ABOUT THE FOUNDER
DR. ASHLEY DENMARK, BOARD CERTIFIED FAMILY MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Dr. Denmark grew up within blocks of Ferguson, Missouri, and was inspired to become a physician since she was a child. Her journey into healthcare didn't start in a white coat, but rather in the food and nutrition staff at local BJC Hospital in St. Louis Mo.,
Her story clearly didn't end there, but it came full circle in 2018 as she returned to BJC Medical Group Missouri as the FIRST BLACK FEMALE Family Medicine Physician for Missouri Baptist Medical Center since its opening more than 130 years ago.
Never backing down from a challenge, Dr. Denmark found herself 36 weeks pregnant with her first daughter Olivia when she started her first week of medical school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Aug 2011. She would have her second child Ethan in her 4th year of medical school and her 3rd child Vivian in the 2nd year of her residency program. She is married to her college sweetheart, Anthony, who is a lawyer.
After becoming one of the FIRST African American Female Physicians to graduate from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (Spartanburg Campus) inaugural class in 2015, Dr. Denmark passion for diversifying medicine lead to the launch of Project Diversify Medicine. This virtual community houses anecdotes, inspiration, and educational resources to help minorities get into medical school.