Dr. Ashby is a Virginia native who has enjoyed returning home after spending 4 years in Dayton, Ohio completing her OB/GYN training. She has a background in osteopathic medicine and is trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT).
She became involved in the medical field during college at James Madison University where she was a volunteer EMT with the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad. She discovered her love of Women’s Health while working as an OB tech at St. Francis Medical Center before going to medical school. She also has an interest in Public Health and completed a Masters Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a passion for International Mission trips and has traveled to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where she provided both general medical and OB/GYN-focused care.
She has found she will run for chocolate (Hot Chocolate 15k), jewelry (Nike Women’s Half Marathon), wine, and various charities that she supports. Things she loves: traveling, beach time, exercising, reading for pleasure and eating good food. She has wanted to be a doctor since she was a child, practicing in Richmond as an OB/GYN is a dream come true.
St. Mary’s Hospital
Henrico Doctor’s Hospital
Special Professional Interests
Preventive Gynecology Care
Minimally Invasive Surgery
James Madison University
Degree: BS Health Sciences; Minors: Spanish, Nutrition
Virginia Commonwealth University
Degree: Master of Public Health, Health Sciences, Pre-Med Certificate
Magna Cum Laude
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Degree: Doctor of Osteopathy
Grandview Medical Center
Chief OB-GYN Resident
American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians & Gynecologists
Masho, S., Chapman D., Ashby, M. The Impact of Paternity and Marital Status on Low Birth Weight and Preterm Births. Marriage and Family Review, 2010
Ashby, M., Day, M., Dogbey, G. Just Say No: Reporting Drug Use upon Admission to the Maternity Unit in a Community Hospital. Medical Education Foundation of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (MEFACOOG) Journal, 2016.
What are you most looking forward to about living here?
Moving back to my home state, being close to family in both Richmond and Charlottesville, reconnecting with friends after being away from Richmond for 10 years, heading to the beach on nice weekends, attending alumni events for JMU – Go Dukes!!
What are you reading right now?
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (one of my favorite authors)
What 1 thing do you never leave home without?
How do your patients describe you?
Patient, compassionate, thorough
Why did you choose to practice medicine, and/or your field?
I started my journey as an OB Tech with Bon Secours and fell in love with the field of women’s health. I feel blessed to be invited into some of the most intimate parts of a woman’s life, and try to adapt my care to make it special and personalized for each of my patients.
When you’re craving a snack, what do you reach for?
Fruit (banana, tangerine, grapes) – anything to keep me from reaching for chocolate.
Which women’s health issue(s) are you particularly passionate about, and why?
I love working with women of all ages- from the first GYN appointment with an adolescent, to caring for patients during a pregnancy, and continuing with routine well-woman care during annual exams. Exercise, preventive care, and a healthy lifestyle are issues that are extremely important to me, and I hope to be able to positively influence my patients to improve their lives for the better. I honestly cannot imagine doing anything else with my life.
Name something on your “bucket” list.
Travel to Australia and New Zealand
What inspires you?
Learning about something new from someone who clearly loves what they are talking about – seeing their eyes light up, hearing the passion in their voice…how could you not be inspired to learn more?
What hobby/activity do you most enjoy, and why?
Exercising – it improves my overall mood, health, and sleep. I used to teach group fitness classes and would love to get back into attending them regularly.
If you could add 1 hour to your day, what would you do with it?
Do something for myself – workout, catch up on sleep, read for fun
What music is on your playlist right now?
A little bit of everything! Zac Brown Band, Casting Crowns, The Lumineers, Juan Magan, Pitbull, Stephen Speaks, Jazz, Taylor Swift, Journey
What was your first job, and how old were you at the time?
Snack Bar Attendant at a Pool – 15 years old (my parents had to drive me to work)
What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
Movie: Under the Tuscan Sun
TV Show: Downton Abbey
Do you have a personal or professional motto? If so, what is it?
“Do what you like. Like what you do.” –Life is Good
What was your favorite subject in school?
Spanish – I love learning about other cultures and being able to communicate
If you hadn’t become a doctor, what profession would you have chosen?
“To love what you do, and feel that it matters – how could anything else be more fun?” I cannot think of anything I would enjoy doing more than being a doctor – it has been a lifelong goal of mine and I’m thrilled to finally be at the point where I am in practice, with my own patients.
What would you like to learn more about?
Wine making and gardening.
What’s your favorite thing to eat in a restaurant?
Delicious appetizers – scallops, a good cup of soup, anything with cheese, shrimp cocktail
Share 3 words to describe yourself.
Happy, optimistic, outgoing.