About Us

Jeff Ash - Nutritionist, Trainer, Educator

Our Story

In March of 2013, we celebrated our wedding, excited to start our new life together. After a fun honeymoon in Hawaii, we returned to begin our married life together with their two teenage daughters. However, things did not go exactly as planned. Having no prior symptoms, by June of that same year, Robin was suffering from severe headaches, blackouts, loss of vision at times, and balance issues. The condition was debilitating. After a numerous tests, they finally performed a spinal tap and confirmed that she has idiopathic intracranial hypertension (AKA pseudotumor cerebri), a condition where the body produces excess spinal fluid causing extreme pressure around the brain.

It’s this journey and various life experiences for both of us, that inspired the name Hope Drives Me. Hope is what drives us to pursue health in our own lives as well as help others pursue health in their lives.

Meet Our Staff

MNU Certified Nutritionist
NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Jeff Ash

I’ve been active all my life, involved in competitive sports including baseball, karate, and rock climbing. My late wife of 15 years struggled with her weight her entire life so while weight has not been an issue for me, I am intimately in tune with the variety of issues and emotions surrounding those who struggle with their weight. Helping her lose 140 lbs over an 18-month period and seeing the impact that this transformation had on her enjoyment of life has been a driving force in my life and why I love to work with this population. With my current wife’s chronic health issues, this is yet another driving force that guides my passion to help those who struggle just to make it through each day. My passion is to help people of all ages find creative solutions to improve their health and fitness while taking into account their unique circumstances and limitations.
As a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, I have a deep passion for learning, applying that knowledge, and educating others. I spend a lot of my spare time reading the latest research in the areas of nutrition, health, and exercise science. It’s this passion and appreciation for knowledge (and background as a former homeschooling parent) that inspired my development of the Equipped to Thrive™ nutrition and fitness curriculum for kids and teens.

Robin Ash

Robin has also been active all of her life and also involved in a number of competitive sports. She doesn’t talk about it much, but as her husband, I love to brag on the fact that she was a 4-year starter at Baylor on a full-ride basketball scholarship. She’s kind of a big deal in my eyes.

Robin brings a unique perspective to her role as one of the moderators of our Equipped to Thrive™ discussion forums. As a chronic pain warrior who deals daily with the challenges of both Lupus and pseudotumor cerebri, she has a deep level of empathy and understanding for those with ongoing medical conditions. She is also a domestic violence and sexual abuse survivor with a huge heart and passion for building up, encouraging, and bringing out the best in others. She brings a high level of intelligence and a keen sense of wisdom and understanding when interacting with others.