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Support Miles for Migraine

Integrative Health for Youth with Migraine

For the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date/Time

    Thursday, April 8, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET

This is a Virtual Event. Registration is free but required

Join the headache team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to explore integrative treatment options for youth with migraine. This session is great for teens with migraine and their parents/caregivers to explore non medical methods to managing migraine symptoms. Colleen Mackey, art therapist, will give participants the opportunity to engage in an art therapy session. Additionally, the headache team will discuss devices, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, relaxation techniques and more!

Colleen Mackey

Colleen Mackey

Colleen is a registered board certified art therapist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who provides services across several inpatient and outpatient areas.

Dina Karvounides

Dina Karvounides, PsyD

Dina Karvounides, PsyD, is a psychologist with the Pediatric Headache Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Karvounides has many years of experience working with children and adolescents with chronic pain conditions. She utilizes alternative treatment methods such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and relaxation strategies to help children and adolescents manage the effects that headaches can have on daily living.

Dr. Karvounides strives to help children and adolescents with chronic pain to understand the mind-body connection to pain by empowering each child to actively manage symptoms with the goal of improving quality of life.

Education and Training

Internship: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center/Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

Fellowship: Pediatric Pain and Trauma – Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Chronic Pain in Children – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Undergraduate Degree: BA in Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Graduate Degree: PsyD, Clinical Psychology – Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL

Christina Szperka

Christina Szperka, MD, MSCE

Christina Szperka, MD, MSCE, has been interested in the treatment of chronic pain since she was an undergraduate at Amherst College, Amherst, MA, and focused on pediatric pain while pursuing her medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Dr. Szperka completed residencies in pediatrics and child neurology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, and a fellowship in headache medicine at The Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  She is board-certified in Headache Medicine.

Dr. Szperka divides her time between patient care and projects aimed at improving the treatment of children with headaches across CHOP and beyond. In 2013, she was named director of the newly formed Pediatric Headache Program. She has received grants to improve clinical care and treatment options for headache.

Education and Training

Medical School: MD - Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Internship: Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Residency: Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Child Neurology - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship: Headache - Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
T-32 Fellow - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Training: Mentor Training for Clinical & Behavioral Researchers - University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification: Child Neurology, Headache Medicine

Graduate Degree: MSCE - University of Pennsylvania, Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Philadelphia, PA

Rebecca Barmherzig

Rebecca Barmherzig, MD

Dr. Barmherzig is a pediatric neurologist in the Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She specializes in treating children with headache and pain disorders.

Dr. Barmherzig has a deeply personal interest in helping children with headaches.

“In addition to being a headache provider, I am also a headache patient, which allows me a unique perspective in being able to join the conversation from both sides of the table,” she says.

Headache is among the top ten leading causes of disability worldwide, and there is an immense need for correct diagnosis, management and treatment, Dr. Barmherzig notes.

“This is even more critical in the pediatric population, where there is a vital opportunity for early awareness and intervention to avoid long-term disability and improve quality of life and outcomes,” she says. “I am passionate about serving the health of this population through patient-centered care, research, education and advocacy.”

Knowledge of the biology and genetics of headache disorders is expanding and overall awareness has increased. Personalized treatment models hold promise, making this an exciting time to be in headache medicine, Dr. Barmherzig says.

Along with her clinical role, Dr. Barmherzig is involved in educational outreach programs for both community healthcare partners as well as children and families.

She is pursuing research into medications and interventional procedures and devices that may benefit children and adolescents with migraine and other primary headache disorders. Dr. Barmherzig also has an interest in vestibular dysfunction in migraine.

“For many suffering with headache, this is an invisible disease. It is important that our patients and their families feel like they are being heard, clearly understood, and that their provider is committed to working with them towards their goals,” Dr. Barmherzig says.

Education and Training

Medical School: MB BCh BAO/ MD - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), School of Medicine, Dublin, Ireland

Residency: Pediatric Neurology - The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Fellowship: Headache Medicine - The Hospital for Sick Children and Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Board Certification: Neurology

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