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Ashley Walker

MD

Program:

Pediatrics, Graduating Class of 2021

3rd-Year Chief Resident

Where are you from originally?

Plymouth, Minnesota

Medical training:

  • Michigan State University-College of Human Medicine (2013)
  • Pediatrics Internship at Naval Medical Center-Portsmouth, Virginia (2014)
  • General Medical Officer, US Navy (General Practitioner)-Primary Care, North Chicago Illinois

When did you come to Michigan?

I was born in the U.S., stayed because I love it, and my family is here. I came to Michigan for medical school.

Why did you choose your specialty?

Kids are way more fun than grown-ups. There is great potential to spark beneficial changes to health and well-being for life.

Family:

  • Husband, Jonny
  • Daughter, Maddy (9)
  • Daughter, Samantha (3)
  • Son, Landon (1-twin)
  • Daughter, Alexandria (1-twin)
  • 1 Cat, 2 new puppies!

When you're not working, what do you do for fun?

I spend most of my free time just soaking up my kids and my husband. We like good food, bonfires, riding bicycles, and visiting the zoo. I also like to knit, and am working on getting all the baby books up-to-date!

What do you love about Hurley and/or the mid-Michigan area?

I've been to states all across this amazing country, and I think Michigan is the most beautiful. There are fun cities scattered all over, with beautiful rolling hills of farmland, and gorgeous secluded woods. I love the people, who are genuine, hard-working, and kind. I love Hurley, because the hospital maintains a high standard for patient care (my twins were born there!), and acts as a strengthening force for the community.

Favorite ways to keep work-life balance manageable:

The most important thing for my work-life balance is "being where you are." I work more efficiently by keeping focused. I better enjoy and connect with my children and husband when I'm not worrying about work or studying. Focusing only on the task in front of me also helps me maintain a lower stress level.