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 1300+!!) 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.
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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.
Trudy Martinez, OT
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!
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.
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.
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.