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Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Email: facialparalysisfound@gmail.com

Facial Paralysis Support Group Meetings

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


Saturday, Feb. 10th – San Diego, CA

Join us for our next Facial Paralysis Support Group in San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 10th, at 10:30 a.m.

This group is 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.

The meeting will take place at the office of our host, RISE Physical Therapy, at their Solana Beach Office, at 380 Stevens Ave. There is free parking on-site.

The general topic for this meeting will be speaking with confidence, and the social impact of facial paralysis. There will also be a physical therapist on hand to speak and answer questions. If you are interested in attending, then please contact Brian via email at: facialparalysisgroupsan@gmail.com.


Saturday, March 3rd – Orange County Meeting with Jackie Diels

We are honored to welcome Jackie Diels, OT, a leading authority on Facial Neuromuscular Retraining (NMR), as our special guest at our next support group meeting on Saturday, March 3rd, at 10:30 a.m.

Jackie will lead a presentation on this non-surgical approach to the treatment of facial paralysis, highlighting the treatment of synkinesis. She will also take time to answer questions from attendees.

This meeting will take place at the office of Balance Rehabilitation, 12465 Lewis Street, Suite 101, in Garden Grove. Free parking is available on-site, and light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to: facialparalysisfound@gmail.com. If you have more questions, then contact group leader Lisa McKinley at 765-621-6416.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and interact with Jackie in person!


Online Support Group Offerings

Join us for “Get Connected” – our series of online, interactivesupport group meetings! This is a time when participants can share their personal experiences and support others dealing with facial paralysis. Here’s our schedule:
Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 7:00 p.m. PST  –  Join us for our next online support group as we discuss, “Living with Bell’s Palsy and Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.” We will have several group members share their personal experiences and offer tips for coping and healing. Link to register:

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!