Ashley Silva

Ashley Silva

Surgical Technologist

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


By Roadtrip Nation

Ashley Silva


My road in life has taken me all over.
I took a short break from school after graduating high school.
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.
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.
After taking time off to heal physically and emotionally, I went back to school but still struggled to find the right major for me.
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.
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.
I earned my associate degree in surgical technology and am currently working as a surgical technician assisting both neurosurgery and reconstructive surgery.
I’m also still in school with plans to earn an advanced degree as a physician assistant.


Surgical Technologist

I assist surgeons with both neurosurgery and reconstructive surgery procedures.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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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.


Challenges I Overcame

Foster Child
Cancer Survivor
Single Parent