FOUNDER and DIRECTOR
RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Christina Treppendahl, RN, MSN, FNP-BC is the founder and director of The Headache Center in Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, MS. Ms. Treppendahl has been specializing in Headache Medicine since 2010. She was awarded a Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine from the National Headache Foundation. She has served on an advisory board for the National Headache Foundation. Last year The Headache Center was featured in the HeadWise Magazine, a publication of the National Headache Foundation. The Headache Center was recently voted 2017 Best Specialty Clinic in the Jackson Free Press Health and Wellness issue. Ms. Treppendahl is also a regular contributor to Wellbeing Magazine.
Ms. Treppendahl serves on several pharmaceutical advisory boards for companies developing migraine and cluster headache medications and devices. These include Amgen, Electrocore, Eli Lilly, Pernix Therapeutics, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Inc., and Promius Pharmaceuticals. She also has received speaker honoraria from Allergan, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Depomed, Inc., Iroko Pharmaceuticals, Nautilus Neurosciences, Inc., the Southern Headache Society, and Zogenix, Inc. She is an active member of the Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners, Mississippi Nurses’ Association, the American Nurses’ Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Headache Society, the International Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation, the Southern Headache Society, the Headache Cooperative of New England, and the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific. Ms. Treppendahl is a diplomat of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce and The Headache Center has been a platinum sponsor of the Madison County Business League for 3 years.
The Headache Center is the only privately owned specialty headache center in Mississippi. Ms. Treppendahl employs full-time 8 people at her center in Madison County. She has trained two outstanding family nurse practitioners in headache medicine. They have a passion for treating headache patients without the use of opioids or barbiturates. All the providers at The Headache Center have a personal or family history of migraine.
The Headache Center has treated over 3000 patients for headache disorders. Both children and adults of all ages can be diagnosed and treated at the center. Ms. Treppendahl sponsors select patients to lobby for headache research funding in person in Washington, DC at the annual Headache on the Hill event. In addition to national pharmaceutical speaker programs, Ms. Treppendahl speaks about headache and migraine awareness all over the state of Mississippi for nursing education. Ms. Treppendahl and her colleagues, Rebecca Adams, RN, MSN, FNP-C and Jenna Gaddy, RN, MSN, FNP-C, have traveled the state of Mississippi to advocate for awareness and education about headache disorders. Community organizations, public and private schools and businesses are welcome to contact The Headache Center to schedule a non-branded program about headache disorders and treatment. The goal of education and awareness is to minimize missed school and work days and to enhance school and work productivity. Approximately 12% of the population has migraine. That is over 300,000 people in Mississippi. Fifty percent of these people never get the correct diagnosis or treatment. Most times they are misdiagnosed as sinus or tension type headache. Prevention of migraine is the cornerstone of optimal treatment to prevent chronification and disability. Other primary headache disorders are also misdiagnosed and undertreated. Cluster headache is known as suicide headache due to high rates of suicide in this population resulting from inadequate treatment. Appropriate headache diagnosis and treatment can save the state millions of dollars by decreasing Emergency Department and hospital admissions for primary headache disorders and keeping people off of disability. Reviews and testimonials from hundreds of patients can be found on the website.
Ms. Treppendahl has trained with some of the world’s leading headache specialists, including: Drs. Roger Cady and Kathleen Farmer at the Headache Care Center in Springfield, Missouri, Dr. Anne Calhoun at the Carolina Headache Institute in Chapel Hill, NC, Dr. Sheena Aurora of Stanford University Medical Center, Drs. Merle Diamond and Alexander Feoktistov at the Diamond Headache Center in Chicago, Dr. Ira M. Turner at Island Neurological Associates in Plainview, NY, Dr. Frank Berenson at Panda Neurology in Atlanta, Dr. Wade Cooper at Michigan Medicine Headache and Neuropathic in Ann Arbor, Dr. Jack Schim at The Headache Center of Southern California in Carlsbad, CA, Dr. Timothy Smith of StudyMetrix (formerly at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri – a Mississippi native and an Ole Miss alumnus), and Dr. Elizabeth Rende, Duke University's only pediatric headache specialist, who also happens to be a Nurse Practitioner.
Ms. Treppendahl and her colleagues owe a special thanks to Dr. Eric K. Undesser, MD, PhD, Chief of Neurology at the VA in Jackson for his unwavering support and collaboration.
The team at The Headache Center works with a strong network of radiologists, ophthalmologists, neurologists, hospitals, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, dentists, ENTs, women’s healthcare providers, and physical therapists. Patients travel an average of 3 to 4 hours each way from all over Mississippi and the 4 surrounding states to get the best treatment plan and close follow-up only a headache specialist can offer. The center has also trained several neurologists and nurse practitioners from other states in headache medicine and treatment.
Over 300 providers refer patients to The Headache Center, but referrals are not required. The center’s providers are preferred on most commercial insurance plans and Medicare. Appointments can be made through the website at www.MississippiMigraineCenter.com or by calling 601-366-0855. There are no long waits to get a consult at The Headache Center and established patients are able to receive urgent care for refractory headaches. Botox injections are the only FDA-approved medical treatment for chronic migraine and the treatment is approved by insurance for qualified patients. Peripheral nerve blocks, occipital nerve blocks, sphenopalatine ganglion nerve blocks, IM and SC injections as well as IV therapy are available at The Headache Center for treatment options. Hospitalization can be arranged for patients requiring blood patches or IV DHE infusions.
In 2016, Ms. Treppendahl formed a clinical research department at The Headache Center. The Headache Center has enrolled patients in clinical trials for cluster headache treatment with Autonomic Technologies, migraine prevention treatment with Avanir Pharmaceuticals, and acute migraine treatment with Allergan. More studies are planned with Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Gammacore and Supernus. Information about current clinical trials can be accessed at clinicaltrials.gov. Care related to study medications and devices is free of charge and compensation for time and travel is provided.
Ms. Treppendahl has had 4 children in the Madison County public schools. Last year her son, Oliver Long, attended Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, where he made the honor roll and received several other accolades. In the fall, her eldest child, Atticus Long, will attend Ole Miss. Ms. Treppendahl, a native of Mississippi, was raised in Natchez. She put herself through college and has graduate degrees in nursing from both Vanderbilt University and the Mississippi University for Women. She has been a nurse practitioner for almost 20 years.
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