Ashton Nesmith-Kochera, BCPA

Co-Owner of Trifecta Health Connections Inc.

Board Certified Patient Advocate & Trauma-Informed Professional

After realizing the impact, chronic illness had on Ashton as both a patient and as a caretaker, Ashton founded a local support group, Tri-State EDS, in 2015. It is where Dr. Ricci and Ashton connected in 2016. To date, Tri-State EDS has nearly 300 local members.

 In the Spring of 2018, Ashton became a Board Certified Patient Advocate. Just a few short months after her father passed away suddenly from a pulmonary embolism at age 53. This situation was the first of a few full circle moments for Ashton, as she knows without a doubt, she is right where she is supposed to be.

In 2019, Ashton received a certificate as a trauma-informed professional. It has given her a better understanding of the connections chronic illness has to trauma and neurodiversity. Currently, she is enrolled in a graduate program through UC Berkeley for Health Advocacy. She is a member of various patient advocacy organizations, sits on The Patient's Podium Advisory Board, The Zebra Network's Board of Directors, and proudly advocates on behalf of The National Patient Advocate Foundation. At NPAF, Ashton strives to be a voice within the health system delivery reform to achieve person-centered care.

A lover of both reading and writing, Ashton found hope within many self-help and personal growth books on some of her darkest days. Eventually, this became a hobby where she now helps launch non-fiction books on behalf of New York Times Bestselling Authors. Ashton wrote parts of her story that have been published in three books and is currently working on another publishing project. She loves to share stories through writing and speaking (but not about her daughter -- she learned that lesson the hard way while speaking during Patient Congress). 

Ashton has helped advise healthcare professionals and organizations and has been among many health advocacy projects; including medical research. She has presented for universities, medical conferences, support groups, and NIH. She's had the honor of speaking twice at The United States Capitol.

Between spending time with her family and friends, she enjoys traveling and exploring around her home in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia (outskirts of the Washington DC Metro Area between Maryland & Virginia). Ashton realizes that life is what you make it, and tomorrow's not promised. Not only has Ashton helped herself, her daughter, and her mother gain control and stability over their health, she's helped many other people do the same. Ashton strives to nourish her mind, body, and soul to continue serving as a professional healthcare advocate. She lives to make every day count as she's committed to ensuring that others never have to experience what she's endured and is finally validated.

Ashton's Health Story can be found on the About Us page.