• The Achieving Optimal Health Conference 2016

    Thanks for joining us
    for an incredible day!

    If you missed the 2016 conference,
    video archives are available


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

President of KAK, Consulting, LLC | Dietitian & Consultant of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

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

Charles DeSantis

Founder GUWellness, Associate Vice President For Benefits and Payroll & Chief Benefits Officer

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

Patricia Reilly Koch

Founding Partner of BB&R Wellness Consulting

Tracy Freeman, M.D.

Chief Medical Advisor, BB&R Wellness Consulting

Therese Burch

Founding Partner of BB&R Wellness Consulting

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!


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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


  • I know the conference is on Georgetown campus, but where exactly?

    The conference will take place in the Edward B. Bunn Auditorium located in the Intercultural Center on the Georgetown Campus. If you are walking or taking a taxi please use the 37th and O entrance. The Edward B. Bunn Auditorium will be to your right after you enter the campus.


  • If I am driving, where can I park?

    Limited parking will be available on a first come first served basis at the Southwest Garage (map). Due to a number of events taking place on Saturday around the Georgetown University campus, we expect significant traffic congestion in the area surrounding 37th and O Streets. We strongly suggest taking public transportation or ride-sharing services to the conference if possible. The best place for ride-sharing drop-off is at the Library Steps, 37th and N Streets, or at Prospect and 37th Streets, NW.
    Beginning at 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday, parking and access on the west side of Georgetown University will be restricted. Vehicular traffic on 37th Street, NW will only be allowed to travel south between P and N Street, NW. There will be no vehicular access to O Street between 37th and 35th Streets, or access to 36th Street, between P Street and N Streets. Traffic control officers will be in the area to navigate vehicles.

  • What should I bring?

    You don’t need to bring much! You may want to bring a pen to take notes, as there will be tons of interesting information presented that you won’t want to forget.

  • What should I wear?

    Casual, comfortable attire is recommended.

  • Should I bring a lunch?

    No. A healthy lunch will be provided!

  • Can I bring my kids?

    Yes of course. Children ages 12 and under are admitted at no charge.

  • Can I volunteer?

    Yes! Our volunteers are an important part of making this conference so wonderful. Please email therese@bbrconsulting.us for more information, or visit our volunteer sign-up web page here:
    Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

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