Los Angeles Education Day 2020
August 22, 2020
Saturday, August 22, 2020
10:00 am - 12:15 pm PST
This is an online event
Regstration Free but Required.
Keynotes, presenters and breakout sessions
Soma Sahai-Srivastava, MD
After completing her residency at USC, Dr. Sahai joined as faculty in the Department of Neurology in 2001. Dr. Sahai is a board certified, headache specialist (UCNS) and advocates an integrated approach to management of headache disorders. Dr. Sahai has established a multidisciplinary headache and atypical facial pain program at USC that specializes in dealing with complicated and challenging cases. She has a UCNS certified fellowship program in Headache medicine. Her clinical research focuses on migraine, headache disorders, and neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Sahai has participated in many clinical trials as principal or co-investigator relating to her areas of specialization. She has published numerous articles in scientific journals on topics relating to Headache, Neuropathic pain, and neuromuscular diseases and is a regular contributor to the web-based peer-reviewed portal WebMD.com.
Susan Maria Axtell, PsyD
Susan Axtell, Psy.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at USC Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Axtell is the psychologist for the Headache Division. She participates in two multidisciplinary pain treatment teams: one for patients with chronic headache, concussion, face pain and cervicalgia, and another for patients suffering from other chronic pain conditions, such as CRPS, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain conditions. She helps patients manage their physical and emotional suffering with nonpharmacological strategies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, biofeedback and stress management techniques. A primary goal is providing hope and a sense of empowerment to patients whose conditions have left them feeling powerless and despairing. She is especially passionate about the use of mindfulness to manage pain and promote emotional balance.
Dr. Axtell teaches neurology residents and fellows about the psychology of pain, and addresses attending physicians’ questions about the psychological factors intersecting with patients’ somatic conditions. She evaluates patients for appropriateness in undergoing pain management procedures, such as spinal cord stimulator implantation, and ketamine infusion.
She obtained her Doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with a specialty in Multicultural Issues, from the University of Denver, and her Master’s degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City. She is a member of the USC Keck Ethics Resource Committee and belongs to the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, and Psychologists for Social Responsibility.
She prioritizes managing her own stress through daily meditation and playing drums.
Angie is Senior Editor at Migraine Again and founder of the blog Chronic Migraine Life. Her experience navigating work, the medical system, and the Social Security Administration while struggling with chronic daily migraine trained and inspired her to advocate for herself and others like her.
On behalf of this underserved, often invisible population, she works in media to provide information and support to patients and their caregivers while advocating for greater attention to migraine for research and development - all while continuing to battle her own chronic migraine. As a patient advocate, she has spoken at industry and non-profit events, has served on patient advisory panels, and has been interviewed online, in podcasts, and on TV.
Adriane is the founder of Yoga for Migraine, an online community that offers yoga practices specifically for people living with headache and migraine. Adriane is a lifelong dancer and yogini with a 200-hour yoga teacher certification in restorative, yin and yoga nidra styles. Adriane taught Yoga for Migraine at CHAMP’s 2020 Virtual RetreatMigraine and was featured on the Migraine Magic Podcast. A mother of two little ones and a former public school teacher, Adriane brings her life experience of living with migraine into her healing yoga programs. Yoga for Migraine provides migraine-friendly yoga practices with a focus on relaxation in workshops, retreats and one-on-one coaching. Adriane’s mission is to help others manage their migraines with yoga so that they can flourish. https://www.yogamigraine.com/
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