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Ashton Nesmith-Kochera, BCPA

Board Certified Patient Advocate

Eastern Panhandle, WV/MD/VA/DC Area, United States

Ashton Nesmith-Kochera is a Board Certified Patient Advocate specializing in chronic illness patient advocacy and coaching.

She offers healthcare system navigation, healthcare planning, and patient advocacy coaching. Her own experiences with chronic illness have taught her how frustrating and challenging it can be to get the healthcare you need.

Ashton considers every aspect of your healthcare. From tackling information overwhelm to providing education so you can make informed decisions to working with you in developing the best possible plan for achieving your healthcare goals. She remains dedicated to assisting you as you gain access to the healthcare you deserve while becoming your own best advocate.

Ashton is committed to helping individuals around the world achieve their highest potential for health and well-being. By providing patient advocacy services including, self-advocacy coaching, Ashton creates a safe and supportive environment that allows clients to access their full potential.

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How can I help

Service Option #1
Healthcare Self-Advocacy Coaching
Helping you to become a dedicated advocate for yourself or a loved one through my unique approach in providing you the skills, advocacy, education, support, and inspiration needed for when you need it most.

Service Option #2:
Healthcare System Navigation
Helping address your healthcare issues, concerns, and hindrances while answering questions and accompanying you every step of the way through navigating the healthcare system.

Service Option #3:
Healthcare Planning
Helping you map out an organized and informed plan for your unique healthcare needs.

With all the healthcare information that exists, it can be hard to navigate which options are right for your needs. As a Board Certified Patient Advocate, I can help perform healthcare research including looking into medical journals, treatment options, medications, etc., and provide you with options.

Let's end the loop of going in circles due to information overwhelm. Healthcare system navigation does not need to be complicated and stressful.

All services provided by Ashton Nesmith-Kochera, BCPA will be contingent on signing an independent patient advocacy services contract.

Work Experience and Accreditation

Through my experience with a traumatic pregnancy, birth, and a NICU stay with my daughter, I was empowered to help others like you within patient advocacy. It inspired me to become a birth doula and cofound a 501C3 childbirth advocacy organization over a decade ago.

​Although I went to college for teaching, I couldn’t teach as I originally planned due to my own health situation. Therefore, I am grateful to have the education which led to experiences that impact others on similar healthcare journeys. Ultimately, this led me to start a local support group, Tri-State EDS, in 2015 that has accumulated nearly three hundred members to date.

​Then, a few months after losing my father to a pulmonary embolism, I became a Board-Certified Patient Advocate in early 2018. My life had come full circle, and I felt confident that I was right where I needed to be.

After becoming trained as a trauma-informed professional in 2019, I went on to receive a certificate in holistic patient advocacy in 2020. I have developed a greater understanding of mental health conditions and neurodiversity. Seven years of near-daily research, the intersection of chronic illness and neurodiversity sparked my interest, and in the Fall of 2021, I released my first white paper as a call for research. Also, in 2021, I became co-owner of Trifecta Health Connections, Inc., and enrolled in UC Berkeley’s graduate health advocacy program.

In addition to 1:1 case management services, I also help bring advocacy to universities, medical schools, and conferences. I help facilitate meaningful reform on behalf of the National Patient Advocate Foundation by addressing our complex healthcare system. I do this through legislative advocacy and advocate toward a more person-centered model.

I have a unique story and have written parts of it over the years within three patient advocacy books. I’ve also had the honor of sharing it while raising awareness at NIH and even The U.S. Capitol during Patient Congress in 2018 and 2019.

Professional Certification:

Board Certified Patient Advocate, PACB renewed Jan. 1, 2022

Professional Certificates:

WellBe Holisitic Patient Advocacy, 2020

Trauma-Informed Professional, CBI, 2019

Birth Doula, CBI, 2009

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