Awakening Boutique is Denver’s only independent and woman-owned sex and wellness boutique and adult novelty store. It was founded by Tory Johnson and Rose Kalasz with the mission to create a safe, inclusive, and fun space for people to learn about and explore their sexuality. In a fun, casual atmosphere, they will present a workshop covering sex, self-esteem, and self-love in women with disabilities. They will bring and share books, toys, and other useful products. This will run in conjunction with Ostomysecrets representative Sarah Biggart.
Sarah lives in San Diego’s North County with her husband Jason and son Hendrix. A diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis in 2000 about a year into her marriage started her on the journey that continues today. In 2004 she had surgery to create her ileostomy and a second surgery in 2011 to remove her rectal stump. Having an ostomy has always been a positive for Sarah because she feels that it has allowed her to live the life she has always wanted. Being involved in the ostomy community through her role at Ostomysecrets and as a Me+ Ambassador, is her way of reaching out to others who may be struggling with acceptance of their ostomies. In her spare time you can find Sarah at Disneyland or just enjoying the laid back Southern California lifestyle with family and friends.
Sarah Biggart will be representing Ostomysecrets in a fun workshop with Awakening Boutique.
Dr. Leslie Fuchs
Dr. Leslie Fuchs, MD has practiced community psychiatry, street medicine and health advocacy for twenty five years, pursuing a medical degree once she became a patient herself. As a consumer and health professional, she is a great believer in building resilience and in the miraculous ability for humans to heal and help one another. Her workshop will provide a broad presentation for deepening our collective understanding and improving literacy in the areas of sexuality, including partner intimacy, STD prevention, pregnancy issues, and online dating.
Dr. Liesel Jay
Dr. Liesel Jay, PT, DPT is an Ohio native and graduate of the University of New England doctoral physical therapy program. After spending over three years in an outpatient orthopedic setting, she found her passion in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Liesel is inspired by her patients and finds joy in focusing her efforts within this underserved, yet undeniably critical, domain. She will present a session centered around Pelvic Floor Therapy including what it is, how it is done, why it is done, and how it benefits women who have had pelvic surgeries/procedures.
Elaine O’Rourke is the creator of the online holistic program “Surviving To Thriving: Overcoming Ostomy Challenges So You Can Live a FulFilling Life”. She has had her ileostomy since 2005 due to Crohn’s Disease and is a certified yoga therapist/teacher and international retreat leader. She is a contributing writer to the national Phoenix Magazine and presenter at the UOAA National Conference. She will be speaking on Relationships and Intimacy: Who, how, when to tell, and what to do with your ostomy or post-operative body. Elaine will also lead a beginning yoga session focused on moving safely, breathing and focusing the mind. She will use yoga postures to discuss intimacy, emphasizing movement through the hips and connecting to our sexual nature.