People often go out of their way to avoid social and professional situations that may result in discomfort. As part of this year’s theme, “Now is the Time,” TEDxSanAntonio speakers Janet Trevino, Dr. Troy Hailparn, and Ali Goljahmofrad address various ways embracing discomfort can enrich lives at the Main Event on November 18, 2017.
Reclaiming the Need for Platonic Touch
Cuddlism is an emerging form of treatment using platonic touch to meet client needs. Professional Platonic Touch & Cuddling Specialist Janet Trevino was San Antonio’s first certified Cuddlist professional. She continues to study how Cuddlism heals. “Consent is the bedrock of a Cuddlist platonic touch sessions so both the client and the provider feel good about what transpires….The 5 R's of medicine: right person, right medication, right route, right dose, and right time, can be used effectively within all relationships.” Trevino believes platonic touch is medicine and uses her passion to help others who may not have access to platonic touch in the way they may need to heal. She drives social awareness for Cuddlism as a constructive form of healing. Read more about Trevino.
Female Anatomy 101
Dr. Troy Hailparn, surgeon with Cosmetic Gynecology, is passionate about empowering women to manage their lives and control their bodies. Knowledge about anatomy and treatment options at all stages of life help women live their best lives. “It is my belief as a physician that women do not get the education they need from their Ob/Gyn doctors about how their bodies work and many do not get the care they deserve. This is due to insufficient education of doctors in residency about these specific problems (changes in bladder, bowel, and sexual function due to childbirth and when extra tissue is the issue) and discomfort in discussing sexual function concerns…. Women should be empowered with knowledge about their bodies and treatment options to make the best health decisions for themselves…” Hailparn has been an Ob/Gyn for more than 20 years and has spent the last dozen focused on cosmetic gynecology to enable women to improve the comfort, function, and appearance of their bodies. She has taken part in panels at several professional conferences. Read more about Hailparn.
We’re All a Bunch of Broken Crayons
As a teacher and coach with East Central Independent School District in San Antonio, Ali Goljahmofrad has worked with high school students every day for five years. Part of teaching is connecting with students in a meaningful way that builds a constructive and effective learning environment. For Goljahmofrad, the key to this effective learning environment is being able to be transparent and authentic regardless of imperfections.
“There are many studies that suggest transparency and authenticity are the keys to helping others. When we allow people to see us as we are, imperfect, yet hopeful human beings, we have an incredible ability to help them. The message is simple: we can be broken, bruised, and imperfect, yet still leave a lasting mark on the world.”
Goljahmofrad has spoken about his work at other TED events in the past and continues to address students, teachers, coaches, and leaders to become change agents in the lives of those around them. He was awarded the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching for his success in the classroom, which he attributes to allowing students to see him for how he is. Read more about Goljahmofrad.
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DATE AND TIME
Sat, Nov. 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST