CHRISTINA TREPPENDAHL RN, MSN, FNP-BC, AQH

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, and she was awarded a Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine from the National Headache Foundation. She is passionate about improving treatment for headache disorders through clinical research and patient education, and she 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 her national pharmaceutical speaker programs, Ms. Treppendahl and her colleague, Rebecca Adams, RN, MSN, FNP-C, have traveled the state of Mississippi to advocate for patient awareness and nursing education about headache disorders. (Community organizations, public and private schools and businesses are encouraged to contact The Headache Center to schedule a non-branded program about headache disorders and treatment.) 

CLINICAL RESEARCH

In 2016, Ms. Treppendahl formed a clinical research department at The Headache Center to offer enrollment of subjects in multi-center, double blind, randomized, placebo controlled trials for new and reformulated drug therapies seeking FDA-approval. The Headache Center has enrolled patients in clinical trials for cluster headache treatment with Autonomic Technologie, migraine prevention treatment with Avanir Pharmaceuticals, and acute migraine treatment with Allergan, among others. More studies are planned with Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Gammacore and Supernus. (Further information about current clinical trials can be accessed on our Clinical Trials page. Care related to study medications and devices is free of charge and compensation for time and travel is provided.)

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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)
  • 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.

SPEAKING, TEACHING, AND ADVOCACY WORK

Ms. Treppendahl has served on an advisory board for the National Headache Foundation, and is an active member of the following organizations:
  • Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Mississippi Nurses’ Association
  • American Nurses’ Association
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Headache Society
  • International Headache Society
  • National Headache Foundation
  • Southern Headache Society
  • Headache Cooperative of New England
  • Headache Cooperative of the Pacific.
Additionally, Ms. Treppendahl serves on several pharmaceutical advisory boards for companies working to develop migraine and cluster headache medications and devices. These include:
  • Amgen
  • Electrocore
  • Eli Lilly
  • Pernix Therapeutics
  • Supernus Pharmaceuticals
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Inc.
  • Promius Pharmaceuticals.
Ms. Treppendal is a regular contributor to Wellbeing Magazine. She has also received speaker honoraria from a multitude of companies and professional organizations, including:
  • Allergan
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Avanir Pharmaceuticals
  • Depomed, Inc.
  • Iroko Pharmaceuticals
  • Nautilus Neurosciences, Inc.
  • Southern Headache Society
  • Zogenix, Inc.
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 since 2013.

PERSONAL LIFE

Ms. Treppendahl has had 4 children enrolled in the Madison County public schools. Her son, Oliver Long, is currently attending Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, where he excels academically and participates in the band, choir and chorus. Atticus Long, her eldest child, currently attends 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 over 20 years.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”​ —John Quincy Adams

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