We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Tolliver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
As ironic as this may seem, my end goal is to revolutionize medicine by getting back to the basics. By providing in-home medical care and telehealth services, I plan to close the gap on health disparities and access to healthcare by making it convenient while maintaining quality and compassion. Fundamental skills used in patience care such as listening, empathy, time and patience have in some ways become obsolete and I want to restore that.
Professionally by the end of my career I want to have established my business throughout the United States. I would also like to be a resource and mentor to aspiring Physician Assistants and business owners, particularly minorities.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the owner of Redicare Mobile Health Service, LLC – a house call and telehealth service providing in home care to address a variety of medical conditions in the infant through elderly populations. My company is based in Maryland with services to Washington DC, Virginia and North Carolina coming soon. Redicare is unique because we provide a wide range of treatments in-home or at a location convenient for our patients. The need for this service became very evident during the pandemic as it was unsafe for many to go out into the community and access to care was restricted due to COVID-19. The demand for in-home services was a catalyst for Redicare’s rapid growth with the addition of 12 other medical professionals within 6 months of opening day – I’m extremely proud of that.
I had the idea to start a mobile medicine practice while in PA (Physician Assistant) school in 2015. Growing up in a rural area combined with my public health education and work in the inner city opened my eyes to the barriers many face when trying to navigate the healthcare system. Lack of access to care, poor health education and disparities within the healthcare system make it difficult for people to understand and manage their medical conditions. I wanted to change that by making the medical experience less cumbersome so patients can shift their focus on their health.
Redicare is a growing business and I am excited about expanding our services and coverage area. Being a business owner is challenging in itself; however my journey has had its unique challenges because there are very few Physician Assistant owned practices in the US due to legislation. To overcome these challenges, I built a strong network of knowledgeable professionals to assist me in different areas of development and spent many hours reading, researching and networking to educate myself on various aspects of medicine and business development.
I’d like the world to know: “Redicare may be coming to a location near you” #GETREDI.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In no certain order we would visit the African-American History Museum, ride scooters in the city, check out National Harbor, The Wharf and MGM and if we have enough time hike in Great Falls or SugarLoaf Mountain and visit Leesburg Wineries.
Of course we have to do brunch with mimosas at Dirty Habit, Milk & Honey Cafe, Half Smoke, Harlot possibly followed by a day party at Barcode, Lost Society, Brooklyn or Republic Garden. Eating freshly steamed crabs at The Wharf is a must.
Dinner at Mastro’s Steakhouse, Joe’s Seafood, Sushi at Shoto. Drinks at a speakeasy, 12 stories, Stan’s DC.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents have been very supportive and encouraging throughout my life and I couldn’t have made it this far on my journey without the two of them; however, my shoutout goes to my mother. I can never thank her enough or give her anything tangible to show my appreciation for everything she has done for me. From an early age, she stressed the importance of education, discipline, perseverance and hard work. Those values became a part of my being and laid the foundation for the person I am today. My mother made many sacrifices for me to excel in my life and career. Win, lose or draw she has been and continues to be my biggest cheerleader, encourager and support with any decision I make and any path I take.
To my favorite girl: Thank you for loving me hard, thank you for loving me easy, thank you for loving me tough, thank you for loving me more than enough.
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