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In Episode 17, we talk to Jodi Barth, Gincy Stezar, and Dr. Michael Reilly from The Center for Facial Recovery. We talk about its origin, facial paralysis, and neuromuscular re-education. All episodes now available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8-mx9TaB1Crol2vlMjHB5Q If you have any questions/comments about the podcast please commen…
 
In Episode 16, we talk to Zoe Cross who has facial paralysis as a result of Moebius Syndrome. We discuss growing up with Moebius, the mindset to achieve a great life, dating and having her first kiss in her 40's, and advice for people with facial paralysis. We would love to hear your feedback. All episodes now available on YouTube: https://www.yout…
 
In Episode 15, we talk to Christina Robert who has facial paralysis as a result of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. We discuss the onset of RHS, the confusion around diagnosis, recovery, and advice for people with facial paralysis. We would love to hear your feedback. All episodes now available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8-mx9TaB1Crol2vlMjH…
 
In Episode 14, we talk to Steve Kenny who has facial paralysis as a result of a car accident. We discuss his accident and subsequent stroke, the emotional and physical challenges, how it affected his marriage, surgeries, how he found acceptance with facial paralysis, and advice he has for people with facial paralysis. We would love to hear your fee…
 
In Episode 13, we talk to Elizabeth Robinson who has facial paralysis as a result of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. We discuss what is Ramsay Hunt, the emotional and physical struggles that come with it, social situations, her surprising talent she discovered as a result of it, and the creation of her facial paralysis support group on Facebook. We would lov…
 
In Episode 12, we talk to Steven Maldonado who was born with facial paralysis as a result of Moebius Syndrome. We discuss what is Moebius, growing up with a facial difference, bullying, social situations and dating, and finding acceptance. We also discuss Steven's involvement with the Moebius Syndrome Foundation, and some upcoming events. All episo…
 
In this powerful Episode 11, we talk to Georgia Kelley about getting facial paralysis as a result of acoustic neuroma. We discuss her diagnosis, her brain surgery, and the emotional support she received from her four daughters. We also discuss Georgia's decision to pursue her life goals, including stand-up comedy. Don't forget to subscribe here or …
 
In Episode 10 we talk to Jane Mateik about getting facial paralysis as a result of surgery to remove a tumor the size of a peach. We discuss the lack of a diagnosis from her doctors, her 10-hour brain surgery, her facial reconstruction surgeries, and the emotional challenges that stem from facial paralysis. We also discuss the importance of mournin…
 
In Episode 9 we talk to Michelle Mendoza and her teenage son Charlie about getting facial paralysis as a result of surgery to remove a tumor when he was 8 years old. We discuss his misdiagnosis at age 4, his 10-hour surgery, his long recovery - including being in a coma, dealing with FP while going to school, and bullying. We also discuss how Charl…
 
Episode 8 is the second half of our conversation with Dr. Faye Wachs. We discuss the results of her study of over 100 facial paralysis patients and get a more detailed description of what life is like for people with facial paralysis! This is a very informative episode, and while it's a bit longer, it's worth it! If you would like to contact Dr. Wa…
 
Episode 7 is the first half of our conversation with Faye Wachs about getting facial paralysis as a result of Bell's Palsy. We discuss her story and the misinformation that people often receive. We talk about the steps people should take and language they should use when looking for treatment. Faye discusses her surgeries, including the incredible …
 
In Episode 6 we talk to Andrea Devine about getting facial paralysis as a result of surgery to remove a tumor when she was 4 months old. We discuss dealing with FP while going to school - including the dreaded school picture day, dating and relationships, therapy, and acceptance. Lastly, we end by discussing surgical procedures she's had done inclu…
 
In Episode 5 we talk to Jim Ross, a New York Times' Best-Selling Author, WWE Hall of Famer, and the voice of Pro Wrestling to millions of fans! We discuss his upcoming "Slobberknocker Session" along with his autobiography "Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling". We also discuss JR's three bouts with Bell's Palsy, including how he dealt with one case…
 
In Episode 4 we talk to Matthew Joffe, the Vice President of the Moebius Syndrome Foundation. We discuss what exactly is Moebius Syndrome, challenges of living with Moebius Syndrome, including: school, landing employment, and social settings. We also discuss the benefits of therapy, and what parents can do when dealing with a child with Moebius Syn…
 
In Episode 3 we talk to Emily Schmitz, the administrator of the Facial Nerve Paralsysis Support Network group on Facebook. We talk about getting Bell's Palsy in middle school, growing up in a world of social media, the creation of the FNPSN Facebook group, finding love with FP, and her upcoming wedding and the pictures that go with it. She also giv…
 
In Episode 2 we talk to Mary Jo Buttafuoco, who had arguably the most famous case of facial paralysis. In 1992, Mary Jo was thrust into the national media spotlight when she was shot in the face by a 17-year-old girl, who was having an affair with her husband. Now, Mary Jo is an author, motivational speaker, and one of the founders of the Facial Pa…
 
In Episode 01 we bring you an introduction to the Unique Smiles Podcast. What it's about, what the objective is, and a bit of what you can expect going forward. Podcast host, Brian Apprille, shares his story of facial paralysis resulting from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. He talks about his struggles, his thought process in trying to get back on stage in t…
 
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