Dr. Melvin Ashford, MD

Dr. Melvin Ashford, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology  |  
Male  |  
Age 45
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Dr. Melvin L. Ashford, MD, FACOG, FPMRS Founder and Director Minnesota Women's Care: OBGYN and Pelvic Specialty Care Center Recognized two years in a row as a "Top Doctor" in Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, Dr. Melvin Ashford has a loyal following of hundreds of patients. In 2012, Dr. Ashford founded Minnesota Women's Care, PA, an independent clinic, in Maplewood, MN. Dr. Ashford and his team work with women of all ages to provide the best possible health care. Their pregnancy care – the Uniquely Catered Pregnancy Program – provides prenatal care to women in a highly personalized way. This same individualized care is evident throughout the practice. They focus on issues and symptoms that compromise the quality of life for many women – such as urinary incontinence, menopause, pelvic floor disorders, endometriosis, sexual dysfunction and more – and work to find solutions that fit for each patient. Their patient-centered approach has contributed to tremendous growth. After its first three years, it was evident more space would be needed quickly. An addition to the original building is nearing completion and more than triples their existing space. The number of exam rooms will increase significantly and the new addition also includes two procedure rooms for same-day surgeries and in-office treatments. Dr. Ashford and his staff of 15 anticipate moving into the new addition in early March 2016. Prior to establishing Minnesota Women's Care, he served nearly a decade at Aspen Medical Group in St. Paul, Minn., as Medical Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also served as Medical Director for Healtheast Midwifery Program and is a member of Healtheast's OBGYN Leadership Council. He is also a consultant for Coloplast Corporation on Physician Training and Product Development pertaining to female incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and related procedures. He is also a consultant for Intuitive Surgical Corporation in Physician Training and Development for Davinci Robotic Surgery.

2603 White Bear Ave N # N

Maplewood, MN 55109

Contact Information

(651) 600-3035

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • America's Health Choice
  • America's Health Insurance Plans
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medica
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more than 96% of peers
more than 83% of peers
Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
more than 77% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Ashford "The secret of Obstetrics and Gynecology is that we get the best of all worlds. We have the opportunity to relieve womens symptoms with surgery, the opportunity to witness the miracle of new life, and chance build rewarding relationships with our patients over time which serves to optimize care."


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  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology*
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Accredited by: American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Bladder Incontinence in Pregnancy
  • Blood Disorders
  • Blood Disorders in Pregnancy
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Breech Position
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Cervical Polyps
  • Cervicitis
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Encounters for Normal Pregnancies
  • Endometriosis
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Female Infertility
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertension Complicating Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postpartum
  • Incontinence
  • Labial Hypertrophy
  • Mastodynia
  • Maternal Hypotension Syndrome
  • Menopausal and Postmenopausal Disorders
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Nausea
  • Orgasmic Disorders
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Pelvic Floor Disorders
  • Pelvic Neuralgia
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Pelvic Relaxation
  • Pelvic Support Problems
  • Phimosis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Pregestational Diabetes Mellitus
  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
  • Prolapse
  • Prolapsed Bladder
  • Sacrocolpopexy Prolapse
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Symptomatic Menopause
  • Thrombosis
  • Urge Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Urinary Retention
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Uterine Diseases
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Uterine Prolapse
  • Vaginal Disorders
  • Vaginal and Pelvic Prolapse
  • Vaginitis and-or Vaginosis


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  • Amniocentesis
  • Anal Repair
  • Bladder Surgery
  • C-Section
  • Colpopexy
  • Colporrhaphy
  • Colposcopy
  • Destruction or Excision of Lesion of Cervix (incl. LEEP)
  • Endocervical Curettage
  • Female Sterilization
  • Fetal Cardiac Monitoring
  • Fetal Monitoring
  • Fluid Contrast Ultrasound
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hysterectomy - Laparoscopic
  • Hysterectomy - Open
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Incontinence Sling Procedure
  • Incontinence Surgery
  • Interstim® Sacral Nerve Stimulator
  • Labiaplasty
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Vaginal Hysterectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Monarc® Suburethral Sling
  • Pelvic Surgery
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Pregnancy Ultrasound
  • Pubovaginal Sling
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Rh Incompatibility Screening
  • Sacrospinous Ligament Fixation
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening
  • Temperature-Controlled Radio Frequency Non-Invasive Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment
  • ThermiVa™ Non-Invasive Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment
  • Thyroid Screening
  • Tubal Ligation
  • Urethral Sling
  • Urinary Incontinence Surgery
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
  • Vaginal Delivery and VBAC
  • Vaginal Hysterectomy
  • Vaginal Prolapse Surgery
  • Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery
  • Vaginal Repair
  • Vaginal Surgery
  • Vaginectomy
  • Vaginosis Screening
  • Wound Repair
  • da Vinci® Gynecologic Procedure
  • da Vinci® Hysterectomy
  • da Vinci® Myomectomy
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
  • da Vinci® Sacrocolpopexy


