Category Archives: Training

Announces any training delivered by Susan Rankin. Includes announcements of any professional development courses taken or accreditation received by Susan Rankin.

Alberta Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Workshop

On November 3, 2017, amid swirling snow and minus temperatures, the Introductory Facial Neuromuscular Retraining course took place in Calgary. 9 therapists from Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer were in attendance with a variety of professional backgrounds: speech language pathologists, … Continue reading

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More Facial Therapists Trained in BC

From l to r, Kirsty Nicol, Susan Rankin, Sarah Kennedy and Christina Wong This past week-end was an incredible time of learning and sharing. Three new Physiotherapists came to learn their Advanced Techniques in Facial Neuromuscular Retraining. We spent time … Continue reading

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Facial Nerve Symposium

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 3 years since the last International Facial Nerve Symposium. This is the principal conference for a facial therapist and the rehabilitation component is growing with every meeting. I’m looking forward to going to Los … Continue reading

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Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Therapists

Following the Advanced Facial Neuromuscular Retraining course last week-end, there are four new advanced trained facial therapists in metro Vancouver. Continue reading

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Victoria Advanced Course

Susan Rankin is offering Advanced Facial Neuromuscular Retraining courses; one in Vancouver and another in Victoria. The Advanced course consists of 2 days of training for 3 therapists. Participants will assess and treat real patients applying the principles taught in the introductory session.

Though the Vancouver advanced course is already full and has a waiting list, there is still space in Victoria for therapists from the island. Continue reading

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Facial Neuromuscular Retraining

Facial Neuromuscular Retraining – Susan Rankin Instructor
This lecture-based course will introduce therapists to an effective and validated method for treating lower motor neuron facial palsies.
Friday, 19 February 2016 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)
GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre – 4255 Laurel Street. Lecture Hall. Vancouver, BC Continue reading

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Balance Course

I recently attended a week-end workshop on balance. It was taught by Dr. Faye Horak from Oregon, a Physical Therapist who does research in the area of balance and has done so for most of her career. She suggested a systems … Continue reading

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Trouble Smiling?

There is a muscle inside your cheek, called the buccinator muscle. It is not a muscle of facial expression, rather its job is to hold food between the teeth from the outside while you chew. For some reason, it becomes tightened and shortened and then stops the smile muscles from doing their job. With specific stretches and retraining strategies you can achieve a better smile with less effort. Continue reading

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University of Wisconsin Facial Retraining Clinic

Jackie Diels is the Occupational Therapist at the University of Wisconsin where she has been treating facial patients in the Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Clinic for the past 28 years. Continue reading

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Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification

Susan is pleased to announce her successful completion of the Emory University Vestibular Therapy program and her certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation. Continue reading

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