Member Spotlight – Ashvini Mashru, MA, RD, LDN

By Stacie Smith, PAND Media Team

Having grown up in India, Ashvini Mashru, MA, RD, LDN is able to provide her clients with a unique perspective on food and nutrition.  Ashvini is the owner and operator of Wellness Nutrition Concepts, a private practice located in the Philadelphia suburb Melvern.  Like most private practice dietitians, Ashvini, with the support of her secretary, is responsible for all of the day-to-day operations at her practice, working on everything from billing to social media.  In addition to her private practice, Ashvini has contributed to a variety of international, national, and local publications as a writer and speaker.  Most recently, Ashvini spoke on her journey and transition from India to the United States at TEDxNewAlbany.

Ashvini was recently honored with a Today’s Dietitian magazine’s 2017 TD10, which recognizes ten Registered Dietitians in the United States that show exceptional work and dedication in the field of dietetics.  Ashvini has received numerous other awards in the past for her work in dietetics such as the 2016 Best of Philly by Philly Current Magazine and the 2016 Best of Main Line by Main Line Times Newspaper, all recognizing her as a top dietitian in her area.  She also received a 2016 Power Women by Main Line Today Magazine, being one of twenty-four women in the Philadelphia area to receive this recognition.  Ashvini is also on the Board of Directors for Hotties4Humanity.  Hotties4Humanity is a non-profit organization that helps raise money for local charities such as the Chester County Food Bank and hosts about 20 events per year.

Prior to moving to the United States, Ashvini completed her bachelor’s degree in dietetics in India.  She then completed her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics and her MA in Nutrition Education from Immaculata University in Immaculata, PA, where she also completed her dietetic internship.  Ashvini is also an active member of multiple DPGs.  She is a member of Dietitians in Business and Communications, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Weight Management, Clinical Nutrition Management, Food and Culinary Professionals, and Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition.  Within the Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG, Ashvini helps mentor RDNs who are working on starting a private practice, something she had fellow members do when she first started her own private practice.

Ashvini has also received mentorship and support from AND and PAND, which she describes as the biggest benefit of her memberships.  Ashvini feels that she is able to reach out to AND and PAND members at anytime and receive valuable help.  In the future, Ashvini would like to see more private practice information incorporated into the formal education requirements for RDNs.  When she first began Wellness Nutrition Concepts, she had to rely on other RDNs for advice and help, and believes formal training would have enhanced her ability to own a private practice early on.  Ashvini would also like to see RDNs be better compensated for their work, as many jobs in dietetics are stressful and time consuming without rewarding pay.

When not running her private practice, Ashvini enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband and two children.  Ashvini especially enjoys cooking with her daughter and teaching her the importance of good nutrition.  As a child, Ashvini’s mother cooked meals from scratch using fresh and local ingredients.  Her mother also taught her to importance of using herbs and spices in cooking, and the benefits they can have regarding one’s health.  Being raised in a home that taught the importance of fresh food and the role it plays in health is what encouraged Ashvini to pursue a career in dietetics.  Ashvini’s favorite food is chocolate cake, referring to herself as a “desert person”.  Ashvini believes in all foods in moderation and the importance of balancing indulgences with balanced meals and exercise.