Welcome to the 9th Annual Gaia's Essence Women's Wellness Conference September 2, 2017 | Melville Marriott

GEWWC 2017 | 9/2/17 | 9:00am - 5:00pm Melville Marriott | 1350 Walt Whitman Rd Melville, NY 11747

Address from our Founder: Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison, Environmental Scientist

This year we are celebrating 9 years of hosting our Women's Wellness Conference. A safe place for women to Connect, Empower and Educate each other on living healthier happier lives. We Empower Women to love who they are while embracing their journey of LIFE. Our theme this year: Embrace Your Story: celebrates our differences, diversities and experiences. They have made us stronger. Let's respect and support each other.

Often we all are embarrassed, ashamed or angry at the different paths our lives may have taken. The so called set backs are actually just lessons, giving us the tools required to remain in gratitude for the gift of life. We are all on different parts of our journey to Optimum Wellness.

Come enjoy a fun filled day of informative seminars, meet industry health and business professionals, health and business coaches, top speakers of their fields,  meet medical and naturopathic doctors, while networking with other diverse selection of Exhibitors and Authors. We welcome you to join us as we Empower Women to Live! The conference will be hosted by our Founder this year.

Peace, Health and Love

Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison

GEWWC 2017 Conference Agenda

Time Conducted by: Seminar Description
9:00am-9:30am Registration Guest arrive to the conference
9:30 am -10:00am Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison Welcome Address from our Founder
10:00 pm-10:30pm Dr. Mike Berlin Breakthrough, All-natural weight loss.  Dr. Berlin, as seen on News 12, will discuss the true causes and cures of weight gain.
10:30 am-10:45pm Linda Springer Financial Wealth: How many works for kids!
10:45 am - 11:00pm Lauren O’ Conner Financial Education: Aligning Your Actions with your financial intentions.
11:00am-12:00pm LUNCH & NETWORKING Enjoy a healthy lunch while connecting with other amazing women.
12:00pm-12:45pm Dr. Linda Golden Dental Health and impacts on the life of a child. The latest in orthodontic advancement is the introduction of myofunctional orthodontics.
12:45 pm - 1:15pm Orlandina Balan Caribbean Carnaval comes to GEWWC: Celebrating the Gift of Music & Movement.
1:15pm - 1:45pm BREAK & Networking Network and connect with other amazing women!
1:45pm-2:30pm Farnia Fresnel Igniting transformational changes: A Powerful Presence: Write Your Fight Song
2:30pm-3:00pm Dr. Sherr Discovering Optimal Health From The Inside Out 
3:00pm-3:30pm BREAK & Networking Network and connect with other amazing women!
3:30pm-4:00pm Dr. Cerabino How Do You Stop Food Cravings With Acupuncture
4:00pm - 4:15pm Laura Tria Know Your HerStory and Live a More Powerful Life!
4:15pm - 4:30pm Michele Horan Energetic Skincare: revitalizing inner and outer beauty.
4:30pm-5:00pm Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison & Soh Young Lee Segredo Women of Honor Award Ceremony / Performance by Soh Young Lee Segredo

2017 Speakers

Our lineup of top industry professionals.

Dr. Linda Golden

GEWWC 2017 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Golden is a graduate of the New York University Dental School, and possesses a solid background in intergrade biological and holistic dentistry. Her training also included working closely with alternative and biological dentist Dr. Reid Winick. Dr. Golden completed a two-year internship with Dr. Rau at Switzerland's Paracelsus Institute, in an effort to further solidify her holistic approach to dental therapies. She always strives to keep her skills on the cutting edge of technology. She and her team have spent countless hours gaining education in the newest technologies, including laser therapies, 3D digital radiography, ozone therapy, use of zirconia, and much more.

Farnia Fresnel, MBA, PMP, CPCC, ACC

Founder & CEO, The Lenserf Group

With decades of experience across multiple business verticals & operational responsibility greater than $65M, Farnia led many high profile business transformation initiatives for Fortune 500 firms. Farnia now heads The Lenserf Group where she inspires companies to grow strategically, with stronger leaders, faster, small businesses to adopt solid process and a "long view“ and groups of entrepreneurs & driven individuals to reset perspectives on their capabilities. With an innate ability to listen to what you are really saying (and hear what you are afraid to say), she actively challenges her clients not only to envision and own their stories but also to get in motion. Farnia holds an MBA from Stern School of Business, a BS in Engineering from The University of Pennsylvania, professional certificates in project management (PMP), international business & international relations, coach certification from the International Coach Federation and The Coaches Training Institute and she is a Myers-Briggs practitioner

Dr. Mike Berlin

Long Island club reduce and Family Wellness Center.

