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Karen Young


Karen qualified from the University of East London in 1996. She began her therapy career working in London at The Homerton Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital and The Royal London Hospital where she specialised as a neurological physiotherapist, she then continued her career leading the neurological therapy team at East Surrey Hospital. Karen has over 15 years’ experience in managing patients with neurological conditions in the acute assessment, surgical, rehabilitation, out-patient, and community settings.

She joined the facial therapy team at Queen Victoria NHS Foundation Trust in 2017 and has worked alongside the multi-disciplinary team (Plastic Surgeons, Oculoplastic Surgeons, Psychotherapists), to provide expert care and attention for patients recovering from facial paralysis.

She is vice chair of Facial Therapy Specialists International and has presented to therapists about facial rehabilitation both in the UK and Internationally. Karen’s treatment approaches will include a thorough assessment of muscle function and facial movement, individually tailored home management programmes, evidence based treatment strategies including, neuromuscular re-education, relaxation, soft tissue mobilisation and biofeedback, as appropriate.


Advanced Facial Therapist – specialising in Facial Therapy and Facial Injecting (BTX-A)

Independent Prescriber and Botulinum Toxin (BTX-A) practitioner for the management of synkinesis


· BSc (Hons) 2.1 in Physiotherapy and a Distinction in Clinical Practice

· Non-Medical Prescribing – University of Surrey 2021

· Non-Medical Prescribing, University of Brighton, 2016

·12-month competency-based training programme Botulinum Toxin Type A, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 2020

Professional Memberships

. Health Care Professions Council -PH.51344 – including independent prescribing and supplementary prescribing

· Chartered Society of Physiotherapy - 56272

· Facial Therapy Specialists International – Vice Chair

· ACPIN Association of Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology