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Donna Austin is a certified Health and Wellness Caach, a registered nurse with 20+ years of experience, and owner of Optimal Wellness.  She has extensive knowledge of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. As a health coach, she empowers people to heal their bodies from the inside out, helping them to make choices that restore digestion, prevent inflammation, improve energy levels, and result in weight loss, better sleep, and improved mental clarity.


Donna has had great success helping individuals improve their nutrition and digestive health. She says that an unhealthy gut can make for an unhappy life and be the cause of symptoms such as low energy, moodiness, weight gain, anxiety, stress, insomnia, skin issues, and autoimmune diseases. After working with her, clients are able to find the happy in their lives. She coaches them to make the right food choices for a healthy gut, and be inspired to transform their lives.

She enjoys helping clients with their specific needs so that they can be successful in their health journey. A good referral for Donna is someone over 30 years old experiencing gluten intolerance, dealing with food sensitivities, has Hashimoto’s disease, digestive problems, anxiety, or unable to lose weight.


What Donna enjoys about Mt. Diablo Business Women are the many outstanding entrepreneurs that she’s met, and appreciates that members provide mentoring and support to others.


When not coaching clients to better health, Donna enjoys dancing, including salsa, swing, and tango. She also likes being physically active, either at the gym, or hiking in the outdoors.


If you need help pinpointing your health issues and want solutions to feel better, visit Optimal Wellness Coaching, and start on the path to good health.

Miriam Schaffer is a college admissions coach helping high school and community college students on their path to college. Her work with students includes overall guidance to help them choose the best classes and extracurricular activities to meet their college goals. She also helps them choose colleges to apply to and provides assistance with completing and submitting applications. In addition, Miriam works with students on brainstorming topics for their college essays and University of California (UC) personal insight questions. She reviews and edits essays to get them ready for submittal.  

Students Miriam has worked with have been accepted to all the University of California and Cal State campuses as well as many public and private colleges and universities nationwide. 

Miriam enjoys helping students make the transition to college and helping them to find the college that is the best fit for them. 

Good referrals for Miriam are high school students, community college students, and their parents. High school students who are targeting Ivy League or other top-tier schools should start preparing for college in their freshman or sophomore year of high school so that they can position themselves to stand out from the competition. Other good referrals are SAT or ACT tutors or other professionals who work with students and their families. 

Miriam has been a member of MDBW for about 10 years and has made many friends and good connections in the group. She has served on the MDBW board for several years, first as publicity chair and currently as marketing co-chair with Lisa Andrews.

When not working with students and their parents, Miriam enjoys traveling, theater, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and family. 

Learn more about Miriam on her website and LinkedIn.

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Health and Wellness Coach

Donna Austin


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Miriam Schaffer