The EVMS Facial Nerve program is dedicated to the treatment of facial paralysis in both children and adults. It is the only multidisciplinary facial nerve center in Virginia.

Facial paralysis is the loss of facial movement due to nerve malfunction. It can appear suddenly or gradually, causing weakness, immobility and involuntary movement or drooping of the facial muscles making it difficult to speak, blink, swallow or smile. We work closely with our patients to improve facial function, eye protection, facial appearance, communication and over-all well-being.

William Dougherty, MD, and Eric Dobratz, MD, are facial plastic surgeons who specialize in the treatment of facial nerve disorders. They coordinate closely with colleagues in neurology, ophthalmology, physical therapy and others to provide comprehensive treatment of facial nerve disorders.

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Our locations

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Facial Nerve Center, Norfolk

River Pavilion
600 Gresham Drive, Suite 1100
Norfolk, VA 23507
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Facial Nerve Center, Princess Anne

Princess Anne, 2075
2075 Glenn Mitchell Drive, Suite 310
Virginia Beach, VA 23456