The Headache Center Team

As part of our devotion to a comprehensive and holistic approach to diagnosing and treating patients impacted by headache, our program offers many services to deliver coordinated, personalized care.

 

Headache Specialists  Behavioral Health Neuroradiologists Headache & Hormone Clinic Headache & Pregnancy Clinic  Physical Therapy Vestibular Therapy Integrative Medicine Pain Management Medical Weight Loss Medicine Sleep Medicine Support Staff

 
 
 
Headache Specialists
Name Specialties Location
Benoit, Mary Ryan, PA-C 860.696.2925
  • Headache Medicine
  • West Hartford
Casaly, Joseph, MD 860.696.2925
  • Headache Medicine
  • Mystic
Chapman, Maeghan, PA-C 860.696.2925
  • Headache Medicine
  • Cheshire
Chua, Abigail L., DO 860.696.2925
  • Headache Medicine
  • Neurology
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  • Cheshire
Gill, Nicole, DO 860.696.2925
  • Headache Medicine
  • Neurology
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  • Cheshire
Grosberg, Brian Mitchell, MD 860.696.2925
  • Neurology
  • Headache Medicine
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  • West Hartford
Kane, Renee D., APRN, ANP-BC 860.696.2925
  • Headache Medicine
  • Cheshire
Lima, Juliana, APRN 860.696.2925
  • Headache Medicine
  • Cheshire
Mehta, Sheena, PA-C 860.696.2925
  • Headache Medicine
  • West Hartford
Murphy, Andrea, APRN, ANP-BC 860.696.2925
  • Headache Medicine
  • West Hartford
Nguyen, Tran H., APRN, FNP-C 860.696.2925
  • Headache Medicine
  • West Hartford
Behavioral Health

Research has shown that behavioral health treatments for headache, including cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback, can be as effective as medication when practiced correctly, and can also make headache medication work more effectively. These treatments typically include relaxation training, learning about and managing headache triggers, stress management, and treating comorbid conditions, such as depression, anxiety, or sleep difficulties. Behavioral health treatment is skills-based and psychoeducational, and will typically involve an average of 4-10 individual sessions, depending on the presenting concern.

Name Specialties Location
Verhaak, Allison, PhD 860.696.2925
  • Psychiatry
  • West Hartford
Neuroradiologists

Our team of neuroradiologists have specialized training in interpreting the clinical imaging of the head, brain, neck or spine to ensure your headache evaluation is thorough and that worrisome secondary causes of headache are excluded. Our providers also have specialized training in neuro-interventional procedures.

Name Specialties Location
Carlton, Michael Elliot, MD 860.889.8331
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Norwich
Donovan, William Daniel, MD 203.949.2700
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Neuroradiology
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  • Wallingford
Modi, Jignesh M., MD 203.694.8405
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Neuroradiology
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  • Meriden
  • Wallingford
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Muro, Gerard Joseph, MD 203.696.6125
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Shelton
Ollenschleger, Martin Daniel, MD 860.293.6053
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Interventional Neuroradiology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Radiology
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  • East Hartford
  • Enfield
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Pittaro, Denise Iuliano, MD 203.696.6125
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Shelton
Rosovsky, Mark Allen, MD 203.696.6125
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Shelton
Sapire, Joshua Michael, MD 203.696.6125
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Shelton
Smith, Scott Dillard, MD 203.696.6125
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Shelton
Headache and Hormone Clinic

Migraine disproportionately affects women. The Headache and Hormone Clinic is the first of its kind in the country. It was established to address the important role hormones play in menstrual migraine and other hormonal milestones, such as perimenopause and menopause. Rapid changes in estrogen, which occur with menstruation, ovulation, the postpartum period, and during perimenopause, may contribute to the severity and frequency of headaches.

