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Physical Therapy meets Sexual Healing
MEN WITH VISION 2020
Body & Brains
Growing up, Antonio never quite felt that he received
adequate encouragement. Even his high school principal
discouraged him from pursuing his career goals.
However, he did not let the lack of outward support
handicap his growth. "With me, people telling me I
couldn’t do things actually motivated me to do them",
Antonio states. "So that in and of itself was not a limiting
tactic for me. I think as people got used to me
accomplishing the things I said I was going to do, the
problem shifted to them becoming so accustomed to the
fact that I would get it done that no one also bothered to
try to help. So I end up doing a lot of things on my own
and kind of floundering around for a while. So it’s not like
it doesn’t get done, it just takes a long time to get done
because I seem to lack support when it comes down to it."
He looked inwardly to explore what he could do to make a
foot print in history and soon decided that he wanted to,
"become a vehicle to help those with little to no guidance,
especially young men.” Antonio knew all too well the
stresses caused by the lack of positive male reinforcement
in his own life and he knew that he could make a change
in the lives of others by offering direction to youth.
"When I first came into physical therapy, I had never met a
black physical therapist. I would say I want to be a
physical therapist, and the response would be ‘oh that is a
really hard program to get into'. But I didn't let that stop
me. And since a black physical therapist was foreign to
people at the time, people would meet me and say 'he is a
therapist? You mean a PT assistant or PTA?'. People
couldn’t believe that I could be what I was." Antonio not
only became a Physical Therapist but was the Director
with one of the most well known clinic's in Georgia.
"Now it’s not such an uncommon thing to see black
physical therapists because you can walk into an office
and be in a room full of them. But when I started, that
wasn’t the case. There were other black PT students
ahead of me in other classes, but it wasn't until I
graduated and passed my board and looked in the mirror.
That was the moment, I saw a black physical therapist."
In TraMel's case, it seems that art imitates life because he
is getting his start in an industry where not many people
look, think, or act like him. Not to mention he did the
reverse. He first got his education, started his career, then
had a family,
"As long as you stay the course
and continue to operate in
spite of your fear, you can
achieve great things".
TraMel has a new single out now called "Drippin"
streaming on all platforms.
and is now going full steam ahead into the world of music
"I’m satisfied with what I have been able to accomplish in
my career and I think it is time to expand beyond everything
in the physical therapy realm. It’s time to put more time and
energy in the music side of my brand. People may think I'm
backwards, but I say I am up to the challenge. A Challenger
Challenger brands are experts in the world of disruption.
They have a vision of the future that requires a complete
change in the status quo, and that pushes people to take
notice. They have huge goals and life-changing ambitions,
and they’re prepared to do something bold to transform the
As far as what he is looking for in a partner, TraMel needs
someone who is willing to take this journey into unexplored
territory with him while understanding that he will be pulled
in multiple directions. "Between the music, my kids,
and being a director of the PT Clinic, it doesn’t end when I
go home. It sometimes spills into the evenings, sometimes it
spills over into the weekends. My partner would need to be
someone who is understanding and supportive. A
confident woman that complements me and adds value"
Learn more about TraMel at officialtramel.com
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