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Jyothi Rao-Mahadevia

Dr. Jyothi Rao



Shakthi Health & Wellness Center

Mt. Airy, MD (5/2013 – present) 

  • Founder  
  • Robust wellness and integrative medicine practice incorporating traditional and integrative specialty care  
  • Nutrition and dietary counseling 
  • Provide stress management modalities 
  • Education on basic exercise training  
  • Active acupuncture practice  
  • Provide evening workshops and seminars on preventive health 
  • Nascent Executive Health Practice 
  • Professional Speaker  

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My Background

I believe knowledge is empowerment and focus my practice on wellness and prevention. Through this partnership in health, my patients and I work together to optimize their health and vitality.

I have been practicing medicine for over 25 years with a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. I completed her internship and residency at the New England Medical Center in Boston. Before opening Shakthi Health & Wellness Center, I practiced medicine in very busy internal medicine practices in New York and Maryland.

With decades of experience as a functional medicine doctor, author, and instructor. I empower people to optimize their health through lifestyle changes. I use workshops and science-based information to help others reach their full potential for a long and healthy life.

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Notable Lectures and Events

Upcoming and Future events listed below:

Boston Veg Fest

The Boston Veg Food Fest brings together an amazing array of providers

September 24th

The Real Truth About Health

17 day live online conference with The world’s top medical doctors, naturopathic

April 16th, 2024

The Great Sage Dinner Event

Dr. Jyothi Rao is speaking at the Great Sage dinner event! The

April 8th 2024

The Real Truth About Health

Dr. Jyothi Rao dives deep into the importance of the gut microbiome,

March 11th, 2024

The Real Truth About Health

Discover the profound impact of lifestyle choices on our genetic makeup with

November 10th, 2023

Carrol County Women's Conference

A day to “Empower” women held on the campus of Carroll Community

October 2023

Alzheimer World Summit

An event discussing cutting-edge solutions and strategies to prevent, treat, and even

October 2023

Seattle Veg Fest

Discover the advantages and experience the pleasures of vegetarian food. While exploring

May 2023

The Real Truth About Health

The Real Truth About Health – Free 17-Day Live Online Conference. Dr. Rao discussed

April 18th, 2023

Plant Based Support Group

A Plant Based Support Group on Healthy Eating and Lifestyle.

January 2023

How To Spice Up Your Life

How To Spice Up Your Life with Dr. Rao and Dr. Josh Liberman.

January 2023

Are you overfat?

Podcast episode of Dr. Jyothi Rao and Dr. Oken talking about associated

September 2022

Afternoon tea with Docs

Afternoon tea with Docs disussing how you can use lifestyle medicine, in general,

July 2022

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Jyothi Rao discusses how sleep is needed to prevent

October 2022

American Cardiology Association

An event discussing how to prevent burnout.

October 2022

Plant Fit Meg

Interview with Dr. Rao. Find out what inflammation is, how it can negatively

April 2022

More Rest, Less Noise

In this interview, we get to learn from Dr. Rao on her

April 2021

Forks Over Knives

Coping With Stress During Turbulent Times. 

Sept 2020

Asian American Hotel Owners Association Women’s Group

May 2020

Nutriton and Health Conference

Lectures on Carbohydrates and Protein-at the Annual Nutriton and Health Conference for

February 2020

Women’s Giving Circle

Topic: Finding Balance

May 2019

Health Summit / Immersion

Lifestyle changes for prevention of Chronic Illness.

September 2017

Howard Hospital Event

Lifestyle Changes for Chronic Illness- Family Medicine Grand Rounds Howard Hospital.

September 2016

Role of Spices in Chronic Disease

Family Medicine Education Consortium Annual Meeting.

October 2014

Role of Spices in Chronic Disease

Grand Rounds at Franklin Square Hospital  

April 2014

Acupuncture in Clinical Practice

At New Jersey Medical School.

May 2009

Workshop on Stress and Nutrients

Maryland University of Integrative Health. 

May 2016

Role of Microbiome in Chronic Illness

Physicians Learning Conference and Retreat.

June 2017

The Power of Lifestyle Changes

The Power of Lifestyle Changes to Combat Stress and Illness to Live a


Workshop on Integrative Medicine

Maryland University of Integrative Medicine.  

September 2017

Chicago Veg Fest

Veggie Fest Chicago is one of the largest vegetarian food and wellness

August 10-11th


• Fellowship in American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

(6/2012- 12/2013) 

• University of California Los Angeles

6/2000-1/2001)  Medical Acupuncture for Physicians-Helms Institute  

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey 

(8/1990-6/1994)  Doctor of Medicine: New Jersey Medical School, Newark NJ 

Rutgers University

(9/1986-5/1990) Bachelor of Arts in Biology: Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

Past Work Experience

Crossroads Medical Associates, Ellicott City, MD


  • Successful office based practice in internal medicine  
  • Managing 25-30 patients per day 
  • Integrated functional medicine and medical acupuncture.   

