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Meet Ashley Welch, Nurse

Ashley Welch joined our Family Medicine Healthcare nursing team right out of Nursing School at MCI, almost 4 years ago. She loves working closely with our patients to help them feel better and live healthier lives. Ashley is known around the office for her kindness and empathy for patients, as well as her fellow co-workers.

Your Family: I was born and raised here in the Chesapeake area. My family is local, too. I love being close to my parents, as well as my grandmothers and my brother. My four year old Shih Tzu, named Maci, is my “baby” and best friend.  Even my dad and my boyfriend, Sean, spoil her rotten! (pictured below)

Ashley and her dog, Maci


My greatest accomplishment: Without a doubt, my greatest accomplishment is graduating Nursing School and becoming a licensed LPN. I remember sitting in my car after taking my boards and just crying, waiting the thirty minutes to see if I passed (you can check online to see your score). Passing was a huge moment in my life. I remember driving straight from the test to Lake Gaston to celebrate with my family on our annual family vacation. I love that my career allows me to help people on a daily basis and make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Someone who I greatly respect and why: I greatly respect both of my parents for more reasons than I can even count. They have raised my brother and I to value hard work and to respect others. This strong work ethic has greatly benefited me in my nursing career.

Ashley and Family


In another life, I would be: To quote the wise and funny words of my Mom: “I would be a husband with a really good wife!”

If I ever played hooky, I would_____: I would be on our family boat at Lake Gaston! (Yes, Maci would be there, too!)

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Vote for us: Reader’s Choice Awards, Best of 2018!

It’s that time again to VOTE in The Virginian Pilot’s Reader’s Choice Awards- Best of 2018 contest!

Thanks to our amazing patients we have won gold 3 years in a row!

Please VOTE for us for “Best Doctor in Portsmouth”.Reader's Choice Awards - Best of 2018

Vote by:
1) Text CUXM to 21333
2) Vote online at


Voting is March 11th- March 28th!

Thank you so much for your vote and for your support.

~Dr. Abdelshaheed and the Family Medicine Healthcare Team

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Is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) right for me?

Osteopathic physicians haven’t forgotten the power of healing touch. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is care and treatment that involves using the hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses and injury. Using OMT, an osteopathic physician can move muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

Dr. Kristin Ramsey

Dr. Kristin Ramsey

Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

OMT can help people of all ages. Such treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is used to relieve muscle pain and help patients with asthma, sinus
disorders, carpal tunnel, migraines and menstrual pain. This treatment can complement and even replace drugs or surgery and adds an important dimension to standard medical care.

Using OMT, a doctor can effectively treat the muscles and joints
to relieve pain and encourage the body’s natural healing processes.

As part of their education Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine receive special training in the musculoskeletal system and the body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles, and bones. Using OMT, a doctor can effectively treat the muscles and joints to relieve pain and encourage the body’s natural healing processes.

By combining the latest advances in medicine with OMT treatment, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine offer patients with the most comprehensive care available. During the OMT treatment you will feel stretching and pressure on your muscles. The doctor may move your muscles in a specific direction. They use gentle but firm pressure to release tension in the fascia, which is the layer of connective tissue that surrounds bones, muscles and organs. OMT can be used for people of all ages, and has been a safe and effective way to help ease pain in women during the third trimester of pregnancy.

~Dr. Kristin Ramsey


If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss if OMT is right for you, please call our office at 757-488-3333 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramsey. Dr. Kristin Ramsey is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. She specializes in pediatrics and women’s health.

Article seen in November’s The Shopper Magazine.


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Botox for Migraines

Botox is famous for smoothing out wrinkles on the face and also has medical uses. In 2010, the FDA approved Botox for treatment of migraine headaches.

Botox has been shown effective in the treatment and prevention of debilitating headaches. Twelve percent of Americans suffer from these types of headaches, which cause intense pulsating or throbbing pain, accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Chronic migraine is the most disabling form of headache. Patients who suffer more than 14 days of the month with such headaches can greatly benefit from Botox treatment.

Botox for Migraines

Migraines are an under-recognized neurological condition that can be debilitating. Botox prevents headaches and migraines before they even start.

Chronic migraines can impact family, work and life. Having options for treatment is a great benefit. Those who suffer from this condition should discuss it with their doctor to see if Botox is appropriate for them. Migraines are an under-recognized neurological condition that can be debilitating. Migraine patients may mistakenly self-diagnose their symptoms as headaches or infrequent migraines, and treat them with drugs that provide rapid but temporary relief rather than seek diagnosis and treatment from a qualified specialist. One of my associates, Dr. Reineke-Piper, has been successfully treating patients with such ailments for years.

Dr. Kristen Reineke-PiperDr. Kristen Reineke-Piper

Botox prevents headaches and migraines before they even start. It is given 12 weeks apart to determine how well it may work for each individual. The needle is small, and the injections may feel like tiny pinpricks. It must be injected by a doctor who is experienced in treating with Botox. It only takes about 15 minutes, right in your doctor’s office.

To schedule your appointment, call our office today at 757-488-3333. We look forward to helping you!

~ Dr. Abdelshaheed and the FMHC Team


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