Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Ms. Ashley Baldauf graduated from Waipahu High School in 2008. Ms. Baldauf is of Native Hawaiian descent and is the first in her family to attend college. An extremely hard-working individual, Ms. Baldauf majored in Forensic Sciences and minored in Chemistry at Chaminade University of Honolulu, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in December 2012 with a 3.7 GPA.
While undertaking a rigorous load of courses, Ms. Baldauf worked part-time at Wendy’s Restaurant, where she received two Employee of the Month awards, performed research at Chaminade University, and raised her lovely two-year-old daughter Azaleah. She presented her scientific research in poster format at two national conferences, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students conference, and at an INBRE symposium at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Actively involved in community service, Ashley has worked with the Salvation Army, Kulana Malama Nursing Home, and Hawaiian organizations such as Kako’o ‘Oiwi, Papahana Kuaola, Malama O Manoa, and Hui Ku Maoli Ola to restore native streams, heiau, taro patches, and forests. Ms. Baldauf began her medical studies in July 2013 at A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.
In this unique program, Ashley will study for a one year in Arizona, and then spend the following three years studying and working at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. For her, helping the underserved community of Waianae, Hawaii as an osteopathic physician will be a dream come true.