the knowledge and application of that care. So many patients don’t know how to start, who to see, or what options exist for their care. I need that to change.”

When he is not working, he loves to spend time with his kids and wife relaxing and traveling. Good music and taking in a good movie are ways he likes to have fun. He is a fan of a good bourbon and catching a good ball game. Cardinals Baseball, Bears Football, Duke Basketball, and Arsenal Soccer are all teams he cheers on! When it comes to family Dr. Rhyne is a loving and supportive father. He agrees, “raising my sons to be men of character is my greatest focus. More than that, being the type of man my wife and family can always be proud of drives me.”

Lindsay Sloan, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Diamond Headache Clinic
Chicago, Illinois

Lindsay is a Physician Assistant and has been a part of the Diamond Headache Clinic since 2016. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with high honors in 2014. Lindsay then graduated from her Physician Assistant program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Myers, Florida in 2016 with high honors. She works closely with Dr. George Urban and sees patients at our inpatient unit and Chicago location.

“I have wanted to be a medical provider for as long as I can remember. I decided I wanted to specifically be a Physician Assistant my freshman year of college as soon as I learned about about it as a profession. One of my favorite parts about working at the Diamond Headache Clinic is administering Botox to chronic migraine patients!”

Melissa L. Schroer, MD
Melissa L. Schroer, MD
Physician, Family Medicine
Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Schroer earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She completed her internship in general surgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in family practice.

Dr. Schroer is a member of the Ohio State Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Her practice interests include: women's health, mood disorders and providing a full-spectrum of family medicine, including newborn care.

Laurel Short, DNP
Laurel Short, DNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Sunflower Medical Group
Roeland Park, Kansas

Dr. Laurel Short is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Roeland Park, Kansas location. She earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Luther College and a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Kansas. She completed her Doctor of Nursing degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with an emphasis on self-management for chronic migraine. Self-management for chronic conditions has been a focus for Laurel throughout her nursing career, and she is passionate about partnering with patients to maximize their function and wellness. Prior to joining Sunflower Medical Group, Laurel worked in the area of physical medicine and rehabilitation for ten years. This specialty involves addressing functional issues for orthopedic and neurologic conditions, and she enjoys blending this experience with primary care.

Procedures and special skills Laurel offers include muscle and joint evaluation and injections, headache management, durable medical equipment (DME) consultations, and therapeutic lifestyle coaching.

She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine. Laurel is an active leader with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals.

Outside of the office, you will find her training for endurance events, traveling, and chasing after her two young children.

Anne Damian Yacoub, MD
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Headache Center
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Anne Damian Yacoub, M.D., is a neurologist who specializes in both multiple sclerosis and headache. Her areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis and other neuroimmunological disorders that involve the central nervous system. She is also an expert in acute and chronic management of headache disorders.

Dr. Yacoub earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, followed by a residency in neurology at the McGill University Health Centre. Dr. Yacoub spent one year studying the diagnosis and management of headaches as a Seymour Diamond Headache Medicine fellow in a combined program at the Diamond Headache Clinic and the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. She subsequently trained as a clinical and research fellow in the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology, studying neuroimmunology and neurological infections.

Dr. Yacoub’s research interests include studying migraine headaches in patients with multiple sclerosis.