The Center for Facial Recovery™ was co-founded and is led by two of the nation’s foremost experts in facial recovery therapies – Jodi Barth, PT, CCI, and Gincy Stezar, PTA, CCI. They take a unique, proven approach to treating the whole patient with a team of specialists who customize a facial treatment plan for each patient, which they have developed from decades of experience. They are co-creators of the Mirror Book™ and Face2Face™ app. In conjunction with Victor Ibrahim, M.D., they have developed the IBBS™ (Ibrahim, Barth, Stezar) procedure, a treatment technique for reducing facial synkinesis.

Jodi Maron Barth, PT, CCI, is one of only a handful of recognized Facial Palsy therapists in the United States. She is a licensed physical therapist with over 30 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation with a specialization in outpatient rehab. Jodi’s wide range of clinical experience has provided her with the tools, such as dry needling, Graded Motor Imagery, biofeedback, TMJ Rocabado techniques and extensive manual therapy training to perform in-depth, comprehensive physical therapy evaluations and treatments. She is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally in the areas of TMJ, facial palsy, postural dysfunction and performance enhancement for the vocal artist.

Jodi is a published author and certified clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association as well as a Faculty Research Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a graduate of the Ithaca College PT program, and attended the Masters of Science program at Adelphi University in the area of exercise physiology.

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Gincy Lockhart Stezar, PTA, CCI, is a licensed physical therapist assistant with 12 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation. She has collaborated over the last 10 years with Jodi Barth specializing in the field of facial neuromuscular retraining, postural restoration and TMJ dysfunction. Prior to that, Gincy worked for eight years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as the clinic fitness director.

Gincy has presented both nationally and internationally on facial palsy, Graded Motor Imagery and TMJ rehabilitation, and is a certified clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. She, too, is a Faculty Research Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Gincy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Maryland, and an Associate’s degree in Applied Science as a physical therapist assistant at Montgomery College.

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Carl Chua, PT, CCI, is a licensed physical therapist with over 10 years of experience working in the outpatient setting primarily in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. Carl has a comprehensive treatment approach when it comes to his patients, his area of interest is the spine. He uses a multitude of techniques from strain counter strain, muscle energy, myofascial release, movement screens and taping in addressing the various symptoms his patients to get them back to their full potential.

Carl is a graduate of the physical therapy program of the University of Santo Tomas. He is also certified provider for the functional movement screen(FMS) system as well as a clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.

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Emily Perlman, MS, LGPC, BCB, SMC-C is a “fellow” with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance as well as a certified stress management consultant with the American Institute of Health Care Professionals. She began her 35-year career working in the field of mental health at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at George Washington University. Sixteen years ago she incorporated biofeedback into her practice and has since expanded her areas of expertise to include muscle re-education for pain management and heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback for stress-related disorders. Individually, or in combination, these types of biofeedback can be highly effective for clients with stress-related conditions, migraines, and other chronic pain disorders.

She has completed two Master of Science degrees: one from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the other in mental health counseling from Walden University. She is a licensed graduate professional counselor in the state of Maryland. She is a published author and was a principal neurofeedback therapist in the Rush Presbyterian-St Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago fibromyalgia study.

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Victor Ibrahim, M.D., is a board certified specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and serves as the Director of the Performance and Musculoskeletal Regeneration Center (PMR Center) and team physiatrist for DC United. He graduated medical school from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Ibrahim completed his residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, where he was chief resident.

He became the founding director of the Regeneration and Ultrasound Orthopedic Program at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington D.C. where he developed an entirely new clinical care line and  established NRH’s first National Ultrasound Symposium.

Dr. Ibrahim served as an assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and mentors many residents and students in research and career development. He has also been selected to be an instructor at the Gulf Coast Ultrasound Institute. Dr. Ibrahim has a dedicated research interest with novel publications in autologous stem cell therapies and has received several research awards including the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation Young Investigator Award. He has published several peer reviewed articles, case reports and chapters on various musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr. Ibrahim also co-authored a manual on ultrasound guided interventions. He has served as a consultant to various sports organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, and the DC and NY Roadrunners Clubs. He has also served as an expert consultant for the Federal Government Medicare Division and The United States Bone and Joint Initiative consensus statement team. Dr. Ibrahim has been named among America’s Top Physicians for the past two years.

