Ashley D. Beall, MD, FACR
Infusion Medical Director
Dr. Beall received both her bachelor of arts in English Literature and her bachelor of science in Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia in 1998, participating in the honors program and graduating Magna Cum Laude. She earned her medical degree in 2003 from the Medical College of Georgia, where she received multiple honors for academic achievement including the Janet M Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation Award for the top female graduates in her class, the Merck Manual Award for academic achievement, and induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Beall completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine in 2006 and her rheumatology fellowship in 2008 at the Medical University of South Carolina. After completing fellowship she joined Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates. She has presented multiple case reviews and medical abstracts at local, regional, and national conferences. She has co-authored several publications featured in academic journals including the Journal of Rheumatology and Arthritis Care and Research. Her areas of interest include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus, myositis, and gout.
Dr. Beall is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. She has served in multiple capacities within the college, including volunteer positions on several committees and served as a member of the ACR 2020 Task Force to identify future trends and issues affecting rheumatology. Dr Beall is a member of both the Montgomery County Medical Society and the District of Columbia Rheumatism Society. She has been honored by Washingtonian Magazine several times as an outstanding rheumatologist and is top rated by Washington Consumers Checkbook. She has served as the medical director of ARISE infusion therapy services since 2010.
Superb Nurses For
Our Safety First Philosophy
Each of our facilities are staffed by specially trained registered nurses who are ACLS certified and operate under the supervision of board certified physicians. Physicians are on-call after hours for any infusion related questions. The primary responsibility of our infusion nurses is promoting patient safety and managing of each patient’s well being. Each of our nurses has a strong understanding of biologic medications and disease states, and clinical expertise in medication administration. Nurses meticulous monitoring our patients for any adverse event. Patient monitoring occurs during the entire infusion process to screen for any signs of infections, any adverse effects and how a patient actually responds to the biologic therapy.
DRUG PREPARATION AND ADMINISTRATION
Each nurse understands manufacturer recommendations for handling, preparation, and administration of the different biologic medications. This also includes any requirements for premedication and special delivery equipment. Infusion rates, volume, duration, and frequencies can differ not only for individual medications but also for specific disease indications. Our centers utilize infusion pumps for programming medication dose and delivery rates that help to prevent medication errors that may lead to patient harm. Each of our centers have onsite equipment in the event of an emergency.
An integral component of a successful treatment plan includes patient education that provides psychosocial support, eliminates any misconceptions, and improves treatment compliance. Each of our nurses engage in topics of discussion that include: treatment schedules, potential adverse reactions, reimbursement concerns, disease processes, treatment options, and methods to promote better quality of life.