Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Dulles Airport Marriott

The Women’s Health & Wellness Summit is coming to Loudoun County, Virginia on August 29, 2018. The Summit  is a one-day event bringing women together and providing them with tools and resources to help achieve better health through better living.

The Summit is a day dedicated to you. To nourish your mind, body and soul and to share awareness and exchange knowledge on Natural and Holistic Living, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Lifestyle and Fitness, Innovative health practices and Nutrition.  We are bringing together a dedicated community of women that are transforming and inspiring ethical and innovative health practices. 

Our vision is to help women make better choices, every day.



Dr. Heidi Hanna

Dr. Bruce Kehr, M.D.
Potomac Psychiatry

9:10 – 9:40 AM

DNA: I Am Who I Am . . . or Am I?

Do we have free will, or is our future already determined? Does your DNA determine your personal health destiny? Learn how the science of modern genomics helps answer these questions, and whether Genecept or Mindful DNA testing, through a simple cheek swab, makes sense for your personal health and wellness plan.

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Dr. Heidi Hanna

Dr. Heidi Hanna, Ph.D.,
Integrative Neuroscientist,
The American Institute of Stress

1:00 PM

The Cure for Stress

Stress is quickly becoming the leading cause of disability and disease, contributing to 75 – 90% of medical visits and costing the US Business economy an estimated $600 billion annually. Despite escalating costs to individuals and organizations, current stress management protocols are seriously outdated, and may be causing more harm than good. Based on the recent neuroscience of stress, a paradigm shift is required where we no longer try to minimize or manage stress but rather mobilize the insight and energy it provides to master it; using stress as fuel for positive change, creating resilience and social support that extends beyond the workplace.

Participants will:

  • Redefine stress using a new framework built upon recent neuroscience research
  • Understand the different types of stress and stress reactions, and techniques to train whole-brain skill sets that transform experiences of stress
  • Recognize the value of the organization as a system that holds the keys to transforming stress personally and collectively, and the significant role leaders play in initiating and supporting these shifts
  • Practice a simple Brain Recharge technique designed to build cognitive and emotional capacity
  • Discuss best practices to use within organizations to support energy management for optimal health, performance and resilience


Interactive Workshop

4:00 PM

Recharge Your Brain and Life – 21 Days Recharge Challenge

Presented by Dr. Heidi Hanna, Ph.D., Integrative Neuroscientist, The American Institute of Stress

In this interactive session, participants will create a personalized Recharge Toolkit with specific strategies for their daily routine and team rituals to best support relationships at home and at work.

Participants will:

  • Take a short assessment to evaluate their current brain health and fitness
  • Review the simple neuroscience model for how the brain works
  • Discuss simple techniques to shift stress reactions into responses
  • Learn 3 practical tools to utilize stress as fuel for positive change
  • Create a simple action plan for implementing a consistent daily recharge practice

Richa Badami

4:30 PM

Richa Badami,
Speaker, Coach, Author,
Richa Badami Media

MAKE IT STICK: How to Create Lasting Transformation & Success in Life

The summit promises to be a power packed day with a ton of amazing insights, profound reflection and very useful knowledge and information! Your heart, mind and soul will be stirred. Then, what? What will you do next? Go home?

Well, not before THIS session.

In this closing keynote session Richa, in her one-of-a-kind way, will help you integrate all that you have learned and MAKE IT STICK! It is our desire to have you leave energized, focused and motivated to create lasting transformation and success in your life.



Sponsored by

Dr. Sarah Giardenelli

Dr. Sarah Giardenelli

Collective Health Center

10:00 – 10:45 AM
Simple Ways to Detoxify Your Life

The ritual act of “cleansing” has a rich history amongst many traditions. For centuries, people have been using different cleansing techniques to purify the body and mind for health and vitality. Today, detoxification is just as important, if not more important! Cleansing is a way to rid the body of accumulated waste matter and environmental and emotional toxins.

