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Whatever She Said
29 minutes | Dec 31, 2019
Call Me Beautiful Inside And Out
What’s the difference between reconstructive and cosmetic procedures? While cosmetic enhancements can help improve your appearance, it's not for everyone. Dr. Neda Hovaizi is the founder of Luminer Laser Center and Lumiere Dental Spa and she joins us to talk about everything from what to consider before a procedure, affordability, Wrinkles and Boobs! Lumiere means “light” in French. This has been a source of ongoing inspiration in realizing the vision. Dr. Hovaizi or “the lumilady” as many of us know her from social media is not only a strong business force in Boston but also a source of inspiration. Dr.Hovaizi believes that, “If we all can inspire others through the light we bring to the world, that is true beauty.” Spend five minutes interacting with Neda, and it becomes very clear that her purpose is not transactional. It has deeper meaning: empowerment, self love and self acceptance. Neda has successfully combined her two passions: Dentistry and Cosmetic enhancement services. At Lumiere Dental Spa, Neda focuses general dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry. At Lumiere Laser Center you can expect state of the arts medical spa treatments ranging from Botox and Dermal Fillers to Fat Destruction and Hair Removal.Neda is a mom, a wife, a daugther and girl is a mean conversationalist and networker. Truly a pleasure for us to get to know Neda and to have her as our guest. She defines beauty inside and out! Be sure to check out Neda’s business sites as well as social media accounts to learn more about the lumilady! https://lumierelasercenter.com/Instagram: @belumibeautyhttp://lumieredentalspa.com/Instagram: @lumieredentalspa.
42 minutes | Nov 23, 2019
Mental Wellness: Treatments and Resources
Mental health expert, artist, and writer Dr. Pata Suyemoto joins us for a deep dive into mental illness, treatment and resources. Mental illness affects people differently, and we shouldn’t be shy to talk about it. Mental Health ResourcesMassachusetts Coalition for Suicide PreventionNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)American Foundation for Suicide PreventionAmerican Association of SuicidologyFamilies for Depression Awareness “My Story is Full of Lies” by Dr. Pata Suyemoto.When I was twelve, my diagnosis was major depression. At sixteen, I attempted suicide. At thirty-five my diagnosis included dissociative disorder,not otherwise specified. At forty, I took nineteen pills to combat chronic and severe major depression, and complex PTSD. Perhaps, this is not surprising since my aunt died by suicide, my uncle faced serious depression, and my mother had bipolar disorder. One could say that genetics is the cause of my mental illness.This is a lie. In 1942, my dad and his family were imprisoned in a camp in Topaz Utah. There is nothing there now, but tumble weeds, hard dry ground, dust storms,and a plaque with an American flag on it. After camp, when my dad was in high school, a math teacher said he wouldn’t amount to anything; My dad earned a Ph.D., in mathematics. But trauma and racism silenced him. He became reclusive. I can only wonder, what impact this has on me. And although I grew up solidly middle class, I also grew up in a white community where I was taunted and called chink and soy sauce. I was bullied in junior high.My mom was the crazy divorced lady. My sister’s friend was forbidden from coming to our house. My mother also told me not to stand with my legs apart. “It’s not lady-like,” she said. But closing my legs didn’t stop my cousin from molesting me at six. Or at sixteen, a supervisor from groping me. Not to mention the onslaught of catcalls and innuendos. A “normal” womanhood, one might say.This too is a lie. I grew to hate myself. What was there to love? After all, I was ridiculed for my race and attacked for my gender. When I came out as bisexual, that too was cause for pain. In high school, I hid this from my friends and my family. I hid this from the therapists in the hospital they put me in. In my twenties, friends died of AIDS. They said it was our own fault. God’s wrath.This is too is a lie. No one ever said,perhaps your depression and PTSD are normal reactions to racism, sexism, homophobia, and hatred. Perhaps, you are not sick.Perhaps, your despair is not an illness.Perhaps,This is my truth.
26 minutes | Nov 2, 2019
Then There Were Three!
This episode was produced and edited by Marcelle Hutchins, Evelyn St Hilaire, and Melina Cortes-Melina. We sat down to discuss the idea behind Whatever She Said and future episodes with expert guests.
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