Dr. Ashley Anderson is a hometown Hampton Roads girl from Suffolk.

 

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree and graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University, majoring in Health and Exercise Science and minoring in both Biology and Chemistry. While in college, she served as the first female president of the university’s student cheering squad, Screamin’ Demons. In addition, she was selected as one of ten senior students to the honors research program for the Department of Health and Exercise Science and completed her research thesis on neural networks associated with eating behaviors. She was also a ministry team leader for Reformed University Fellowship and inducted into several honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Mortar Board, and Golden Key International Honor Society.

 

Unable to stay away from her home state for too long, Dr. Anderson traveled back to Virginia to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in Richmond, Virginia. While in dental school, Dr. Anderson served as a class officer, founder of the school’s health and wellness club, and student coordinator for the Mission of Mercy projects, a mission project aimed to provide care to underserved populations throughout the state. She was also a member of the school’s pediatric dentistry interest group, Tooth Wigglers, and served as a research assistant in the Department of Orthodontics.

 

Dr. Anderson’s love for working with children and families as well as patients with special needs led her to pursue specialty training in pediatric dentistry. Traveling a little further south, she completed her residency, earning her specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 2019. Dr. Anderson served as chief resident her final year in the program and pursued research interests focused on nutritional counseling for the pediatric dental patient during her training.

 

Outside the office, Dr. Anderson is an active triathlete, distance runner and road cyclist, and open water swimmer. She has completed several half-marathons and one full marathon. This past September, she completed a half-ironman in Georgia and is currently training for a full ironman race in 2020. Dr. Anderson also enjoys cooking, reading, paddle boarding, yoga, spending time with family and friends, and catching naps with her cat, Watts. She is an equestrian as well and grew up showing on the state, regional, and national level until college. Now, she enjoys spending time and sharing PBJs with her “stable man,” Bam the horse. She brings a big heart and a tremendous amount of energy, compassion, and corny jokes to the Weis family and to our patients!

Certification/Professional Memberships:
  • Bachelor of Science – Wake Forest University
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery – Virginia Commonwealth School of Dentistry
  • Board eligible Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry – State of Virginia
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • Tidewater Dental Association

Spotlight on Dr. Anderson:

What was your favorite food as a child?

My favorite food as a child was Lucky Charms. With my dad being in the dental profession, we weren’t allowed to have sugar cereals growing up, but every now and then my mom would buy the mini boxes with ALL the “off-limits” cereals as a treat (keeping them hidden in the pantry just to be safe!) My brother and I would alternate who got Frosted Flakes and who got Lucky Charms. (Sorry to throw you under the bus if you’re reading this, mom).

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

If dad caught us for #1.

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

Whew, this is a tough one! I love taking my bicycle out for a ride on sunny days here in Hampton Roads or up to Williamsburg on the Capital Trail. You can usually find me outside running rain or shine, and my wetsuit means open water swimming is fair game for the colder months. I love the pool as well, but there’s nothing like open water. I completed a 6-mile swim race this past June while in Charleston and have found some awesome beaches here to get my open water swim time in. When stuck inside, I enjoy drawing and painting or just catching a nap from all my outdoor activities!

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Flossing…just kidding! I hate vacuuming! Now that I have a cat, there seems to be an endless cloud of kitty fuzz around my apartment that sends my sneezes through the roof whenever I fire up the Hoover.

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, what’s your favorite sweet?

I feel like this is a job requirement for dentists…of course I do! I try to stick to healthy choices about 80% of the week, but ice cream is my kryptonite! (This is REALLY why I swim, bike, run, and race so much…so I can eat all the ice cream I want!) Edy’s makes a pumpkin pie flavor that is killer, but when not in stock, you can find me spoon deep in a pint of Halo Top cookies and cream…at least it’s somewhat “good for you!”

What is the last movie that made you cry or tear up?

Wonder. What an incredible and TRUE story about perseverance, courage, and compassion. The opportunity to work with special needs patients and families is one of my “top ten” reasons why I love pediatric dentistry. Providing an environment of care, a source of knowledge and a sharing of resources for parents, and aid to our special patients in forming the same confidence and bravery as Auggie does in the movie is a humbling and honorable responsibility.

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