Board

Founder & President & Chairman of the Board

Shekhar Annambhotla, born in Tangutur, Andhra Pradesh, India in 1963, is a Registered Master Ayurvedic Specialist (RMAS) who was trained in India and has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. Ayurveda is not just a system of alternative system of healing, but is actually a comprehensive and ancient science of health. It is Shekhar’s belief that due to the open nature of ayurveda and its timeless principles, it is a boon to those of us living in the modern, stressful world. Shekhar’s mission is to educate and help people live healthier lives with ayurveda. He began his eight-year course of study in ayurveda at the age of 17, first at Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh, India (1982-88) and then at Gujarat Ayurved University in Gujarat, India (1988-91), where he earned his Doctorate Degree in Ayurveda. He is also a Licensed Integrative Bodywork and Massage Therapist (LMT) and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E.R.Y.T.-500) with the Yoga Alliance and an instructor of therapeutic Hatha Yoga, having completed training at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Center in India. Shekhar is also a Certified Pranic Healer, a Certified Reiki Healer and a Certification in Energy Healing.

From 1992 – 1994, Shekhar worked as an Associate Professor at N.K.J. Ayurvedic College (Gulburga University), Bidar, Karnataka State, India. From 1994 – 2001, Shekhar has the 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, Jamaica (Caribbean Island), Colombia (South America), Peru, Costa Rica, 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 has been the Founding Director of Ojas LLC, Ayurveda Wellness Center, in Pennsylvania, USA. www.ojas.us He is the Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) www.aapna.org. He is Founding Director of Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC, USA. www.globalayurvedaconferences.com Shekhar is co-founding director of International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Inc. (IUYA) www.iu-ya.org. 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 the United States including University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ (UMDNJ), Hershey Medical School, Jefferson Medical School, University of Penn Nursing School, and others.

He was awarded the “Tathagat International Excellence Award 2011” in Dubai, received the award “Ayurveda Khandantara Sthapanacharya” Award for promoting ayurveda around the globe, “Pragathi” Award for Promoting Ayurveda Globally and MTC Global Award 2015 “Outstanding Corporate Award: Healthcare and Community Service”. and “Dhanwantari” Award from Suraksha, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India and “Bharadwaja” Award from Telengana Ayurvedic Doctors Association, Hyderabad, Telengana State, India. He has bestowed with “Vishwa Ayurveda Ratna” (World Ayurveda Gem) Award and “Global Ambassador of Ayurveda” from Bharat Seva Sansthan, Lucknow, India. He is on the editorial board for Ayurveda Journal of Health, MA, USA and board of advisor for AYU (International Journal on Ayurveda) from Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India. Shekhar was organized 19 International Conferences on various subjects in USA, Canada, India through Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC. His passion and love for ayurveda fuels his vision for the development and growth of ayurveda, including creating and implementing high quality ayurvedic education and training programs in the west. It is AAPNA’s mission to bring ayurveda to the forefront of healing arts. With your support and encouragement, ayurveda will be accepted and integrated as a key complementary science to modern health care.

What inspired you to start Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA)?
Ayurveda itself was the inspiration behind AAPNA. After studying for 8 years to earn my Doctorate in Ayurveda in India, I wanted to take Ayurveda to the West. It was my firm belief that Ayurveda was the panacea for not only the sufferings of the body, but the mind and the soul. My dream has been to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of mainstream healthcare in the west, and this vision gave me the courage, motivation and perseverance to embark on this journey.

What are the challenges for the growth of Ayurveda and AAPNA in North America?
Because of a lack of proper licensing authority for Ayurvedic practice in North America, people are reluctant to approach an Ayurvedic professional since the therapies are not covered under medical insurance. This is one of the biggest hurdles for Ayurveda in the west. Though people are aware that Ayurveda is a holistic science that addresses the diseases from its roots without side effects, the common man is not ready to bear the extra financial burden of the therapy as it’s not covered by medical insurance. Apart from that, Ayurvedic doctor is still an unknown term in the west because there is no authority for credentialing Ayurvedic doctors in the west. We want to change this in the near future.

What were the challenges you faced in creating a community of Ayurvedic professionals in North America?
First, it was a daunting task identifying genuine Ayurvedic professionals among so many of them available in the west today. There are many Ayurvedic professionals in the West who have just read a book or completed a seminar or short course and pose themselves to be genuine Ayurvedic healers. Therefore, our main challenge was to find Ayurvedic professionals who were properly trained in the science of Ayurveda. We provided a platform for Ayurvedic professionals to be registered under AAPNA so that the practice would gain credibility. We also began offering free academic teleconference calls each month and sponsored awards for excellence in Ayurveda and Vedic Sciences to recognize outstanding Ayurvedic professionals and their accomplishments. In addition, we have conducted hundreds of seminars, workshops, conferences and lectures on Ayurveda to create awareness and increase our membership.

 

Executive Council

Master Shekhar Annambhotla
Founder & President
Pennsylvania, USA
Shekhar Annambhotla, is a classically trained registered master ayurvedic specialist, licensed integrative massage therapist, yoga instructor, pranic healer, reiki healer, and energy healer has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. His passion and love for ayurveda fuels his vision for the development and growth of ayurveda, including creating and implementing high quality ayurvedic education and training programs in the west. It is AAPNA’s mission to bring ayurveda to the forefront of healing arts. With your support and encouragement, ayurveda will be accepted and integrated as a key complementary science to modern health care.

