Unveiling the Journey of Migraine - Phoenix 2024

The Importance of Diagnosis & New Treatment


Sunday, January 21, 2024
8:30 am - 2:30 pm MT
10:30 am - 4:30 pm ET


Virtual & Mayo Clinic,
5777 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix 85054

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This Is a Virtual and In-Person Event


This event is geared toward the person who has been living with migraine and headache disease for years, those who are recently diagnosed, as well as people who are wondering if they might have migraine. Our panelists for the event include a headache specialist, pain psychologist, and patient advocates.

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 both in person and virtual.

Registration is free for virtual attendees.

A $10 registration fee is required for in person attendees to reserve a spot and will be reimbursed upon event day check in. We do this to avoid no-shows. If you require an exception please email info@milesformigraine.org

Lunch will be provided to those attending in person.

Amaal J Starling, MD, FAAN, FAHS

Amaal Starling, M.D.

Dr. Amaal J. Starling is an Associate Professor of Neurology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.  She joined Mayo in 2012 and is currently a board-certified Consultant within the Department of Neurology.  She is presently the Associate Program Director for the Headache Medicine Fellowship and the Program Director for the Transitional Year Residency Program in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science – Arizona Campus.

Dr. Starling received her M.D. degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.  She completed a Transitional Year Residency, a Neurology Residency, and a Headache Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona.  She was also the External Chief Resident for the Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Arizona.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Headache Society (AHS).  She is an active member of the American Medical Association and the American Pain Society.  Dr. Starling serves on the advisory boards of Alder, AMGEN, Eli Lilly and Company, the International Concussion Society (ICS), NeurologyLive, the NDPH Research Foundation, and the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.  In addition, she has served as the Co-Chair of the American Headache and Migraine Association and chair of the New Investigator and Trainee Special Interest Section of the AHS.  She has been an invited speaker to many international, national, and regional meetings and a perennial speaker at the AHS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Her many honors include the AHS Above and Beyond Award for Service, the Manfred D. Muenter Award for Excellence in Clinical Neurology, the AAN Annual Meeting Residency Scholarship, the 2012 Spirit of Mayo Clinic Award, and the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award.  Dr. Starling’s most recent accolades include the Women Leading in Neurology recognition from the AAN, the Super Supporter Award from Miles for Migraine, and the Outstanding Emerging Educator from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Starling has numerous peer-reviewed publications and abstracts related to her fields of interest which include migraine, concussion, posttraumatic headache, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, secondary headaches, telemedicine and teleconcussion, neurology resident education, and professionalism and clinical ethics.  She is an active participant and member of many educational and departmental committees within the Mayo Clinic.

Laura J. Priorello, MS, PhD, ABPP

Laura Priorello, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Priorello is a Clinical Health Psychologist and Consultant in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow in the Academy of Clinical Health Psychology.  She completed her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health/Addictions Counseling at Marquette University, her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston, and both her internship and fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology from the James A. Haley Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tampa, Florida.  Subsequently, she returned to her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona to work at Mayo Clinic and specializes in pain, cardiac, and transplant psychology.  She facilitates a weekly chronic pain management group and is a certified Empowered Relief Instructor offering a 2-hour chronic pain skills class.

Juliana Kroese

Juliana Kroese, PT, RYT. C-IAYT

Juliana is a licensed physical therapist, registered yoga teacher and certified yoga therapist. She works at the Jan and Tom Lewis Migraine Treatment Program at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and loves combining her extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology with yoga, breathwork and mindfulness. Juliana received her degree in physical therapy at the European School of Physiotherapy in Amsterdam, and her yoga training through the Sivananda and the Integrative Yoga Therapy programs.

In Juliana's classes you will find an emphasis on postural re-education, alignment and mindfulness to generate a positive shift in your physical and mental day-to-day function. These classes will provide tools which will extend far beyond alleviating headache and migraine as you learn to incorporate them into your daily routine.

Elizabeth Arant

Elizabeth Arant, Patient Advocate

Elizabeth has been working and volunteering as a migraine advocate for over 5 years. A migraine patient since the age of 6, Elizabeth became interested in medicine. She obtained her BSN from Seattle University. Elizabeth has worked in a variety of settings both in and outpatient, but became increasingly interested in migraine disease. She returned to school for her Masters of Science in Nursing Education in hopes of teaching the next generation of nursing students.

Her migraine story became more complex when Elizabeth was diagnosed with Intracranial Hypertension. IH is a rare headache disorder affecting approximately 1 in 100,00 people. With this diagnosis came a number of neurosurgeries and procedures. Despite the setbacks this new diagnosis brings, she continues to act as a fierce patient advocate.

Elizabeth is a member of The National Headache Foundations Patient Leadership Council. She also is an Administrator and Moderator for the Chronic Migraine Awareness page on Facebook. She is a 3 time participant in Headache on the Hill where she advocates for the needs of all migraine and cluster headache patients. Elizabeth also volunteers with The U.S. Pain Foundation and was profiled in their publication InVisible Project.

When Elizabeth is not busy advocating or learning she loves to travel. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram as (@wirednerves).

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.