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Cleveland Education Day 2020

November 21, 2020

  • Time

    Saturday, November 21, 2020
    11:00 am - 1:30 pm EST

  • Location

    This is an online event.

Registration is free but required

Keynotes, Presenters and Breakout Sessions

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MaryAnn Mays, MD

MaryAnn Mays, MD, is a Staff neurologist in the Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Her primary role is within the Headache Section within the Center for Neurological Restoration.  She began her position at Cleveland Clinic in 1998 as a neurologist and has served as Program Director for the Neurology Residency Program since 2005. She serves on several educational and administrative committees at the Cleveland Clinic as well as the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is currently member of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors.

After earning a medical degree at Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Dr. Mays completed her neurology residency training at the Cleveland Clinic and was appointed Chief Resident in her final year of training. Following her residency, she completed a year fellowship in clinical neurophysiology/EMG and neuromuscular disease.  Dr. Mays is board-certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with subspecialty certifications in clinical neurophysiology. She is also certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties with a subspecialty certification in Headache Medicine.

Her clinical and scholarly interests include many areas of neurology, but particularly the management of headache disorders and facial pain. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Mays also interested in educational scholarship, peer coaching, and clinical research. She has a number of journal publications and has written several book chapters on headache disorders.


Deborah Reed, MD, FAHS

Deborah Reed, MD, FAHS is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology and Director of the Headache Program at Case Western University- University Hospitals of Cleveland.

She received her B.S. from UCLA in kinesiology with honors. Dr. Reed graduated from Creighton University with an MD and completed her neurology residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Dr. Reed joined the staff at University Hospitals after directing a private practice headache clinic for 12 years. During this time she was actively pursuing teaching and research.

Dr. Reed specializes in the field of headache medicine at university Hospitals. She sees patients with residents in her clinic, assists residents with Botox injections for chronic migraines, and has multiple research projects with current residents. Residents have had opportunities to travel to national and international meetings with these projects.

Dr. Reed is president and cofounder of the Great Lakes Regional Headache Society. This society puts on a symposium every year highlighting thought leaders in the great lakes area. It is also responsible for pre-courses at the national meeting.

Dr. Reed is married with 3 children and enjoys motherhood, triathlons and everything outdoors.

Sarah Rathsack

Sarah Rathsack, Patient Advocate

Sarah Rathsack is the writer behind the popular blog “My Migraine Life.” She has lived a life filled with migraine since age 5 and is now a mom and advocate for the migraine community. Sarah turned from episodic to chronic as an adult.  During the time, she taught as an intervention specialist for elementary students with severe medical and cognitive disabilities.

Unable to continue in her career, Sarah began a family and stayed home with her two young children. At that time, her condition got better and worse through each child and situation. When her youngest was around 18 months old, she began her blog in hopes for finding connection and teaching others about migraine.

As her children grew so did her advocacy. Sarah connected with Miles for Migraine doing a virtual challenge in 2017. In 2018, she spoke in Cleveland’s inaugural event giving her patient perspective. Following her speech in Cleveland, she brought her team to Cincinnati speaking and advocating there.  Sarah joined the warrior advisory board for Miles for Migraine following these events.

In 2019, Sarah was the top fundraiser, largest teams and won the advocate award in both Cleveland and Cincinnati. Her team has raised more than $6,000 in just 2 years. Her advocacy efforts were featured in a Healthline video showing her passion for making a difference. Her work has been recognized and awarded by many. Through WEGO she earned nominations for best in show-blog, best in show-Facebook, life time achievement award and patient leader hero. Her dog and family won top photos for the Shades for Migraine campaign and she has been listed as a top migraine blogger to follow by MigraineAgain.  Additionally, My Migraine Life is a proud partner of American Migraine Foundation.

Sarah loves to travel and writes about her adventures with her family while migraine follows her everywhere. She participated in Retreat Migraine while suffering a 4-day migraine attack and plans to attend every year that she can. She brought her family out to Phoenix and secured donations from a local bakery to raffle off to Miles for Migraine participants. Her family hopes to continue their advocacy and travel the U.S. supporting walk/run/relax events.

Ways to describe Sarah would be an advocate, a mom, a preschool teacher, a pet lover, a dedicated friend and a positive influencer. You can often find her online giving support, at her blog telling stories, at Miles for Migraine events wearing her cape and always with a fighting spirit towards migraine.

Taylor Rush

Taylor Rush, PhD

Dr. Taylor Rush is a clinical psychologist with specialty training in Health Psychology.  She received her PhD from East Carolina University.  She has been on staff at the Cleveland Clinic since 2015 in the Center for Neurological Restoration.  She specializes in working with patients with chronic neurological conditions, including chronic headache and vestibular issues.  She conducts psychological evaluations and provides cognitive-behavioral therapies to help with education and symptom management.

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