First Contact Committee Members

Committee Members

The First Contact Committee is responsible for the planning and coordination of the First Contact program offerings. The committee members actively contribute to the creation and/or review of all associated program materials.

Adam Sprouse-Blum, MD
Family Medicine

Nina Riggins, MD, PhD, FAHS
Vice Chair
Neurology/Headache Medicine

Stephanie Nahas-Geiger, MD, MSEd, FAHS
Senior Advisor

D. Michael Ready, MD, FAHS
Senior Advisor
Family Medicine/Headache Medicine

Kathleen Digre, MD, FAHS

Matthew Robbins, MD, FAHS

Carol A. Barch, MN, FNP-BC, AQH
Nurse Practitioner

Jessica Gautreaux, MD
Pediatric Neurology

Tracy B. Grossman, MD, MSc
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Richard Kim, MD
Internal Medicine/Headache Medicine

Scott Litin, MD, MACP, FAHS
Internal Medicine

J. Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS
Neurologist/Child Neurologist

Mia Minen, MD, MPH, FAHS

Hope O’Brien, MD, MBA, FAHS
Neurology/Headache Medicine

Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP, FAHS
Pediatrics/Behavioral Medicine

Timothy Smith, MD, RPh
Pharmacology/Internal Medicine

Laura Xanders, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner







Special Thanks to our Advisory Board and Content Contributors

Advisory Board

Calli Cook, DNP
Nurse Practitioner
Vera Gibb, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, AQH Eric Goldberg, MD
Internal Medicine
Doug Paauw, MD
Internal Medicine
Sarah Robinson, MD, FAAP
Catherine Stika, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Frederick Stone, MD
Family Medicine

Content Contributors

Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS Olivia Begasse de Dhaem, MD Thomas Berk, MD Susan Broner, MD
Meghan S. Candee, MD, MS Katherine Cobb-Pitstick, MD Jennifer Dilts, DO Lauren Doyle Strauss, DO, FAHS
Elizabeth Ekpo Cutter, MD Trupti Gokani, MD Christopher Gottschalk, MD, FAHS Kimberly Heckmann, MSN, APRN, CNP
Nada Hindiyeh, MD Susan Hutchinson, MD Jessica Kiarashi, MD Richard Kim, MD
Deena Kuruvilla, MD Vincent T. Martin, MD, FAHS Alina Masters-Israilov, MD Paul Mathew, MD


Jim Moren, MD, FAHS Maureen Moriarty, DNP, APRN, FAHS, FAANP Iliana Neumann, MD Anna Pace, MD
Jelena Pavlovic, MD, PhD Brian Plato, DO Jennifer Robblee, MD Alexandra C. Ross, PhD
Sara Sacco, MD Julia Solis-Mesch, FNP-BC Catherine Stika, MD Shanna Swartwood, MD
Laura Thomas, DO Angeliki Vgontzas, MD Manuel Vides, MD, MS Amanda Wagstaff, PhD
Laura Xanders, FNP-BC

Mission, Vision, Core Values

Mission: To reduce disability among patients with headache by improving the practice of headache medicine across America.

Vision: We, as headache medicine specialists, collaborate to provide professional content and resources to primary care providers working to lessen the burden of disease from headache and facial pain.

Core Values:

  • Integrity – Scientific and professional integrity in headache research, education and clinical care
  • Knowledge – Expand access to knowledge & information about headache management
  • Quality – Encourage quality and compassionate care
  • Advocacy – Leadership and advocacy for people living with headache disorders and the practice of headache medicine
  • Diversity – Celebrating and promoting the diversity of providers and the patient population they serve