The 2024 FPA Conference is a two-day virtual event connecting the worldwide facial pain community with experts who diagnose and treat people affected by facial pain.

Register for the 2024 FPA Virtual Conference!

Tickets to attend the virtual event are $35. If you are not able to pay for a ticket, please contact Natalie Merrithew at [email protected] to request complimentary admission. 

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Presenters include...

Jeffrey Fogel, MD

Dr. Fogel is a retired Pediatrician. After being in practice for more than 25 years, his TN-related pain and medication-related side effects forced him to retire. However, he moved into the mode of helping others with his condition by becoming FPA’s Support Group Leader and Outreach Coordinator for the Philadelphia area. He helped craft Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana legislation and has made multiple presentations on the topic. For more than 30 years he has been an active firefighter in his community’s volunteer fire department, and is the former president. Dr. Fogel and his wife have two adult sons and one granddaughter.

Jonathan Greenberg, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Greenberg is a research staff psychologist at the Integrated Brain Health Clinical and Research Program (IBHCRP) in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. His work primarily focuses on developing mind-body interventions for various clinical populations, particularly those with chronic pain and mild traumatic brain injury. He also examines the cognitive, affective, and neural effects of mindfulness-based training/practices, in addition to the mechanisms that underlying their efficacy. Dr. Greenberg was the recipient of a K23 career development award from the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health, as well as the AlterMed Research Foundation Award, the Harvard Medical School Kaplen Fellowship on Depression, the Livingston Fellowship Award and the Early Career Investigator award from the Integrated Health and Spirituality special interest group at the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Stephen Johnson, MD, FAANS

Dr. Johnson earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Neuroscience, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa Honors. He completed a residency in neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. During his time in Pittsburgh, Dr. Johnson also completed a fellowship in stereotactic neurosurgery under the mentorship of Dade Lunsford, a world-renowned pioneer in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. His training also focused on microvascular decompression surgery under the guidance of Raymond Sekula, a renowned surgeon in the lineage of Peter Jannetta, who initially pioneered the procedure. Dr. Johnson specializes in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, cranial nerve disorders, and spinal neurosurgery and has published both peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters in these areas. He utilizes both incisionless Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and traditional open approaches in the management of cranial pathology. Similarly, he offers both minimally invasive and open treatments for degenerative spine diseases. This multi-modal approach enables Dr. Johnson to provide highly customized and effective treatment for each individual patient. Dr. Johnson has a research focus on clinical outcomes after radiosurgery. He sees patients with all spinal conditions, brain tumors, and cranial nerve disorders. Currently, he treats patients at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Community Hospital.

Lauren Levi, DMD, MS

Lauren E. Levi, DMD, MS is a board-certified orofacial pain specialist and fellowship-trained dental oncologist who has dedicated her career to treating and managing head, neck and facial pain as well as sleep-related breathing disorders and oral medicine-related conditions. She received her DMD from the University of Florida. She then completed a residency at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in dental oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. After fellowship, Dr. Levi received a master’s degree in oral medicine and orofacial pain from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. Additionally, she completed advanced training in headache management at Jefferson Health. Prior to joining Touro, Dr. Levi served as a clinical assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University in the division of orofacial pain where she remains an adjunct clinical assistant professor. She also taught at New York University College of Dentistry and started a dental oncology service at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Levi has published articles in multiple journals in the fields of pain and oral medicine. Dr. Levi’s research interests include the relationship among obstructive sleep apnea, TMD and migraine, the use of neuromodulation in the treatment of orofacial pain, the head and neck manifestations of cancer therapy, novel treatments of chronic head and neck pain, and the applicability of photobiomodulation in the treatment of radiation fibrosis syndrome and trigeminal neuropathic pain.

Mark Linskey, MD

Dr. Linskey is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of California Irvine and a member of the FPA Medical Advisory Board. His clinical interests encompass brain and spine arteriovenous malformation, cerebral aneurysm, cranial nerve disorders, gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery, trigeminal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, skull base microsurgery and microvascular decompression surgery. Dr. Linskey has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.

Jonathon Parker, MD

Dr. Parker is an Epilepsy and Functional Neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic Arizona. His passion is taking care of adults and young adults affected by epilepsy and movement disorders. He specializes in the use of minimally invasive techniques and neuromodulation devices to treat the spectrum of neurological disorders including epilepsy, movement, and psychiatric disorders. After completion of medical and graduate school training at University of Colorado, Dr. Parker completed his neurosurgery residency and a fellowship in Epilepsy and Stereotactic Surgery at Stanford University. At Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital he gained experience with both adult and pediatric epilepsy and deep brain stimulation surgery. He currently directs the Device-Based Neuroelectronics Research Lab at Mayo Clinic and speaks at the national level regarding advancements in neuromodulation therapy. He completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College and was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.

