A veteran and spouse of an Army Ranger, Specialist Ashley Lancaster understands the concept of sacrifice. She served four years in the United States Army, during which she participated in the invasion of Iraq and received a Purple Heart. While in Iraq she was touched by the care and expertise of all the medical professionals around her. These experiences positively impacted her and made Ashley want to pursue a career as a physician assistant.
After the Army, she continued to serve as a medic in the Air Force National Guard for six years. During this time, Ashley completed her bachelor’s degree in biology and is currently enrolled in a master’s program to obtain certification as a physician assistant.
Following graduation, Ashley plans to work in a private practice for a few years, in order to develop a broad skill set of treating more common cases and illnesses. From there, Ashley would like to rejoin the Air Force National Guard and assist fellow soldiers in need, as she knows quality medical care is an essential part in maintaining a strong military force and community.