Ashley Howell, CHC, LE is a certified health coach and lifestyle educator with over 13 years of experience in nutrition and wellness counseling.  After graduating from college in 2000, Ashley originally pursued a career in music, but landing a “day job” at a compounding pharmacy in Austin, Tx, changed her life and her career path.  For two years she worked as a CPhT alongside registered pharmacists also certified as clinical nutritionists, and quickly realized she had a gift for helping people get healthy using complementary and alternative medicines.  She continued her education through clinical lectures, online CE courses and eventually enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to complete her certification as a non-prescribing healthcare provider. In 2012, she was certified as a FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Educator and currently directs the FirstLine Therapy program at Optimal Wellness & Hormone Balancing.

An avid writer, Ashley also writes a monthly blog for another local wellness website and has contributed articles for publications like the Forney Messenger and Forney Living magazine.  Ashley’s passion for healthy eating and love for people is evident in every encounter she has with our patients.  Her ultimate vision is to create a ripple effect of health and wellness throughout the community, preventing chronic disease and changing healthcare as we know it.