Reinventing The Wheel With Meaningful, Holistic Wellness Care

Reinventing The Wheel With Meaningful, Holistic Wellness Care

Reinventing The Wheel With Meaningful, Holistic Wellness Care

by Steve Gamel


Awstin Gregg has three master’s degrees, is currently enrolled at Harvard, somehow finds time to teach masters-level students at TCU, and at 28 years old has already been the CEO of a local hospital. So why did such a smart guy with seemingly everything going for him at an incredibly young age have problems sleeping at night?

For Awstin, an Argyle resident, it all boiled down to connecting the people of his community to the meaningful, life-improving care they needed to truly heal. So he did what any person with three master’s degrees would do – he resigned and set out to reinvent the wheel. “Before I resigned from the hospital, I didn’t have problems paying my bills, but I did have problems sleeping at night,” Awstin said. “It robbed me of my peace of mind knowing the gaps between levels of care existed. Seeing individuals discharged from the hospital only to return a few days later due to there not being adequate connectivity between after-care providers plagued my conscience every night. I saw large, pervasive fractures in the process and between providers. I thought, instead of having different providers, in different cities, with different specialities, why not have one dynamic treatment team that could meet all of their needs in one place?”

He added, “I took the largest leap of faith in my entire life when we didn’t even have a single client yet.”Awstin is now the owner and therapist at Connections Wellness Group in Denton, which started with one client on August 22 and now has more than 500 who are seeking solutions in areas such as psychiatry, medication management, couples and family counseling, routine wellness and illness visits, trauma treatment, play therapy for children, and more. That sounds like a too-good-to-be-true scenario, but it really isn’t.

The idea is that with one phone call, a patient can have a team of doctors under one roof working together to solve everything from the flu or a stomach ache to more complex issues like depression, anxiety, and marital issues – all while being prepared to accompany a patient on his or her journey to wellness. No matter the ailment, what Awstin and his team have created is an opportunity for patients to get out of the rat race where they are forced to visit one practitioner in Denton and perhaps another in Southlake or Fort Worth just to find a solution to their issues. Rather than jump through all those hoops, one call to Connections Wellness solves that problem.

They have two locations, one in downtown Denton off the square and their newest location at 2701 Shoreline Drive in the Unicorn Lake development. A third location that will provide additional services is on the way across the parking lot. “We’ve been able to recruit family therapists, professional counselors, psychiatrists, internal medicine doctors, and more to support that mission of ensuring we are always providing the best care possible and keeping everyone connected to what matters most to them,” said Awstin, who manages his own caseload, as well. “From a cultural standpoint, I’m so lucky to have like-minded professionals under one roof.”

Operations manager Sydney Reece agreed. “I think it says a lot about the family we’ve created here when our clients refer their friends and family to us,” Sydney said. “We’re not just trying to create a family with our staff but with clients, too. We have clients who are planning to move everything to this little corner we’ve cut out for ourselves.” The wide array of services Connections Wellness offers is quickly grabbing the attention of the medical community. Not only are they expanding and bringing in more practitioners, but in February, the practice passed a joint commission survey and received national accreditation for quality in the healthcare field.

This accreditation is something no other private practice in DFW has achieved. Typically, this accreditation is so difficult to achieve, and the standards are so high, only hospitals who have large senior leadership teams are able to successfully pass these surveys. It tells clients Connections Wellness has, and upholds, quality standards that slot them with an elite community on a national level. “The idea is that we are not going to be cutting corners,” Awstin said. “When an individual walks through the door, our goal and expectation are that they feel like our only client. This was the biggest leap of faith I have ever taken in my life, and the fact that more and more people come here to get better, I don’t think I could truly capsulate how fulfilled that makes me. To be in a space where you are making genuine improvements in people, and the people who are providing that care are fulfilled, I can’t think of a more soul-fulfilling thing.”


940.222.2399 | | 2701 Shoreline Dr., Suite 151 | Denton, TX 76210

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