Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

The Center for Facial Recovery’s™ founders, Jodi Barth and Gincy Stezar, have been caring for patients for decades, and their patients care about the facial treatments and results they’ve experienced. Check out just some of the testimonials from satisfied patients… (or read some more on www.healthgrades.com)

Don’t Give Up – And Go For It!

Jodi’s and the team’s compassion, knowledge, kindness, and willingness to collaborate will make your journey to recovery easier. The team helped me heal my facial nerve pain that included an irritated, misaligned and painful jaw that triggered pain throughout my body. Don’t give up and go for it! C.W.
CW
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The Advantages of Using Ultrasound on Facial Paralysis Patients

As a person with facial palsy on the right side of my face, I went through several months of physical therapy, facial exercises & treatments, but did not see much visual movement externally. When my  motivation and hope was at an all time low; i went to see a therapist at facial recovery center. Jodi used an ultrasound machine on my face to gauge the internal muscle contraction movements. Seeing some movement around the muscles of my mouth was very exciting. It was the first piece of evidence I saw that gave me hope. It inspired me to keep up with my regime and exercises, to keep moving forward and that one day I will have a symmetrical smile! The data from ultrasound machine acquires 3D data sets of several facial muscles on both sides of the face. A comparison is made between the data sets gathered on the working side of my face versus the palsy side. This bilateral comparison made feasible due to the ultrasound images for all facial muscle groups ( frontalis muscle, orbicularis oculi muscle, depressor anguli oris muscle, depressor labii inferioris muscle, and mentalist muscle) depict the muscle volume differences which are often smaller on the palsy side. She used this data to assess if Synkinesis was developing as a side effect of the regenerative healing that takes place in the facial muscles. It was very promising to see a quantitative evaluation of my facial muscles and was a turning point in my journey to recovery.
PR
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So Excited for the Future

I got Bell’s Palsy December 7, 2014. I did nothing about it till April 2015 when I found out about the Center for Facial Recovery. I have been going to the facial clinic about every week for 1 and a half years now, and have made significant improvements. They worked with me so I am now able to close my eye, read and drive without pain. I no longer need to use drops for my eye, which I was doing every couple of hours. This was a significant improvement. I also have a place in Florida so I do go there for about 4 months a year and during this time only do exercises on my own. The months of needling, laser, and massage have helped me to improve and made my life much easier. They now have a new treatment which I have done 3 times and each time see a lot of improvement in the way my face and skin and muscles feel and react. This treatment is far more pleasant than the needles but most of all seems to have more of a lasting effect. I am so pleased with the results. The impaired side of my face is actually starting to feel like the other side again with only three treatments. I wish they had had this when I first came to them but am so excited for the future with this treatment at their disposal. I am just thankful to have found this wonderful group of people who are there for people like me who have no idea what to do when this happens to them.
SM
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No More Sleep Goggles

I was so exhausted yesterday after being in deposition from 8am to 4:30, then having a horrible rush hour drive (it took 3.5 hours to get home) back from DC, and then going straight to my husband’s mother’s to check on things, that I fell into bed last night and forgot to put in my Aqualizer. When I woke up this morning and realized that was the first night since Jodi’s TMJD diagnosis that I have slept without it, I remembered how much pain I was in before that, and started thinking how grateful I am that I found you both! I may complain about my eye and my smile, but that’s nothing compared to the mess I was in before the Barth-Stezar intervention in my life! I do NOT MISS my sleep goggles, my inability to drink from a cup, or any of those fun things! So I thought it was time to tell you both again how wonderful you both are!
BL
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It’s About Your Team

I talked to tons of doctors about my facial palsy, and no one I talked to knew half as much as Jodi and Gincy, who are all about coordinating your care and making sure you see all the right doctors when you need to, in addition to the therapy they give you.
AE
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You Don’t Have to Wait

Many doctors tell you there is nothing you can do but wait when you get facial palsy. But that just isn’t true. Jodi and Gincy show you the things you can do to get better faster and to get more recovery!
BB
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Of Facebook and Angels

I told my Facebook world that an angel has entered my life and is helping me to get my face back.
MM
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“After being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome the initial outlook was grim. Most ENTs, neurologists and physical therapists had no hands-on experience with the condition and offered little hope for a full recovery. After months of slow progress I heard about the Center for Facial Recovery and began researching their approach. My very first visit was eye opening. Jodi, Gincy and Carl immediately identified my most severe problem areas and attacked them with a comprehensive treatment plan. Before working with this team my paralysis was worsening due to fibrotic tissue build-up. This lead to synkinesis, increased swelling, tightness and constant headaches. The combination of targeted exercises, massage, dry needling and IBBS have allowed me to regain full control of my face. The team also diagnosed and treated my long-neglected TMJ, which has helped tremendously in alleviating my head and jaw pain. I feel truly fortunate to be receiving expert care from dedicated, innovative healthcare professionals. It feels fantastic to be able to blink and chew and smile again.” – Rafael Shamailov, age 28
MM
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The Simple Magic of The Mirror Book

