Meet the Team
Teresa O, MD
Teresa O, MD, MArch, FACS, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of facial nerve disorders. She is Director of the Facial Nerve Center at Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospitals. After seeing many patients with the devastating sequelae of facial paralysis, Dr. O pursued further training in facial nerve reanimation with Drs. Hadlock and Cheney at the Massachusetts Eye, and Ear Infirmary in Boston.
Dr. O matriculated at Cornell University as an architecture student (B.Arch, M.Arch). She later graduated from Boston University Medical School. She completed a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the New York Eye, and Ear Infirmary and went on to receive fellowship training with Dr. Milton Waner in vascular anomalies. She focuses on pediatric and adult facial plastic surgery and also works closely with Dr. Waner in the medical and surgical management of vascular lesions. Dr. O is dual board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Her background as an architect gives her a unique 3-D and aesthetic perspective in facial reconstruction.
Currently, she has restricted her practice to patients with vascular anomalies or facial paralysis. She is involved in clinical and basic science research and collaborates with labs at Stonybrook University and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. O has lectured nationally and internationally, and authored or co-authored many peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters. She has coedited textbooks in facial palsy as well as in vascular anomalies. She is a preceptor for Otolaryngology Residents and Facial plastic surgery Fellows. Dr. O is a member of several major national and international medical associations.
Dr. Sami Saba
Dr. Sami Saba is a neurologist with particular expertise in neuromuscular disorders, and is the Director of the Electrodiagnostic Laboratory at Lenox Hill. As part of our multidisciplinary team, he helps to evaluate and quantify the severity of facial nerve injury, as well as prognosis for recovery. Dr. Saba works with both adult and pediatric patients.
Leah Segelov, PT
Leah Segelov, PT, shares 25 years experience as a Physical Therapist in major teaching hospitals and private practices. She opened Segelov Physical Therapy, PLLC in 2015. Ms. Segelov trained in Facial Neuromuscular Retraining from the Facial Nerve Clinic at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, MA, as well as from Jackie Diels, OT in Wisconsin. She previously earned her Bachelors of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) from Sydney University, Australia, in 1990. She further Continued her studies in New York to obtain her Masters of Arts in Motor Learning (Movement Science) in 1996 from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Debra Shatzkes, Jared Steinklein
Brett Broussard is Neurophysiologist. Performs Intraoperative Neuromonitoring to map and monitor the branches of the facial nerve.