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Comprehensive facial rehabilitation improves function in people with facial paralysis: a 5-year experience at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Lindsay RW, Robinson M, Hadlock TA.Phys Ther. 2010 Mar;90(3):391-7.
Mara Wernick Robinson, MS, PT
University of Delaware
Bachelor of Science
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Master of Science
Ionta Award Recipient 1996
Neurological Clinical Specialist
APTA Board Certification, 1998-2008; 2008-2018
Mara began working at the MEEI Facial Nerve Center in 2004, and has been instrumental in growing the Center’s Facial Rehabilitation program with Dr. Hadlock. In addition to evaluating and treating all types of patients with facial palsy and synkinesis, Mara also lectures on Facial Rehab at the university level, as well as at the International Facial Nerve Symposium. Additionally, she has published a webinar on Facial Rehab (www.physicaltherapy.com) and teaches a 1 day instructional course at MEEI for other physical, occupational and speech therapists. Prior to working at MEEI, Mara worked at MGH, specializing in neurological and pediatric disorders, and earned the Stephanie Maculuso Excellence in Clinical Practice Award in 2003. Mara is a member of the Sir Charles Bell Society and Facial Palsy UK, that are international groups of medical professionals dedicated to sharing ideas about the treatment of facial palsy. Mara incorporates patient education, soft tissue mobilization, neuromuscular retraining as well as motivational strategies to improve function and quality of life for people who have been affected by facial paralysis. Mara credits the team approach at MEEI to the success of patient outcomes.