iNeuro Headache Specialist is the leading provider of direct to consumer virtual consultation and management for chronic complex Headache and neurologic scenarios.
Telemedicine or a virtual medical visit, is the act of a medical visit involving the patient and physician with review of appropriate data using telecommunication technology. This is now emerging as the natural extension of the more traditional in-office visits.
However this tool is currently only utilized in the care of more acutely ill patients in the emergency department (such as acute stroke) as well as the intensive care unit (for physician coverage at night). More recently, the use of this technology platform has increased to include evaluations of routine acute medical illness (such as conjunctivitis), or for dermatologic or mental health care (tele-dermatology and tele-psychiatry).
I aim to provide this advanced option for my particular specialty and area of interest (Headaches and Concussion) in order to improve access and to meet patient demand. The use of telemedicine in the care of chronic neurologic issues is yet to become mainstream, but at iNHS, this is accepted as a natural alternative for our consultation format.
This technology is the most efficient way to bring specialty excellence to the patients that need them. This modality results in potentially better outcomes, lower costs, improved resource management, and more locally based care. Tele-Neuro-Headache care is a win-win.
The use of specialized technology platforms offers the ability to address requirements of confidentiality, security, and quality.
According to the American Telemedicine association, patient satisfaction with telemedicine centers around the fact that they are able to see a specialist trained in the area of their need, combined with the feeling of getting personalized care from a provider who has the patient’s interest in mind, and the ability to communicate with the provider in a very personal and intimate manner over the telecommunication technologies.
For most telemedicine applications, studies have shown that there is no difference in the ability of the provider to obtain clinical information, make an accurate diagnosis, and develop a treatment
“Multi-Dimensional Patient Care”
Due to my Osteopathic Medical training, I have great respect for the essential role of anatomy and biomechanics in disease and wellness. This is of course in addition to the attention required for physiology and biochemistry like most medical providers.
I am a board certified Neurologist with extensive experience in Clinical Research. As a result, I have in-depth understanding of the role of pharmaceuticals in providing benefit or side effects for the care of complex neurologic illness or headaches. I also understand the limitation of benefits that can be gained from the use of pharmaceuticals and I strive to use them judiciously and as much as possible as a bridge to achieving optimal health, as opposed to maintenance therapy.
I am also board certified in Headache Medicine. This subspecialty expertise is unique and rare. There are currently only about 500 certified Headache Medicine Specialists in the U.S. This can guarantee a higher level of understanding and knowledge with regards to care of patients with complex headaches. I have particular expertise in performing injection techniques such as Head and Face nerve blocks, trigger point injections, Spheno-palatine ganglion blocks, as well as Neurotoxin injections such as Botox for therapeutic purposes.
I also have neuro-modulation experience with use of single pulse TMS (Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulation) device in Clinical Research as well as repetitive TMS for appropriate medical indication. This can add to our therapeutic choices.
About Dr. Mahan Chehrenama
Dr. Mahan Chehrenama is a board certified neurologist with subspecialty certification in headache medicine. She is also a Fellow of the American Headache Society. She has a special interest in management of primary headaches as well as post-concussive headaches and post-concussive syndrome. She is Assistant Clinical Professor at VCU-Inova campus, and serves as the Neurology consultant for TMS Neuro-Health Centers.
Dr. Chehrenama also serves as a board member for safety of use of therapeutic neuro-toxins in adolescents and teenagers. She is an advocate for Headache & Concussion research funding thru her work with AHDA in order to improve patient outcomes.
She was formerly a partner at the Neurology & Headache Treatment Center, and subsequently a founding member of the Inova Medical Group Neurology & Headache in McLean, Virginia. She has also served as the Co-medical director of Headache and Concussion for Inova health systems .
She has over 20 years of clinical experience caring for patients with neurologic issues. She also has performed over 90 clinical trials predominantly in the field of Headaches, memory loss as well as neuropathic pain.
She received her medical training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic medicine, followed by internship and residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and University of Maryland Medical Systems respectively. She served as Chief Resident before completing a Neuromuscular and Neurophysiology Fellowship. She began her clinical trials work during residency and continued as she began her private practice career in 1998.
Her interest in Neurology stems from the logical and methodical scientific approach combined with the art of healing in a field that is yet to be fully understood. Her goal is for her patients to better understand their own role in management of chronic and complex neurologic issues, and to arm them with the knowledge required to make the best medical and neurologic choices.
Dr. Chehrenama currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two teenagers. In her spare time she likes to travel, hike and explore novel applications of technology in the practice of medicine. She enjoys yoga, and is also a Tai Chi and Qigong practitioner.