About our specialists
Elena Pashova, founder of Crystal Touch Clinic and Neuro-Proprioceptive Rehabilitation method. Dermatologist by education, she has more than 25 years’ experience in aesthetics and 10 years – in the recovery of facial palsies.
Elena Pashova is the main therapist in Crystal Touch International Humanitarian project “Bring back your Smile!” and in the aesthetic project “Face Sanatorium” (Austria and Croatia). Every day Elena treats in Rotterdam clinic our international patients arriving from Canada and Australia, Russia and Switzerland, Finland and Denmark, Hungary and UK. She takes an active part in the regular Bell’s Palsy Information Days that we organize twice per year in the World Trade Center Rotterdam.
She travels regularly to other countries to give free help to children with congenital and post-traumatic facial palsies and with complications of Bell’s palsy.
Alex Pashov, co-founder of Crystal Touch Clinic and the leader of our scientific research team. Neuro-Rehabilitation specialist and MSc by education, he is doing the scientific work, research, consulting, presents our results at International congresses, maintains active world-wide correspondence with Bell’s Palsy sufferers in all continents, and with the Scientific institutions in various countries.
One of Alex’s mission is to educate facial and Bell’s palsy sufferers about their condition. He has created the Video Course about facial and Bell’s palsy, to spread the knowledge. He also regularly hosts Bell’s Palsy Seminars & Workshops in various countries. The aim of the seminars and workshops is to educate about facial and Bell’s palsy, as well as provide some practical knowledge to those who are unable to do full Crystal Touch Rehabilitation program.
Jana Fialova has first joined the clinic in 2012. Her fascination with the results achieved by our patients has inspired her to do more. In 2017 she completed the two years training in Neuro-Proprioceptive Rehabilitation. Since then she is working as a full-time specialist.
Jana actively participates in our Humanitarian project “Bring back your Smile!” by working with patients both in our Rotterdam clinic and abroad. In 2017, together with our other specialists, Jana participated in Bell’s palsy Info-day and workshop in Rio-de-Janeiro (Brazil). In summer 2018 she worked with long-standing facial palsy patients during Crystal Touch Face Sanatorium in Zell am See (Austria), and in October 2018 she took part in our Bell’s palsy seminar and workshop in London, UK. In May 2019 Jana will play a major role during our Bell’s palsy seminar and workshop in Vienna (Austria). Jana has a special talent of compassion, of listening and understanding patient’s subtle imbalances both in physiology of facial expressions and in his or her emotional state. Jana can also explain complex matters in an easy-to understand language and in a well-structured manner.
Before joining Crystal Touch, Michael Lysoy already had an impressive record of helping patients with emotional and psychological issues while working within NHS structure in London, UK. His degree in psychology helps him to better understand and to properly address deep-rooted emotional imbalances and changes in self-esteem of our patients who are confronted with residuals and complications of long-standing Bell’s palsy as well as other types of facial palsies. As a specialist of Crystal Touch clinic, Michael took an active part in our London seminar and workshop (October 2018) that had been organized to help Bell’s palsy patients from many countries to reduce residuals and complications of their long-standing disorder. Michael plays an important role in our Humanitarian project “Bring back your Smile!” Together with the team, he travels the world to help long-standing Bell’s palsy patients who, due to financial constraints, cannot travel to Rotterdam for their rehabilitation programs. Within the scope of this project, in 2018 Michael worked with children and adults in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Moscow (Russia), and in Zell am See (Austria). In 2019 Michael will continue to expand his expertise in rehabilitation of our patients and will become a part of our scientific research unit.
About the clinic
To achieve maximal recovery for every patient with complications of a long-standing Bell’s Palsy.
In the course of Crystal Touch rehabilitation program our patients learn how to reverse facial synkinesis and contractures of facial muscles, how to eliminate facial pains and how to stop excessive tearing. They considerably improve the symmetry of their mimetic movements, regain their self-esteem and become fully confident in the quality of their facial expressions and of their smiles.
Crystal Touch was founded in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by Elena Pashova, dermatologist with more than 25 years of experience in aesthetics. Since 2008 we conduct scientific research aimed at establishing the actual causes of the most frequent complications of Bell’s palsy: synkinesis, contractures and related facial pains.
In the clinic we have developed the method of Neuro-Proprioceptive Rehabilitation (NPR). This method addresses both aesthetic and therapeutic issues arising from complications of Bell’s palsy and from the early aesthetic ageing. NPR method improves the quality and symmetry of facial movements, general appearance, and the functioning of facial muscles and tissues. Systematic application of this method substantially improves the quality of life of our patients and aesthetic clients.
Crystal Touch Clinic is committed to further scientific research of Bell’s palsy complications. One of our main goals is to raise public awareness about heavy psychological and social impact that Bell’s palsy can have on its sufferers. We also want to make publicly available and easily understandable the extensive knowledge about causes of Bell’s palsy, its complications and about modern efficient treatments and methods of rehabilitation.
During the last few years we have presented our scientific work in the World and European Congresses for NeuroRehabilitation. Our specialists have developed an objective instrumental measurement method of Synkinetic Correlation. This method allows to measure synkinesis and contractures of facial muscles, and to objectively monitor the efficacy of various treatments and rehabilitation techniques for Bell’s palsy.
Presently we are at the final stages of a major research that is meant to substantiate the origins of facial synkinesis and to streamline the practical approach to their rehabilitation. The results of this research are expected to initiate the paradigm shift in the approach to reversibility of synkinesis and to the principal possibility to achieve their lasting reversal without medications, injections or surgical interventions.
For the sake of good order: Crystal Touch is not a medical, but an aesthetic clinic. We do not solve medical issues, only the aesthetic ones. In our work we use a non-invasive method of Neuro-Proprioceptive facial Rehabilitation, which has been developed by our specialists. We do not prescribe medications, physical therapy nor other treatments, which are the prerogative of medical institutions. We do not use any injections nor surgery.
About the method
How we treat complications of Bell’s Palsy in the clinic.
In Crystal Touch clinic we have developed the method of Neuro-Proprioceptive facial Rehabilitation (NPR). This method addresses aesthetic and therapeutic issues that arise from complications of long-standing Bell’s palsy or from early aesthetic ageing. NPR method improves the quality and symmetry of facial movements, general facial appearance and optimizes the functioning of facial muscles and tissues. Systematic application of this method substantially improves the quality of life of our patients and aesthetic clients.
NPR method was presented in 2014 at the World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation in Istanbul. It is based on 25 years of experience and 8 years of scientific research, and can successfully reverse most of the complications of long-standing Bell’s palsy. We address synkinesis, contractures of facial muscles, related facial pains, excessive tearing and dynamic facial asymmetry.
During the last 3 years our specialists have developed a quantitative instrumental measurement method of Synkinetic Correlation. This method allows to objectively measure synkinesis and contractures of facial muscles, as well as to measure the progress of regeneration of the facial nerve and the recovery of facial muscles. It also offers the possibility to objectively monitor the efficacy of various treatments and rehabilitation techniques for Bell’s palsy recovery, including NPR.
Application of the Neuro-Proprioceptive facial Rehabilitation method (NPR) for the treatment of patients with long-standing Bell’s palsy produces measurable and lasting reduction of Bell’s palsy sequelae and improves the quality of life, irrespective of patient’s age, sex or time that had passed since the onset.