Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Workshop in Victoria BC

Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Workshop

Target Audience:

Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech, Language Pathologists


Introductory Workshop – September 14, 2012

Advanced Workshop – September 15, 16, 2012


Yakimovich Wellness  Centre, Victoria, B.C.


Please Note: The advanced portion is full.

To register for the introductory session, or for more information, please contact Debra Young at:



Facial palsy can affect every aspect of a person’s life. More than just an absence or decrease of movement, it often changes the way people think about themselves and how others perceive them. Traditionally therapists have found the treatment of facial paralysis to be ineffective and frustrating. Facial Neuromuscular Retraining (FNR) is a highly rewarding and effective treatment for peripheral facial palsies.

This workshop will introduce participants to an effective and validated method for treating lower motor neuron facial paralysis.



By the end of the one-day introductory FNR workshop you will be able to:

1.   Name and describe the function of the muscles supplied by the facial nerve.

2.   Describe the structure and functions of the facial nerve

3.   Explain the degrees of injury and recovery process for a peripheral nerve.

4.   Apply one type of evaluation to a videotaped patient.

5.   Discuss the principles and basic treatment strategies for an acute and sub-acute/chronic patient.


By the end of the three-day advanced FNR workshop you will also be able to:

1. Assess a variety of patients using several assessment techniques.

2. Choose the most appropriate treatments for a variety of acute and sub-acute/chronic facial patients.

3. Treat a variety of peripheral facial palsy patients.


Susan Rankin graduated from McGill University with a BScPT and worked for many years in neurological rehabilitation. Following completion of her Master of Health Science degree at McMaster University in 1986, she was trained in the techniques of facial neuromuscular retraining as part of a research project at Sunnybrook Health Science centre in Toronto. In 1990 Susan started a private practice exclusively treating patients with facial palsies. In 1995 she expanded into the area of vestibular rehabilitation to accommodate the many clients she had with both facial and vestibular pathologies. Susan has been active in Continuing Medical Education and has lectured at the University of Toronto and the University of B.C.  She sat on the Board of Directors and on the Medical Advisory Board for the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada. After a hiatus away from her original practice, she has once again begun a private practice treating facial and vestibular clients. She works out of Canopy Integrated Health in North Vancouver