Who’s There: Sean Meltzner
Meeting new people in a community is sometimes easy, sometimes difficult. For Sean Meltzner, speaking difficulties that have challenged him since childhood made a move two months ago to Summit County harder than it might be for most.Meltzner arrived from Littleton, where he lived for more than 14 years.He called the Summit Daily a few weeks ago, determined to overcome his shyness and hopeful that an interview would help introduce him to his new community.Meltzner thinks severe dyslexia makes it difficult for him to speak. He said he processes information differently than most, and labors inside his head for minutes before “spitting out” what it is he wants to say.
“I think people get frustrated; I can sense their frustration unless they know that it takes me a little while to break things down,” he said.During an interview, his speaking difficulties were mildly obvious. Still, he seemed determined to tell members of the community that he is not stupid or slow, but quiet and shy because of his condition.”Sometimes it’s easier to know people, to open up to people, once they understand a little better. Sometimes they will have more patience,” he said.Originally from Boston, Meltzner was a sick child who spent much of his time in and out of hospitals for various ailments. That, combined with trouble speaking, slow learning due to the dyslexia and his height (he’s 5-feet, 1-inch tall), made it hard to make friends.He said he used to be severely serious, but around age 25 realized with the help of his family that he should be more playful.
“My family, they’re big jokesters,” he said. “At that stage in my life, I decided, you know, I’m gonna lighten up.”A few years later, he decided to move out of his parents’ home on the Front Range and into the High Country. Tired of what he called the “rat race” in the city, he chose Summit County, where he had frequently visited. Meltzner made the move shortly after graduating from the Colorado School of Healing Arts. He is a certified massage therapist who does mobile massage in the area.Like many locals, he works several jobs. His second is at Office Max in Silverthorne, where he works part-time in the furniture department.
Meltzner says he chose the massage field because he wanted to give back. “Because I was so sick when I was young, that, I think, has helped me, given me a fire to give back to society,” he said. “I feel a lot of people have given to me over the years and I want to give back.”He always liked working with his hands, but in school became fascinated with the human muscular system. It wasn’t until he started working professionally that he realized how good massage can make people feel, he said. “When I work on someone, they walk in with pain from a sciatic nerve or whatever, but after I work on them they walk out of the room a completely different person,” he said. “It makes me happy to know I improved their life.”Meltzner describes himself as shy, quiet and creative. He writes poetry and reads a lot.
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