Ashwin Ramayya, MD, PhD

Dr. Ramayya is an assistant professor in the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery. He specializes in neuromodulation, including deep brain stimulation (DBS), spinal cord stimulation, MRI-guided laser therapy, and focused ultrasound. Dr. Ramayya obtained his MD and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed his neurosurgery residency and a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Dr. Ramayya has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has presented his work at national and international meetings, including those for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Raymond F. Sekula, MD

Dr. Sekula is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Columbia University Department of Neurological Surgery. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and is a co-editor of the textbook Microvascular Decompression Surgery, a comprehensive look at MVD surgery, widely accepted as an effective remedy for cranial nerve hyperexcitability disorders including hemifacial spasm, trigeminal neuralgia, and glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Dr. Sekula is the chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Facial Pain Association.

Julienne Verdi

Julienne Verdi is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. Julienne is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School where she was an associate managing editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Chair of Brooklyn Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and recipient of the Platinum Public Service Award and Evelyn Reid Memorial Prize. Julienne received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Special Honors from CUNY Hunter College, where she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Thomas Hunter Honors Program. Julienne is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Prior to starting at the AHDA, Julienne ran her own law and consulting practice. She also served as the Director of Government Relations at Planned Parenthood of New York City, a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Francine A. Schott in New Jersey Superior Court and completed a post-graduate legal fellowship at Safe Horizon’s Immigration Law Project where she provided immigration services to victims of crime. During law school, Julienne interned at the Domestic Violence Bureau of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Staten Island Legal Services, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Prior to law school, Julienne worked as a political consultant, a researcher for the Office of Speaker of the New York State Assembly, and interned at the Office of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Planned Parenthood of New York City. Additionally, Julienne has served on the board of several non-profit organizations, including Community Health Action of Staten Island and Fearless Females. Following the 2016 elections, Julienne founded Move Forward Staten Island, and served as the organization’s Chair for five years. As Chair of Move Forward Staten Island, Julienne served as a lead organizer for the Staten Island People’s Climate March in April 2017, one of the largest demonstrations Staten Island had ever seen, drawing over 500 people in support of common sense policies to protect Staten Island from the harsh realities of climate change. In her capacity as Chair of Move Forward Staten Island, Julienne also directed and produced her first documentary, Staten Island’s Huddled Masses: An Immigration Storytelling Project in September of 2019. In addition to her accomplishments, Julienne is the proud wife of Kevin Lawrie, Founder of LeadFwd and mother to her four young children Jude, Sloane, Monroe and Cambria.

Joanna Zakrzewska, MD

Dr. Zakrzewska obtained dental (Kings College London) and medical (University of Cambridge) degrees and specialist training in oral medicine, and nowspecializes in orofacial pain. Her MD on trigeminal neuralgia led to further clinical research in this field. She spent ten years as an academic at Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry where she was awarded a personal chair in facial pain. In April 2007 Professor Zakrzewska moved to a NHS post at Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London Hospitals in order to set up a national centre of excellence in facial pain. She has written four books on orofacial pain, contributed to over 10 chapters and written over 80 peer reviewed papers on the theme of orofacial pain. She lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.

John Zuniga, DMD, PhD

Dr. Zuniga is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and holder of the Robert V. Walker D.D.S. Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery, specifically temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and neurosensory disorders. As an experienced trigeminal nerve microsurgeon, Dr. Zuniga has performed more than 300 nerve repairs. He also has a clinical interest in benign pathology, dentoalveolar surgery, and trauma of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Laine Green, MD

Dr. Green is a neurologist interested in migraine and related disorders as well as secondary headaches. He aspires to educate patients about their headache disorder and work with them to reach a consensus about their care. He works diligently to find ways to help patients, even when answers seem hard to find. It's very satisfying to treat headache disorders and help patients have a better quality of life.

Kayla Harley

Kayla Harley is a Chronic Facial Pain Warrior of 11 years, diagnosed with Chronic TMJ and Trigeminal Neuralgia in 2016. Her pain is a result of facial trauma from a nearly fatal car accident while volunteering for a non-profit arts organization while in college. Today she represents and advocates for those living life with invisible conditions and incurable diseases, as well as serve in diverse communities at large as a Certified Holistic Wellness Practitioner, TEDx Speaker, Self-Published Author, Optimal Life Breathologist, GYROTONIC®/GYROKINESIS® Trainer and Full Spectrum Doula. Kayla founded The Beebodi Marketplace and is the recipient of the Boris L. Henson Foundation Joy Award in 2023. Kayla has taught in corporate settings, international festivals, conferences, and more. She is a member of PGC-NAACP, AAC, TAMA, ProDoula, TheMomagerCo. and an at-large volunteer in community spaces and 501(c)3 organizations that advocate for Maternal Care, policy reform, and equity. It is with the love, strength and prayers from her family that Kayla remains positive and hopeful. She uses her social media platforms to elevate this message of self-care, healing and creating a life of daily balance.

