Laura B. Xanders, CRNP| Headache Medicine, Neurology | MedStar Health
Laura B. Xanders

Laura B. Xanders, CRNP
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (369 reviews)

Specialties: Headache Medicine, Neurology

Languages: English


About me

Laura Xanders, FNP-BC, is a ANCC-certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in headache treatment. She sees patients in the Chevy Chase, MD, location.
Laura embraces the concept of ‘cura personalis,’ treating the whole patient. She incorporates lifestyle modifications, medications, procedures, alternative therapies, and interdisciplinary referrals when developing a personalized plan with her patients. As a former ER nurse at MedStar Georgetown, she also focuses on acute and urgent headache management options in clinic, at times utilizing the infusion suite at Chevy Chase.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Botox For Migraines
  • Cluster Headache
  • Facial Pain
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block
  • Neuralgia
  • Tension Headache
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Cluster Headache
  • Facial Pain
  • Headache
  • Menstrual Migraines
  • Migraine
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuralgia
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Tension Headache
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Procedures I perform

  • Botox For Migraines
  • Headache Therapy
  • Nerve Block
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Practice locations

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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1100
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815


Fax 410-354-7942

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Fax 410-354-7942


MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • United Golden Rule
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • D-SNP)
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • United Choice Plus
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Navigate
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • Aetna HMO
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • United Choice
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • I-SNP
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Cigna EPO
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • Beech Street PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Virginia Premier
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Kaiser Signature
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Tricare East Select
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Anthem Plus BCBS of VA HealthKeepers Plus
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • United Student Resources
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Kaiser Select
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Other Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center, -

Allied Health Education: Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Sciences (2012)

News and publications

Diagnose and adios: practical tips for the ongoing evaluation and care of TAC patients taking indomethacin. Current Pain and Headache Reports. 2015.

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

  • Care provider’s discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

  • Care provider’s efforts to include you in decisions about your care

  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

  • Apr 20, 2024

    Laura Xanders is consistently responsive, kind, clear, helpful and generally amazing.

  • Apr 11, 2024

    Laura Xanders is a superb clinician. She is kind and she listens before making decisions.

  • Mar 22, 2024

    NP Xanders is by far the best provider I have ever had and I always feel comfortable and heard going to her with my questions and problems. I recommend her to everyone in my life who has ever had a headache and she definitely deserves a raise