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Chicago Education Day 2020

September 26, 2020

  • Time

    Saturday, September 26, 2020
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm CT

  • Location

    This is an online event.

Registration is free but required

  • Keynote

Keynotes, Presenters, Breakout Sessions and Virtual Exhibit Hall

William Dwyer

William Dwyer

Billy is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Illinois and received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a concentration in “Leadership and Social Change.” Billy currently works for his Member of Congress, where he serves as a liaison to federal agencies on behalf of constituents, coordinates select outreach activities, and facilitates meetings with stakeholders. Prior to this job, Billy worked with a mental health non-profit, refugee resettlement agency, and professional association.

Billy’s decision to pursue a career as a social worker came after his sister, Melissa, died by suicide in 2013 after struggling with chronic migraine disease. Her death, which came less than two weeks after his high school graduation, completely changed the direction of his life. In the months following this loss, Billy wrestled with how to find a purpose for his pain. After many important conversations and time spent working through his emotions, Billy recognized he wanted to share his family’s experience with migraine. He thought if they could use what they had endured to help others feel less alone, as well as to fight against the stigma surrounding migraine, that would be the best way to move forward while carrying his sister’s legacy with him.

Merle Diamond

Merle Diamond, M.D.

Dr. Merle Diamond joined Diamond Headache Clinic in 1989 after serving as an attending physician and clinical instructor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and as an attending physician at Evanston and St. Francis hospitals, both in Evanston, Illinois. Since 2008, she has been Managing Director of the Diamond Headache Clinic and the Director of the Diamond Inpatient Headache Unit at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. Doctor Diamond received her M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School, and completed residences in Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago. She is board certified in Internal Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine, and was a Fellow of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Doctor Diamond is a Fellow of the Chicago Institute of Medicine. Dr. Diamond has contributed numerous articles to the medical literature, and has lectured extensively on various headache subjects, particularly the treatment of headache in the emergency department, and hormones and headache. With Dr. Glen Solomon, she co-edited Diamond and Dalessio’s Practicing Physician’s Approach to Headache, 6th Edition (1999).


Gregory J. Harms, PsyD, MBA, LCP, CADC

Dr. Gregory J. Harms is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in health psychology. He is a member of both the Illinois and American Psychological Associations, The Society for Health Psychology, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Harms is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has been a mental health practitioner in the Chicagoland area for over 20 years.

Dr. Harms received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from North Park University in Chicago. He received his Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in Minneapolis and earned his Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Dr. Harms has received extensive clinical training working with adults, adolescents, and children in inpatient and outpatient medical settings, substance abuse treatment facilities, and community mental health centers. He completed his pre-doctoral internship in health service psychology at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital and his post-doctoral fellowship in psychology at the Diamond Headache Clinic.

Dr. Harms specializes in health psychology, individual and group psychotherapy, substance abuse counseling, and psychological and neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Harms takes an active approach with clients to help them manage their pain and live a fulfilling life. Dr. Harms utilizes cognitive and behavioral strategies to help clients change unhelpful behavior patterns and try new strategies to get new outcomes that get them where they want to go in their lives.

Marc Greco

Mark J. Greco PT, DPT

Dr. Mark Greco is the Manager of Diamond Headache Inpatient Program at AMITA Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, IL. In addition to administering Physical Therapy on the Unit, he also coordinates the programming and care within the interdisciplinary team that includes Behavioral Health, Biofeedback, Nursing, Physicians, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy. He previously worked with the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (previously Rehab Institute of Chicago) for 10 years working with individuals with Brain Injuries as well as working in their Center for Pain Management. Dr. Greco has presented nationally at conferences focusing on Physical Therapy’s role in the treatment of headaches. He has participated in educational podcasts with the National Headache Foundation.

Dr. Greco gained his Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy in 2007 from Marquette University and is pursuing his Masters Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Administration/Management. He has been clinically practicing for 13+ years and has multiple areas of clinical expertise including headache, chronic pain, neurological rehabilitation, and vestibular rehabilitation.

Deb Turk

Deborah Turk

Deborah is an advocate living with Intractable Chronic Migraine. Always drawn to wanting to help, Deborah has held employment in the fields of non-profit Human Services and Behavioral Health. Due to increasing debilitation from Migraine disease, after medical leaves and continual decreases in her working hours, Deborah was forced to leave a career that she loved, working with patients with dual diagnoses related to Substance Abuse Disorder and  mental health. Deborah began her journey with Miles For Migraine at the first Philadelphia race. Shortly thereafter, observing the hesitancy of those living with Migraine to speak openly about their disease, Deborah started a public Facebook page, Her Migraine Life, on which she openly shares about her experiences related to Migraine. She is passionate about education, self-advocacy, and especially, countering Migraine stigma. Deborah is a Philadelphia native.

Katie Moran

Katie Moran

In November of 2006, Katie  was a Regional Marketing Director, with a prominent assisted living company that focuses on Dementia and Alzheimer's.  She was blindly hit with the diagnosis of a rare cancer in her sinuses and right eye. Gratefully, she is cancer-free. What remains from this cancer is chronic migraine.   She has been fighting chronic migraine thirteen years. Katie joined the Miles for Migraine team in January of 2019, assisting with many aspects of their events. In addition,  Katie works with the bringing volunteers on board to raise awareness for Migraine and Headache Disease. She also manages the Miles for Migraine Community Support Groups in efforts to engage and offer support to those with Migraine and their caregivers across the country. Working with Miles for Migraine has helped Katie regain her confidence utilizing her skill set to advocate for a cause that is dear to her.  Katie attended Headache on the Hill this year, and was inspired by the work being done in Washington, DC. to advance funding and research on behalf of those with Migraine and Headache Disease.

Kelly Amspacher

Kelly Amspacher

Kelly is a seasoned Clinical Nurse Specialist of 35 years.  As a CNS, Kelly was deeply involved and dedicated to patient, family and medical community education.  She also spent a great deal of time being an advocate on a national level for patient rights, program funding and patient/family empowerment and education.

Kelly has been published, writing both clinical articles and chapters for textbooks.  She served as a member of a National Commission and participated in the publication of the report and its presentation to Congress.  As part of her CNS and advocacy roles Kelly spoke on the National and local level on a variety of topics.

Kelly’s migraine story began in childhood and progressed throughout her life until finally being diagnosed after 33 years.  Her migraines transitioned to intractable chronic daily migraine 22 years ago; where her migraine status remains to this day.

Kelly is involved in several migraine and chronic pain organizations and is a Community Group Facilitator for Miles for Migraine. Kelly is passionate and committed to making the “invisible”… “visible”. Kelly has one child, a daughter, who also has migraine.

Diane Fox

Diane Fox

Diane is a lifelong Philadelphian, graduating from Hahnemann University before spending 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. During her career, Diane facilitated research in drug discovery with a focus on pain relief. She has suffered with chronic migraine for 20 years which ultimately forced her to leave a career that she loved. Diane joined Miles for Migraine in 2019, volunteering as a facilitator for the Migraine Community Group at Jefferson Headache Center. Working with Miles for Migraine has allowed Diane to pursue her passion of engaging with and helping others, as she focuses on spreading migraine awareness, sharing her personal story, and supporting others through their migraine journey.

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