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Head Pain / Neurology

Dr. Joel Saper

Joel R. Saper, M.D., F.A.A.N.

Dr. Joel Saper is Founder and Director of the Institute and the inpatient Head•Pain Treatment Unit at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (formerly Chelsea Community Hospital). A board-certified neurologist, pain medicine, and headache medicine specialist, Dr. Saper is past President of the American Association for the Study of Headache, past Chairman of the American Council for Headache Education, and an educator in the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Headache Society, and the American Pain Society. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at Michigan State University and a former Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Saper is an invited lecturer to universities, medical centers, government and business groups, and lay audiences throughout the world. He is featured in major television and newspaper media as an authority in headache and pain and their personal, social, and economic impact. Dr. Saper is the author of eight books and over 300 medical articles and textbook chapters, and has been cited repeatedly in the Best Doctors in America and The Best In Medicine.

Robert Hamel, PA-C

Robert L. Hamel, PA-C

Mr. Robert Hamel, a certified physician assistant, is Clinical Assistant to the Director at MHNI and Assistant Director of the Head•Pain Treatment Unit at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.  Mr. Hamel is involved in patient care activities, clinical program development, and a variety of administrative duties at the Institute and in the hospital program. Prior to joining MHNI, Mr. Hamel had extensive training and experience in general and internal medicine. He collaborated with Dr. Saper in a published headache textbook and is an invited lecturer at regional and national professional conferences.

Dr. James Weintraub

James R. Weintraub, D.O.

Dr. James Weintraub, a board-certified neurologist, sleep disorders, and headache medicine specialist, attended Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Weintraub completed a fellowship in sleep disorders at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and a fellowship in electromyography at the Cleveland Clinic. He is Medical Director of Sleep Well Centers in Ann Arbor, and former director of the Michigan Sleep Diagnostic Center in Jackson, Michigan and the sleep disorders programs at Chelsea Community Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. In addition to his teaching role in academic programs for medical students and residents, Dr. Weintraub has lectured extensively to physicians and lay audiences on topics in the fields of neurology and sleep disorders. He has a primary clinical role and oversees the electrophysiology lab at the Institute.

Dr. Alicia Prestegaard

Alicia R. Prestegaard, M.D.

Dr. Alicia Prestegaard, a board-certified neurologist, pain medicine, and headache medicine specialist, completed her neurology residency at the University of Illinois, St. Francis Medical Center, and Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. Dr. Prestegaard also completed a fellowship in electromyography and pain management at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Before coming to MHNI, she was a staff member at Suburban Heights Medical Center in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Dr. Prestegaard, a native of Poland and educated in Europe, has a primary clinical role at MHNI and in the hospital program.

Dr. Nauman Tariq

Nauman Tariq, M.D.

Dr. Nauman Tariq, a board-certified neurologist and headache specialist, completed his neurology residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and his fellowship training in Headache Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio prior to joining MHNI.  Committed to medical scholarship, he has authored numerous journal articles and abstracts and continues to have a focus on research at the Institute. Dr. Tariq has special interest in vascular and interventional neurology. At MHNI he treats patients in the outpatient program in Ann Arbor as well as in its hospital program at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.

Gayle Antonelli, PA-C

Gayle A. Antonelli, PA-C

Mrs. Gayle Antonelli, a certified physician assistant, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant program in 1992. Prior to joining MHNI in 2008, she had extensive experience in general medicine working 16 years in Family Practice. Mrs. Antonelli had a primary clinical role in the associated clinic in Adrian, Michigan before transferring to her current patient care activities at both the Institute and the Head•Pain Treatment Unit at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. She is the lead clinician for transitional care services for patients discharged from the inpatient program to their own community.