The constant bombardment of toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis from the air, water, food, perfumes, and other chemicals can overwhelm and stress our bodies, and impair proper cellular functioning. You’ll learn what these toxins are, strategies to avoid accumulating them, and simple ways to detoxify your life.

Cheri Garvin

Cheri Garvin

Pharmacist & Owner, The Compounding Center

11:00 – 11:45 AM
Hormone Replacement Therapy – What Is It, and Is It Right for You?

Hot flashes, fatigue, vaginal dryness, weight gain, low libido, mood changes – if you can relate to these symptoms, join us for a fun and educational session on “the change”!

As we approach menopause, the production of hormones such as, Estrogen, Progesterone and DHEA decline or become erratic. This leads to hormone imbalance and a whole host of bothersome symptoms. But, it’s not just about the hot flashes; these imbalances could bring about potential health problems including decreased bone strength, heart disease, memory issues and more.

Hormone therapy may be the answer, but there’s so much controversy! What’s a woman to do?
Our goal is to help you navigate the overwhelming amount of information about hormone therapy and empower you with knowledge to make the best decision about your health. In this session you will learn the benefits and risks of hormone therapy, the difference between commercially manufactured hormones and bio-identical hormones and how custom compounded therapy may help.

Join us to take the first step in relieving your symptoms and feeling more like yourself again!

Dr. Eileen O'Grady, PhD, RN, NP

Dr. Eileen O'Grady, PhD, RN, NP

Certified Nurse Practitioner and Well-being Coach, The School of Wellness

12:00 – 12:45 PM
Positive Psychology to Self-Treat Anxiety and Depression

Learn actionable tools to combat runaway anxiety and depression including the science of positive psychology, happiness habits, how to shut down difficult others and other sources of stress. Happiness hacks will be presented to empower you to challenge the thoughts and behaviors that limit your self-worth and effectiveness in the world. Grow into a master of self-care and self-regulation. Build your own emotional intelligence skills and recognize patterns in your life that need interruption.

Dr. Teerawong Kasiolarn, N.D., LAc. MSAC., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)

Dr. Teerawong Kasiolarn, N.D., LAc. MSAC., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)

Inova Traditional Chinese Medicine Center

3:00 – 3:45 PM
Optimal Wellness Through Holistic Nutrition and Supplementation

This presentation will discuss how to optimize your health through healthy holistic nutrition as well as essential nutritional supplements that you need to take as a foundation for optimal wellness. Several topics of holistic nutrition will be discussed, including omega-3 vs omega-6 fatty acids, farm raised vs. wild caught fish, organics vs. non-organics, etc. You will also learn how to read the labels on nutritional supplements – what to look for and what to avoid.


Sponsored by

Cyndy Porter

Cyndy Porter

Principal, Success Thru Style with Cyndy Porter

10:00 – 10:45 AM
How to Show Up Every Day with Style, Poise and Self Confidence

Do you believe in you? Do you show up every day with poise and confidence? Or do you doubt your worth? Do you question whether how you look helps you succeed or gets in your way? Do you waste time or negative thoughts beating yourself up for how you look?

In this presentation we will discuss how to believe in yourself and to know you are showing up at your best all day every day.

Susan McCormick, MS, LMFT

Susan McCormick, MS, LMFT

Owner, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, The Wellness Connection

11:00 – 11:45 AM
Lean in to Discomfort – And Uncover Infinite Possibilities

Connection is why we are all here. It is what gives us purpose and meaning in our lives, and it is how we are all neurologically wired. But let’s face it, the art of connection has changed drastically due to technology and divisive language. When we feel exposed or shamed, our natural instinct is to turn away from it and “numb” because it makes it go away, and we instantly feel better.

What we don’t know is that the emotion is stored on our bodies, and it doesn’t go away, it actually gets bigger when it isn’t given a voice. This requires us to be vulnerable, and many of us would rather fly under the radar than show up authentically for who we are because we are afraid it will never be enough. In this talk, we will discuss what it means to be vulnerable…to embrace all of who we are and to lean in to discomfort because it is absolutely necessary. It is also the very thing that makes you beautiful.

