Ashley Howell is a Board Certified, Functional Medicine Health Coach with a BS in Nutrition from Purdue University. She has 20 years of experience working in the nutrition and wellness field and 10 years working as the lead health coach at Modern Medicine in Dallas, TX.
Ashley’s health coaching journey began in 2000, while working as a CPhT in a compounding pharmacy in Austin, TX. She quickly realized she could change, not only her own health for the better, but the health of others using lifestyle medicine and complementary nutritional therapies. After continuing her education through CE courses offered by the NIH and IFM, she eventually enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to complete her certification as a holistic health coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
In 2016, Ashley became certified as a Functional Medicine Health Coach through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. It was through this program that Ashley was formally trained on how to use functional medicine principles in combination with positive psychology techniques to better support the behavior change it takes for patients to truly change their health.
In 2019, Ashley passed the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching certification exam and is now considered a board-certified health and wellness coach. The NBC-HWC credential was established by the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching in partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners as a means to formally introduce health coaching into the healthcare system. It creates a standardization in health coaching that includes minimum requirements for training and continuing education hours as well as re-certification examinations every three years.
Ashley is passionate about speaking publicly on functional nutrition and therapeutic lifestyle change. In 2015, she was honored to be invited to speak at the Lifestyle Medicine Summit in Phoenix, AZ on the role of health coaching in clinical practice. She has also spoken nationally for the Metagenics MAPS program on the critical role health coaches and lifestyle educators play in the medical community.
Ashley is also a proud member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. The ACLM is a medical professional society that provides quality support and continuing education to healthcare providers who are dedicated to using lifestyle medicine in clinical practice.
Ashley’s passion for healthy living and love for people is evident in every encounter she has; with her clients, with her surrounding community and with her family of five. Not only is she intent on making a positive impact on the health of those around her, but in the medical community as well – supporting health care providers that address the root cause of chronic disease instead of simply band-aiding symptoms with medications. She believes the functional/lifestyle medicine approach to patient care has become a flame of hope in healthcare today and is honored and humbled to be just one small ember fueling the fire.