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Support Miles for Migraine

Washington, D.C. Educational Day 2019

April 6th, 2019

  • Time

    Saturday, April 6, 2019
    9:30 am

  • Location

    Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
    3800 Reservoir Road, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20057

  • Keynotes

    • Jaime Sanders - Embrace Your Power: How to Live Your Best Life with Migraine & Headache Disease

  • Presenters

    • Dr. Carrie Dougherty & Dr. Jessica Ailani - Treatment Update: What's Current in the Pipeline
    • Dr. Philip Appel - Coping with the Stress of Illness

  • Breakouts

    • Dr. Philip Appel - Breakout Session - Dialogue
    • Lisa Chan - Breakout session - Dialogue
    • Abra Frankel - Gentle Yoga
    • Biana Smolich - PT for Migraine Relief

Keynotes, presenters and breakout sessions

Jaime Sanders

Jaime Sanders

Jaime is a patient advocate who has lived with migraine her entire life. She is the author of the award-winning blog The Migraine Diva and is a Migraine Patient Advocacy Coordinator with Global Healthy Living Foundation. She also partners with the American Migraine Foundation and Shades for Migraine and is a stakeholder with the Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients and the Headache and Migraine Policy Forum. Through her advocacy work and blog, Jaime’s mission is to make a very invisible disease visible to the rest of the world and validate the real pain of millions. You may reach her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Jessica Ailani

Jessica Ailani, MD FAHS

Jessica Ailani, MD, is Associate Professor of Neurology and Director of the Georgetown Headache Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. She received her medical degree from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York, followed by an internship at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. Dr. Ailani subsequently completed a residency and Chief Residency in Neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, New York, followed by a fellowship in Headache Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is board-certified in Neurology with subspecialty certification in Headache Medicine.

Dr. Ailani is a fellow of the American headache society.  She is on the executive board as a member at large.  Dr. Ailani is the co-chair of the Practice management group and is on the scientific program committee that helps plan the American Headache Society annual scientific meeting.   She is also a member of the International Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Ailani is Section Editor of Unusual Headache Syndromes for Current Pain and Headache Reports and a reviewer for several professional journals. Dr. Ailani has presented nationally on topics surrounding headache medicine.

Carrie Dougherty

Carrie Dougherty, MD FAHS

Carrie Dougherty, MD, is assistant professor of neurology and program director of the headache medicine fellowship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. She received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, followed by an internship at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL. Dr. Dougherty completed her neurology residency at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC, followed by a fellowship in headache medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She is board-certified in neurology with subspecialty certification in headache medicine.

Dr. Dougherty is a fellow of the American Headache Society. She is a member of the AHS guidelines committee and was recently selected for the Emerging Leaders Program.  She is secretary of the Southern Headache Society and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. She serves as a physician advocate with the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy at Headache on the Hill.

Philip Appel

Philip Appel, PhD

Director Emeritus of Psychological and Neuropsychological Services, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine has been with the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network since 1987, working with individuals who experience persistent pain that interferes with their performance and obtaining quality of life. He is presently working at the MedStar Spine Center in Chevy Chase as a pain psychologist.  Dr. Appel works to help individuals adjust to the life challenges that are brought on by disability and chronic illness or injury. He teaches a variety of mental practices as well as Self-hypnosis, guided imagery, relaxation, and meditative techniques to provide the individual with a greater awareness of self and ability to regulate performance and influence desired outcome. Dr. Appel obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his M.S. at Boston University and his PhD from the United States International University in 1983 and completed his clinical internship at Walter Reed  Army Medical Center. Before Joining MedStar, he had been an active duty Army Behavioral Science Officer for 8 years.

Dr. Appel has written extensively about the use of hypnosis in enhancing performance in rehabilitation. He is a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, a past president of that organization, is listed in the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology, he has a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, and is licensed in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. Dr. Appel has specialized in pain management, adjustment to illness, injury and disability, behavioral medicine consultations and performance enhancement.

Lisa Chan

Lisa Chan, PsD

Dr. Chan is a clinical psychologist at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital serving adults with spinal cord injuries, individuals with complex medical and pain conditions, and those with various physical disabilities. Her current work involves assessment and psychotherapy with individuals within the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation environments. She is also a supervisor in a two-year rehabilitation psychology fellowship.

After completing her undergraduate studies at Willamette University, Dr. Chan received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in health psychology from Pacific University. She completed an APA accredited psychology internship in rehabilitation psychology at the Missouri Health and Sciences Psychology Consortium in Columbia, MO and a fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.

At MedStar NRH, she brings her health psychology background and specialized knowledge of rehabilitation psychology services to her work with patients. Dr. Chan provides psychotherapeutic interventions to help individuals alleviate suffering from the psychological and physical pains related to traumatic injuries and other long term medical conditions.


Abra Frankel

Abra Frankel

Abra is a RYT 200 certified through Yoga Alliance and has been teaching yoga since 2008. She currently teaches a variety of yoga classes throughout Northern Virginia including Hatha, Vinyasa, Gentle Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Yoga for Kids, while raising two small children of her own.


Biana Smolich

Biana Smolich, PT, DPT, CFMT, OCS

Biana graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1999 and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Utica College in 2018. She received her Manual Therapy Certification through the Institute of Physical Art in 2008 and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2015. She practices with over 20 years of experience in the outpatient and inpatient physical therapy settings specializing in orthopedic and neurological conditions including headaches, vestibular, concussion, pelvic floor, and dry needling.

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