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Ashley Silva
Ashley Silva
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Ashley Silva

Austin, TX USA

"You have one life to live—you should do something that you’re passionate about."

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Day In The Life

Surgical Technologist

I assist surgeons with both neurosurgery and reconstructive surgery procedures.

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Day In The Life Of A Surgical Technician

My Day to Day

I get everything ready before a surgical procedure, including preparing any solutions, medications, instrumentation, and cameras so that it's all ready for the surgeon. I also assist during the procedure itself. I'll help with retracting, suturing, doing minor procedures, and anything else the surgeon might need assistance with.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Associate's Degree

    Surgical Technology

    Austin Community College

Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I took a short break from school after graduating high school.

  • 2.

    When I first went to college, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do—I took general education classes and tried out a few different fields.

  • 3.

    When I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with cancer and had to leave school—not only did it take a huge toll on my physical and mental health, but it also made me reevaluate my career path.

  • 4.

    After taking time off to heal physically and emotionally, I went back to school but still struggled to find the right major for me.

  • 5.

    I eventually came across the surgical technology program and felt very drawn to it—I spoke to my counselors and was able to switch into the program.

  • 6.

    Not only was I passionate about the surgical tech program, but having a baby and becoming a single mom also motivated me to make it through school and provide a better life for my child.

  • 7.

    I earned my associate degree in surgical technology and am currently working as a surgical technician assisting both neurosurgery and reconstructive surgery.

  • 8.

    I’m also still in school with plans to earn an advanced degree as a physician assistant.