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Boston Educational Day 2019

November 2nd, 2019

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  • Time

    Saturday, November 2, 2019
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Location

    The Colonnade Boston Hotel
    120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

  • Keynote

    • Michelle Tracy - Caring is Curing…A Patient-Centered Discussion of Migraine Disease, Mental Health, and Stigma

  • Presenters

    • Dr. Randall E. Weeks - Behavioral Treatment for Migraine & Headache Disease
    • Dr. Barbara Nye - Navigating Migraine in High School and College - a Presentation for Students and Healthcare Professionals

  • Q&A Panel

    • Dr. Deborah Tepper
    • Dr. Nicholas Tzikas
    • Dr. A. Laine Green
    • Dr. Paul Mathew

Keynotes, presenters and breakout sessions


Michelle L. Tracy

Michelle L. Tracy is a preschool teacher turned Patient Advocate whose mission is to empathize, educate, and empower the millions of people living with migraine disease.

Diagnosed with chronic migraine disease at 19, Michelle began writing as a way to process her pain and give it meaning. She slowly realized that her thoughts and experiences had the potential to help others even as she lay in a dark room, unable to lift her head.

She created Adventures of a Migraine Warrior (also known as The Migraine Warrior Blog) and its companion Facebook page where she has created a valuable resource full of personal stories, cutting-edge research, advocacy opportunities, and more.

Drawing on her English degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as her extensive personal and professional studies of psychology and mindfulness, Michelle is a blogger, freelance writer, and speaker who partners with a variety of organizations. She currently sits on the Miles for Migraine Patient Advisory Board, the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Leadership Council, and serves as a Partner/Moderator for The American Migraine Foundation’s Move Against Migraine Facebook group. She also collaborates with The Association of Migraine Disorders, Shades For Migraine, The Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients (CHAMP), and The U.S. Pain Foundation.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well as on her blog.

Dr. Randall Weeks

Dr. Randall E. Weeks

Dr. Randall E. Weeks is a Clinical Psychologist currently practicing at New England Institute for Neurology and Headache. He is a member of AHS, IHS, HCNE and the American Pain Society. 

Barbara Nye

Dr. Barbara Nye

Barbara L. Nye MD is a Board Certified Neurologist, UCNS Board Certified Headache subspecialist, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Co-Director of the Headache Clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is participating in clinical education of medical students, residents and fellows. She is also the principle investigator on several clinical research studies and involved in quality improvement projects within the clinic/hospital. She is also on the board of the Headache Cooperative of New England and enjoys speaking and teaching patients and providers about headache and is participating in Headache Advocacy on Capitol Hill and locally in the state of New Hampshire for her patients.


Dr. Deborah Tepper

Dr. Tepper is a physician currently practicing at Dartmouth Headache Center, Lebanon, NH. She is Board Certified in Headache Medicine and Internal Medicine.

She is Co-Chair of Headache on the Front Line, a primary care headache educational initiative of the American Headache Society and regularly manages the Toolbox feature of the journal Headache for patient education. In addition to her clinical practice, she is an Editor of the textbook The Cleveland Clinic Manual of Headache, First and Second Editions, and serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Headache.

She is an author of over 55 published articles in the field of Headache Medicine.

For seven years she worked for the Neurologic Center for Pain in the Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute, where she evaluated and treated headache and related neurologic disorders. She served a rotating schedule as one of three attending physicians for the IMATCH program (Interdisciplinary Method for Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Headache refractory headache program). She regularly taught Headache Medicine and Pain Management fellows, as well as medical students at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine, has a Master’s Degree in Communication from Boston University, and a degree in English from Vassar College.


Dr. A. Laine Green

Dr. A. Laine Green completed his medical school and neurology residency training at Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia.  He then completed his headache medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He returned to Dalhousie University following his fellowship training and has been an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University in the Department of Medicine (Division of Neurology).  Dr. Green has recently joined the Headache Clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Green is actively involved with the American Headache Society and Canadian Headache Society. He is passionate about teaching learners (medical students, residents, and headache medicine fellows) and providing high quality patient care.

Dr. Nicholas Tzikas

Dr. Nicholas Tzikas

Nicholas Tzikas, MD: Dr. Tzikas is Fellowship trained at Dartmouth in Headache Medicine and currently part of the Headache Division at Yale and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at Yale School of Medicine.

Dr. Paul Mathew

Dr. Paul Mathew

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 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.

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 and 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 (www.health.harvard.edu/blog/author/pgmathew), which is intended to educate the public on a wide array of subjects.  He is the current chairman of the American Headache Society Procedural Section.

Dr. Mathew also applies his passion and expertise to the role of advocate, and has participated in multiple successful lobbying efforts in Washington, DC.  In March, 2015, Dr. Mathew was appointed as the neurology representative on the advisory board of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS.org), and in January, 2019 was appointed Director of Legislative Affairs.  NBPAS 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 Board.

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