Hi there! My name is Helen Ashton, and I was born in Mountain View, California. I grew up in the Bay Area with my parents, Kathy and Tony, and two older brothers, Jonathan and Thomas. I went to Castilleja School for high school where I enjoyed playing soccer and running track and cross-country. Growing up, I also played the piano for ten years and spent summers hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking near Lake Almanor in Northern California.
I went to Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where I studied International Relations/Political Economy, perfected my French and Spanish, and studied abroad in Morocco, learning some Arabic. After college I enrolled in San Francisco State University's post-baccalaureate pre-health professions program and worked at UCSF in the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Departments as a study coordinator.
After my three gap-years, I went to Emory University School of Medicine where I pursued my love for adolescent medicine, reproductive health, preventative medicine, and infectious disease. I was privileged to witness full-spectrum family medicine when doing an IHS away rotation in Zuni, NM, and I also spent five months piloting a teen pregnancy intervention in Managua, Nicaragua.
I'm so happy to now be at VCMC working in a county system alongside great faculty, staff, and co-residents. I know this place will prepare me to be the best full-spectrum family physician I can become, whether I end up serving a rural IHS community or abroad in the heart of a conflict, natural disaster, or epidemic.