12 episodes

Welcome to "Room for Every Body," the podcast that delves into the influence of identity on our interactions with interior spaces.
In each episode, our guests share their personal stories of exclusion resulting from poor design choices, shedding light on the lasting impact such experiences have had on them. We emphasize the importance of creating spaces that are not only welcoming but also accessible to individuals from all walks of life. We delve into the significance of incorporating materials and décor that celebrate the rich diversity of our society.

Room For Every Body Elizabeth Byler

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Welcome to "Room for Every Body," the podcast that delves into the influence of identity on our interactions with interior spaces.
In each episode, our guests share their personal stories of exclusion resulting from poor design choices, shedding light on the lasting impact such experiences have had on them. We emphasize the importance of creating spaces that are not only welcoming but also accessible to individuals from all walks of life. We delve into the significance of incorporating materials and décor that celebrate the rich diversity of our society.

    Katie

    Katie

    Friends, welcome back to another thought-provoking episode of "Room For Every Body" Today, we have a wonderful guest, Katie Selby, who will take us on a journey through her unique experiences and identities. Katie shares candidly about her journey as a person with language impairment and learning disabilities. From being nonverbal at a young age to discovering her own methods of expression through body language, Katie's resilience shines through her story. Now, as a paraprofessional for children with special needs, Katie lends her support and guidance to students, helping them navigate the challenges they face. Join us as we dive deeper into Katie's life, exploring the importance of understanding and advocacy, and discovering the spaces that have shaped her along the way. Get ready for an insightful conversation about the importance of self-advocacy.



    Learn More about Katie Here:
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100047780778306&mibextid=ZbWKwL

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/collegematerialgirl?igshid=OGQ5ZDc2ODk2ZA==

    • 9 min
    Christiane

    Christiane

    Tune in for an interesting conversation with Christiane about transforming a home office space! She highlights the ways that she brought in a feminine touch as well as nods to her culture. Christiane also talks about holistic health and one trick in her space that helps with her back pain!



    Learn more about the work that she is doing here:

    www.hellohappnest.com

    IG: hello.happy.nest

    FB: hello.happy.nest

    Podcast: Happy Health Hustle Podcast

    • 17 min
    Avery

    Avery

    In this episode of "Room For Every Body" we dive into a conversation with Avery, a 16-year-old podcast host. Avery shares her journey of self-discovery and explores the various identities that shape her life. From her love for books and mental health advocacy to her academic pursuits, Avery showcases how these identities intertwine with her personal space. Join us as we explore her bedroom and discover how it reflects her individuality, mental well-being, and connection to her loved ones. Plus, Avery gives us a glimpse into her podcast "I am Avery," where she discusses mental health and works towards breaking the stigma surrounding it. Get ready for an insightful and inspiring conversation about the importance of embracing our true selves and creating spaces that reflect who we are. Let's get started!



    Check out Avery's Podcast here:

    https://open.spotify.com/show/3u64HywCskWSoF2dDlfpUe?si=9b75cd9dfc2c42f3

    • 11 min
    Simarta

    Simarta

    In today's episode, we have a special guest, Dr. Simarta Brennan-Prescod, a physician, coach, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Simarta is a multi-hyphenate who also happens to live with chronic disease. She shares her experiences and insights on how she navigates medical spaces while managing her own health challenges.



    Dr. Simarta Brennan-Prescod, is a board-certified primary care doctor at Optum Primary Care's Northeast location in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her background is in internal medicine, nephrology and hypertensive care. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and completed her residency at Overlook Hospital, an affiliate of Mt. Sinai Hospital in Summit. New Jersey. She completed nephrology fellowship training at St Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri. She is a motivational speaker to failing to success, Multiple Sclerosis activist, Elementry School activist for getting kids interested in healthcare. Her passion is helping patients and parents with chronic disease, such as MS, navigate in their workspace and jobs to be effective communicators of their needs and advocate for living in their authenticity but maintaining their privacy. 



    She is a practicing physician for the last 17 years and she has had the unique experience of being a doctor, a patient, and a caregiver to a child with congenital heart disease in the US healthcare system. This has driven her to share her story via publishing her new book May 2023. The book is called “The Parts We Don’t Talk About!”. The book addresses biases during medical training from colleagues, racial inequality while seeking professional growth, pregnancy and the treatment of doctors living with chronic disease, such as Multiple Sclerosis. 

    Her goal is learn, grow and teach from her own journey.



    In her spare time she enjoys creating art projects with her 3 kids (9, 7 and 7) and restoration of furnitures.  She loves scuba diving, traveling and reading. 



    If you need to schedule a free one-to-one call with her, reach out on her website. ⁠www.drsimarta.com⁠. This is the first step to create change in your life. 



    Website, social media to connect further:

    ⁠www.drsimarta.com⁠

    Instagram: drsimarta 

    Facebook: drsimarta 

    • 10 min
    Melody

    Melody

    On this episode of Room For Every Body, we meet Melody. Melody discusses her own health journey, having experienced frequent hospitalizations due to an autoimmune condition. She shares her frustrations with the traditional hospital environment and her vision for a hospital spa that focuses on healing and personal preferences. Melody envisions a space where patients can customize their environment, choosing their preferred colors and scenes, and where different rooms cater to different health issues with appropriate aromatherapy and healing frequency music.

    Throughout the episode, Melody emphasizes the importance of exploring alternative remedies and taking ownership of one's own health. She shares her own experiences with herbal remedies and how they were able to improve their health without relying on antibiotics. Melody believes that no matter the condition, whether mental or physical, there is always hope and possibilities for improvement as long as one is open and willing to seek out the resources available. The conversation also delves into the experiences of patients in healthcare settings and the importance of patients and doctors working together as a team. Melody suggests that patients should not give away their personal power and should actively participate in their healthcare decisions. She emphasizes the need for doctors to be open to alternative options and to see each patient as an individual with unique needs.

    Overall, this episode of Room For Every Body brings a message of hope and positivity. Melody's vibrant personality and her love for life shine through, as she shares her story to inspire hope in others.

    Hosted by Elizabeth Byler, Room For Every Body celebrates diversity and encourages inclusive interior design strategies that promote self-love and acceptance. Tune in for a world where everybody is celebrated.

    • 16 min
    Janique

    Janique

    In this episode of "Room For Every Body," we sit down with Janique Cheeseman, a proud Trinidadian woman who shares her unique perspective as both an engineer and a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Janique opens up about her love for her Trinidadian heritage and how it has shaped her identity.

    As an environmental engineer, Janique is deeply passionate about sustainability and encourages others to do their part for the environment. She discusses the impact of air emissions, particularly on her love for travel, and shares how she tries to offset her carbon footprint through other means.

    She discusses her efforts to minimize car emissions by utilizing public transit whenever possible and expresses her preference for the ease and relaxation that comes with public transportation. With a keen eye for urban sustainability, Janique delves into the walkability factor of cities, emphasizing the importance of feeling safe while walking and the need for barriers and wider sidewalks to accommodate wheelchair users and two-way traffic.

    She explores the significance of mixed-use developments and points of interest in creating walkable cities, aiming to make our built environment more inclusive and accepting for all.

    Join us as we unravel the intersection of identity and design with Janique, and discover how she envisions a world where everybody's story is celebrated, challenged norms are transformed, and there truly is room for every body.


    Janique is a singer/songwriter based in New York City. You can find her music here: https://www.sagehoneybrandy.com/ or @sagehoneybrandy on Instagram. 

    • 20 min

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