Headache is defined as pain in the head and upper neck. The head and neck are the more common areas of pain in the entire body. Because so many people suffer from headaches, the treatment of which is often difficult, the Headache Clinic at University of Utah Health strives to understand the specific diagnosis more completely, enabling us to provide better and more effective treatment regiments.

Our physicians, physician assistants, and medical staff combine extensive experience, compassion, and the latest technology in addressing your health care problems due to headache. We provide inpatient and outpatient treatments for all headache disorders.

What Are Headaches?

Headache is an extremely common problem. It is estimated that 10 to 20 percent of all people have recurring headaches. It is one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor’s office. Headache can be the symptom of a serious problem, or it can be recurrent, annoying and disabling, without any underlying structural cause.

What Causes Head Pain?

Pain in the head is carried by certain nerves that supply the head and neck. The trigeminal system impacts the face as well as the cervical (neck) 1 and 2 nerves in the back of the head. Although pain can indicate that something is pushing on the brain or nerves, most of the time nothing is pushing on anything. We think that in migraine there may be a generator of headache in the brain which can be triggered by many things. Some people’s generators are more sensitive to stimuli such as light, noise, odor, and stress than others, causing a person to have more frequent headaches.

To learn more, read our guide Headache: A Patient’s Guide.

Contact Us

For appointments and consultations, contact us.

Phone: 801-585-7575

Headache Questionnaire for New Patient

For 34 years Lenda has suffered from migraines. Listen to her advice for other migraine sufferers and learn how she has helped manage her own care.

Susan K. Baggaley, FNP-BC, MSN

Patient Rating:


4.7 out of 5

Susan Baggaley, APRN, is a certified family nurse practitioner, seeing patients with complex headache disorders including migraine, cluster, and chronic daily headaches. Susan has over 25 years of specialty headache experience and has been involved in numerous research and clinical drug trials. She is Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Ambulatory C... Read More

Christina Bokat, MPhil, MD

Patient Rating:


4.6 out of 5


Anesthesiology, Headache


Imaging & Neurosciences Center 801-585-7575

K.C. Brennan, MD

Patient Rating:


4.8 out of 5

K.C. Brennan, MD, is a clinician scientist who specializes in the treatment of headache. disorders. His lab studies the basic mechanisms of migraine and post-traumatic headache.... Read More

Kathleen B. Digre, MD

Patient Rating:


4.8 out of 5

Kathleen B. Digre, MD, specializes in neuro-ophthalmology and headache and practices at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She evaluates and treats complex visual complaints which can be due to optic nerve or brain disease. Dr. Digre sees patients with complex neuro-ophthalmic disorders such as papilledema, photophobi... Read More

Karly Ann Pippitt, MD, FAAFP

Patient Rating:


4.9 out of 5

Dr. Pippitt attended medical school at the University of Utah and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Utah, where she was a chief medical resident. She practices at Sugarhouse clinic part time and teaches 1st and 2nd year medical students at the University. Dr. Pippitt enjoys seeing patients of all age ranges and has an ... Read More


Family Medicine, Headache


Imaging & Neurosciences Center 801-585-7575
Sugar House Health Center 801-213-8845

Rebecca Wilson Zingg, DO

Rebecca Wilson, D.O., is a Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation whose interests include osteopathic manipulative medicine, preventative medicine and wellness, integrative health, cancer rehabilitation, and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. She is passionate about supporting the unique healing process of every ind... Read More


Back, Cancer Rehabilitation, Headache, Myofascial Pain, Neck, Non-operative Musculoskeletal Disorders, Osteopathic Care, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Preventive Medicine


Huntsman Cancer Institute
Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness Center
School of Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

University Campus/Research Park

Imaging & Neurosciences Center 729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
(801) 585-7575
John A. Moran Eye Center 65 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 581-2352

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