Episode 88: Dr. Ashlee Hendry (She/Her) of Mid-South DPC - Petal, MS

Updated: Jul 30

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Dr. Hendry of Mid-South DPC
Dr. Ashlee Hendry

Dr. Ashlee Hendry is a board certified family medicine physician and boy mom of three. She grew up in a small rural town of Stringer Mississippi. She then attended undergraduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg MS where she obtained her BS degree in Biology with a minor in general chemistry. She then earned her DO at William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine. After medical school, she and her family moved to Memphis TN where she completed the unopposed UT St. Francis Family Medicine Residency program In 2018.


She continued to practice Fee for service medicine in Tennessee for two years. During the pandemic she and her family welcomed a third son and soon after moved back home to Mississippi, ultimately settling the city of Petal. She then practiced in the local community for 12 months before opening the area’s first Direct Primary Care clinic in March of this year.


She loves the work life balance that DPC has given her. She enjoys spending time with her children and husband Wes. Her hobbies outside of medicine and motherhood include art, fitness, and cake decorating.


 

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TRANSCRIPT*


Welcome to the podcast Dr. Henry. Thanks for having me. Maryelle I'm so excited. Uh, I feel like a total DPC newbie, and


This is such an honor to be asked to be on the podcast.


It's definitely an honor, from this end of the recording, because, you have over 200 patients and you only opened in March of this year I just I'm so impressed. By your tenacity please tell us a little bit more about Dr. Henry herself. Where did you get started with medicine and how did you end up on this amazing journey to open and take care of over 200 people?


Of course, thank you so much. So yeah, I guess to really understand what brought me to the DPC community, you have to understand what, what drove me to be a physician to start with.


I grew up in a very small rural town in Mississippi with my family. Um, And I live very close to my grandparents growing up. They both ended up passing. From cancer related illness when I was 11 and 17 years old. So this was probably one of the most key driving factors in me wanting to be a physician was my experiences with their healthcare.


As a child, I did endure some traumatic childhood events which ultimately shaped me as an adult. And. Ended up making me a better physician overall. As a teenager, I was a very lost soul. During this time I wasn't even really sure if I wanted to go to college, but my friends all seemed interested.


So I ultimately decided to go, thankfully, there were some teachers that advocated for me in the system and they, told me, look, you've gotta get a scholarship. You can take the a C T and if you make a 30, you can have a full ride. So that was like, kind of my goal. You know, I've gotta get this 30.


I ended up taking the a C T six times. Saving my money every time and studying. And then once I got that 30, I knew I was in and I could actually go to college and not have everything paid for. So starting out in college, I didn't really take anything seriously the first year, but thankfully my grades didn't suffer too much.


By my second year I decided I'm gonna go to medical school. I'm gonna, make straight A's have a great GPA. Everything was going great. And then I reached, the beginning of my fourth year, I had planned on starting at that point to interview for medical schools, but the universe had some different plans.


Um, I found out I was pregnant with my son, Evan that summer and his dad, and I really didn't stay together for much long after that. So, um, I was pregnant, single and a pre-med mom. This was definitely problematic in um, many ways. Not only was it like a very difficult time for me, physically and mentally.


But I also ran into some hesitancy and resistance from faculty members when it came to writing my letters of recommendations for my applications. So I was really discouraged and I decided to kind of delay applying at that point and going ahead and just kind of getting my degree and then seeing what happened.


you know, Being a mom was really like the best thing that ever happened to me. It truly made me, redirect my focus and wanna do better for my kids and what I had. So it was the number one motivator. you know, The first few months as a single mom, we struggled financially.


Um, I also struggled with anxiety and depression and I'm just, I'm really grateful for my friends and my family during this time, because they. Not only supported me, mentally, but, financially and cuz we, I did not have a job and I didn't really have anywhere to live. um, We were on food stamps, we were on government support and so it was a difficult time.


you know, I did interview for medical school that fall and I realized pretty quickly I needed to find a job. So I was thinking, okay, well, I'll do something with my biology degree. I'll go, work at a hospital and get some experience, which I found out very quickly is not really how things work.


I could not find a job anywhere. They wanted, prior experience, which I didn't have. I couldn't teach school because I didn't have a teaching degree. So I ended up kind of falling back on what I had known since being a teenager, and that was a waiting table. So, I actually started working at the first Hooters here in Hattiesburg, Mississippi as a bartender uh, when Evan was about five months old you know, as a single mom, I was able to make enough money to buy our first house.


It was about, $70,000. So I was able to show enough, pay statements to, to get a, a loan from the bank to do that. I was also able, to afford daycare and then I found out I was accepted in a medical school um, somewhere around the spring of that year, while I was bartending. So that was just so exciting.


Uh, I never thought it would actually happen, but it did and I was accepted in medical school in the same city, so I didn't have to move and, Evan could stay there as well. I've got him in a great daycare So I could see him during class. And then I, began the first year of medical school that next fall.


you know, I think about how when I used to be on the selection committee for new candidates to Creighton medical school, what we really paid attention to, was the life experiences that people brought to the table, because they really think that when people have whatever experiences they have before medical school, that's what really. It frames your way of taking care of people, your way of appreciating people based on where they are when they show up on your doorstep or when they're, in the exam room where that you're walking into.


So thank you so much for sharing that, history and, It's incredible because you also are coming from a place of really being able to appreciate now advocacy on such a different level, because, you know, you talked about like those teachers who were hesitant to write you letters of recommendation, just because you were a woman who was pregnant at the time.


Just ridiculous. And yeah. As a mom, especially when you're taking care of families, you bring such a different perspective to the table did you decide that you wanted to do primary care at that time?


Yeah. So I always knew that I wanted to do something with primary care. I didn't really know for sure what I wanted