Potomac Physicians, Severna Park, MD


  • Office practice in internal medicine  
  • Managing 15-20 patients per day   

North Shore Internal Medicine Associates, Great Neck, NY

(12/1997 to 7/2000)

  • Women’s health specialist in a successful bustling practice 
  • Office-based practice seeing 20-25 patients per day 
  • Inpatient census range: 6-14 patients 
  • Patient seminars osteoporosis, heart disease affecting women 

New England Medical Center, Tufts School of Medicine, Boston MA

(7/1994 to 6/1997)

  • Completed residency and internship in internal medicine  

Certifications & Affiliations

  • Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, 2013 
  • Certified in Cardiopulmonary Stress Test, 2008 
  • Board Certified Internal Medicine, 2002 and recertified 2007, 2017 
  • U.C.L.A. – Helms Institute of Acupuncture 
  • United States Medical Licensing Exam 1, 2, 3, 1994

Research Experience

  • Kessler Rehabilitation Institute, East Orange NJ1991 
  • Department of Neuroscience, UMDNJ-RWJMS, Piscataway NJ1990

Honors and Awards 

  • Order of Ikkos Medal for 2020 Olympics - 2023 
  • Top Docs voted by peers in Baltimore Magazine -  2019, 2021 
  • Excellence in Teaching Citation of Medical Students - 1996  
  • Clerkship Honors: Surgery, Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynecology 1994 
  • Academic Achievement Award Scholarship - 1990 
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society - 1990


  • American Medical Association- AMA 
  • American College of Physicians- ACP 
  • American Academy of Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine 
  • Med Chi  


  • Aggarwal M, Aggarwal B, Rao J. Integrative Medicine for Cardiovascular Disease and Prevention. Medical Clinics of North America 2017; 101: 895-923.
  • Aggarwal M, Rao J. Finding Balance: Empower yourself with Tools to Combat Stress and Illness. Two Minds Press, Aug, 2016.
  • Aggarwal M, Rao J. Body on Fire: How Inflammation Triggers Chronic Illness and the Tools We Have to Fight It. Healthy Living Publications 2020.
  • Aggarwal M, Rao J. Body On Fire Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook. Book Publishing Company 2022.


  • 2020- Present Adjunct Assisant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science
  • January 2020 to May 2023: Integrative Nutrition (IIN) Facebook Group Moderator
  • Red Flags Course, Maryland University of Integrative Health
  • Data Analysis Course, Maryland University of Integrative Health

Board Membership

  • June 2017 to present: Columbia Association Medical Advisory Board
  • May 2017 to 2020: EDS Wellness Advisory Board

Other Info

  • Invited Speaker for Cleveland Heart Labs

  • Invited Speaker for ACC Delaware for October 2022 Conference

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Conditions We Treat

• Chronic Fatigue

Our doctors may recommend various approaches to manage and mitigate your symptoms. Sometimes a combination of approaches will allow the individual to regain their functionality. Some of these approaches include: 

  • Nutritional Diet 
  • Supplements/Vitamins 
  • Meditation 
  • Massage 
  • Yoga
  • Counseling 
  • Light exercise 
  • Medications

• Chronic Pain

Getting to the root cause of your pain is what we do best. We evaluate, address and treat the physical causes, not just the symptoms of chronic pain and inflammation. Putting a focus on food sensitivities, diet and other potential triggers for pain, we are able to help patients get well and get to the next level in their wellness journey.

• Diabetes

Depending on the type of diabetes you may be suffering from will dictate the best course of treatment for you. Some may require medication, while others may be treated with lifestyle changes. There is no cure for diabetes, but different treatment methods can allow individuals to live healthy, and functioning lives.

• Hair Loss

Individuals suffering from hair loss may choose to be treated in a variety of ways. When hair loss is diagnosed early, in many cases you will be able to prevent further damage and encourage regrowth.  

With a diagnosis from a medical professional, individuals suffering from hair loss can incorporate the following treatments: 

  • Vitamins
  • Acupuncture
  • Medical Treatment 
  • Steroid Injections

• Hormone Imbalance

Depending on the specific imbalance you are suffering from, treatment may vary.

The most common medical approaches for treating hormonal imbalances are: 

  • Weight loss 
  • Thyroid medication 
  • Hormonal birth control (women) 
  • Hormone replacement therapy

• Inflammation

There are several approaches one can take to treat inflammation:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet
  • Medications
  • Home remedies

• Leaky Gut

There are several ways to begin treating your Leaky Gut. Some of these treatment approaches are: 

  • Diet Change
  • Medication Usage
  • Removing all the components that damage your intestinal wall 

• Arthritis

Common treatments include combinations of pharmacological approaches and home remedies. These include: 

  • Medications (NSAIDs, steroids, DMARDs) 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Surgery 
  • Healthy weight management 
  • Light exercise 
  • Acupuncture 
  • Massage therapy 
  • Cognitive therapy (to help you emotionally cope with your symptoms) 

• Yeast Overgrowth

Typically, some type of anti fungal medication will be incorporated when treating Yeast Overgrowth. WE may prescribe a cream, capsule, powder, or even injection depending on the location of infection. Some home remedies you can incorporate to support treating Yeast Overgrowth are: 

  • Garlic: the use/consumption of garlic is helpful because it has anti fungal properties 
  • Coconut Oil: high in lauric acid which can fight candida 
  • Aloe vera: Can inhibit the growth of candida 
  • Probiotics: reduce yeast growth and protect against infections 

• Headaches / Migraines

Acupuncture, Biomat, Infrared Sauna, and IV Therapies are great ways to reduce symptoms of headaches and migraines.

