Robert E. Shapiro, MD, PhD
Dr. Shapiro is a Professor of Neurological Sciences at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, where he is Director of the Division of Headache Medicine and the UCNS Headache Fellowship. He holds an MA from University of Oxford, a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MD from Columbia University. He completed a Residency in Neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the Founding President of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy, the Past President of the Headache Cooperative of New England, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Headache Society. His publications have appeared in Nature, Science, Science Translational Medicine, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Katie is a patient advocate. She was first diagnosed with migraine over 30 years ago. In 2016 Katie left her career due to chronic migraine. After a brief hiatus from the workforce, she started a new job working for two different migraine non-profit organizations - Miles for Migraine and the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy - where she works on advocacy, raising funds for migraine research and reducing the stigma associated with migraine and headache disorders.
Michael Marmura, MD
Dr. Marmura is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of the Outpatient Program at the Jefferson Headache Center, Thomas Jefferson University. He is a Fellow of the American Headache Society. Dr. Marmura is Board certified in Neurology through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and certified in Headache Medicine through the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties. Dr. Marmura is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, the Pennsylvania Neurological Society and the International Headache Society. He currently serves the American Headache Society as a Member of the Guidelines Committee for Acute Treatment, and Chair of the Inpatient and Emergency Care Section.
Dr. Marmura is a reviewer for several journals including Headache, Cephalalgia, Current Pain and Headache Reports, Neurologist, and JAMA. He is also Associate Editor for Frontiers Neurology. Particular areas of interest include pain pharmacology, migraine, cluster headache, and hemicranias continua. He has received grants and published on the role of olfaction in migraine. Dr. Marmura has more than 60 peer and non-peer reviewed publications, editorials, book chapters, and alternative media to his credit and frequently lectures on the pathogenesis, neurobiology, diagnosis, and treatment of headache.
Dr. Marmura has specifically written on many topics in the field of headache relevant to this proposal. He has an interest in neuropharmacology and has written 2 editions of a textbook on the subject. His practice focuses on those with intractable chronic daily headache including those with chronic post-traumatic headache. He works together with the Jefferson concussion center and integrate both physical treatments and mental health into our practice.
Amy provides a safe, inclusive space for people in all bodies to explore the teachings of yoga. After practicing regularly for several years and having a difficult time finding teachers who could help her modify poses for her body, she decided to empower herself by learning pose variations for people in fat bodies. In 2020, Amy completed Sangha Studio’s yoga teacher training program in Burlington, Vermont and soon after completed the Yoga For All course with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes as well as Therapeutic Yin Yoga Training with Nyk Danu through Ajna Yoga in Victoria, BC. Amy has lived with chronic migraine disease for twenty years and has found that Yin yoga to be particularly helpful. Amy is a body liberation activist, incorporating the principles of Health at Every Size into her life, especially joyful movement.
About Yin Yoga & Migraine: Yin yoga is a quiet, interoceptive, and meditative practice where grounded shapes are held for several minutes to cultivate stillness and strengthen connective tissues (ligaments, joints, bones, and deep fascia networks). Yin yoga can be especially beneficial for people who live with migraines because of the mental and emotional aspects: as we learn to settle into poses and sit with discomfort, we develop helpful skills for managing chronic pain. Yin classes are centered around finding a connection with your body and searching for a sense of ease.
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