Board of Directors

Board of Directors

DrAzizzadehWhiteCoatBabak Azizzadeh, MD, F.A.C.S

Founder, Facial Paralysis and Bells Palsy Foundation

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who is deeply committed to the treatment of individuals with facial paralysis and Bells palsy. He is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

A graduate of UCLA School of Medicine and a former Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Azizzadeh is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA School of Medicine, and is a facial reanimation surgeon at the House Clinic Center for Facial Nerve Function. He is also an attending surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is currently the Director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

SlatteryWilliam H. Slattery III, MD

Dr. William Slattery II works in private practice at the House Clinic in Los Angeles, CA. He is also Director of the Clinical Studies Department at the House Ear Institute and serves as Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Southern California. He is board certified by the American Board of Otalaryngology, and received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Slattery’s research interests include treatment of acoustic neuromas, facial nerve disorders, and Neurofibromatosis Type-II. He is an author and co-author of numerous papers, and has been quoted in multiple lay publications including Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Prevention Magazine, and has been featured on television programs including the Discovery Health Channel.

Teresa England photoTeresa England, PT, MPT

Teresa England is a physical therapist in private practice, and has extensive experience in neuromuscular re-education of facial disorders, both in individual patient care and interdisciplinary team settings.   She is a graduate of Pacific University School of Physical Therapy, and also received her Post-Professional Masters in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University.

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Lisa McKinley, Executive Director

After first meeting Dr. Azizzadeh as a patient in 2007, Lisa soon found that they shared a common desire to bring awareness to the many unique challenges and concerns of those living with facial paralysis, and in 2009 our foundation was established. A graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, with a background in business management, Lisa is glad to give of her time and talents to this cause that has become a life passion.

Mary JoMary Jo Buttafuoco, Board Member

Mary Jo Buttafuoco is also a founding board member of our foundation. Mary Jo has shared her story of triumph over a life-threatening facial injury countless times in the media, and with our support group members. She has encouraged countless others, and has brought awareness to the needs and concerns of others with facial paralysis.



Jacqueline-DielsJacqueline Diels, Board Member

Jacqueline Diels is a leading authority on non-surgical neuromuscular retraining (NMR), a therapeutic approach to the treatment of facial paralysis. She received her degree in occupational therapy at the University of Wisconsin in 1985, and began her work there in 1986, dedicating her practice exclusively to the treatment of persons with facial paralysis. Jackie lectures extensively to patients, physicians and therapists, and has authored book chapters and articles.