Board Members

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Shekhar Annambhotla, B.A.M.S., L.M.T., E.R.Y.T., R.M.A.S.,
Board Chair
Pennsylvania, USA
Shekhar Annambhotla, a classically trained registered ayurvedic specialist, licensed integrative bodywork & massage therapist, registered yoga instructor, certified pranic healer and certified reiki healer has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. Shekhar commenced his studies in Ayurveda at the age of 17 and earned the degree of Bachelor Degree in Ayurveda (B.A.M.S.), a 5 ½ year program at Dr. N.R.S. Government Ayurvedic College of Nagarjuna University, Andhra Pradesh State, India. He continued his postgraduate studies, Masters Degree in Ayurveda, a 3-year course of study, from Government Akhanadanand Ayurved College of Gujarat Ayurved University, Gujarat State, India from 1988-91. He is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, Licensed Integrative Bodywork and Massage Therapist, Certified Pranic Healer, Certified Reiki Healer and is also a faculty member of several Ayurveda schools and colleges throughout the USA and abroad. From 1992 – 1994, Shekhar worked as a Associate Professor at N.K.J. Ayurvedic Medical College (Gulburga University), Bidar, Karnataka State, India. From 1994 – 2001, Shekhar got an opportunity to serve at Maharishi Vedic Schools and Universities in The Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Trinidad, Guadeloupe, (West Indies), Jamaica (Caribbean Island), Canada, and the U.S.A. During his extensive travels, he delivered lectures and offered consultations on Ayurveda for health professionals and for the general public. He gave several newspaper interviews and radio talks on Ayurveda and was also interviewed on BBC’s Breakfast Television. Since 2002, Shekhar is the Founding Director of Ojas LLC, Ayurveda Wellness Center, in Pennsylvania, USA. He is also the Founding Director and President of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA). Shekhar served on the Board of Directors for National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) from 2005-2010. He has taught Ayurveda courses in many prestigious universities in United States including University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ (UMDNJ), Hershey Medical School, Jefferson Medical School and others. He is awarded “International Excellence Award 2011” in Dubai and received award “Ayurveda Khandantara Sthapanacharya” Award for promoting Ayurveda around the globe. He is on the editorial board for Light on Ayurveda Journal, MA, USA. Shekhar is Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Homeopathy and Ayurvedic Medicine, Lifesciences Journals: OMICS Group, California, USA.

Paul Dugliss

Paul Dugliss, M.D., R.A.A.P.
Member
Maine, USA
Dr. Paul Dugliss, M.D., Maine, USA – practices Ayurvedic Medicine, Ayurvedic Counseling and Internal Medicine. He also is an acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is the former director of Oakwood Healthcare System’s Complementary & Alternative Medicine Center in Westland, Michigan, USA. He also directed the Maharishi Vedic Medical Center in Lexington, KY and the Center for Enlightened Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI. He began studying Ayurvedic Medicine in the mid-1980s and has trained both in this country at Maharishi International University and in Europe at Maharishi Vedic University, Valkenberg, Holland. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. He is the author of several books including Ayurveda – The Power to Heal, Enlightened Nutrition, Capturing the Bliss: Ayurveda and the Yoga of Emotions, The Myth of Cholesterol, and Yoga & Ayurveda. Dr. Dugliss is the Director and Academic Dean of New World Ayurveda, an organization providing training in this comprehensive system of natural medicine. He has a master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and is currently focusing his practice of medicine on Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Counseling.Dr. Paul Dugliss received Atreya Award for excellence in practice of ayurveda in North America from Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America in 2012.

vijay jain

Vijay K. Jain, M.D., R.A.A.P.
Member
Florida, USA
Dr. Vijay Jain, M.D. brings more than 30 years of experience in General Surgery and 10 years of focused study of integrative medicine to his engaging integration of traditional/Western medicine with ancient medicine and well-tried systems of healing from different cultures. He has studied mind/body medicine with Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD, Yoga Therapy from Vivekenanda Research Center in Bangalore, India and courses in Ayurveda medicine with Dr. Sunil Joshi in Nagpur, India and courses in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil in Tucson, AZ. In addition to his surgery practice, Dr. Jain lectures on Ayurveda Principles and Practices, and how to create Optimal Health. Recently, he has become interested in the science of graceful aging as it relates to holistic practices. At present, Dr Jain is Medical Director of Amrit Ayurveda for Total Well-being and conducts all Panchakarma programs and founding directors of International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Florida, USA.

Dhanada Kulknarni, B.A.M.S.
Member
Texas, USA
Dhanada Kularni, is the Owner, Founder and Director of SohamAyurYoga and an experienced health practitioner, ayurvedic practitioner, master yoga therapist, Vedic astrologer and vastu consultant in the San Francisco bay area. She has been very active in promoting ayurveda and other ancient Indian sciences at various forums in the USA over the last 9 years. She serves on the boards of several organizations including AAPNA, Kalidas Sanskrit University of Maharashtra, India. She has been honored with many international awards such Jivaka and Dhanwantari. Recently she was awarded the Patanjali Award by AAPNA for her yogic research. Dhanada has been an international keynote speaker, presenter and panel expert for many organizations.

Note:
These “MD” (Ayurveda) degrees were earned in countries other than the United States. While holders of these MD (Ayurveda) degrees appropriately earned them through the educational systems of their respective countries, they are NOT licensed to practice allopathic medicine in the United States as a physician or surgeon, and they have NOT been determined by the medical board to be equivalent degrees to those obtained within the United States. The degrees are stated as such to indicate their past education and earned degrees as their credentials from various accredited universities and approved by the University Grants Commission (U.G.C) and should not be imputed to have any licensure to practice allopathic medicine in the United States. To determine whether someone is licensed to practice allopathic medicine in the United States, please contact the medical board of the State in which you are interested.