Headache & Facial Pain Program


The Headache and Facial Pain Program at Hoag 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 at Hoag Hospital is a four consecutive week program that comprises of appointments with our Physician and/or his PA, one session with Physical therapist, one session with dietary therapist and four sessions with biofeedback therapist. It is insurance driven so our patients do not have to worry about the financial piece of it.

We have seen changes in our patients’ physical and mental health since joining this program. We track our outcomes through PHQ-9 and HIT six questionnaires.


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 and enlighten our community on the types of headaches, management of headache and chronic migraines.

Publications, Lectures, Book Chapters

  1. Migraine, Serotonin, and the Mind-BodyDilemma, Economics of Neuroscience,Mar 2010
  2. Migraine and The Limbic System: Closinghe Circle, Psychopharmacology Bulletin;Vol 40, No 4. 2008
  3. A series of three sequential, randomized controlledStudies of Botulinum Toxin Type A for MigraineProphylaxis, The Journal of Pain; Vol 7, Oct 2006
  4. Non-Local Neurology: Beyond Localization toHolonomy, Medical Hypotheses, 2011
  5. 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.