About Us

Our Mission

To educate and empower people suffering from headaches and migraines so that they can break free from a life of fear (of their next headache or migraine) and dependence (on medication) and thrive in everything they do.

What Does Novera Mean?

Novera is the combination of two words:
Novo (meaning new) & Era (a period of time)

A new era for people with headaches and migraines to improve their quality of life.

A new era for higher quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Our Outcomes

Leading medication:
Novera outcomes:
Upon the average patient’s 6th Visit Assessment

In a sample of 55 Novera patients, the average improvement in symptoms and restoration of daily function was 50% improvement by their 6th treatment session.

Upon graduation from a Novera Care Plan

In a sample of 20 patients

The total number of headache days per 6 weeks (or 42 days) was reduced from an average of 19 headache days to just 6 headache days. About a 70% reduction of headaches in just 6 weeks!

Of those headaches, the average intensity was reduced from 5.2 to 4 (on a scale of 0-10). In just 6 weeks!

The Story of Novera: Headache Center

Dr. Taves started Novera with one goal in mind — changing the lives of people who suffer from headaches and migraines who had given up hope of ever finding a lasting solution.

Here’s the story of how Novera came to be from Dr. Taves, himself.

I didn’t start out my career focused on headaches and migraines.

After receiving a degree in exercise science, I went on to receive my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Mayo Clinic. During my time there, I was introduced to a local Physical Therapist who taught a course on how to treat the neck and jaw. This sparked my interest. I pursued other Physical Therapists (PTs) and coursework that would further my understanding of treating the neck as it relates to headaches. It was then that I realized there was a lesser-known form of treatment that had the potential for much greater impact on patients’ lives — physical therapy focused on the neck.

I wanted to work with as many patients as possible, so I worked for a couple outpatient physical therapy clinics. Up until then, all I had heard about headaches and migraines was, “Migraines are for the neurologist to treat”, or “It’s a neurological problem”, even “There is no true way for a PT to help if a patient has a migraine diagnosis”. But I saw something different. Patient after patient saw substantially more relief than anything they had tried before. Simply through the application of these hands-on techniques I had learned to treat the neck!

At that point I started to question why more PTs weren’t doing this. I had to ask, “Why were patients going decades, or even a lifetime, with medication as their only form of treatment?” It seemed absurd. What I found was that medical doctors didn’t know what the “cause” was, so they were left to offer what they could through symptom management.

The problem seemed twofold: many PT’s weren’t confident they could treat the neck or even think of treating someone for migraines, and physicians trained in a model heavily driven by pharmaceutical interventions doing their best to help.

The vision of Novera surfaced when I realized the majority of headache and migraine sufferers were skeptical that PT could help. They had been let down so many times that many were near hopeless. To add to the distrust, general PT practices are open gym settings and heavily based on exercise — two things most people with headaches and migraines find challenging. I knew I needed to build trust and show a deeper level of understanding than what a general PT practice offered.

In January 2019 Novera: Headache Center was created specifically for headache and migraine sufferers feeling hopeless and tired of relying on medication, not knowing where to turn. Our mission is to empower everyone with headaches and migraines to break free from a life of fear of your next headache or migraine and dependence on medication so that you can thrive in everything you do.

If you have headaches or migraines and are still searching for a solution, Novera was built just for you.

Dr. Jono Taves, The Headache Doctor

Meet Our Team

Dr. Jono Taves

OWNER/PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Dr. Taves has dedicated his life to serving his patients and his community in a variety of ways. He is an avid soccer fan and loves to spend his weekends outdoors with his wife Janet and two kids, Ruby and Theodore.

Kelsey Mathias

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

A proud Wisconsinite and lover of all things dairy and Packers, Kelsey is passionate about patient care. On the weekends she loves to hike, explore, and play Just Dance with her husband Larry and her children – Leland, Gideon, and Lucy.

Dr. Becca Murrer

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

After being born and raised in Kentucky, Becca fell in love with all the outdoors has to offer in Colorado. When she’s not caring for her patients, you can find her relaxing with a good book, trying new restaurants, or adventuring in the mountains with her husband and dog.

Bria Paisley

DIRECTOR OF PATIENT EXPERIENCE

A midwest Native, Bria has a love for corny jokes, experimenting in the kitchen, and exploring the mountains. She lives just south of the Springs with her husband Josh and their four crazy dogs.

Jess Ernst

MARKETING AND OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Raised in sunny Southern California, Jess quickly fell in love with Colorado while attending Colorado Christian University where she studied Marketing. She enjoys hiking, camping and backpacking with her husband and 3 kids.

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