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Meet the Faculty

Carrie O. Dougherty, MD
Program Director, Headache Fellowship 
Attending Physician, Headache Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Specialty: Neurology, Headache
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, 2008
Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, 2009; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 2012
Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2013
Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2012, United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties: Headache Medicine, 2014
Special Interests: Management of headache disorders, Botox for chronic migraine, peripheral nerve blocks for headache


Jessica Ailani, MD
Director, MedStar Georgetown Headache Center
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

Specialty: Neurology, Headache
Medical School: State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook Medical School, 2004
Internship: Winthrop University Hospital, 2005
Residency: New York University, 2008
Fellowship: Headache, Thomas Jefferson University, 2009
Certification(s): American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2008, United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties: Headache Medicine, 2010
Special Interests: Management of headache disorders, Botox for chronic migraine, Peripheral nerve blocks for headache


Laura B. Xanders, MS, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Headache Center

Specialty: Family Nurse Practitioner, Neurology, Headache
Nursing School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
Masters Degree: Georgetown University, 2012
Special Interests: Management of headache disorders, management of headaches in pregnancy, peripheral nerve blocks for headaches, emergency treatment for status migraine