• Acid Reflux

Often times acid reflux is caused by your diet. At Shakthi, we work closely with you to help restore good nutrition and diet in your life. We won't just give you a list of things to do and send you on your way. Through careful testing and study, we'll identify the best nutrition plan for your individualized needs and desired outcome.

• Hypertension

If you are experiencing stress, fatigue, weight gain, loss of sleep, lack of energy and focus, you may being putting unnecessary stress on your heart.

We offer personalized, comprehensive consultations focusing on preventative cardiology care and nutrient deficiencies to develop a plan to correct a body out of balance.

Treatments We Offer

• IV Therapy

IV Therapy allows patients an alternative way to treat symptoms of various health conditions like chronic pain, adrenal fatigue, asthma, immune disorders, and fibromyalgia. The IV Therapy treatment can also be used as an alternative approach to boosting your immunity and your cellular health.

• Diagnostic Testing

We offer patients scientifically backed health assessments to better understand the root causes of their health conditions. We evaluate any disruptions to your health and body to develop effective wellness plans to optimize your vitality. The diagnostic testing we offer fosters improved wellness and vitality for our patients. 

• Vitamin B12 Injections

These injections can be used as a supplemental way to encourage total body wellness. Vitamin B12 can be used as an integrative therapeutic tool to help a wide variety of conditions.

The injection encourages the body to make red blood cells, improving oxygen circulation throughout the body. Vitamin B12 encourages your body to use carbohydrates and fat for the creation of energy and additional protein the body needs.

• Acupuncture

The treatment consists of fine needles being inserted into the skin, at varying depths. The placement of the needles, or acupoints, stimulate specific regions to produce specific physical responses. The thought is that physical stimulation will promote self-healing and bodily wellness.  

Once placed into the skin, the patient may feel a dull ache at the base of the needle. But acupuncture should never be painful. The dull ache will gently subside, leaving the individual in a relaxed state. In some practices, the steel needle may even be heated or stimulated as part of the treatment approach. 

• Infrared Sauna

An infrared sauna uses far-infrared light to create heat. Far-infrared light is the wavelength that most closely resembles the infrared heat given off by the human body. Because of the similarity, far-infrared light can enhance and strengthen our energy.

• Biomat

Amethyst biomats utilize their mineral component and heat to enhance the body’s vitality through far infrared rays and negative ions. Amethyst biomats can be used as treatments for chronic pain, injury, and overall wellness.

• Lymphatic Therapies

Lymphatic enhancement therapy (LET) utilizes electronic instruments to improve circulation and restore lymphatic flow and function. The therapeutic tools use the vibration of light and sound to promote healthy lymphatic tissue and immunity.

• Elimination Diets

Some foods can negatively affect the body. The elimination diet helps to identify these foods on an individual basis.

• Detox Programs

We teach our patients what good nutrition is and how it can affect their lives for the better. We have a nutritionist on staff to help teach our patients how to prepare food with maximum health benefits. We offer a variety of health, wellness and nutrition classes on-site

• Fast Mimicking Diets

We teach our patients what good nutrition is and how it can affect their lives for the better. A Fast Mimicking Diet helps to achieve weight and nutrition goals.

Body On Fire

Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook

New Book Dr. Jyothi Rao and Dr. Monica Aggarwal! Your guide to eating plant foods that fight disease. This companion volume to Body on Fire reiterates essential concepts about the nature of inflammation and its relationship to chronic illness.

Our Podcast

At Shakthi Health our integrative medicine approach focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all forms of therapies to help you reach optimal health and healing. In this podcast, we will be covering topics in health, wellness, and fitness. Our goal is to help you feel good and live a healthier lifestyle.

Upcoming Events

Get information on upcoming events and see our past events!  Dr. Jyothi Rao is a regular guest on podcasts, meet-ups, Facebook lives, and webinars with other healthcare professionals. These discussions cover a variety of interesting topics like diet, disease prevention, mental health, integrative medicine, and more!

Contact Us

Our Locations

Our patient care coordinators are available to answer questions Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00pm.

Mt Airy

2702 Back Acre Circle

Mt. Airy, MD 21771


6816 Deerpath Rd Elkridge, MD 21075

Get In Touch!

Main Phone

(301) 703-5067

Main Phone

(301) 703-5067





Fax #

(301) 703-8880

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(301) 703-8880