FNMR Foundation Course Vancouver (Nov 2022)

Dates: Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6, 2022

Foundation Course (1 Day): November 4 (Open for Registration)

Practical Course (2 Days): November 5 and 6 (Filled)

LocationCentre for Peace, 1825 16th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 2M3

Format: In-person

Instructors: Susan Rankin, PT, Maria Zerjav, PT



Registration & Coffee:

Friday, 8:00 to 8:30am

Foundation Course:

1 Day  (Friday 8:30am-5:00pm)

Maximum participants: 17 (only attending the Foundation Course)

Practical Workshop:

2 Days (Saturday, 8:30am-5:00pm and Sunday, 8:30am – 4:30pm)

Maximum participants: 6 (attending both the Foundation Course and Practical Workshop)



The Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Program is designed to teach Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists in the treatment of facial palsy patients. This three-day intensive program is offered in two parts.

Foundation Course

The one-day Foundation Course provides an introduction to assessing, educating and treating peripheral facial palsy patients. Typical diagnoses include Bell’s palsy, Ramsay-Hunt syndrome, vestibular schwannoma, facial nerve schwannoma, cholesteatoma, parotid cancer, congenital facial palsy and trauma. This course will prepare students to educate acute facial patients only. More complicated patients will need to be referred to fully trained practitioners.

Practical Workshop

The Foundation Course is a prerequisite to the Practical Workshop. The Workshop is strictly limited to 6 participants, to maximize individual mentoring and hands-on treatment, thus ensuring a high-quality training experience.

This workshop will help participants acquire the fundamental knowledge necessary to effectively treat peripheral facial paralysis patients. It will provide basic assessment and treatment skills through hands-on experience with patients in a supportive environment with the instructors and their peers. Participants will become familiar with specific facial neuromuscular anatomy and kinesiology as it relates to peripheral facial nerve paralysis. Pertinent diagnoses, assessment, identification and treatment of flaccid paralysis vs. synkinesis will be addressed. Therapists will receive practical training with a variety of actual patients, allowing ample time for each participant to assess, educate and treat a patient and to observe other patients in the process. Workshop participants should be returning to an environment where they will be able to treat facial patients immediately following the course to reinforce learning and maximize the course’s impact.


Program Fees

Foundation (Friday Only): $500 C, ($390 US)

Practical: (Saturday and Sunday) $800 C, ($625 US)

A $200 C, ($150 US) deposit will be required to secure enrolment in the Foundation course.  Due to high demand, a wait list will be created on a first-come, first-served basis in case of cancellations.

Cancellations prior to October 1, 2022 will be refunded the deposit. No refunds after October 2, 2022.

The remainder of the fee is due October 15, 2022.

Due to the limited number of participants, this workshop will be cancelled if there are insufficient registrations.



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Apply: Foundation Course Vancouver Nov 2022



After your attendance has been confirmed, payment can be made to Susan Rankin:

  1. by cheque: made out to Susan Rankin and mailed to 1207 Marsden Court, Burnaby, BC, V5A 3K2
  2. by e-transfer to: rankinphysio@gmail.com (autodeposit, no question /answer needed)


Course Instructors:


Susan Rankin, BScPT, MHSc

Susan Rankin received her BScPT from McGill University and worked for many years in neurological rehabilitation. Following completion of a Master of Health Sciences at McMaster University, she was trained in the techniques of facial neuromuscular retraining at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto in 1986. In 1990, Susan started a private practice in BC, exclusively treating patients with facial palsies. In 1995, she expanded into the area of vestibular rehabilitation. Susan has been active in Continuing Medical education and lectured at the University of Toronto and the University of BC. She was involved with the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada locally, on their Board of Directors and its Medical Advisory board. Susan now treats patients privately at Canopy Integrated Health in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada. She is determined to have more people trained to treat peripheral facial palsy patients!


Maria Zerjav, BScPT

Maria Zerjav received her BScPT from Dalhousie University. She has been working 35 years as a physiotherapist and 28 years with TMJ Disorders and Orofacial Pain. Her practice is focused in treatment of Temporomandibular (TMJ) Disorders (TMD) and Orofacial Pain. In 2016 she completed advanced training for the treatment of peripheral facial palsies thus marrying these two areas of expertise. Maria has been appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine Department at UBC.