MEET Dr. Anna Ashley
Anna C. Ashley, DDS, PA
I was drawn to dentistry because of a great dentist (Dr. Bright) I had growing up. He had fun prophy paste flavors to choose from and made me feel so good about myself when I had a great checkup! I also had braces for 5 years and spent a lot of time in the dental chair.
My favorite part of dental school was getting to know all of my patients personally. I learned everyone has different dental needs and wants. It’s important to really listen to people so you can address what’s most important to them and gain their trust. Dentistry is not cookie cutter with every patient.
My parents grew up on the Texas coast so that’s where we spent all of our family vacations. My heart was drawn back to living by the water. I love the beach and hunting for shells!
My favorite aspect of dentistry is dental materials. I love reading about and learning the newest dental materials available. I’m not afraid to try new things and strive to have the best options for restoring a tooth. It drives the assistants crazy but I think we all get excited as a team when a new material is a real game changer in making our dentistry better.
My philosophy is to always do what’s right for a patient. My focus is the best and most conservative treatment option. I look at the big picture and weigh the longevity of restorations versus investment in time and cost. When I see kids, I treat them like I would my own son. When I see older adults, I treat them like I would my own parents. When I see patients my age, I treat them as I want to be treated. If something is complex, I don’t hesitate to refer patients to a specialist who will provide the best care.
When patients leave the office, I want them to feel they had the most thorough exam they’ve ever experienced. I work hard with my team to make sure we have answered all patient questions regarding treatment and finances. I like to get to know each patient personally so they feel a connection with us as a part of our dental family. I also love providing the little extras including bottled water, snacks, TLC bags, heated neck wraps, blankets and personal music on Pandora.
I received my BS in Biology from the University of North Texas and my dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio Dental School. I opened my practice in 1998.
Welcome to my practice! Welcome to our family!