Open Source Wellness is a Community and a "Behavioral Pharmacy" where four basic practices underlying physical and psychological health are facilitated.





Our Story

Dr. Elizabeth Markle, Cofounder and Executive Director



As a primary care health psychologist, for years it was my job to help physicians be more effective in helping their patients. I spoke with thousands of doctors and patients about how to translate diagnoses and health information into actionable, effective steps towards health and wellbeing.


After doing this work for a number of years, I had a realization: Doctors are constantly making the same set of “behavioral prescriptions,” like “Exercise more,” or “Eat healthier,” or “Reduce your stress.”  Unfortunately, they give these instructions, and then say something like, “Well, good luck with that. I’ll see you in 6 months!”  


Imagine a doctor saying, “You’re going to need antibiotics (or insulin). Good luck finding that! I’ll see you in 6 months!”  It would be absurd to give a prescription but have no pharmacy, no delivery system. Yet this is exactly what our patients needing to make health behavior changes (like exercise, nutrition, or stress) face: a prescription that no pharmacy anywhere can fill.


Yes, there is a boutique health and wellness system, and those with privilege can shop at Whole Foods, hire health coaches, and join gyms. But for those individuals and families who need it most, who struggle with poverty, unsafe environments, and upstream drivers of chronic disease, - there is no affordable, accessible, and culturally relevant delivery system for the behavioral medicine that they need, and as an entire society we pay the price.


Ben and I designed Open Source Wellness to fill the gaping hole between a doctor’s “behavioral prescription” and the actual experiential fulfillment of that prescription. We are happy when we see people moving their bodies together, eating well together, learning together, managing stress together, - and developing the skill, power, and agency within their communities to collectively generate health and wellbeing. 


Thanks for being a part of our work, and please don’t hesitate to reach out. I love connecting with patients, providers, and others in the clinical and public health fields, and believe that together we can create a system that works for everyone.


Models of Delivery


Operating in conjunction with Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Hayward Wellness Center, Alameda Health System, and All-In Alameda County


Open to the public at

221 Oak St in partnership with Prevention Institute


Operating in partnership with Satellite Affordable Housing Authority (SAHA)

our TEAM
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Elizabeth Markle, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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Professor and Chair,

California Institute of Integral Studies

Speaker, Consultant

Ferocious pursuer of dreams.

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Ben Emmert-Aronson, Ph.D.

Director of Operations

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Researcher, Speaker, Advocate

Takes dreams. Makes them real.

Monet Levalley-Garcia

Program Manager

Health Coach

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Nurturer, Activist, Activator, Guide

Susanna Merlo, M.A.

Health Coach
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Master's in Integrative Health Coaching & Wellness Management

Certified in Guided Imagery

Passionate, Inquisitive, Authentic

Rachel Barach

Health Coach
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Certified Nutrition Consultant

Certified Mind Body Nutrition Coach
Trained Chef


Food Enthusiast. Lover of Dance.

Kermit Goodman

Health Coach
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Certified Health Coach

Transformational Counselor
Dance Instructor

Aliveness is an Infinite Scale of Discovery

Jessica Lewis

Health Coach
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Certified Integrative Wellness Coach

Completing Masters in Integrative Medicine and Health Services

Curious. Collaborative. Creative.

Jessica Lewis

Health Coach
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Certified Integrative Wellness Coach

Completing Masters in Integrative Medicine and Health Services

Curious. Collaborative. Creative.

Chris Herndon

Health Coach
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Certified Empowerment Coach

Neuro Linguist Programming (NLP) Trainer

Mental & Emotional Release® Master Practitioner


Authentic facilitator of transformation.

Eliza Ramos

Health Coach
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Masters in Social Work, Masters in Public Health

Founder of consulting group, Circles International

Leadership & Organizational Development Consultant

Joy heals. Love transforms.

Meagan Moroney

Health Coach
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Empathetic. Energizer. Advocate. Healer

Julie Alvarez

Health Coach

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Guide. Advocate. Creator to do goodness

Social Media Manager

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Photography. Nutrition. Animal lover

Lauren Barkan 
Rebecca DeAngelis

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Curious. Bright. Compassionate. Thoughtful.

Bianca Garcia

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Learner, listener, appreciator of beauty

Accepting Applications

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Health Coach Position



Jacky Carrillo

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Highly motivated through the power of connection, kindness, and understanding.


VIDEO: Come take a look inside Open Source Wellness!

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Alamdea Health System partners with Open Source Wellness

Clinical implementation of our model

ARTICLE: Community Supported Health

OSW featured on Medium by Jennifer Schmidt

VIDEO: Open Source Wellness in 90 seconds!

Come and see who we are, what we do, and how we are transforming the face of healthcare!

ARTICLE: CIIS Professor Creates Open-Source Approach to Wellness

By Toki Burke, on California Institute of Integral Studies News

PAPER: Reclaiming America's Health and Wellbeing

By Elizabeth Markle, Ph.D., and Tyler Norris, M.Div.

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