Medical Services

Medical Services

Mercy Comprehensive Headache Care

Mercy Comprehensive Headache Care 
540 E. Jefferson St., Ste. 201
Iowa City, IA 52245 
Phone: 319-338-5451
Fax: 319-338-9366

Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Jennifer Stern, MD, Clinic Medical Director
Dr. Stern  received her medical education from Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, completed her residency at Northwestern (McGaw Center for GME), and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology, Clinical Neurology.

  Lara Lazarre, MD
Dr. Lazarre received her medical education from Indiana University, completed her residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 
   Brittany Messner, PT, DPT
Brittany received her Exercise Science degree from the University of Iowa and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from St. Ambrose University.
  Anke Bellinger, MD
Dr. Bellinger is a fellowship-trained Anesthesiologist and specializes in Pain Management. She received her Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Witten-Herdecke in Germany. The completion of an Anesthesia Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City was followed by a Pain Management Fellowship in the same department
   Ethan Emmons, MD
Dr. Emmons received his medical education from Uniformed Services University, completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, received his fellowship from Brooke Army Medical Center, and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with pulmonary disease and sleep medicine subspecialties.
  • Individualized, multi-faceted treatment plan for headache
  • Botox
  • Pharmacologic treatment
  • Lifestyle and nutritional counseling for headache
  • Close, often same day, referral network for:
    • Physical therapy and massage
    • Occipital nerve block
    • Acupuncture
    • Functional medicine assessment
    • Sleep disorders and insomnia, which can cause or aggravate headaches


  • Chronic and acute migraine
  • Tension headache
  • Cluster headache
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • New daily persistent headache
  • Post-traumatic headache
  • Medication overuse headache
  • Less common primary headache syndromes (hemicrania continua, SUNCT, hypnic headache, etc.)
  • Cervicogenic headache
  • Adolescent headache
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