• The Achieving Optimal Health Conference 2016

    Thanks for joining us
    for an incredible day!

    If you missed the 2016 conference,
    video archives are available

Thank You For Joining Us

The 2016 Achieving Optimal Health Conference was an amazing event, with over 400 attendees! The speakers this year were amazing as always, and we were so honored to have mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn speaking to us about mindfulness and optimal health. We learned how to change our lifestyles to live a healthier, happier life. We learned to be present in our lives and find our true purpose. We also learned how to reduce stress and maximize our brain health, and discovered foods to nourish our bodies, heal our gut and help fight chronic disease. Each of us has the power to control our destiny as it relates to our own personal health, no matter where our health stands today.


“To begin, I just wanted to commend you on the WONDERFUL conference on Saturday! It was the warmest, most joyful series of workshops that I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend.” Kristin B.

“Thank you again for sending out that invitation. This very well may have changed my life.” Julie S.

“Thanks for making a difference! I too left the conference a new woman.” Donna B.

“I enjoyed myself immensely at the 2016 event.  I left feeling way more rested, informed, and in an over all better place than when I came. I look forward to next year.” Rosetta E.


If you missed the 2016 conference video archives are available.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn

Internationally Known Scientist, Writer and Meditation Teacher

Mindfulness and Optimal Health: The Challenge of a Lifetime and the Adventure of Living Our Lives as if it Really Mattered

Kristin Kirkpatrick

Lead Dietitian and Manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a best-selling author, an experienced presenter, and an award winning Dietitian.

Protecting Your Forgotten Organ: How Taking Care Of Your Liver Today Can Mean a Longer Life Tomorrow

Kathie Madonna Swift

Leading Integrative Dietitian, Author, Educator and Innovator, Co-Founder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy

Nutrition for Digestive Health and Happiness

Dr. Chris Exley

Internationally Recognized Researcher on Alzheimer's Disease, Professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Keele University

Why Aluminium is a Contributor to Alzheimer's Disease

Charles DeSantis

Chief Benefits Officer for Georgetown University

Mind, Body and Soul

Gazelle Hashemian

Founder of BlueFlower Wellness Products and Services

The Power of the Flower: Giving Nature a Chance

James Gimian

Publisher of Mindful.org

A Conversation with Jon Kabat-Zinn and James Gimian

Doro Bush Koch

Founding Partner of BB&R Wellness Consulting

Take This Moment To Breathe

Patricia Reilly Koch

Founding Partner of BB&R Wellness Consulting

The Wrap Up

Tracy Freeman, M.D.

Holistic Medicine Doctor, National Integrated Health Associates

The Wrap Up

Therese Burch

Founding Partner of BB&R Wellness Consulting

The Art Of Gift Giving

You will leave

ENERGIZED to better understand your body and make yourself a priority.

EDUCATED in knowing what foods strengthen your immune system, reduce stress & fight chronic disease.

EXCITED about living your healthiest and happiest life possible.





Program Kickoff: Opening Remarks by Charles DeSantis, Welcome from the BB&R Wellness Consulting Team

Session 1

Making the Most of Your Diet and the Top Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight Kristin Kirkpatrick

Session 2

Why Aluminium is a Contributor to Alzheimer’s Disease Chris Exley

Session 3

The Power of the Flower: Giving Nature a Chance Gazelle Hashemian

Get Up and Move

A 10 minute exercise break with Julien Williams, A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer

Session 4

Mindfulness and Optimal Health: The Challenge of a Lifetime and the Adventure of Living Our Lives as if it Really Mattered Jon Kabat-Zinn

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch, Exhibitors, Book Signings and Yoga on the Lawn/All Levels Welcome (Bring Mat)

Session 5

Nutrition for Digestive Health and Happiness Kathie Madonna Swift

Session 6

Conversation with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Jim Gimian

Session 7

Panel Discussion:  Let’s Learn Just A Little Bit More. . .And  . . .What To Do When You Get Home

Reflections on the Day and Giveaways!


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors


Interested in Being a Sponsor for 2017?

Email: therese@bbrconsulting.us

Call: 202-549-0040


What to expect at the Achieving Optimal Health conference

  • Inspirational lectures from world renowned health experts
  • A fabulous network of health-conscious conference attendees
  • Free Healthy Lunch
  • Free pass to visit BB&R’s Market of local and national companies and enjoy demonstrations of new products and healthy food samples
  • Fabulous give aways and prizes
  • Free parking

We are pleased to offer 4.25 Continuing Education Unit credits this year for the following occupations:

Dietitians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Educators, Nurses, Dentists and Occupational Therapists.

More Information


Questions? We are happy to answer them!

Email: therese@bbrconsulting.us

Meet the Founders

Tricia Reilly Koch, Doro Bush Koch, Therese Burch


Want to find out more about
the inspiring activities this year’s
Achieving Optimal Health Conference has in store?
Please email us at: info@bbrconsulting.us

If you are interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor for this year’s conference please contact Therese Burch at therese@bbrconsulting.us