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Michael J. Reilly, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in the department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital & Medstar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Reilly returned to Washington, D.C. after completing a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center. He is board-certified in both Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Reilly received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina, followed by a residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University. His clinical interests include:

  • Facial Rehabilitation
  • Facial reanimation after facial nerve damage
  • Repair of facial deformities

Facial rejuvenation Dr. Reilly’s research interests include:

  • Use of information technology to improve patient satisfaction and resident education
  • Facial appearance and perceived personality
  • Gender differences in facial aesthetics
  • Role of physical therapy in facial rehabilitation

Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Reilly has volunteered regularly to perform cleft lip and palate surgery on children throughout Central and South America.

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Dr. Nathan Yokel completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a focus on diagnostic and interventional ultrasound and sports medicine. He believes in an integrated approach that begins with a careful review of the history of the injury or pain and then incorporates traditional physical examination and real time ultrasound to determine the exact cause of each individual patient’s pain or impaired function. His focus on sports medicine, regenerative treatments as well as traditional procedures and rehabilitation are combined to help patients get back to the activities they enjoy most.

Dr. Yokel is a native of the Maryland Metro DC area and is happy to be able to practice locally. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland in College Park, he moved to Philadelphia where he completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He augmented his medical training with Masters degrees in Public Health and Business Administration at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Dr. Yokel completed his internship at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore and his residency at the Georgetown University Hospital/National Rehabilitation Hospital training program in Washington DC, serving as chief resident in his final year and developing a research protocol for assessing the accuracy of ultrasound guided injections. Following residency he trained in interventional spinal procedures, regenerative procedures, pain and occupational medicine.

Outside of his work Dr. Yokel enjoys spending time at home with his wife and three children. His interests include playing golf, tennis, basketball and other sports. He loves crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay, traveling, and grilling out in his backyard on a nice day. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys rooting on the University of Maryland athletic teams, the Washington Redskins and other local teams.

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Dr. Chad Zatezalo currently practices as an oculoplastic surgeon at Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons, located in Chevy Chase, Washington DC, and Silver Spring. In 2012 he relocated from the world renowned Bascom Palmer Eye institute in Miami Florida, ranked #1 by US News and World Report, and was previously in New York City at the Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Zatezalo is an oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes exclusively in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the eyelids, surrounding tissue and upper face. His highly specialized training in both ophthalmology and oculofacial plastics allows him to understand the importance of the functional aspect of the eyelids while performing cosmetic surgery.

As a well rounded oculoplastics surgeon, his scope of practice ranges from facial cosmetic surgery including facial rejuvenation, browplasty (forehead lift), blepharoplasty (lid lift), to periocular cancers and reconstructions, tear drainage disorders, lid abnormalities and orbital oncology, inflammatory disorders and anophthalmic sockets.

Dr. Zatezalo also specializes in nonsurgical facial rejuvenation including neurotoxins (e.g. Botox), dermal fillers (e.g. JuveDerm, Restylane), and scar revisions.

He is a fellow both of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastics & Reconstructive Surgeons and completed a two year accredited ASOPRS fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL.

He has been an invited lecturer nationally and has published numerous articles and book chapters during his career. His research interests include methods to minimize surgical incision lines, intra-operative pain control, the use of high resolution ultrasound for the identification of lacrimal system abnormalities, and the treatment of congenital anophthalmos.

Dr. Zatezalo is committed to customizing results to achieve a natural youthful appearance for each patient.

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Kalpesh Vakharia, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He is double boarded in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery as well as in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Vakharia received his medical degree from University of California, San Francisco. He completed a five year residency in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School followed by an AAFPRS Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Vakharia is an accomplished clinician, teacher and researcher. He has several publications in the field of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has presented his research at many national meetings. His clinical interests include treating facial nerve disorders, facial reconstruction and reanimation, as well as aging face rejuvenation.

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