Headache disorders advocate, blogger, and mental health therapist, Tammy’s journey began in 2007 while preparing to change careers. She knew that graduate school wold be challenging and that frequent migraine attacks could derail her dreams. Determined to finally get both migraine and cluster headache attacks under control, she went online in search of answers. That’s where she met Teri Robert and started down the path of better symptom management. Despite living with migraine since 1975 and cluster headache since 1999, she still had a lot to learn. It took another 7 years before she finally found the right combination of life-changing treatments. No longer a victim of circumstance, she now takes an active role in the management of multiple health conditions.
Tammy shares her experience in learning to manage migraine:
“A few years ago, migraine was running things and I was ready to give up. Then somewhere deep inside, I discovered a tiny spark of light. I was determined to find better treatments to control migraine. I would have gone to every doctor in town and traveled halfway around the world if that’s what it took to see improvement. That is when I began to rule my migraine by taking charge of my own care. Success didn’t happen overnight. It actually took several years to finally make progress. Now I manage my migraine disease. It does not control me.”
Headache Disorders Counselor
September 2017 – present | Shawnee, KS
Online counseling services specializing in the treatment of individuals living with Migraine, Cluster Headache, and other serious neurobiological headache disorders. GRAND OPENING in January 2018!
Migraine Health Guide
January 2017 – present | Arlington, VA
Submit relevant and accurate articles pertaining to migraine and headache disorders. Provide accurate, timely, and relevant health information about migraine and other headache disorders. Promote traffic throughout the website and social media by sharing content generated on the website.
August 2016 – Present | Fountainville, PA
Responsible for day-to-day operations. Oversee management of all online assets in collaboration with volunteer administrators and board of directors. Responsible for the development and implementation of all strategic initiatives. Collaborate with physicians, pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, and other non-profit organizations to promote research, education, advocacy and awareness for cluster headache and other trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias.
June 2016 – Present (5 months) | Mt. Royal, NJ
Responsible for member relations, recruitment, and retention. Created an supervise a teams of volunteer members responsible for social media outreach and new member development. Track member statistics, identifies potential member, collaborate with other board members to develop effective recruitment tools. Assist with annual conference planning and implementation. Networking with other AHMA members, headache specialists, veterans groups, and social media to increase member participation and recruit new members.
April 2014 – January 2017 | Phildelphia, PA
Submit relevant and accurate articles pertaining to migraine and headache disorders on a weekly basis. Review and respond to posts, questions, and comments on the Migraine.com Community Forums and Facebook page. Moderate discussions, screen for adherence to policies, procedures, and community rules. Provide accurate, timely, and relevant health information about migraine and other headache disorders. Promote traffic throughout the website and social media by sharing content generated on the website.
April 2013 – Present (3 years 7 months) | Shawnee, KS
As a patient advocate and health blogger, my focus areas include migraine & headache disorders, fibromyalgia, complementary & alternative medicine, mind-body medicine, mindfulness practices, relationship health, and emotional intelligence. I also participated in outreach efforts via social media, including Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.