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Our Practice

Integrative Headache Medicine of New York focuses on combining mainstream medical therapies, interventional treatments, and complementary modalities to not only reduce and prevent pain but to improve function, quality of life and overall wellness. We see adults, adolescents and children with a wide array of headache and facial pain syndromes. Part of our focus is to educate and empower patients, customizing treatment plans to address the physical, emotional, and social contributors to pain.


​Clinical Focus

  • Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric Headache Medicine

  • Integrative model of headache care utilizing both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies

  • Medical acupuncture for the treatment and prevention of headache and facial pain

  • Interventional approaches to headache: botulinum toxin injections, peripheral nerve blocks, trigger point injections, sphenopalatine ganglion blocks

 

Lauren R. Natbony, MD

Board Certified Neurologist & Headache Specialist

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I am an Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology in the Division of Headache and Facial Pain at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine. I received my undergraduate degree from Stanford University and my medical degree from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. I completed my internship in Internal Medicine and my residency in Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in Headache Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and advanced training and certification in medical acupuncture at Harvard Medical School. I am board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Headache Medicine by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties.

 


Achievements and Accolades

Dr. Natbony is an American Headache Society Emerging Leader and an elected member of the Electronic Media Committee.  She was named by Super Doctors® Rising Stars as one of the top doctors in New York in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022 and received the Castle Connolly Top Doctor award in 2021 and 2022.  She is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, the International Headache Society, and the Headache Cooperative of New England. She was recently appointed as Secretary-General of the World Headache Society.


Dr. Natbony is the editor and contributing author of Integrative Headache Medicine: An Evidence-based Guide for Clinicians (Springer 2021), a comprehensive reference work for clinicians engaged in the multitude of complementary, evidence-based treatment modalities for headache. She is currently working on a patient companion guide which should be available later this year. Dr. Natbony also has authored numerous prominent medical journal articles and written a number of book chapters (including “New Daily Persistent Headache” and “Headache in Pregnancy and Lactation”).


As a strong advocate of headache-patient education, Dr. Natbony has been quoted in multiple magazine articles, both in print and online, including Time, Women’s Health, Self, Health Magazine, Medscape, Health Day News, Muscle & Fitness, Martha Stewart Living, Popsugar, Bustle, Real Simple and Good Housekeeping. She has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Fox 5 News, Good Morning America, and The Doctors TV. Dr. Natbony was a guest on the podcast MD for Moms, a guest contributor to the Healthgrades.com web video section on migraine, and starred in a Self.com video responding to the internet’s most-asked migraine questions.