Our Approach to Care
The Stanford Facial Nerve Center is a pre-eminent team dedicated to the complete treatment of facial paralysis. Our mission is to restore form as well as function through a collaborative approach that utilizes the most advanced innovations in facial paralysis care available today.
Facial Reanimation Surgery
Counseling and Behavioral Care
Facial paralysis takes an immense toll on its sufferers that is physical, emotional, and psychological. The connection between our faces and our identities, our jobs, and our everyday life makes this disorder one of the most difficult, and the most personal. Access to a mental health professional is a critical component of care at the Stanford Facial Nerve Center. We are fortunate to have the expertise of Tonita Wroolie, PhD, ABPP, from the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine. As a clinical psychologist, she specializes in issues related to adult development and aging as well as assessment of cognitive impairment. She is a fellow in the American Psychological Association, Adult Development and Aging Division and has lifetime board certification as a Geropsychologist through the American Board of Professional Psychology.
The Stanford Facial Nerve Center offers advanced neurodiagnostic testing for patients who do not have clinical evidence of facial movement, but would like prognostic information regarding the potential for further recovery to assist with treatment planning.
Facial Rehabilitation and Speech Therapy
Dedicated facial rehabilitation is a critical component of facial paralysis treatment, and in particular it is essential to the successful treatment of synkinesis. Under the leadership of Sarah Stranberg, MA, CCC-SLP, patients at the Stanford Facial Paralysis Center are able to access specialized rehabilitative services that emphasize functional improvement.
Opthalmic Eye Surgery and Care
Eye care is of foremost importance in the treatment of facial paralysis. All patients are counseled to have regular eye exams with an ophthalmologist. We encourage patients to engage our experts in Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Andrea Kossler and Dr. Albert Wu.
The goals of the research program at the Stanford Facial Nerve Center are two-fold:
- to identify and test new potential therapeutics for facial paralysis and peripheral motor nerve injury; and
- to explore the impact of facial paralysis on speech and communication.
Jon-Paul Pepper, MD guides both the clinical care and the research efforts related to these goals. We kindly encourage your engagement in this effort if you are so motivated.