Facial Paralysis

At University of Maryland Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer the full spectrum of services to patients with facial paralysis.

Our licensed physical therapist, Jodi Barth, PT, CCI, works closely with board-certified UM Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kalpesh Vakharia, to ensure all patient needs and concerns are addressed.

Jodi is unique in that she's one of only a handful of recognized facial palsy therapists in the United States. In addition to facial palsy, she provides personalized care for TMJ, facial paralysis, postural dysfunction and performance enhancement for the vocal artist.

Innovative Treatments

Patients are first evaluated by Dr. Vakharia for their facial paralysis concerns. The treatment offered depends on the underlying cause of the paralysis.

In addition to treating the underlying condition either with medication or surgery, Dr. Vakharia also treats the loss of facial function independently. The loss of facial function is treated with a combination of neuromodulators (Botox), facial fillers and/or surgery. There are numerous surgical procedures that are available to patients depending on the severity of paralysis.

If needed or desired, Dr. Vakharia can also refer patients to Jodi in lieu of, or in addition to his treatments. Jodi's physical therapy techniques include:

  • Neuromuscular Re-education
  • Fascial Manipulation
  • Cranio-Sacral Techniques
  • Dry Needling
  • Ultrasound Assessment
  • Biofeedback
  • Extensive Individualized Home Programs


Be seen within 1 week. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Vakharia or for more information, call 667-214-1772.


Facial paralysis evaluation and treatment is available at our Columbia office:

University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc.
5890 Waterloo Road
Columbia, MD 21045 


Kalpesh Vakharia, MD, MS  
Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, 
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Board Certification: Facial Plastic Surgery; Head & Neck Surgery




Jodi Maron Barth, PT, CCI 
Physical Therapist,
University of Maryland Facial Plastic Surgery