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!