Elaine Gibson

Elaine Gibson

Founder & CEO, Renewed Living

12:00 – 12:45 PM
Three Secrets to Unlocking Your Extraordinary Life

Are you tired of feeling exhausted, fed up, disconnected from life?

“If I could just…” That familiar phrase doesn’t have to hold you back from creating the life you deserve.

Three Secrets to Unlocking Your Extraordinary Life will change the way you see food, business, mental wellness, emotional stability, healthy living and so much more.

What’s an extraordinary life? A place where you live with true intention and discover the part of you that loves to sing, dance, laugh, love, live, and embrace the magic inside!

  • Imagine attaining and maintaining your ideal weight without ever counting another carb or calorie
  • Imagine living a life where disease simply cannot find a home
  • Imagine your body mind and soul working together to keep you happy, healthy and moving closer to the true person you really are

Three Secrets to Unlocking Your Extraordinary Life empowers women to go from getting through the day to seizing the day. They will leave knowing:

  1. How to improve health on a cellular level
  2. How to recharge their mind by eliminating decision fatigue that causes stress and overwhelm
  3. Create harmony between all areas of your life
  4. The #1 secret that will change everything right away

It’s time to make Extraordinary your new normal!

Tamara Wolfe

Tamara Wolfe

Life Mastery Consultant, Full Spectrum Living

3:00 – 3:45 PM
The Vision Workshop: 3 Keys to Accelerating Your Results

Do you want to discover your true dream or purpose?

Would you like to eliminate fear, doubt, and worry, and move toward your goals with confidence?

Do you want to achieve greater results with less effort?

In 1853, Henry David Thoreau wrote a famous essay called, “Walden,” in which he included a hidden code for prosperous living. During this dynamic Vision workshop you will unlock this code so that you can harness your life’s purpose and the prosperity you deserve!

You will learn:

  • Three tools that can help you achieve your goals and dreams faster than you imagined
  • Gain greater clarity on what those dreams are
  • Simple thinking strategies that will guard you from fear, doubt, and worry…

And much more!


Sponsored by

Jamie Meyer, DPT

Jamie Meyer, DPT

Physical Therapist & Fitness Coach, Inova Loudoun Hospital Outpatient Specialty Rehab Center

10:00 – 10:45 PM
Everything You Need to Know about the Top Fitness Trends of 2018

Did you know that the American College of Sports Medicine publishes the top fitness trends annually with input from 4,000 fitness professionals? This is great information, but deciding which program is best for you can sometimes be a challenge. Physical therapist, lifestyle & fitness coach, Jamie Meyer, knows that all too well. In this session she will share her insights into the top fitness trends of 2018. Learn everything you need to know about each trend and what it can do for you with the goal to help you find an exercise program that may be best for you and your lifestyle.

Susan Brady, MPT

Susan Brady, MPT

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Integrative Medicine, Nutrition Consultant, Nurtured Bones

11:00 – 11:45 AM
Osteoporosis: A Condition of Modern Day Living

Have you been diagnosed with osteoporosis and are worried about falling and breaking a bone?

Do you look at family pictures and see your mother or grandmother hunched over and think “I hope that doesn’t happen to me?”

Are you confused by all the contradictory information about diet, calcium supplements and exercise?

Many people believe that osteoporosis in a normal part of the aging process. Though it is typical to lose some bone mass as you age, osteoporosis is not an inevitable side effect to aging! There are natural ways to keep your bones strong and healthy so you can continue living an active life as you age.

