Thank you for visiting! My name is Dr. Ashley Girard, Naturopathic Doctor and I have a clinical focus on bladder conditions. This includes urinary tract infections (recurrent, persistent, chronic, embedded, etc.), bladder pain syndrome (BPS) or painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis (IC), over active bladder syndrome (OAB), chronic pelvic pain, and many related conditions affecting other pelvic organs/tissues.
Along with my medical knowledge comes the genuine empathy I have for patients suffering from these conditions. My own story includes almost a decade of recurrent UTIs, a diagnosis of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS), pelvic girdle pain, suspected endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, the list goes on. It's a difficult journey, with up's and down's, but overall my bladder conditions are in remission.
I approach these conditions from an individualized, whole body, and root cause focus. This can lead to healing and an improved quality of life in many patients.
If you are new to these conditions and feeling hopeless, stop right there. There are more options than ever before because of the many wonderful patients, advocates, doctors, researchers, and educators trying to conquer these conditions. Know that there is no magic pill, no one size fits all protocol, what soothes one patient can aggravate another. Finding the right approach for each patient takes time and commitment.
I look forward to using this medium to share information, new research, and insights to these various bladder conditions. I hope you find something here that puts you on the right path to healing and an improved quality of life.