Ashley Hardesty joined the General Surgery Division of Columbia Surgical Associates in 2016 after obtaining her Nurse Practitioner license. She has advanced education and clinical training and provides a wide range of preventative and acute health care services.
She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri in 2010 and worked as a registered nurse for Cardiac Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, and Acute Care Surgery. She then graduated from Maryville University with her Master of Science in nursing degree and became a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Working in collaboration with the General Surgeons, Ashley takes health histories and provides complete physical examinations, provides care for post-operative patients, prescribes and manages medications and other therapies, provides health teaching and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance, and refers patients to other health professionals as needed within the physician-nurse practitioner relationship. Additionally, Ashley counsels’ bariatric patients on nutrition, dietary habits, and lifestyle choices to help them succeed. She performs adjustment of LapBands and orders necessary testing for complications and follow up.