What you’ll learn from Susan:

  • A 5 step integrative method for keeping your bones fit so you can continue the activities you love without fear of breaking a bone
  • 2 hidden causes of bone loss that are rarely addressed, but could be the reason behind your fragile bones
  • The best diet and exercise program for building strong, healthy bones
Nicole Ann Gustavson

Nicole Ann Gustavson

Principal, InForm Fitness

12:00 – 12:45 PM
Stop Wearing Your Wishbone Where Your Backbone Ought to Be

How do we define “physical fitness” and what is its relationship with our “lifestyle”? For this Breakout Session, we will be talking STRATEGY – how we as modern professional women prioritize our own fitness in the greatest juggling act of our lives, when we are also responsible for the wellbeing of others? How do you make time for you, when your time is so scarce, and everybody wants it?

Once we establish the goal of exercise, we can debate interactively what the most popular modalities are, whether they are efficient for the busy professional that’s already overbooked, and also how much is really needed. Moreover, what if any significant and long-lasting damage to the body are you signing up for, and how does that fit into your over-all long-term lifestyle plan.

My Presentation will offer a different perspective on exercise, one that must first satisfy three things:

  1. Stimulate our body’s growth hormone mechanism (build muscle)
  2. Prevent the physical improvements we seek (overtraining)
  3. Produce injury (getting hurt)

And then, we have the million-dollar of why we should bother at all – to proactively combat the myriad problems associated with ageing, supercharge the metabolism and increase cardiovascular endurance. That’s WHY we should be striving for physical fitness.

Our lifestyles are what we shape for ourselves. Our physical fitness determines whether we reach our potential quality of life. Shape your own lifestyle, or it’ll shape you.

Kristin Spak

Kristin Spak

Integrative Health & Lifestyle Practitioner, PureHealth Coaching LLC / InForm Fitness Leesburg

3:00 – 3:45 PM
It’s All Connected: The Things That Nourish Us

This presentation takes a holistic view of health, focusing on the things that nourish us, both on and off the plate. Emphasis will be placed on primary vs. secondary foods, and how other forms of nourishment aside from food (such as our relationships, career, physical activity and spiritual fulfillment) are fundamental to our wellbeing. The importance of eating clean, whole foods will also be discussed. Attendees can expect to come away with the knowledge that being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated; that simple changes with regard to the way we live our lives can make all the difference when it comes to improving our health; and that the body has an amazing capacity to heal if given the appropriate nourishment.

All attendees will receive a handout summarizing the key presentation points and lifestyle tips. Attendees will also receive a gift certificate for a FREE Body Composition Analysis and Health Assessment at InForm Fitness Leesburg, using our state-of-the-art “InBody” machine. The InBody test records a baseline profile of body composition and metabolic health, as well as measuring hydration levels and water distribution at a cellular level.


Sponsored by

Ann Ball

Ann Ball

Strategic Intervention Coach,

10:00 – 10:45 AM
Learn to Love and Live the Life You Deserve

Life isn’t easy, but we all deserve to live a life we love. Remember those childhood dreams that never came true? Have you ever asked yourself why?

You have the power in you to create the life you love. Join me as we explore self-love & care, identifying your true vs. false values, how to communicate for success, taking responsibility for what we thought was out of our control, and forgiving others, but most importantly ourselves.

Attendees will come away with a tool kit for life success, a $500 bonus offer, and tips and tricks to create the life they always dreamed of and deserve.

Annie Larson & Linda Pisani

Annie Larson & Linda Pisani

Co-Founders, Holistic Energy Expo

11:00 – 11:45 AM
Holistic Approach To Spiritual Health

Spiritual healing is both a process and a natural state, and no single path leads everyone to the same answer for healing. Some seek to improve their mind, body, relationships and environment through meditation, Reiki, or QiGong and for others it may be prayer. Working through the energy field helps facilitate healing and helps prevent dis-ease.

Spiritual healing is a self-care complementary therapy that can be used in addition to conventional medical help. As we heal the past by receiving messages from loved ones, the forgiveness process begins which in turn opens the heart for a happier future. When the messages are received from spirit it gives proof of a continued after life.

Because our physical body is constantly vibrating with the surrounding environment, the importance of creating spaces that allow for more positive and balanced life, is the key to living in healthy alignment with our goals. Taking time to heal the home and workspace, will bring more energy and peace.

