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 has OVER 1000 participants! You name the healing modality and you will likely find a practitioner in the group!

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.

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.

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.

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

Through 1:1 and small group coaching sessions, teens and tweens are able to overcome anxiety, disconnect, and isolation as they explore their truest sense of self and develop a deep sense of empowerment.

Courtney supports parents in practicing self-care and developing balanced sensitivity towards the process their rapidly-changing child is creating.

Sessions with Courtney lovingly guide families in developing the trust, communication, and connection that’s crucial for a life of ease.

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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!

Many years ago, I realized that people in pain do not want to do exercise. I started massaging my patients for a few minutes at the start of each treatment and found that I got a much better level of participation. Over the intervening years, I have developed my own method of using superficial myofascial release, a hands-on technique, to reduce pain and try to facilitate permanent soft tissue changes and healing.

I have also developed a technique for significantly reducing or even permanently eliminating phantom pain in amputees and have conducted research in this area.

One area of specialization that particularly appeals to me is working with folks on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) and children with learning disabilities using a sensory integrative approach.

I don’t have a website for my private practice, but I do see patient’s in their homes at an affordable rate. Please reach out through Facebook if you’re interested in setting up a consultation.

I look forward to learning of and participating with the group’s new and exciting ideas!

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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.

Elizabeth became a coach after working with victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking for 10 years. She was also a theatre designer. Her professional background is diverse, allowing her many different lived perspectives through which to understand her clients.

She enjoys training capoeira and being outdoors. She holds and MFA in Stage Design and an MA in Human Rights.

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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.

As a Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Nutritionist, and Functional Medicine Practitioner, Lauryn’s work is inspired by her 20+ years of personal and clinical experience, spent recovering from several chronic and complex illnesses, including autoimmune disease, diabetes, IBS, hypothyroidism and eating disorders. After seeing over 20 doctors nationwide and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in efforts to diagnose and treat her conditions, with little help and few answers, Lauryn decided to take her health back into her own hands.

Through extensive study and research, continual self-experimentation, formal training, and her unrelenting faith and determination, she recovered from her debilitating chronic conditions. Since then, she’s made it her life mission to share what she learned with others and help them do the same, no matter their health challenge or struggle. Lauryn earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas, Doctorate at Belmont University in Nashville and continued her training in functional medicine under leader Chris Kresser and his Kresser Institute, as well as the Institute of Functional Medicine.

She lives in Austin, where she operates her private functional medicine and nutrition practice Thrive Wellness & Recovery and keeps her health journalism skills alive as well: blogging, podcasting, writing books and health articles for publications nationwide.

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Our Founder

Ashley Maltz, MD

Dr. Maltz was 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 completed her residency in Internal and Preventive Medicine at UTMB in 2011 and then a 2-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT. Dr. Maltz has been trained in trigger point injections, meditation, spirituality, nutrition, mind-body therapies, botanicals and herbs via an intensive 1000-hour curriculum created by The University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. She completed a 300-hour Medical Acupuncture course through the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate. From 2013-2015, she lived in Albuquerque, NM, working as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine. Dr. Maltz is a member of the American College of Physicians (ACP), Academy of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (AIHM) and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), for which she served on the Board of Directors from 2013 – 2015. Dr. Maltz’s specific interests include helping her patients improve their health through lifestyle interventions including, but not limited to, eastern medical practices, nutrition, botanicals, mind-body techniques and by decreasing environmental exposures.

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.

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