“I want my patients to feel better when they leave the office whether they are better or simply are less anxious knowing that we have a plan that we have agreed upon to move them one step closer to health. I realize that there are some patients/parents who will have a clear idea of what they ‘need’ before they come to the office. I hope that they will be willing to realize or be educated to consider that sometimes – perhaps even most of the time in general pediatrics – less medicine is better and more attention to diet, exercise, and rest is a more rational approach. Working with Nature has very few side effects. That said, I am happy to intervene with whatever it takes in an emergency!!!”

Board Certification

  • Pediatrics

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Issues at All Ages
  • Developmental Peds, Including ASD, ADD, School Issues
  • General Pediatrics
  • Infant and Child Feeding Issues, Including Obesity

Education

Internship and Residency

National Naval Medical Center
Categorical Pediatrics
Bethesda, MD
1977 and 1979

Medical School

Medical College of Virginia
Doctor of Medicine
Richmond, VA
1976

Graduate School

University of Virginia  
Master of Arts in Clinical Ethics
Charlottesville, VA
1972

Undergraduate School

Hollins College
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Roanoke, VA
1970

Hospitals Affiliated With

Novant Health Haymarket Medical Center
Novant Health Prince William Medical Center

Professional Associations

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Fellow
1979 – Present

Medical Society of Virginia (MSV)
Member
1979 – Present

Academic Appointment

GMU New Century College
Medicine Justice and Public Policy
Adjunct Professor
1999 – 2000

Service Work

Free Clinic Startup
Awarded Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence

PPAK- Piedmont Parents of Autistic Kids
Organizer

Personal Interests

It is important to me to be an ethical person, to be an excellent parent even of a grown adult child, and to be a good enough doctor. Excellence is a moving target in medicine, and it is not easy to measure. There are conflicts of interest that no longer make surviving and thriving in medicine as easy to do if we are focused only on our patient’s wants – and often their wants and needs are not easily satisfied (and are mutually exclusive) in our current structure. Many of the things that seemed simple to me when I finished training have become far more complex – not the least of which is the relationship of big pharma and venture capitalism to our profession.

I have turned off my television set and junked it. I spend my time off outside riding one of several horses whose care takes energy and time. I love the Manassas Battlefield Park, where I still volunteer on the trail committee through BES. I have an extensive garden (dirt church) and when possible visit my daughter and her husband in NYC, where she is an artist and children’s book author/illustrator. When there are grandchildren, I already have the perfect pony and an E-ZPass to get through those pesky Northeast tolls between here and there.

Biography

Dr. Ault was born in California, went to secondary school in the Midwest, and won the gold medal in the state science fair as a sophomore for some original work in Plant Biology. She was a National Merit Scholar, and attended Hollins College (a three generational family history) and graduated with honors in Chemistry as well as the Annie Terrill Bushnell Award for Leadership.

Dr. Ault was then accepted early decision to MCV (at that point she wanted to be a surgeon) and had a Navy scholarship to medical school. She served a little over eight years in the Navy and has been here in Virginia since then, fulfilling her childhood goal of being a country doctor in Virginia and foxhunt. She stopped foxhunting when she was pregnant with her daughter – it didn’t seem wise, although she continued to ride, and has managed to get back to school for two masters level programs: a diploma from the Washington School of Psychiatry, an MA from UVA in Clinical Ethics, and she will return to school this fall in a Master’s degree in Special Education with the goal of becoming BCBA. She has been a pretty active community volunteer (Free Clinic Startup- Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence) and last year was instrumental in organizing PPAK- Piedmont Parents of Autistic Kids.