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About Us

Meet the Team

  

Julie Sanchez, MD

Co-Founder, Pediatric Surgeon
Dr. Julie Sanchez is a pediatric surgeon and the proud mother of a spunky 11-year-old, Alejandro. When she's not in the operating room or at one of Ale's soccer games, she can be found brainstorming ideas for adaptive clothing. So. Many. Ideas. 
   

Marta Elena

Co-Founder, Executive Director
Marta Elena is an artist, medical student, and entrepreneur. She loves drawing, science, social advocacy, and connecting with people from all over the world. Through Abilitee, she has discovered a passion for inclusive adaptive design!

Saba

Chief Operating Officer
Saba spent 8 years working in fashion design in NYC before earning her MBA from Texas McCombs at UT Austin. After learning about adaptive clothing needs from her niece Eva, she out about found Abilitee and wanted to come on board! In her spare time, she likes gardening, baking, and exploring ghost towns.
 

Leonie

Product Design & Development
Leonie recently graduated from UT Austin's Textiles & Apparel program with a focus on Fashion Design & Merchandising. We're lucky to have her at Abilitee, where she now works to transform great ideas into physical products. When she's not behind the sewing machine, she's trying to garden, or out riding her motorcycle.
  

Jessica

Marketing & Customer Happiness
Jessica is a recent psychology graduate from The University of Texas at Austin planning to pursue a career in public health. In her free time she enjoys outdoor adventuring, drawing, and visiting new coffee shops. You can also catch her displaying original art at local galleries around Austin!
 

Swati

Outreach & Social Media Intern
Swati is currently a biomedical engineering student at Texas A&M University. Her hobbies include: traveling, journaling, reading and shopping. When she's not studying, she loves visiting local Austin food trucks and spending time with friends at local events!

 

Naomi

Director of Community Engagement
Naomi recently graduated from the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.  She is passionate about working with children and advocating for underserved communities! You can catch her outdoors listening to music while seeking adventure with nature and good friends. 


Our Story

Abilitee Adaptive Wear was created as a solution to the frustration expressed by many of Julie's patients and their families surrounding their various medical needs. As a pediatric surgeon, Julie constantly hears from parents how hard it is to comfortably dress their children, especially when their child is disabled, or when parents need to access diapers, feeding tubes, catheters, ostomies, or ports throughout the day.

In an effort to expand her care for these families beyond the hospital, Julie decided to create a line of adaptive clothing and accessories directly inspired by her patients. Julie went to her friend, Elena, a pre-medical student with an eye for design. Together, Julie & Elena founded Abilitee Adaptive Wear. 

We currently provide adaptive clothing for children with feeding tubes, catheters, ostomies, and ports; sensory input "chewelry" for kids who fidget and chew; adaptive blouses for women undergoing chemotherapy or recovering from surgery; large-size onesies for older kids with developmental needs; and much more. 

While Julie has the medical expertise, and Elena has the talent for problem-solving through design, we know that parents are the true experts when it comes to their children's at-home needs. For this reason, it is incredibly important to us to keep the conversation going when it comes to improving our designs and expanding our inventory. We are committed to providing you with the best possible products to suit your family's needs, so if there is something you wish to see on our website, let us know!

 

Ethics and Sustainability

 

Abilitee Adaptive Wear strives to source, produce and ship our products sustainably.  We source many of our materials from wholesalers who value environmentally-friendly practices and we use ecological packaging for all of our shipments. We have partnered with companies such as Colored Organics who create clothing items from naturally-grown organic cotton and provide safe, sweatshop-free environments for their workers.