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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  • University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
  • Boston University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1997
  • UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson U Hosp
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1998
  • UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2001

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Excellence in Gynecologic laparoscopy, 2001
  • Outstanding resident Research, 2000
  • Dorothy Marvin Award, 2001
  • The Chairman's Award, 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Ashford's Reviews

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based on 78 total reviews (28 with comments)
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
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Patient Comments (28)
Doctor Ashford and his wonderful staff have made this long search for answers, and proper medications possible after countless other doctors offices tried and failed. Thank you so much for giving me my life back, I have made leaps and bounds at MN Women's Care. The staff is like family and welcomes you as if you are too.
Very good. I have seen many different doctors here and I would highly recommend to anyone
Everyone is excellent
Great experience with all of my providers. Always nice and caring Makes me feel like myself and baby are taken care of.
in Winona, MN |
Dr. Ashford has a genuinely warm bedside manner that quickly places you at ease to discuss all your health concerns. He is truly an active listener who works with you towards your overall health and desired outcomes. I drove 2 1/2 hours to see him. As a patient of vaginal rejuvination, Thermiva, o shot, & Femilift, I can honesty say the entire program is well worth it! I am extremely happy with all the results, and being in my 40's only leaves me with many great years to enjoy the benefits!!!
The care team has been sensitive to my pain and worked well with me. I am thankful to have found Women's care!
Dr ashford office is fantastic. The dr's, nurses have an outstanding bedside manner and are best in class.
Everyone has been very nice and helpful. I feel like I'm in good hands
Everyone has been really nice and very helpful at the clinic. The pellet I have put in has helped me a lot and I am so glad you offer it at the clinic.
Front desk, medical staff, and Heather make each visit very easy, comfortable, and enjoyable.
Great place, wonderful staff! Very accommodating and friendly.
in St Paul, MN |
He that he put wrong transvansual mesh and to tight and has wreck my life forever.
I continue to have a great experience through all the treatments and services received here. I have been grateful to have chiropractic as well as other therapies available to assist in treating me as a whole person rather than just symptoms. I appreciate all of the team there, it is a very family style environment. I enjoy all of the experience that surrounds me in my care here!
I have had a wonderful experience at the MN Women's Care clinic. The staff is beyond friendly, I've been able to get in quickly when I've needed to and would recommend this clinic to anyone.
Very relaxing place to be also smells really great all the time.
Everyone is professional and helpful. All my questions were answered and if further information was needed that information was gathered and discussed when available.
Very nice. I feel like I did when I was in my twenties with the SottoPelle Therapy.
Perfect very helpful
Great, nice to talk with. Love all the staff.
I received excellent treatment while being a patient.
Very good
Overall wonderful experience through my whole pregnancy. Highly recommend MN Women's Care
in minneapolis, mn |
I usually see Andrea Brockberg, who is excellent as well, but Dr. Ashford did a procedure and was very attentive, made sure I understood everything, and answered my questions very well. He's very thorough, and runs a very clean, professional, yet warm, office.
So far my experience has been great. Everyone has been very informative and nice.
Everything and everyone was awesome! Dr.Ashford was amazing.
I Always receive the greatest service here!!
I enjoy the entire staff at MN Womens Care, they are all very caring passionate individuals with a common goal..Great work everyone!
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Dr. Ashford accepts 16 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
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  • Medicare
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  • MultiPlan
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Hospitals where Dr. Ashford has admitting privileges

HealthEast Care System - Saint John's Hospital
1575 Beam Ave
Maplewood, MN 55109
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HealthEast Care System - Woodwinds Health Campus
1925 Woodwinds Dr
Woodbury, MN 55125
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Saint Joseph's Hospital
45 10th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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University of Minnesota Medical Center - West Bank
2312 S 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55454
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