Robert Lasser, MD, MBA

Dr. Rob Lasser is a seasoned biopharma executive with over 25 years of experience in the CNS space, spanning clinical practice, academic research, large pharma and biotech. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Noema Pharma with focus on developing new therapeutics for Trigeminal Neuralgia. Most recently, he held an executive role at Sage Therapeutics, where he led the development of zuranolone (ZURZUVAE®) in depressive disorders. Before that, he was the CMO at MedDay Pharma. Prior to joining MedDay, he was the Head of Neurodegenerative disorders at Roche, where he oversaw the Phase 2 and 3 programs for gantenerumab through 2017. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lasser held various roles at pharmaceutical companies, including managing the medical launch and lifecycle of lisdexamfetamine (VYVANSE®) at Shire, the first medicine for treating Binge Eating Disorder, the launch of the first long-acting injectable atypical antipsychotic RISPERDAL CONSTA® at Johnson & Johnson, and developing iloperidone (FANAPT®) at Novartis in the late 1990’s. Dr. Lasser completed his Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, and his residency in psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He obtained an M.B.A from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, a M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine, and a B.A. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College.

Wolfgang Liedtke, MD, PhD

Dr. Liedtke is Chair of Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Pain Medicine, and a member Global Development Scientific Council at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he conducted basic-science pain research as a tenured Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Neurobiology at Duke University (Durham, NC). During his 17 years at Duke, he provided clinical care to patients suffering from craniofacial pain in his two Duke Health Clinics (Neurology; Anesthesiology). He was clinically trained in neurology and psychiatry in his native Germany, and conducted neuropathology and molecular genetics research (Albert Einstein College of Medicine; The Rockefeller University) in New York City after coming to the US in 1994. Dr. Liedtke is a member of the FPA Medical Advisory Board.

Michael Lim, MD

Dr. Lim is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, and a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in brain tumors and trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Lim’s clinical interests include the treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, with special interest in gliomas, meningiomas, metastatic tumors, and skull base tumors. Dr. Lim also specializes in surgical treatments for trigeminal neuralgia. During his time at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Lim built one of the largest brain tumor and trigeminal neuralgia practices and utilized the most advanced surgical technologies and techniques for his patients. As a passionate voice for patient experience, he has been recognized by his peers and patients for his integrity and compassionate care, including a Service Excellence Award from HealthNetwork Foundation. Dr. Lim is a member of the FPA Medical Advisory Board.

Asher Mansdorf, DDS, MS

Asher Mansdorf, DDS, MS is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) and co-director of the TMD and Orofacial Pain course. Additionally, he has been instrumental in establishing the digital dentistry curriculum at Touro. He is dual board certified in anesthesiology and orofacial pain. He received his DDS from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He then completed a general practice residency at Jamaica Hospital followed by an anesthesiology residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Due to his strong interest in pain, Dr. Mansdorf received a master’s of science degree in pain management from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining Touro, Dr. Mansdorf maintained a practice for 40 years. He is active in serving his community and has received a number of awards for his public service. He has served as Trustee then Vice President of the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, as well as Trustee then President and Vice-President on the Lawrence School Board. Dr. Mansdorf has participated in several continuing education courses on a number of topics including, but not limited to, implants, digital dentistry and pain management.

Ameet Patel, MD

Leesa Scott-Morrow, JD, LP, PhD

Dr. Scott-Morrow completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1990, at the University of North Texas. Dr. Scott-Morrow also completed a degree in law at Indiana University School of Law in 2002. Dr. Scott-Morrow is a practicing fully licensed clinical psychologist. Her practice involves a blend of clinical work, teaching, and writing. Dr. Scott-Morrow served as attending faculty in the Family Practice Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and in the Psychiatry Residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Scott-Morrow served as faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, in the Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain, and also within the Department of Neurosurgery Facial Pain Clinic, at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

Cynthia O. Townsend, PhD, LP

Cynthia O. Townsend, Ph.D., L.P., is a clinical health psychologist specializing in chronic pain and chronic pain rehabilitation. Dr. Townsend's clinical focus includes: — Functional restoration through intensive, interdisciplinary rehabilitation while minimizing polypharmacy — Addressing psychological comorbidities in the context of debilitating chronic complex medical conditions — Delivering cognitive behavioral therapy for management of chronic pain — Promoting wellness and a holistic approach to empower individuals with chronic pain syndromes, and their family members and supporters In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Townsend has been active in interdisciplinary rehabilitation treatment outcome research. Dr. Townsend is the clinical director of the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center (PRC) program in Arizona.

Richard Zimmerman, MD

Richard S. Zimmerman, M.D., completed a residency in neurosurgery followed by a fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery. He has focused his patient-centered clinical practice on surgical options to treat severe facial pain, and microsurgical treatment of hemifacial spasm. Dr. Zimmerman's expertise has been recognized nationally and internationally, and he serves on the medical advisory board of the Epilepsy Foundation as well as the FPA Medical Advisory Board. As a professor of neurosurgery, he knows the importance of educating the physicians of the future, and Dr. Zimmerman chairs the Mayo Clinic Education Committee and serves as Medical Director of Education. He also chairs the Quality Outcomes Subcommittee, and has received Mayo Clinic's Lifetime Achievement Award for his career-long dedication to quality improvement and patient safety activities at Mayo Clinic.

This year's conference will be an incredibly impactful weekend, where you will learn from experts and be able to connect with the worldwide facial pain community. Your support makes this event possible, and we are excited and thankful that you can participate. But did you know that we provide support, education, and advocacy to the facial pain community all year long? By making a gift today, you can help us continue our mission to serve everyone with neuropathic facial pain.

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