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.
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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