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The Austin Wellness Collaborative (AWC) was formed in June 2017 to break down the silos that keep health and wellness professionals separated. Founded by Dr. Ashley Maltz, an Integrative Medicine physician who moved back to Austin in late 2015, AWC brings together wellness professionals of ALL types, to foster inter-professional collaboration and success.

Inspired by a conversation she had with a massage therapist friend, she realized the need for connection in the healing community and went to work to create it. Starting by adding 80 healers she had met over one-and-a-half years in Austin to a Facebook group, AWC organically bloomed in to a place of support, collaboration and co-creation.

From allopathic physicians to chiropractors to energy healers, psychotherapists, massage therapists and yoga teachers, the group has taken on a life of it’s own. Within 1 year, the group had OVER 1000 participants (& Now 1800+!!) You name the healing modality and you will likely find a practitioner in the group!

Connecting with & Contributing to other Organizations

The Austin Wellness Collaborative seeks not only to grow the community of our members but to also connect to other organizations who share similar goals.

Helping the Austin Health Commons

Currently, the AWC is helping to fund the Austin Health Commons, an organization created to

“Shift ownership of health care from large medical corporations back to what truly matters: the community. …to cultivate root-cause community healing for all!”

Visit AustinHealthCommons.org for more information.

AWC is a proud member of The Compassionate Austin Co-Op

“..A growing grassroots movement united to promote, strengthen, and celebrate compassionate action in Austin, Texas and surrounding communities.”

Visit CompassionateAustin.org for more.

Collaborative Partners

Sol Healing & Wellness Center

13805 Ann Place, Austin, TX 78728


Sol Healing and Wellness Center serves the North Austin Metro area with individual and group services that focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit. The intent is to nurture your healing and personal growth at all levels – physical, emotional and spiritual – to uplift and inspire you, opening new horizons for your journey. Event and coworking spaces are available for rental.

Soma Vida – Wellness Coworking Community

2324 E. Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702


It is our most precious desire to empower and encourage entrepreneurs to follow their passions, thrive in connection with others, make a positive impact on the world and foster their personal health and well-being.

To support heart-centered entrepreneurs, we provide flexible and affordable workspace with access to private offices, coworking, meeting rooms, workshop and class space.

We are shifting the old paradigms that our work and personal spaces “should” be separate and, instead, proposing that individuals and organizations work collectively and collaboratively within shared and co-constructed communities.

At Soma Vida, we don’t promote or perpetuate the “equal time allocation” theory for achieving work life balance. Rather, we are proponents for an integrated allocation of our time, energy, creativity and joy. We do not believe that there is a perfect and static work life balance formula for us to find and maintain, rather we hope to expand one another’s sense of work life balance possibility – to encourage others to discover their own sense of purpose, to follow their passions and to co-create healthy partnerships.

Our Steering Committee

Courtney Lynn Harris, MEd.

Life Coach for Teens and Parents @ Courtney Harris Coaching

As a Life Coach for Teens and Parents, Courtney supports tweens, teens, and young adults in finding their voice, growing confidence, and thriving.

Contact info & More on her Directory Listing

Courtney Lynn Harris

Trudy Martinez, OT

Occupational Therapist

I am a Master’s level Occupational Therapist who graduated from OT school in 1981. I have worked as an OT in a wide variety of settings and still love my work!

Contact info & More on her Directory Listing

Trudy Martinez

Elizabeth Gaines, MA, MFA

Elizabeth is a coach, speaker and writer. She founded Open Heart Solution to help people overcome burnout by identifying where they are under-resourced and developing strategies to fill those gaps. She has developed a proprietary method that examines five key areas of daily life and employs a step-by-step process to address those areas.

Contact info & More on her Directory Listing

Elizabeth Gaines

Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, NTP

Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, NTP is a lifestyle & nutrition doctor on a mission to help people worldwide reinvent the way they look, move, feel and think.

Contact info & More on her Directory Listing

Dr. Lauryn Lax

Our Founder

Ashley Maltz, MD

Integrative Medicine Physician

Born and raised in Houston and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her MD and Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston.

She practices in downtown Austin at West Holistic Medicine and loves empowering her patients to heal. In her spare time, she enjoys connecting like-minded individuals, practicing yoga, hiking and dancing with friends.

Contact info & More on her Directory Listing

Ashley Maltz, MD