Philadelphia Education Day 2020
Saturday, June 6, 2020
11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
This is a Virtual Event. Registration is free but required
- William Young, MD, President, & Jill Dehlin - Strategies for Advocacy & Reducing Stigma
- Deborah Turk - Why Should Advocacy be Part of YOUR Treatment Plan?
- Katie Moran - Group Discussion Facilitator
- Kelly Amspacher - Group Discussion Facilitator
- Diane Fox - Group Discussion Facilitator
- Deborah Turk - Group Discussion Facilitator
- Alisha Amendt, CRNP - Handheld Medical Devices for Migraine Relief
Keynotes, Presenters, Breakout Sessions and Virtual Exhibit Hall
William Young, MD, President
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 the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. Click for Detailed information pertaining to Dr. Young’s extensive research profile. Click for detailed information pertaining to Dr. Young’s extensive research profile, including research pertaining to migraine and stigma.
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.
In November of 2006, Katie was a Regional Marketing Director, with a prominent assisted living company that focuses on Dementia and Alzheimer's. She was blindly hit with the diagnosis of a rare cancer in her sinuses and right eye. Gratefully, she is cancer-free. What remains from this cancer is chronic migraine. She has been fighting chronic migraine thirteen years. Katie joined the Miles for Migraine team in January of 2019, assisting with many aspects of their events. In addition, Katie works with the bringing volunteers on board to raise awareness for Migraine and Headache Disease. She also manages the Miles for Migraine Community Support Groups in efforts to engage and offer support to those with Migraine and their caregivers across the country. Working with Miles for Migraine has helped Katie regain her confidence utilizing her skill set to advocate for a cause that is dear to her. Katie attended Headache on the Hill this year, and was inspired by the work being done in Washington, DC. to advance funding and research on behalf of those with Migraine and Headache Disease.
Kelly is a seasoned Clinical Nurse Specialist of 35 years. As a CNS, Kelly was deeply involved and dedicated to patient, family and medical community education. She also spent a great deal of time being an advocate on a national level for patient rights, program funding and patient/family empowerment and education.
Kelly has been published, writing both clinical articles and chapters for textbooks. She served as a member of a National Commission and participated in the publication of the report and its presentation to Congress. As part of her CNS and advocacy roles Kelly spoke on the National and local level on a variety of topics.
Kelly’s migraine story began in childhood and progressed throughout her life until finally being diagnosed after 33 years. Her migraines transitioned to intractable chronic daily migraine 22 years ago; where her migraine status remains to this day.
Kelly is involved in several migraine and chronic pain organizations and is a Community Group Facilitator for Miles for Migraine. Kelly is passionate and committed to making the “invisible”… “visible”. Kelly has one child, a daughter, who also has migraine.
Diane is a lifelong Philadelphian, graduating from Hahnemann University before spending 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. During her career, Diane facilitated research in drug discovery with a focus on pain relief. She has suffered with chronic migraine for 20 years which ultimately forced her to leave a career that she loved. Diane joined Miles for Migraine in 2019, volunteering as a facilitator for the Migraine Community Group at Jefferson Headache Center. Working with Miles for Migraine has allowed Diane to pursue her passion of engaging with and helping others, as she focuses on spreading migraine awareness, sharing her personal story, and supporting others through their migraine journey.
Alisha Amendt, CRNP
Alisha has been a nurse practitioner since 2006 and has over 20 years of neuroscience nursing experience. She has over 6 years of experience in the treatment of headache and facial pain. As of March 2020, Alicia was thrilled to join Dr. Ana Recober at Main Line Health Neurology at Lankenau in their headache program. Her passion is patient education, and she looks forward to participating in the patient education day.
Virtual Exhibit Hall
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