Dr. Michael Berlin, one of Long Island's top holistic health centers and seen on News 12. He will educate us on the true causes of weight gain and how to heal it for life! Taking into account re-balancing your hormones and completely heal your digestive system, immunity, fatigue, headaches, sleep problems, emotional eating, cravings, and more! Dr. Berlin is trained as a highly skilled and talented healer and communicator and brings to the community over 25 years of experience working in health care and mind-body healing. Dr. Berlin is a well-known speaker/educator, has been a wellness coach for thousands of people.

Lauren O’Connell

Financial Representative at Wealth Advisory Group

Lauren joined Wealth Advisory Group in June of 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in European Studies from SUNY Cortland. After graduating college, Lauren joined Douglas Elliman Real Estate, formerly Prudential Long Island Reality. She started as a receptionist, and worked her way up to Marketing and Advertising Manager. After having her second child, Lauren decided to take time away from the office and focus on raising her children. Lauren was introduced to Wealth Advisory Group through a friend from her former organization. She was drawn to the cooperative culture of the firm and holistic philosophy of The Living Balance Sheet. Lauren has her Life & Health, Series 6 and Series 63.

Dr. Olga Isaeva, DDS

Holistic Dentist

Dr. Olga Isaeva DDS is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Dentistry (2004) and had practiced as a General Dentist in North Carolina & Long Island, NY. Her new practice—Nature’s Dental, is primarily devoted to Biomimetics – Nature Mimicking Dentistry, as Dr. Olga (as she prefers to be called) strongly believes that Biomimetics is the future of all dental care. Dr. Olga considers that a truly beautiful smile starts with our healthy selves. In 2016, Dr. Olga graduated from American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry, recommitting herself to the art and science of Naturopathics and "Doctor Do No Harm" motto. Join Dr. Olga in the kids room at her seminar: So You Think You Can Brush :). Demonstrating brushing and flossing techniques, followed by the plaque detector application to instruct the kids further on all the hard to reach places in the mouth.

Orlandina Balan

IFBB, Founder the Fitter Woman

Orlandina's fitness journey began in the Fall of 2011.  It was a time filled with doubts, uncertainties and unknowns. The gym initially served as a place to help her escape the stressors in my life at that time. After awhile the purpose of the gym changed. It became a vehicle which would help her to look directly at her circumstances and face them head on. The company has three-fold purpose; to expose women and families to various forms physical fitness activities; to educate women and families about good eating habits and how to sustain them with busy lifestyles; to empower women and families by helping them to develop healthy and positive mindset. Orlandina demonstrates how to set our worries aside, strengthen our resolve and prepare our mind, body and spirits for change. In the process you will unveil and discover the Fitter Woman that lies within yourself.

Retha Fernandez

Founder of Soul of Long Island

Retha has spent 15 years overseeing technology strategy development and execution. As a Certified Meditation Instructor, through the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, she instructed and guided individuals through the process of embracing meditation and mindfulness as a life skill that complements and supports personal and professional development programs. Through her company, Soul of Long Island, LLC, she offers instruction in a four-session course, taught in groups or individually, to learn meditation as a stress management and self-empowerment tool.   Certified in Primordial Sound Meditation, her teachers include Deepak Chopra, Roger Gabriel, Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) and Yogini Shambhavi. She is trained in Transcendental Meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Join Retha as she heads the mini meditation segments at the conference.

Anthony Cerabino

CEO of Healthcare Wellness Center

Anthony holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Acupuncture, (Board Certified) and a Massage Therapy Diploma. He specializes in helping people with old musculo-skeletal injuries through various soft-tissue healing techniques and stretching routines. He has had many success stories with joint inflammation, muscles spasms, frozen-joint syndromes and sport injuries. In addition, he focuses on migraines and systemic issues related to digestion, respiration and emotional imbalances. Anthony is also a certified NAET practitioner. Anthony believes that the best results are achieved by taking a wholistic approach to wellness combining Acupuncture/Acupressure and Massage Therapy with Essential Oils, Breathwork, Therapeutic Stretching, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Eastern/Western Nutritional/Dietary advice. Join Dr. Cerabino as he shares how do you stop food cravings with acupuncture.