Tangible Takeaways:

  • Healing your environment by improving your living space
  • What does spiritual energy feel like?
  • Self healing with hands on Reiki
  • Finding forgiveness through messages from loved ones
  • 5 minute meditation technique to use anywhere
Mali Phonpadith

Mali Phonpadith

CEO, SOAR Community Network

12:00 – 12:45 PM
How to Create Internal Harmony and Oneness with Others

We lead active lives. We wear multiple hats. Our days are filled with activities that require us lead by example, conduct meetings, make and take phone calls, negotiate, problem solve, innovate, wash dishes, clean house, care for our children, spouses, parents and extended loved ones. The list of responsibilities is never ending and our roles are ever evolving.

So how do replenish? How do we ensure that we’re emotionally, mentally, physically, energetically and spiritually recalibrating and realigning ourselves on a daily basis? There are practical and physical processes that we can incorporate to manifest not just the sense of harmony, but true calm and rebalance of self and soul. Harmony on an emotional, spiritual and cellular level is key to thinking clearly, making informed decisions, and experiencing life to the fullest.

During this presentation, Mali Phonpadith will share specific tools, walk you through exercises and provide demonstrations of regimens she incorporates into her daily life that “resets” her internal compass. This allows her to – be present with whatever situation she is asked to address in any given moment, honor that deeper trust of her inner knowing/intuition, and truly experience what it means to “love what is”.

Our lives are short and too precious to wait until “tomorrow” to find our balance and intentionally create the harmony we all seek in our hearts and minds. Let’s begin today and SOAR together.

Pleasance Silicki

Pleasance Silicki

Owner, Teacher, Author, Speaker, lil omm

3:00 – 3:45 PM
Soulful Self-Care: Daily Rituals & Routines for Living with Joy & Ease!

In this workshop participants will engage in real conversations, strategies, and actions for their own self-care at the deepest levels. We will explore basic concepts of Ayurveda, an ancient science of balance and well being, to integrate super simple practical tips and strategies for healthy habits in everyday life. Come ready to share, engage, discuss, and collaborate with your sisters on our own Soul Care!


Sponsored by

Dr. Angela Bess, MD

Dr. Angela Bess, MD

Women’s Wellness & Cosmetic Laser Center of Loudoun

10:00 – 10:45 AM
Tales From the Gynecologist’s Office: Successfully Navigating Midlife and Menopause

Midlife can be a confusing time to navigate for many women. Not only is it a time of transition in one’s health, it can also be a time of transition in one’s identity and self-confidence. As a Gynecologist I see and treat women throughout this complicated process. My talk will focus on what exactly the midlife transition is all about and what changes one should expect. It will also be a time to dispel some myths surrounding the normal progression into the postmenopausal years. Lastly time will be spent discussing how maintaining an active lifestyle can make the transition into midlife and beyond some of your best years yet!

Dr. Anne Brown | Lindani Sechele

Dr. Anne Brown | Lindani Sechele

Medical Director, Inova Women’s Service Line, Loudoun Physicians for Women | Physical Therapist, Inova Loudoun Hospital Outpatient Specialty Rehab Center

11:00 – 11:45 AM
“Girl Talk” The Physiology and Treatment of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

While pelvic health issues are common concerns among women, many are reluctant to discuss them with their medical providers. In fact, these topics are typically just discussed among their girlfriends and not in open forums. Dr. Anne Brown OB/GYN and Physical Therapist Lindani Sechele are providing “the place” to talk about women’s wellness and discuss the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction – such as incontinence, constipation, sexual difficulties, pelvic pain, and abnormal uterine bleeding.

All of these issues can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Fortunately, these disorders can often be reversed with treatment. Join this session for an interactive candid discussion about pelvic health. Learn more about the basic anatomy, common pelvic disorders, and treatment options.

