Thursday, February 01, 2007

Leading Migraine Author and Advocate Joins the Team at The HealthCentral Network's

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The HealthCentral Network, Inc. today announced that Teri Robert, prominent Migraine patient, author and advocate, will join the team as Lead Expert Patient. Robert, who has personally struggled with Migraines, will educate, support, and empower patients through regular articles and blogs on THCN's Migraine site. provides targeted clinical information and resources, as well as a community of patients, like Robert, who share the details of living with a disease from a personal perspective.
"Optimal health care can be achieved only when patients are educated about their health, and patients and physicians work together as treatment partners in an atmosphere of mutual respect," said Teri Robert. " provides visitors with advice and insight from expert voices and people who have actually dealt with Migraines, so individuals are not only informed, but given the support they need to actively manage and participate in their health -- I'm excited to be an active part of that community."

"The expert voices on our sites are essential because they have first-hand experience and years of commitment to help others manage and take control of their health," said Chris Schroeder, CEO and President of The HealthCentral Network. "Teri Robert's vast experience and dedication to Migraine education and support is an incredible addition to"
After a life-long struggle with Migraines, Robert's career as a writer and advocate started at, where she was the Guide to Headaches and Migraines for nearly seven years. During this time she released her first book, "Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches." Published in 2005 by Harper Collins, it remains a top selling book in the field. Robert is also a well known patient advocate, and was awarded the National Headache Foundation's Patient Partners Award in 2004 for her "ongoing patient education, support and advocacy." She is the Support Advisor for MAGNUM, the National Migraine Association currently collaborating with THCN on Internet resources for Migraine sufferers, and an active member or advocate for the following organizations: O.U.C.H., the Organization for Understanding Cluster Headaches; The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women initiative; and the American Diabetes Association.

Robert is also dedicated to staying up-to-date on developments in Migraine research. She studies medical journals and books, attends medical conferences on a regular basis, and has earned continuing education hours from the American Headache Society, the Primary Care Network, and the Center for Health Care Education.

About The HealthCentral Network
The HealthCentral Network, Inc. has more than 30 general health and highly specific condition and wellness web properties, each committed to offering a voice in everyday and personal language people can understand and connect with at critical points in their lives. Each site provides timely, interactive, in-depth, and trusted medical information, personalized tools and resources, and connections to vast communities of expertise for people seeking to engage in, manage and improve their health.

The award-winning, multimedia experience combines medically-reviewed articles from doctors and researchers, as well as news, information, video and extensive engagement from people who have great experience and empathy in specific health areas. The Company recently expanded its health and wellness offerings with the acquisition of, a leading healthy eating and active living Web site, and produces the Medical Breakthroughs television, seen around the country. The HealthCentral Network received top recognition from The International Health and Medical Media Awards with a 2006 FREDDIE Award for and was awarded the Health Care Standard of Excellence WebAward from the Web Marketing Association.

Founded in the late 1990s, The HealthCentral Network, Inc. was acquired in 2005 by a team of blue-chip investors, including Polaris Ventures, Sequoia Capital, The Carlyle Group and Allen & Company. With a management team that combines decades of experience in interactive media and medical, science and news journalism, The HealthCentral Network aims for the highest standards of quality, relevance and community for patients and their caregivers.

SOURCE The HealthCentral Network, Inc.