Miles for Migraine Education Day

Please join us on March 24, 2018 in Philadelphia
for our Migraine Education Day


In a continued effort to create awareness about migraine and headache disease, we have developed a Miles for Migraine Education Day. This event will be about creating community and sharing knowledge for people with migraine and other headache disorder, and for their families and loved ones.
The day will be both informational and experiential. Our goal is for the person with headache disease to both learn and be supported. Topics will cover coping strategies, advocacy, stigma, research, and medical advancements. There will be time to join with others in a supportive and safe community.
We have invited local doctors and other providers to give lectures and provide an opportunity for open dialogue and experiential participation so that the day is not confined to only lectured information.

Though there is no charge, we ask that you consider a donation to support continued programming like this. Please register for this via the link above.

For more information about Migraine Education Day, contact Shirley Kessel at at

Keynote and Presenters


Paula Dumas

Education Day Topic:  Insights from World-Leading Experts That You Won’t Hear from Your Local Doctor

Paula K. Dumas is a lifelong chronic migraine warrior, Founder and Managing Editor of, host of the Migraine Again Podcast and Co-Host and Producer of the Migraine World Summit. She’s an author, health advocate, speaker and advisor to other organizations working to reduce the global burden of migraine.

After juggling a demanding career with Fortune 500 companies like CNN, Apple and Disney, Paula shifted gears to devote herself to family, faith and health advocacy. Frustrated by ineffective treatments and rampant migraine mythology, she spanned the globe searching for the best ways to manage her personal brainstorm. She reduced her own migraine frequency from chronically tormenting to occasionally agonizing, and she’s helping others to do the same. She offers help and hope to people who suffer with this chronic, disabling disease while raising awareness and funding for a cure.

Paula serves on the Boards of the American Migraine Foundation, CHAMP (Coalition of Migraine and Headache Patients), and OM USA. She has been nominated for a WEGO Health Advocate award and an Emmy, won an Addy award, and holds a U.S. Patent. Her website,, is the #1 independent website for patients, by patients. She’s authored over 300 original articles on health and wellness, and is a co-author of The Global Impact of Migraine Survey, presented at the 2017 International Headache Society meeting. The Migraine World Summit, produced and co-hosted by Paula, is now the largest patient event of its kind, available on demand online. She’s interviewed over 50 world-leading experts in migraine and headache, some of which are featured in her original video series, Migraine Minutes. Her Migraine Journey video series captures the voice of the patient and offers insights into what it’s really like to live and work with this mysterious, debilitating invisible illness.


William Young

Education Day Topic: Reducing Migraine Stigma/Patient Advocacy

This talk will address the stigma of migraine from the perspective of the provider and patient. The importance of advocacy for migraine and opportunities for involvement will also be discussed.

William B. Young, MD, FAHS, FAAN:  Dr. Young is a board-certified neurologist. He is Professor of Neurology, Director of the In-Patient Program at the Jefferson Headache Center and member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Young is a graduate of Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He interned at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed a residency in neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine and The New England School of Medicine in Boston.

Dr. Young is a fellow of the American Headache Society, American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He is President of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. He is a graduate of the Palatucci Advocacy program of the American Academy of Neurology. He is also a peer reviewer for Cephalalgia, Headache, and Neurology.

Dr. Young’s publications include many peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and miscellaneous publications. His special interests include posttraumatic headache, treatment of intractable migraine, migraine stigma, and migraine phenomenology.

Theresa Conroy

Education Day Topic: Yoga Breakout Session

The focus of the session will be on how yoga can help reduce pain. We’ll explore the science of pain and how Yoga practices such as breathing exercises, rhythmic breathing and specific movement can help influence pain.

Theresa Conroy is a Certified Yoga Therapist. After spending 26 years as a newspaper reporter, Theresa left journalism in 2007 to pursue a career in Yoga Therapy. The following year, she completed her studies with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and opened Yoga on the Ridge, a Roxborough studio offering therapeutic and standard Yoga classes. In 2013, she graduated from Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, where she continues to work as a Mentor to Yoga therapists-in-training. She is also certified in Pain Care Yoga and Curvy Yoga, and trained in Adaptive Yoga for Disabilities. She trains other Yoga teachers and therapists in Teaching Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease. Teaching Yoga for Special Populations and Teaching Yoga for Neurological disorders.

In 2017, she opened Theresa Conroy Yoga Therapy, a specialized practice offering Yoga Therapy in private sessions and small group classes.

Philadelphia Magazine named her a finalist in its 2014 Health Hero Contest. And the magazine nominated her her studio in its Best of Philly awards in 2016. Various groups selected her as one of Philadelphia’s Top 10 Yoga Instructors. Since 2010, The Parkinson’s Council has made her a recipient of The Parkinson Council Grant, to reduce the cost of movement classes for those with Parkinson’s Disease. In 2015 she opened a Yoga Therapy Clinic that operated from her studio. She also speaks French and is a Certified Beer Judge. In 2008, she and her husband, Don Russell (Beer Reporter Joe Sixpack), created America’s first yoga + beer event, Happy Hour Yoga.

Angela Kurzyna

Education Day Topic: Tips & Tools for Changing Your Response to Pain

Angela L. Kurzyna, MA, Psy.D., BCB is a clinical psychologist at the Jefferson Headache Center, Clinical Instructor of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University and Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her MA in Counseling Services from Rider University where she was the recipient of the Lincoln Scott Walker Memorial Award in Counseling Services. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a concentration in health psychology. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Jefferson Headache Center.

Dr. Kurzyna is board certified in general biofeedback and has completed practicum training in mindfulness-based stress reduction. In addition to her clinical work, she teaches in the Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology Masters program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and provides biofeedback mentoring. Dr. Kurzyna’s takes a Person-centered and strength based approach to treatment while maintaining use of empirically supported treatment techniques.

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