These individuals are dedicated to spreading the Shades for Migraine message and raising awareness for the disease by sharing their knowledge. These ambassadors are available for press and speaking opportunities. Please email for more details.


Franchesca Fiorito, MD

Headache Physician & Assistant Professor

University of Puerto Rico

Dr. Franchesca Fiorito is board-certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine. 

Dr. Fiorito completed her neurology residency at the Boston University Medical Center in Massachusetts, and completed a fellowship in Headache Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. 

Dr. Fiorito returned to Puerto Rico and was the first and only fellowship-trained and board-certified Headache and Facial Pain specialist to practice on the island for 6 years. She has dedicated her career to the development and growth of this field. She developed a formal curriculum for the field of Headache Medicine for both the medical students and Neurology residents at the University of Puerto Rico. She currently serves as the President-Elect for the Puerto Rican Academy of Neurology, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering health professionals the opportunity to learn more about the field of Neurology. She was chosen by the American Headache Society for the Emerging Leaders Program in 2019. Beyond her extensive experience caring for patients with migraine, Dr. Fiorito has lived with chronic migraine for more than 10 years.

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Shivang Joshi MD, MPH, RPh, FAHS

Director of Headache Medicine, & Director of Clinical Research at Community Neuroscience Services

Westborough, Massachusetts

Dr. Shivang Joshi serves as the Director of Headache Medicine, and Director of Clinical Research at Community Neuroscience Services in Westborough, MA. He is Board certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine. Dr. Joshi is a member of several professional medical societies including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society (AHS), and serves as the current chair of the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Section of AHS. He is a founding member of the Great Lake Regional Society and an Executive Board member of the Association of Migraine Disorders. 

After earning his B.Pharm degree, M.D. and M.P.H, Dr. Joshi joined Brigham and Women’s Hospital, John R. Graham Headache Center in Boston, MA for a Fellowship in Headache Medicine, where served as an Instructor of Neuroscience at the Harvard Medical School. Some of his clinical interests include the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias such as cluster headaches and migraine with aura in women.

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Maria Machala, NP

Certified Nurse Practitioner, Department of Otolaryngology at University of Colorado, & Director of the Dizziness and Balance Clinic at the University of Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

Maria Machala is a certified nurse practitioner and has worked in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Colorado since 2015 specializing in otology/neurotology. In addition to seeing patients, she serves as the director of the Dizziness and Balance Clinic at the University of Colorado. She has collaborated with colleagues on various research studies, practice improvement projects, educational activities, and she has presented both nationally and internationally on vestibular migraine.

After seeing patients with atypical migraine symptoms such as dizziness, ear pain, and sinus pain for years, raising awareness about migraine quickly became one of her passions. In addition to professional experience with migraine, Maria has close family members and friends who suffer from migraine and is aware of the daily impact it can have on every aspect of life. It is her goal to raise awareness among patients, those with family members and friends affected by migraine, and healthcare professionals.