Dr Clare Ashby
Bsc(Hons) BMBS MRCGP
GP and Menopause Specialist
Clare grew up in rural Oxfordshire and undertook a BSc in Physiology at Edinburgh University. Her concluding dissertation encompassed two of her passions: health and exercise, leaving her with a legacy for fitness and wellness. Clare qualified from Southampton University Graduate Medicine Program in 2012. She completed her foundation and specialist training across Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Since qualifying Clare has worked as private GP in the Cotswolds which she loves. In 2021 Clare also undertook a Coaching diploma. The Transformational Coaching Diploma is only open to doctors, which leads to a unique perspective and approach to coaching. Clare’s consulting has drawn from her coaching skills and often uses solution focused techniques to assist patients to think resourcefully about their situation. This commonly facilitates patients making positive change. Clare feels this can particularly apply to menopause consultations because it is often a reflective time for women and offers a great opportunity for proactive change in the next stage of a woman’s life.
Clare became more informed about menopause care during her final GP registrar year and has been inspired and informed by Louise and the Newson Health team. From seeing how transformational effective menopause support can be through her consultations, but shocked still at the stigma surrounding menopause, a professional goal for Clare would be to see the menopause reframed entirely in her lifetime. Clare hopes for it to become an anticipated time in a woman’s life, where women are informed of the expected symptoms and recognise them. Clare hopes for there to become a time when all women would be aware of the safe and effective treatments available, and their long term health benefits; and consequently, informed and empowered, women are able to make positive personal choices to navigate their menopause journey with support.
Clare lives in North Oxfordshire, she has three young children, a cocker spaniel and, because of her husband’s business, rather a lot of horses. She continues to be passionate about fitness and exercise, if not walking or riding with the children she will commonly be seen on a sunny evening cycling around West Oxfordshire or even paddle boarding on the Thames – a new summer pleasure.