Headache & Facial Pain Program


The Headache and Facial Pain Program at Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute offers a multidisciplinary approach to headache treatment. The goal of the program is to simultaneously address medical, physical and emotional needs, with a major focus on patient education. Patients are evaluated by our headache specialty physicians and a customized plan is developed, which includes experts in the fields of physical therapy, nutrition, biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy and acupuncture.

The Headache Program is a four consecutive week program comprised of appointments with our physician and/or his PA, one session with a physical therapist, one session with a dietary therapist and four sessions with a biofeedback therapist.
The program tracks outcomes through PHQ-9 and HIT 6 questionnaires, and we have seen positive changes in our patients’ physical and mental health after joining this program.


The team is led by Philip O’Carroll, M.D., and includes Ali Makki, DMD. The nurse navigator for the program is Sheena Dhiman, BSN, MBA.

Support & Education

We hold community education classes and seminars to provide education to our community on the various types of headaches, management of headaches and chronic migraines.

Publications, Lectures, Book Chapters

Migraine, Serotonin, and the Mind-Body Dilemma, Economics of Neuroscience, Mar 2010.

Migraine and The Limbic System: Closing The Circle, Psychopharmacology Bulletin; Vol 40, No 4. 2008.

A series of three sequential, randomized controlled Studies of Botulinum Toxin Type A for Migraine Prophylaxis, The Journal of Pain; Vol 7, Oct 2006.

Non-Local Neurology: Beyond Localization to Holonomy, Medical Hypotheses, 2011.

Psycho Somatic Disorders and The Brain-Body Connection (Book: Submitted for publication).

To learn more, visit the Headache & Facial Pain Program section or call 949-764-6066.