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Dr. Karissa Arca
Karissa N. Arca, M.D.: Dr. Arca is currently the Headache Fellow at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She received her medical degree from Loma Linda University and went on to complete a Transitional Year residency and Neurology residency at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. During her final year of residency she was awarded the Manfred D. Muenter Award for Excellence in Clinical Neurology.
Dr. Arca is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. She has received multiple scholarships to attend AHS meetings as well as multiple poster presentations and an oral presentation. Most recently, she was awarded the Frontiers in Headache Research scholarship award by the AHS which will be presented in the upcoming Scottsdale meeting.
Dr. Arca has multiple peer-reviewed publications and abstracts in the field of Headache Medicine. She has a special interest in the cross-section of autonomic disorders and headache as well as CSF dynamics. She currently serves as a board member for Miles for Migraine.
Twenty-six. That’s 9,490 days living without chronic migraine disease. I was at the height of my career and had graduated college three years prior. I never would have imagined that at that point in my life I would all of sudden have chronic migraine disease with no history of headaches and no real warning this was all coming. How was it possible for me to have a migraine every day suddenly? What was wrong with me? Was it something sinister? The ER assured me I was not dying and gave me my first migraine cocktail. I had a bad adverse reaction to one of the medications that was worse than the migraine itself. I was not convinced all of this was “just headache”. It turns out chronic migraine disease is everything but former. Then I blamed myself. What did I do to deserve this? What did I do wrong? What if I had done things different? I was filled with grief. I was no longer the same person. I had to stop working for the time being and did not know if I would ever return. My life was turned upside down unexpectedly and in the blink of an eye. Fortunately, with the help of a headache specialist, and perseverance, I found a combination of medication that works for me and have returned to work. Part of my treatment plan is advocacy. I had to be my biggest advocate and now my favorite way to advocate for others is by sharing my story and talking about chronic migraine disease in hopes that something I say may be helpful to someone else.
Juliana Kroese, PT, RYT, C-IAYT
Juliana Kroese, PT, RYT, C-IAYT 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.
Kerrie Smyres is a writer and patient advocate who has had chronic migraine for more than 30 years. In 2005, she started The Daily Headache as a creative outlet when she became too sick to work. What began as a way to share her journey quickly became a connection to incredible people who are working hard to live the best lives they can despite their illnesses. Her passions are to write about the emotional experience of living with chronic illness and to translate medical research to make it understandable to the general public. In addition to her work on The Daily Headache, Kerrie has been writing for Migraine.com since 2011 and is a patient advocacy consultant.
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