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Who Are We?

The Facial Pain Association (FPA) formerly known as the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) volunteer organization, was founded in 1990 by a team of people who were profoundly grateful for recovery from years of disabling trigeminal neuralgia pain. The organization now assists thousands of others around the world. FPA has emerged as the world’s leading resource for information and health care guidance for all people suffering from neuropathic facial pain. Patients, their loved ones and healthcare professionals benefit from its programs of education, personal support, and advocacy efforts.

Guiding the association is a volunteer governing board and a Medical Advisory Board of highly-skilled experts in neurosurgery, neuroscience, general medicine, and dentistry.

Our Mission

To serve those with neuropathic facial pain, including trigeminal neuralgia, through support, education, and advocacy.

Goals and Objectives

To accomplish its mission, FPA will:

  • Maintain a support network across the USA and around the world
  • Manage a website providing worldwide access to accurate and timely information
  • Establish a conference program supported by healthcare experts
  • Furnish patients, healthcare professionals and others with educational materials and information
  • Foster and support translational and effective medical research


To be the most reliable and comprehensive resource on facial pain conditions for patients, their families and healthcare professionals.

Core Values

Professionalism: to maintain high ethical standards with a focus on improvement in treatments, procedures and patient care

Compassion: to recognize the impact of chronic facial pain and to treat every patient and family member with courtesy, concern and respect

Objectivity: to act in the interests of our patients without bias

Innovation: to use technology to further FPA’s mission

Advocacy: to increase public awareness and promote the interests of our patients