Support Groups

Facial Paralysis and Bell’s Palsy Support Groups

The Facial Paralysis and Bell’s Palsy Foundation sponsors support groups for those dealing with the physical, emotional and social effects of Bell’s palsy and long-term facial paralysis. We believe that connecting with others who are experiencing many of the same challenges and concerns is of great benefit.

We currently have support group meetings in the following locations:

  • Garden Grove, California
  • Beverly Hills, California
  • San Diego, California
  • Portland, Oregon vicinity
  • Dever, Colorado

We also periodically sponsor online support group meetings, which are accessible from most computers and smartphones.

If you are interested in being added to our contact list for upcoming meetings, then please contact us at:

Upcoming Support Group Meetings

Saturday, January 25th – Pacific Northwest Facial Paralysis Group Meeting in Portland, Oregon

We are kicking off 2020 with a Facial Paralysis Group Meeting sponsored by our Pacific Northwest Support Group, along with the medical team from the Facial Nerve Center at Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon!

The meeting will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at OHSU, Rood Family Pavillion, Room A-1217.  Specific directions will be emailed to attendees before the meeting.
Several staff members from the Facial Nerve Center will be speaking in a panel discussion format, including:

  • Dr. Myriam Loyo-Martinez Li, ENT – Surgical Treatments for Facial Paralysis
  • Dr. Derek Louie, OD – Corneal Protection with Medical Contact Lenses
  • Dr. John Ng, MS, FACS – Treatment of Neurotrophic Corneas
  • Margaret McReynolds, PT – Facial Rehabilitation through Physical Therapy
  • Dr. Leo Urbinelli and Dr. Lori Howell – Management of Pediatric Facial Paralysis

Each speaker will give a 15-minute presentation, followed by a 5-minute time for questions and answers from the audience. There will also be refreshments and time for networking with other attendees after the panel discussion.

This meeting is free for all to attend, but an RSVP is required. Please RSVP by email to our Pacific NW Support Group Leader, Barbara Pasternacki, at This will be a great opportunity for all persons in the Pacific Northwest to learn more about treatment options for facial paralysis and to meet and network with others. We hope you can join us!

For more information on the Facial Nerve Center team at Casey Eye Institute, see the link below:

Monday, January 13th  – Denver, Colorado Support Group Meeting

The first Denver Facial Paralysis Support Group Meeting for 2020 will take place on Monday, January 13th, at 6:00 p.m.!

This group welcomes persons with facial paralysis due to any cause, including Bell’s palsy, acoustic neuroma, stroke, and other conditions. Family members and caregivers are also encouraged to attend. Attendees will find social and emotional support, along with educational resources and information on treatment options.

The meeting will be held at The Daniels Fund Building, which is in the Cherry Creek area of Denver, with free parking available on-site. The group leader is local resident Nancy Nolte, who has experienced facial paralysis due to Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.

If you are interested in attending, then please RSVP to Nancy Nolte by email at: Detailed directions to the meeting will be provided upon request.

This will be a chance to connect with others who are living with facial paralysis in a supportive and encouraging environment. We hope you can attend!

Our support groups are open to all persons with facial paralysis and their families, so please come join us!