The mirror book app is absolutely fantastic! It’s a convenient and easy to use tool that will truly help those with facial paralysis retrain their facial muscles. The ability to see an image of yourself without the paralysis while performing your facial exercises is so beneficial and encouraging. I strongly recommend the use of this app to anyone with facial paralysis.
HA
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The Mirror Book™ as an APP

Like one of those crazy mirrors in a carnival, your new app makes it easy…even fun to do the exercises. When I first used a mirror it was actually discouraging because  invariably seeing my affected side – even in passing – was not fun. This one allows me to totally NOT SEE the ‘offending side.’ I think it is a much more encouraging tool.
ES
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Seeing and Feeling a Difference

For the first time in nearly 9 1/2 years, it feels that my eyelid closes completely! The other subtle changes are exciting too and I can’t thank you all enough.
LB
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You Don’t Have to Live with It

My Bell’s palsy came on very gradually, unlike many other cases that I heard about. I decided I had to live with Bell’s Palsy as it wasn’t getting any better. But then one day a neighbor, who noticed my palsy, suggested that I go see the therapists who specialize in facial paralysis problems, and in fact there was a whole article about them in the Washington Post. As it turned out I had missed the article as I was out of town that week. I made appointments to see Jodi & Gincy. They immediately gave me encouragement and started treating me. The palsy gradually improved!
JB
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It’s About Diagnosis and Treatment

For sometime I have experienced problems controlling my left eye as well as the left side of my face. Jodi had identified my trouble as hemifacial spasm. She has helped me make slow but steady progress. Jodi Barth is providing important work to those with facial palsy problems.
AC
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Don’t Let Distance Stop You

After 6 weeks post onset I was still unable to completely close my eye and I had left facial droop. After doing some research I found Jodi Barth, PT. I had my initial evaluation and work up with Jodi. Thus began the journey of my on-going recovery from Bell’s Palsy. Each visit included both self and therapist evaluations. Manual manipulations were done and facial exercises were taught that I would practice at home. At each visit Jodi and Gincy tried new types of exercises to match the affected paralyzed muscles. Because I traveled four hours to see them each session was full of new techniques that I could take home and practice. I cannot say enough positive regarding my treatment. At each visit I felt I was thoroughly examined and treated, not only with professionalism, but kind caring people. Both Jodi and Gincy are committed (maybe obsessed) with helping those with facial paralysis recover to their best possible potential. I feel a true debt to these fine people who have helped me come as far as I have in my recovery and look forward to even re-gaining more function in the future.
JB
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Feel Better Now…About Yourself

I woke up in the morning and noticed my face was drooped. I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with Bells Palsy. I was out of work for approximately 2 weeks and when I returned I was somewhat embarrassed, ashamed and disappointed. My co-workers were treating me differently, they were whispering and because of their ignorance about the illness thought it was contagious and didn’t want to work side by side with me. I started therapy with Jodi and Gincy and they changed my whole self esteem. I started feeling better about myself because of the therapy. I new I as on my way to a great recovery. I know now that I have no reason to be ashamed, embarrassed or allow my self-esteem to be low. I thank the great work of Jodi and Gincy!
EB
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Hope Starts Here

10 days ago all of you changed my life…you really gave me hope. As you know I’ve struggled with my smile, etc, etc., etc.(!) for over 9 years. I’ve worked hard and so have all if you (Jodi has carpel tunnel to prove that!) but what happened in that room last week was an even more significant experience than “just” the changes I DO SEE. I felt an enormous sense of love, support and compassion from ALL OF YOU. There was a spiritual sense of peace in which I felt both understood and cocooned. For that and your time, energy and dare I say gentle kindness (ok and the owwww factor) I say thank you! Hard to believe it but I can’t wait for my next time.
BA
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When the Candle Goes Out…Your Spirits Go Up

I just blew that candle out at 11 inches! I’m soooooo thankful this year for my continued recovery. This proves that time and therapy are miraculous healing agents. So, I’m psyched! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication!
CK
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You’d Have a Team on Your Side

Jodi and Gincy both care so much about you when they take care of you. I’m convinced if it took walking through hot coals to make your face better, they’d do it!
BL
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You’re Safe and at Home Here

I’m a very private person, but it felt great to see Jodi and Gincy and see other people with the same problems with their faces. It’s a center where you feel like you finally came to the right place!
BL
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