Shondra Jones

Shondra Jones

Cardio Invasive Spec Clinical Coordinator, Inova Loudoun Hospital, Cardiac Catheterization

12:00 – 12:45 PM
Minutes Matter – Know Your Numbers

We all know that women have different roles throughout their lives where Minutes Matter. They are wives, mothers, caretakers, friends, good neighbors, successful business women and sheroes to many where great time management skills come into play daily! However, Minutes Matter most when they or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack and they need to know how to react to save a life. Additionally, in many cases the symptoms of a heart attack are different for them, so they have the added responsibility of having to know how to act fast when presented with different circumstances.

Minutes Matter because when heart attack symptoms emerge, time is of the essence. Within 90 minutes of arriving at the hospital, heart attack patients should receive an artery-opening procedure to avoid major damage to the heart, according to the American Heart Association.

In this session, Shondra Jones, Inova Loudoun Hopsital’s Cardio Invasive Specialist & Clinical Coordinator will discuss this important topic in an open and interactive forum. Learn what a heart attack actually is and the steps you need to take to act fast to enable the best outcomes for you and your loved ones and why it is important to know your numbers. In this session she will also discuss the “why are women different” question and discuss how and why symptoms present differently and why they are more likely to be at risk and how stress can impact your hardest working organ. Join the discussion and learn what every woman needs to know to protect her life and her loved ones and what to do when Minutes Matter!

Lyme Panel

3:00 – 3:45 PM
Jaclyn O'Brien

Jaclyn O'Brien

Founder of Key Lyme, Key Lyme & FreshEye Innovative Solutions

Julianne O’Dwyer

Julianne O’Dwyer

Health Coach, National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) & Beyond Wellness

Dr. Samuel Shor, MD, FACP

Dr. Samuel Shor, MD, FACP

Chair Loudoun County Lyme Disease Commission & Associate Professor George Washington University Health Care Sciences, Internal Medicine of Northern Virginia

Lyme Disease: Misunderstood, Misdiagnosed & Mistreated
A Story About the Denial of Lyme & What You Can Do About It!

This is an emotional and educational seminar about the journey of Lyme through the eyes of a chronic Lyme survivor. Lyme is a disease of opportunity and affects those with compromised immune systems. But, it is also an opportunity to take a sour moment in life and turn lemons into lemonade. You will learn about the physical, emotional, and spiritual facets of Lyme and how you can prevent Lyme from taking over your life!

If any of the items below resonate with you, then this is the perfect seminar for you to attend!

  • You want to educate yourself on Lyme disease so you can protect yourself and your family
  • You’ve felt a little “off” lately, but can’t explain it
  • You’ve been diagnosed with thyroid issues, low levels of vitamin D, low levels of magnesium, anxiety, depression, ADHD or are just feeling a little “off” lately
  • You’ve been sick and bounced around from doctor to doctor with all tests results showing nothing is wrong
  • You suspect you have Lyme disease, but are struggling to get a definitive diagnosis
  • You’ve been recently diagnosed and wondering what to do next to regain control of your health
  • You’d like to understand the struggle of Lyme and ways you can help others with the disease

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” You can learn firsthand from local experts to educate yourself about the seriousness of Lyme disease and how you can prevent it from taking over your own life!

The panel of local experts includes:

  • Jaclyn O’Brien, Lyme Advocate & KeyLyme Founder
  • Dr. Samuel Shor, MD, FACP, Internal Medicine Specialist & Associate Clinical Professor, George Washington University Health Care Sciences
  • Julianne O’Dwyer, Health Coach, National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA)

There will also be an open forum with an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about Lyme. And for those going through the struggle, don’t give up! Continue to push through so you can one day turn lemons into lemonade!!!

Join our community on Facebook and you will keep up to date on speakers, upcoming events, and advice from our experts before and after the Women’s Health and Wellness Summit!

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a day with like-minded women,

working to better their health and well-being! Learn new ways to manage stress,

eat healthy, and live the lifestyle you want for a long happy life.

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PHONE: (703)777-8577