Ashley Williams Finds Serenity, Success, Accolades at Northeast
Meet Ashley Williams (D.C. '20)
Hometown: Oklahoma City
Undergrad degree: bachelor's degrees in engineering physics (Jacksonville University) and civil engineering (Columbia University)
As a professional “ninja-in-residence,” Ashley Williams (D.C. ’20) used to teach children to maneuver obstacle courses at the Brooklyn Zoo. She was, after all, a two-time competitor on “American Ninja Warrior,” the popular, high-octane TV series.
In addition to being an intense competitor, Williams is also a natural explorer, self-professed “geek,” licensed massage therapist, business owner and certified personal trainer. And currently – Northeast College student clerk at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Ashley's journey to Northeast
Williams's desire to live pain free led her to her to her professional path. Since the age of 17, as a track star in high school, hip and spinal pain were a frequently reoccurring (and often debilitating) issue in Williams’s life.
A National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athlete, Williams ran track at Jacksonville University in Florida and later at Columbia University in New York. Throughout this time, she consistently sought medical advice to help ease her pain. She was told that surgery or rest for recovery were her only options.
Still looking for answers, Williams, (D.C. ’20) visited a New York City-based chiropractor, NYCC (now Northeast College) alumna Dr. Ellen Coyne, D.C. '84. This meeting put Williams on two parallel paths: 1.) to finally learning what her pain was and how to manage it, and 2.) to fulfilling her desire to learn more about body mechanics.
“(Dr. Coyne) was surprised at how much I already knew about the body,” Williams said about her mentor, who suggested Williams visit the College's Seneca Falls campus to learn about the chiropractic program. Within a month, Williams applied to the College; she started classes just a few months later
Awards and Leadership Roles
2020 NBCE Student Representative Scholarship
2020 FCLB’s Dr. Wayne C. Wolfson Regulatory Scholarship
2019 Dr. Lloyd E. Henby Distinguished Service Award
2018 Research Symposium presenter
Founding President of Students for Social Diversity Awareness
What's your advice for incoming Northeast College Doctor of Chiropractic students?
Truly, make the most of your years here. Be purposeful with your time. There are so many benefits that you can really immerse yourself in at Northeast. You can choose what path is right for you. I really connected with my professors. They were so encouraging. As a student employee working in the financial aid office, I also met a lot of the staff and they were equally encouraging. The community is much more than the students; it's also the faculty and administration.
What Ashley loves about Northeast
Holding both a bachelor's degree in engineering physics (Jacksonville University) and civil engineering (Columbia University), Ashley decided to once again further her education when she saw all that Northeast had to offer. What sold her was the College’s’ biomechanics and motion analysis lab, where Williams has participated in and led research projects.
Once on campus, Williams said it was the peace and serenity of the setting that allowed her to focus mentally, spiritually and emotionally for success. "Seeing the sunrise outside of my bedroom window became one of my favorite things," Williams said, adding that the simple life was exactly what she needed to immerse herself in her academic life.