Boston Education Day 2020
November 7, 2020
Saturday, November 7, 2020
11:00 am - 1:30 pm EST
This is an online event.
Registration is free but required
Keynotes, presenters and breakout sessions
Sara was diagnosed with migraine disease 28 years ago, the year she graduated from college. She was also diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases in her twenties, making identifying symptoms, triggers, and treatments increasingly elusive in the early years. Her migraines became more frequent, and she began noticing the stigma associated with migraine, especially in the workplace. Shortly after ending up in the ER during a business trip, she was laid off from a non-profit position working in marketing for an animal rescue organization. She always wondered if it had something to do with her migraines but was thankful for the experience and longed to continue working in nonprofit management. In her early thirties, thanks to very supportive professors at the University of San Francisco, she graduated with an MBA - in the top 20% of her class. While in school, she was able to participate in Vince’s Ride, a 1,000 mile journey by bicycle across the United Kingdom, from Lands End to John O’Groats, to raise money for cystic fibrosis. Then her migraines became daily, and she lost her job and was denied private and federal disability payments. Five years ago she was diagnosed with celiac disease, then lost another job, and was denied private disability payments again.
But when things seemed at their worst, she connected with other patients and advocates via the internet. This vast network of smart, caring people became “online migraine buddies” - people who still offer constant support and friendship. She launched herself into migraine advocacy and started raising money for and attending Miles for Migraine in 2013 and Headache on the Hill in 2015. She also has two blogs - a migraine related blog called Painfully Positive and a celiac disease blog called Gluten Free Beer Babe. It’s a day-to-day struggle, but Sara is still working thanks to a friend who has helped with multiple accommodations for her health. Currently, she is the Controller for an architecture firm in Northern California, volunteers on the Supervisory Committee for a local credit union, and lives with her ten-year old rescue dog Bella. It’s an honor and a delight to now volunteer on Miles for Migraine’s Warrior Board.
Meredith Beaton Starr, MS, OTR/L
Meredith is an Integrative Health Coach with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy as well as advanced training in Healthcare and Leadership Coaching. She has been practicing for the past twenty six years in a variety of settings and is an expert in pain management, stress management and helping clients to optimize their ability to function in home and workplace settings to achieve optimal health. Her work with clients is centered on helping to create and sustain behavioral changes in congruence with healthy and adaptive goal setting and achievement.
Carolyn Bernstein, MD,FAHS
Dr. Bernstein is a neurologist with a subspecialty certification in Headache Medicine and is Fellow of the American Headache Society. She is a faculty member of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Neurology, and is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and North American Menopause Society.
Doctor Bernstein’s interests include migraine disorders, hormonal headache and the use of integrative therapies in the treatment of headaches and pain, with a focus on lifestyle and wellness. She is the author of The Migraine Brain: Your Break-through Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health and has edited and co-written two textbooks: Pain in Women and Medical Complications of Pregnancy . She has lectured on headache and migraine locally, nationally and internationally.
Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD
Dr. Harriott is a board certified neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University. Dr. Harriott received a MD and PhD in Neuroscience from University of Maryland, Baltimore with predoctoral training at the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research. She completed a Neurology Residency program at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville. She is subspecialty trained in vascular neurology and headache medicine, completing two fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital and The John R. Graham Headache Center.
Dr. Harriott has clinical research interests centered on chronic migraine pain, associations between migraine and stroke, and migraine and preeclampsia. Her basic science research focuses on discovering sex and hormonal influences on migraine pain and its comorbidities using optogenetic approaches to noninvasively generate cortical spreading depression as a rodent model of migraine aura.
She is a part of the TRANSCENDS (Training in Research for Academic Neurologists to Sustain Careers and Enhance the Numbers of Diverse Scholars) Program and is a BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) Scholar. She hopes to impact the lives of women suffering from migraine attacks and their associated comorbid conditions including stroke, preeclampsia and mental illness.
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