Five Minutes With Dr. Kal Ientile [Momentum Speaker Profile]        

Although self proclaimed research nerd Dr. Kal Ientile enjoys creating momentum by throwing himself out a perfectly good plane, there may be more to the conversation than meets the eye. Here’s a sneak peek into what makes this Acupuncturist get excited about movement.


Q: Tell us a bit about your work and why you love it.

When people come to me after being told ‘You’ll just have to live with it’ or ‘we can’t find anything wrong’, I love being able to turn that around and make a real difference in their lives. To help someone who is losing hope is an amazing feeling.

Because acupuncture works stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms, we can work with a very wide range of health concerns, and get people back to doing the things they love in life.


Q: What’s something you are working on right now that you can share with us?

I work with a number of partially paralyzed patients following strokes and acquired brain injuries. The return to being able to grab a glass or walk up stairs is so important for self reliance and self esteem.


Q: What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?
We’re supposed to move. Our bodies need movement to maintain health. I am enjoying watching that idea gain momentum.


Q: What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you? (without giving away too much!)
Our bad habits can shape us over time, but so too can our good habits.


Q: What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?
Spoon. [Hmmm, cryptic…]


Q: What do you like most about Canberra?
How welcoming the Canberra community is.


Fun Fact! What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?
I’ll happily throw myself out of a perfectly functional plane.


To find out more about Kal and ‘Spoon’ be sure to join us at Momentum on Saturday 16 September at The Canberra Theatre.