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Email: facialparalysisfound@gmail.com

Facial Paralysis Support Group Meetings

Our Facial Paralysis Support Group Offerings


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 to all involved.

We currently have active meetings in the following locations:


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


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: facialparalysisfound@gmail.com .

 Upcoming Support Group Meetings

Join us for our new Facial Paralysis Support Group in San Diego on Saturday, April 29th, at 10:30 a.m.!

This group will be led by Brian Apprille, a professional comedian who has experienced facial paralysis due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome. Brian is a great communicator who also brings a touch of humor to any meeting.

This launch meeting will take place at the office of our host, RISE Physical Therapy, 2790 Truxtun Road, #120B, San Diego, CA 92106. There is free parking on-site.

This will be a get acquainted session, with time for sharing and networking among attendees.  If you are interested in attending, and/or helping Brian launch this new group, then please contact Brian via email at:  facialparalysisgroupsan@gmail.com

Pacific NW Support Group Meeting – Saturday, April 15th at 1:00 p.m. PST – “Communicating with Facial Paralysis” with Dr. Kathleen Bogart .   Dr. Bogart is an international speaker on facial paralysis and disability awareness issues, and has also completed much research on these topics.  She will discuss communication skills that will be helpful to our group members.
Dr. Bogart will be available for a short time to answer questions following the presentation, and there will be time for sharing and networking among attendees.  Light refreshments will be provided.
We will meet at The Grant House, 1101 Officers Row, in Vancouver Washington.  Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible by email to:  facialparalysisgroupnw@gmail.com.  If you have questions, please contact group leader Barbara Pasternacki via the same email.   We hope you will join us if you are in the Pacific NW area!

Online Support Group Offerings


Join us for “Get Connected” – our spring series of online, interactive support group meetings!  This is a time when participants can share their personal experiences and support others dealing with facial paralysis.   Here is our upcoming schedule:

Saturday, April 22nd, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. PST –  Congenital Facial Paralysis with guest host, geneticist Dr. Bryn Webb

Please click here to register for this session:

Wednesday, April April 26th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST – Facial Paralysis in the Public Eye & on Social Media – with host Brian Apprille

Please click here to register for this session:

Wednesday, May 31st, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST – Open Forum on Facial Paralysis Issues

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the online meeting.  We can host up to 6 group attendees on live feed.  If you would like to join the meeting via webcam, please let us know during registration.

We hope you will join us and “Get Connected”!


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