Founder of National Facial Paralysis & Bell’s Palsy Foundation Announces First Ever Pacific Northwest Support Group Meeting

Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, encourages individuals afflicted with Bell’s palsy or facial paralysis to attend the meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

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Dr Babak Azizzadeh MD

I started this foundation because so many people don’t realize that facial paralysis and Bell’s palsy don’t only take a physical toll, but a mental toll as well.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) June 27, 2013

Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Beverly Hills, is pleased to announce the very first support group meeting outside of California. The meeting, which will take place on July 14th at 1:30 PM in Vancouver, Washington, is open to all individuals and their family members who are dealing with the effects of Bell’s palsy and facial paralysis.

“I started this foundation because so many people don’t realize that facial paralysis and Bell’s palsy don’t only take a physical toll, but a mental toll as well. Support groups are an excellent way for individuals to come together and share stories, ask questions, and of course make new, long-standing relationships with one another,” said expert facial paralysis surgeon Dr. Azizzadeh.

Facial paralysis can occur as a result of a variety of causes such as acoustic neuromas, parotid tumors, temporal bone fracture or Bell's palsy which is thought to be related to a virus. According to support group leader Barbara Pasternacki, who is also a registered dental hygienist, the event will focus on how facial paralysis can affect dental health and will allow time for all attendees to share personal experiences.

“Being able to participate in support group meetings for the Facial Paralysis & Bell’s Palsy Foundation is wonderful. This particular meeting will focus on the negative effects that facial paralysis can have on your teeth and mouth, so I’m hoping to share helpful tips and information with everyone who comes,” said Barbara Pasternacki, host of the coming meeting in Vancouver, WA.

The meeting is open to all people dealing with Bell’s palsy and facial paralysis as well as family members. If you’re located in the Seattle or Portland area and would like to attend this meeting, please RSVP by sending an email to facialparalysisgroupnw(at)gmail(dot)com. Directions will follow

The Facial Paralysis & Bell's Palsy Foundation was founded in 2009 by facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS. Since it's inception, the foundation has helped bring hundreds of individuals together who are dealing with the effects of both Bell's palsy and facial paralysis through support group settings. The foundation meetings often includes esteemed guest speakers to lecture for those in attendance, and has in the past included author Mary Jo Buttafuocco and Opera singer Heidi Moss, both of whom have been affected by facial paralysis and Bell's palsy.

For more information about the Facial Paralysis & Bell's Palsy Foundation, please visit: http://www.facialparalysisfoundation.org.