Michele Horan

Revite’ Skin Care

Michele Horan is a New York State licensed Esthetician, (NYSLE) Certified Reiki Master and the owner of Revite' Skincare in Syosset NY. She is a graduate of F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing. Her passion is to touch people both inside and out by awakening an "inner beauty" and "energy". Beauty is all about health being made visible. Join Michele from Revite' Skincare who specializes in revitalizing inner and outer beauty creating transformation for women suffering from the pains of aging. Renewing and rejuvenating thru balancing vital energy and incorporating product based upon Traditional Chinese Medicine and the 5 element theory. Helping women "feel" and "look" their best by feeding the skin from the outside in and healing the skin from the inside out. Harnessing energy to empower women to live on passion, purpose, and become who they were meant

Linda Springer

Financial Advisory

Linda joined Primerica in 2003 after hearing about a business opportunity from a Primerica Representative. At that time in her life, she was working as a Museum Curator and was searching for a chance to improve my family's quality of life. For me, the Primerica Opportunity was a dream come true. Linda is an investment advisor with Primerica for 20 years, teaching families how to save for retirement, how to protect their families with life insurance, and how to stay debt free. Prior accomplishments include co-authoring 3 Field Guides on Long Island's Woodland, Wetlands and Seashores.

Dr. Alan P. Sherr

Founder of the Northport Wellness Center

Dr. Alan P. Sherr is an established chiropractor since 1980, and established the Northshore Wellness Center in 1995. A holistic health care practice that takes a vitalistic approach to health care and encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own health. Dr. Sherr truly enjoys assisting others along their path to optimal health.  Dr. Sherr approaches all of his patients with knowledge and compassion. He recognizes that all individuals and families present with unique symptoms and experiences. Join Dr. Sherr as he demonstrates how we can discover our Optimal Health From The Inside Out. Join Dr, share as he empower women to become an active participant in their own health care by becoming educated on the opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing. Dr. Sherr's personal story and professional experience will inspire individuals to take action, with the understanding that with effort and drive, optimal health and a greater quality of life may be achieved.

Laura Tria

Author of HerStory

Laura Tria’s education as well as her life experience has been diverse. In the last 20 years she has become a Life Coach, a Spiritual Counselor as well as a Master Reiki Practitioner. In everything she does, The Feminine is at the forefront of Laura’s mind. She is the author of “HerStory, A Feminine Interpretation of Ancient Knowledge”, a book that speaks on womyn and their original story in the most novel and yet nostalgic way. For many years, Laura has taught and worked with “Pride for youth” a not-for-profit organization that provides a safe haven for the LGBT youth community. In this short presentation, Laura will guide you through a questionnaire that will let you know just how well you use or don't use your Powerful Feminine Energy. She'll then share with you keys to unlocking ancient feminine knowledge that will support and shift your point of view. This conversation will leave you inspired to take action in your life in a more positive and powerful way.

Musical Performance at the Women of Honor Ceremony

Soh Young Lee-Segredo, from S. Korea via Paraguay, Brazil has been living in New York for over three decades. She is Hempstead Public School teacher, community activiest, humanitarian, producer and event coordinator. As a storyteller, soloist, and health food presenter Soh Young Lee-Segredo uses performance arts to connect diverse commuties with 'one song' at a time. "Music has power to connect hearts and soul. It has healing and inspirational power", says guest singer at the Gaia Essences Women's Wellness Conference Women's Award Ceremony. She was a grand prize winner of Korean Idol NY hosted by KBS TV., S Korea, debuted Carnegie Weil Recital Hall as a winner of the 25th Season of International Artists Alliances, was a grand prize winner of National Korean Folk Art Competition. Soh Young Lee-Segredo is on-going supporter and never missed the conference since she believes it is positive, fun, meaningful and empowering! Happy 9th Gaia Essences Women's Wellness Conference and congratulations to all the honorees! Soh Young will be performing doing the Women of Honor ceremony.

2017 Exhibitors

Board reviewed and approved companies empowering health

Dr. Linda Golden


Valiant Nutrition

Michelle Andrea Stewart

The Lenserf Group

Hempstead Girls and Boys Club



The Family Wellness Center

Karen Carter

Open Wellness Empowerment


Debe Schirone

Linda Springer

American Ayurveda

Alicia James

Willing Beauty

Gaia's Essence

Nature's Dental

Eileen Lichtenstein

Zazel O'Garra

Soul of Long Island

Yoga Wisdom LLC

Carrie Spaulding, PCC

Deborah Kevin

Stacey Dorf

Dona Rutowicz

Gerri Bostick

Maria Marshall

2017 Author Alley

Authors who empower us all to be Amazing

April Diane

Linda Williams

Catherine Laub

Laura Tria

Affirmation of the Positive Mind: I am a successful student. I learn with passion. I attract positive people and positive situations. Negativity cannot hurt me. I make good choices. I love myself. Everyday is an for my to achieve the greatness that lies within me. Quote: GEWWC 2017 Speaker Orlandina Balan