Name Specialties Location
Johnson, Amy Marie, MD 860.972.2780
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Headache and Pregnancy Clinic

In an attempt to help care for women prior to conceiving or during pregnancy, we have created the first of its kind, Headache and Pregnancy Clinic, in the country. Treatments are tailored utilizing a multidisciplinary approach where non-medication approaches can be maximized during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Name Specialties Location
Bakaysa, Stephanie Lee, MD 860.972.2884
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Meriden
  • New Britain
  • Norwich
  • West Hartford
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Physical Therapy

Many people impacted by headache and migraine often experience neck pain, tension, stiffness, and/or discomfort. Muscles in the neck can become tense and tight from overuse, static postural loading (like sitting at a computer), as well as previous injury or trauma. These tense and tight muscles can cause referred pain from regions of the neck to the head or face (i.e. jaw) and may further complicate or trigger headache.

 
 

Danielle Messier, PT

Headache Program Lead

Joe Grabicki, PTJoseph Grabicki, PT

Daniel Fisher, PTDan Fisher, PT

Allison Wiernasz, PT

Bob Brown, PTBob Brown, PT 

Carolyn Byron, PT

Thomas Pare, CST

Kyle Petruzzello, PTKyle Petruzzello, PT

Adam Chenette, PTAdam Chenette, PT

 
 
 
Vestibular Therapy

Dizziness and headache are very common symptoms and frequently co-exist. Dr. Eisen is a board certified neurotologist and is the medical director of the Hartford Hospital Hearing and Balance Center. The Dizzy Clinic is a multi-disciplinary group who focus on the diagnosis and management of dizziness, vertigo and imbalance. Additional services offered as part of the comprehensive care of headache include vestibular therapy performed by a skilled practitioner.

Name Specialties Location
Eisen, Marc D., MD, PhD 860.640.4455
  • Neurotology
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
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  • Farmington
Integrative Medicine

Acupuncture and Massage for headache can provide an excellent alternative to compliment your medical treatments. Acupuncture is a well-known component of traditional Chinese medicine. Both acupuncture and massage treatment for headache prevention target stress and pain reduction. The goal is to reduce tension throughout the body and rebalance the central nervous system.

Name Specialties Location
Markow, Mary Jane, ND, LAc 860.972.4444
  • Integrative / Holistic Medicine
  • Avon
  • Hartford
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Secor, Eric R., ND, PhD, LAc 860.972.4444
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Edwin J. Brown, LAc

Carmen Catalano, LAc

Eric Cheffer, LMT

John Q. Erwin, LMT

Gregory Fessenden, MBA, MS, LAc

Rachel Lazarus, LMT

Kelly Su Lim, LMT

Jacqueline Nichols-Holden, LMT

Veronica Pettit, LMT

 
 
 
Pain Management

Chronic pain can increase your risk of headache. Our pain specialists can help treat other comorbid pain conditions that are contributing to headache by utilizing non-narcotic approaches, as well as specializing in non-invasive procedures for managing and treating pain.

Name Specialties Location
Grille, Michael J., MD 860.696.2840
  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
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  • West Hartford
Hamburger, Adrian K., MD 401.348.3865
  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
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  • Westerly
  • Mystic
  • Waterford
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Kost, Jonathan Anthony, MD 860.696.2840
  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
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  • West Hartford
  • Meriden
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Macannuco, Annette Karen, MD 203.694.8200
  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
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  • Meriden
Olson, Timothy H., MD, PhD 401.348.3865
  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
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  • Westerly
  • Mystic
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Taboada, Ricardo J., MD 860.696.2840
  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
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  • West Hartford
Medical Weight Loss Medicine

Research has shown that the risk of experiencing headache is increased in those who are overweight or obese. People impacted by headache who are obese are more likely to develop more frequent headaches. Medical weight-loss options are tailored specifically and may include nutritional education, lifestyle guidance, exercise plans, behavioral-mindful eating techniques, and trigger analysis and pharmacotherapy options.

Name Specialties Location
Umashanker, Devika, MD 833.861.5433
  • Bariatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Meriden
  • Southington
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Sleep Medicine

Headache and disrupted sleep are often intertwined in a cycle of one triggering the other. Sleep disorders that may impact headache can include: insomnia, sleep disordered breathing (such as obstructive sleep apnea), and bruxism.

Name Specialties Location
Abavana, Christina, MD 203.254.2320
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Neurology
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  • Fairfield
Support Staff

Jessica BartlettJessica Bartlett

Fellowship Coordinator, Administrative Assistant

Maria VeronesiMaria Veronesi

Clinical Research Assistant