Ashley Wray, MPAS, MPH, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant
Ashley Wray, certified physician assistant for Memorial Hermann Medical Group’s Southeast Colon and Rectal Surgery Clinic, received her master’s degree in public health from UT Health in Houston, Texas and a master's of physician assistant studies from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Ashley provides personalized care to patients ages 18 and up, and treats a diverse range of conditions including colorectal cancer, pelvic floor dysfunction, constipation, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, HPV, abdominal abscesses, fissures and strictures.
Ashley joined the medical field because she wanted a fulfilling career that focused on helping people. She considers it an honor and privilege with being trusted to give medical advice.
Ashley has a unique breadth of experience having traveled all over the world. Utilizing these skills from a wide array of clinical situations, Ashley employs a patient-care philosophy that is based on a holistic, systematic approach that integrates the latest medical innovations, which she actively stays abreast of.
Knowledgeable and compassionate, Ashley takes the time to help patients understand the complexities of their illness and encourages them to participate in their wellness plan.
Away from the office, Ashley enjoys rock climbing, yoga, traveling and spending time with family.
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Pelvic Floor Disorder
Memorial Herman Medical Group (MHMG) provides quality clinical care in many areas including the specialty of colon and rectal treatment and procedures. At Memorial Hermann Medical Group Southeast Colon & Rectal practice, patients are treated for a wide range of conditions and disorders of the bladder and pelvic.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is often found in women who carry the stress of childbirth, which can lead to bladder control problems having the outcome of urine loss. Older women who experience menopause or weakness in muscles fall into the category as well.
There are many symptoms and risks to consider when determining if you should contact a health care provider.
Some symptoms of pelvic floor disorder include:
- Fecal or gas accidents that interfere with your daily life
- Pelvic pain
Some of the risks include:
- Multiple pregnancies and natural deliveries
If you are experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor disorder, it is recommended to schedule an appointment with a qualified colon and rectal provider. At your appointment, the provider will conduct a thorough physical and review your medical history to determine your symptoms and to achieve proper treatment. Dietary modifications might be recommended to determine if the problem could be brought to a minimum. Additional testing may be recommended to evaluate the visual reflexes and function of the sphincter muscle.
If no surgery is required, pelvic floor rehabilitation may be a suggested treatment plan. Many exercises such as postural, flexibility and strength, and breathing techniques can help build up muscle awareness, endurance and improve bowel incontinence.
If surgery is recommended, the procedure takes approximately 30 minutes which includes two tests. These procedures can be performed in an outpatient setting and are designed to decrease pain, limit scaring, and cut down recovery time. The first test is the sphincter electromyography (EMG), which evaluates the nerve supply to the anal muscle. The second, measures how long it takes to remove the balloon from the rectum. These procedures can be performed in an outpatient setting and are designed to decrease pain, limit scaring and reduce recovery time.
The skilled practitioners at MHMG SE Colon and Rectal, Theodoros Voloyiannis, M.D. and physician assistant Ashley Wray, MSPA, MPH, PA-C, are very passionate about their work by making sure each patient is treated with high quality care.