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Facial Neuromuscular Retraining: Practical Workshop, May 2018

Jackie Diels and Susan Rankin held a 3-day workshop to train 6 more facial therapists.

From left to right in the picture are: Heather Bhide, Helen Gatling-Austin, Erica Pitsch, Jackie Diels, Susan Rankin, Heather Smith, Jessica Johnson and Matt Ban.

Their contact information is listed below:

Alberta Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Program



On November 3, 2017, amid swirling snow and minus temperatures, the Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Foundation 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, physical therapists and an occupational therapist.

(L to R) Kristin Bell, Karrie Page, Pauline Dueck, Nathan Doerksen, Karen Schultz, Jackie Diels, Tania Buchanan, Sarah Cote-Lechelt, Jana Rieger, Jay Cooling, Heather Brickwell

On the following two days, November 4 and 5, six therapists continued on to do the Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Practical workshop. This involved seeing a wonderful group of facial patients who gave up their time to be models for the learning therapists. The participants practiced assessment, education and treatment with support of experienced therapists: Susan Rankin, Pauline Dueck, Kristin Bell, Heather Brickwell, Jay Cooling, and our special guest, Jackie Diels. There was a lot of learning happening for everyone as the experienced therapists also picked up tips from each other.

The newly trained Alberta facial therapists are: Karrie Page, Karen Schultz and Nathan Doerksen from Red Deer. Sarah Cote-Lechelt, Tania Buchanan and Jana Rieger are from Edmonton.

(L to R) Nathan Doerksen, Karrie Page, Karen Schultz, Tania Buchanan, Sarah Cote-Lechelt, Jana Rieger

Contact Information:

Nathan Doerksen, Physical Therapist
Red Deer Hospital, Out Patient Physiotherapy Department
tel: 403-406-5538
nathan.doerksen@albertahealthservices.ca

Karrie Page, Registered Speech Language Pathologist
Red Deer Hospital, Red Deer Alberta
tel: 403-342-8678
Karrie.page@ahs.ca

Karen Schultz, Physical Therapist
Red Deer Hospital, Out Patient Physiotherapy Department
tel: 1-403-406-5538
karen.schultz2@albertahealthservices.ca

Tania Buchanan, Occupational Therapist
Edmonton, Alberta (sees adults and paediatric patients in Edmonton)
taniabuchanan24@gmail.com

Sarah Cote-Lechelt, Physical Therapist
Blue Quill Physical Therapy, Edmonton, Alberta
tel: (780)988-2222
Sardave@shaw.ca

Jana Rieger, Speech Language Pathologist
University of Alberta
jana.rieger@ualberta.ca

International Facial Nerve Conference

The 13th International Facial Nerve Symposium (IFNS) was held August 3 to August 6, 2017 in Los Angeles.

The IFNS is held every 4 years and brings together Facial Plastic Surgeons, Ear Nose and Throat Surgeons, Head and Neck surgeons as well as Facial Therapists. There were 500 people from all over the world in attendance.

I had the opportunity to meet therapists from Belgium, Brazil, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain and of course the US, among other places.  As a facial therapist these Symposia allow me to share ideas about how we treat the face with others who share a similar passion for their work.

The next International Facial Nerve Symposium will be held in Seoul, Korea in 2021.

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