Unveiling the Journey of Migraine

The Importance of Diagnosis & New Treatment

  • Date/Time

    Saturday, November 11, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:30 pm ET

  • Location

    Chestnut Hill College
    Germantown Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA

This event has passed for 2023. We'll see you in 2024!

This Is an In-Person Event

We are thrilled to be back offering an in person event! Join us for a full session about proper diagnosis and current treatment options for migraine disease or headache disorder that can lead to an appropriate treatment and an effective management plan.

Hear from leading migraine professionals, pain psychologist and patient advocates during this valuable day.

This event will be a combination of presentations and interactive sessions giving you a chance to practice & experience your learnings. You’ll gain a better understanding of the diagnosis process, as well as the most effective migraine management plans available. Topics include:
  • Tips & tools for changing your response to pain
  • Preparing for a successful appointment with your health care provider
  • Learning more about what migraine is
  • Update on newest treatment options
  • Learning about Mindfulness (with a chance to practice together)
  • Creating your elevator pitch (with time to develop your personal pitch)

This is an interactive session, questions encouraged by those attending.

Lunch will be provided.

A $10 registration fee is required to reserve a spot and will be reimbursed upon event day check in.

Dr. William Young, MD

William Young, MD

Dr. Young is a neurologist at the Jefferson Headache Center. He received his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine and has been in practice for 30 years. The Jefferson Headache Center is one of a very few academic headache centers in the country. The Center, founded in 1982, specializes in the treatment of patients with all types of headache pain. Dr. Young is the President of Miles for Migraine, and former president of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy.

Caryn Seebach

Caryn Seebach, Psy.D.,MS., BCB

Dr. Seebach is a native New Yorker, and now Philadelphia transplant. She is a licensed health psychologist with a specialization in holistic management of chronic disease. She has an M.S. in Clinical Counseling and Health Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.

Dr. Seebach has a deep interest in root cause medicine and its applications for improving psychological health. To this end, she has received additional certifications in integrative nutrition, health coaching, behavioral sleep medicine, and she is Board Certified in general biofeedback. She has worked in various clinical care settings including community health clinics, the US Veterans Affairs Department, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In early 2020, she transitioned her expertise to a broader digital health market to provide integrative health and wellness solutions for those living with headache and migraine. She now owns and operates CLS Consulting, providing consultation to companies seeking to reverse chronic disease through comprehensive, digital, integrative care.

In her free time, she is baking with her kids, running to a carefully curated playlist, or satiating her love of food and travel.

Shirley Kessel

Shirley Kessel, Miles for Migraine Executive Director

Shirley is the mom of three daughters, two of whom live with migraine. When her youngest daughter Sydney became diagnosed at an early age, they both decided that it was time to take action to bring awareness and raise money for migraine research. They contacted Eileen Jones, who founded the Miles for Migraine race in San Francisco, and brought the race to the Philadelphia community in 2013. She became the Executive Director in 2017 when it became apparent that Miles for Migraine should take the race series around the USA.

Shirley has worked in healthcare for the past 26 years and has served on various non-profit boards since 1991. She won’t retire until a cure is found for this disabling disease.


Deborah Turk, Miles for Migraine Patient Advocate

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.

Bonnie Butler, RN, BSN, MA

Bonnie Butler, RN, BSN, MA

Bonnie’s interest in meditation began more than 30 years ago, when a combination of health issues (including migraine disease) and life stress led her to mindfulness meditation. Bonnie has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years. She has a passion for teaching and facilitation, and her career has included ICU nursing, education and nursing management in the areas of wellness and rehabilitation programs.After many years of personal experience with meditation, she decided it was time to share what she had learned with others. She received MBSR (Mindfulness based stress management) teacher training at Jefferson University Hospital’s Mindfulness Institute where she is currently teaching. Mindfulness practice is central to her life, her enthusiasm for Mindfulness keeps expanding as she continues to see the benefits unfold both personally and through her students. Her commitment to Mindfulness teaching is also energized by current scientific research supporting mindfulness practice, which demonstrates the amazing resilience of the mind and body to grow and heal.