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Support Miles for Migraine

Tampa Educational Day 2019

September 21st, 2019

  • Time

    Saturday, September 21, 2019
    8:30 am - 2:30 pm

  • Location

    University of South Florida (USF)
    College of Public Health
    3010 USF Banyan Circle
    Tampa, FL 33612

  • Presenters

    • Kavita Kalidas, M.D. - Current Clinical Trials
    • Rebecca Jimenez-Sanders, M.D. -  Medical and Non-Medical Treatment Updates
    • Anne Csere, D.O. - Migraines in Children & Adolescents

  • Breakouts

    • Sheela Chokshi, MD - Art Therapy
    • Suzan Mekler - Tai Chi

Presenters and Breakout Session Moderators

Kavita Kalidas

Kavita Kalidas, M.D

Kavita Kalidas, MD, is director of the Division of Headache Medicine and associate professor of neurology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she also serves as the fellowship director of headache medicine. She received her medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica, after completing an internship in internal medicine at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Kalidas subsequently completed a residency and chief residency in neurology and a fellowship in headache and facial pain at the University of South Florida. She is board-certified in neurology, with subspecialty certification in headache medicine.

Dr. Kalidas’s research has focused on therapies for patients with such diseases as migraine, multiple sclerosis, and cluster headache. Her work has been published in such journals as Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics and Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain.

Rebecca Jimenez-Sanders

Rebecca Jimenez-Sanders, M.D.

Dr. Rebecca Jimenez-Sanders graduated from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, magna cum laude, and completed her neurology residency and headache medicine and facial pain fellowship at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Sanders is the medical director of the headache and pain management program at Tampa General Hospital, and assistant director of the Headache Medicine Fellowship at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Sanders is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, and the International Headache Society. She is a sub-investigator on chronic migraine and cluster headache trials and has numerous poster presentations at the American Headache Society and the International Headache Society Meetings.

Dr. Sander’s interests include headache medicine, facial pain, medical education and clinical research.

Anne Csere

Anne Csere, D.O.

Dr. Anne Csere earned her D.O. from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, completed her neurology residency in pediatrics from Harbor-UCLA and two fellowships – one in child neurology from Harbor-UCLA and one in headache medicine from Keck School of Medicine at USC.  Dr. Csere is board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology and is UCNS certified in headache medicine.   She is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Csere is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society and the American Osteopathic Association.  She is a sub-investigator on a currently-enrolling adolescent migraine trial at USF, and has numerous poster presentations at the American Headache Society, the International Headache Society meetings, and the 19th Annual Research Colloquium Abstracts of Presentations.

She is instrumental in teaching fellows the management of headache disorders in children and adolescent in both outpatient and inpatient clinical environments.

Sheela Chokshi

Sheela Chokshi, M.D.

Dr. Sheela Chokshi completed her internal medicine training in 1990 and joined a group practice in 1991. In 1998, she started authenticating her integrative medicine approach by attending programs and workshops at Harvard Medical School in Boston. In 2007 she completed her two-year integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil. In 2009, she completed courses in medical acupuncture for physicians from Stanford University in California. In 2013 she became a licensed massage therapist. In 2018 she received yoga teacher certification and is currently in training for therapeutic yoga.

Since 2004 Dr. Chokshi has been the physician leader of the integrative medicine program at Tampa General Hospital. Her background allows her to combine the science of medicine and technology with the philosophy of the mind-body approach to self-care, self-healing and well-being.

Over the past fifteen years, the program at Tampa General Hospital has grown significantly providing integrative medicine care to cardiac and lung transplant patients, trauma, burn and post-surgery patients, patients recovering in rehabilitation units, as well as pediatric patients. She has given multiple presentations to the community and allied health professionals to support health and wellness.

Suzan Mekler

Suzan Mekler

Suzan has worked at Tampa General Hospital as a fitness, wellness & health educator since 2003, first working with employees & then expanding out into the Tampa community. She has created and provided over fifty community wellness presentations and is certified as both a leader and master trainer in many other evidence-based and self-management programs, such as Stanford University’s “Living Healthy with Chronic Pain”, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”, and four diabetes-related programs. The main theme throughout all these programs is encouraging healthier lifestyles through physical activity, better nutrition, and cognitive and behavioral change strategies. She has been certified to teach several styles of tai chi thru Dr. Paul Lam since 2012 and currently teaches several classes in the community including a tai chi for Parkinson’s program that is sponsored by USF.

Suzan has a bachelor’s degree in social work & a graduate certificate in gerontology. Helping others achieve a better state of wellness has been her lifetime career and passion. The motto on her “FitCity” business card is: “What the Mind believes, the Body Achieves” derived from a quote by Coach Vince Lombardi. This fuels her passion & philosophy to “Educate, Motivate, Activate”.

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