Neelam Toprani
Secretary
Vancouver, Canada
Neelam Toprani is an Ayurvedic researcher and formulator of Sewanti and Phyto Vedic herbal remedies and Padmashri classical massage oils. One of the objectives of her Company is to take the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda and translate it into practical solutions to improve the quality of modern day life. From her Vancouver based Company; Neelam strives to bring awareness of Ayurveda to the western world through educational programs, regulation of Ayurvedic medicine at various government levels and integration of Ayurvedic treatment protocols with modern medicine. Her milestone achievements include approvals for Sewanti Ayurvedic Series multi ingredient classical Ayurvedic formulations by Health Canada, Natural Health Products Division (NHPD) in 2010. Padmashri Naturals Inc. is amongst the first to obtain the approval for Ayurvedic supplements. The Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) awarded Kautilya Award for an Excellence in Ayurvedic Business for 2013-14 to Padmashri Naturals Inc. Neelam was appointed Research Associate of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE) Harvard Branch in April 2014.

Radha Dutt, B.S. (Math), B.S. (Computer Information Systems)
Treasurer
Pennsylvania, USA
Radha Dutt recently retired after 22 years of service as a business and systems analyst with Empire Medicare Services. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1970 with two young children to join her husband, Dutt Bulusu, who completed his Ph.D. and post-doctoral studies at the University of Southern California. She is now the grandmother of 5 beautiful second-generation Indian Americans, and is committed to a life of peace, simplicity and daily prayer and reflection.

Michelle Costantini, R.A.L.C., R.F.N.C.,
Member
Pennsylvania, USA
Michelle Costantini received her Ayurveda Food & Nutrition Consultant certificate from the International University of Yoga & Ayurveda, Florida, USA. She studied for the Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant certificate at the Centro Ayurveda in Genoa, Italy and at the Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat Hospital in Connor, Tamil Nadu, India. Michelle is an Ayurveda Food & Nutrition Consultant at the Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. She offers consultations on food choices and cooking alternatives, and suggests simple lifestyle changes that will improve your health by allowing your body to better digest the food you eat and thus assimilate its nutrients. Michelle also offers cooking demonstrations and workshops for individuals or small groups.

Board Members

Master Shekhar Annambhotla
Board Chair
Pennsylvania, USA
Shekhar Annambhotla, is a classically trained registered master ayurvedic specialist, licensed integrative massage therapist, yoga instructor, pranic healer, reiki healer, and energy healer has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. His passion and love for ayurveda fuels his vision for the development and growth of ayurveda, including creating and implementing high quality ayurvedic education and training programs in the west. It is AAPNA’s mission to bring ayurveda to the forefront of healing arts. With your support and encouragement, ayurveda will be accepted and integrated as a key complementary science to modern health care.

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.

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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.

Membership Commitee

Priyatarssini

Priyatarssini Balamurugen, BAMS, MSc (Psychology), LMT, RAAP
Membership Chair
New Jersey, USA
Priya is an integrative wellness practitioner specializing in Endocrinology and pain management through Ayurveda, Marma, Naturopathy, Yoga & Reflexology. Research scientist at the WISE-World Institute of Scientific Exploration working on Ayurvedic traditional medicine therapies, consciousness, Ayurvedic psychology and energy healing. Master and Instructor in Simplified Kundalini Yoga (Vethathrium), a scientific system of conscious living directed towards Individual peace leading to World peace.

Indu Arora, E.R.Y.T.
Illinois, USA
Indu Arora is a Yogini by Karma. She is highly accomplished international speaker, Master Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist, an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Healer and Author, and over 13 years of teaching experience. She is a Board member of the World Movement of Yoga and International Advisor to World Yoga Council. She has been awarded with Yoga Shiromani and Yoga Bhaskar. She has a Grand Parenting E-500 T-500 from Yoga Alliance and is registered Yoga Therapist. Indu is pursuing her PhD. in Metaphysical Sciences from University of Metaphysical Sciences, CA. She is a senior contributor for Tathaastu Magazine. She is awarded with the titles: “Rishi Award~ Sage” for Excellence in Teaching Meditation”, “Hind-Ratna-Gem of India”, “Ray of Hope”, “Yoga Ratna~ Jewel of Yoga” for Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda. She travels globally for International Yoga Therapy Teacher Training programs, Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats, Conferences etc.

Gauri Junnarkar, B.A.M.S., M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., R.A.A.P.,
Texas, USA
Gauri Junnarkar is the founder of ‘Ayurnutrition’, an integrative nutrition practice. She is an Ayurveda Specialist and a Registered/Licensed Dietitian. She earned her BAMS Bachelor of Ayurveda degree from the University of Mumbai. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. Her expertise includes Ayurveda, Panchakarma, Nutrition and Diabetes education. She integrates Ayurveda principles with Nutrition in her daily practice. Ms. Junnarkar teaches nutrition courses to undergraduate students and works as a Certified Diabetes Educator at diabetes center in Dallas Fort Worth area. Ms. Junnarkar’s background in Ayurveda inspired her to do her master’s thesis research on “Dietary Curcumin (phytochemical in Turmeric) and its effect in Melanoma (skin cancer)”, which was selected at the national conference on Experimental Biology under “Diet and Cancer” and also at the Texas Dietetic Association conference. Ms. Junnarkar has given a number of presentations on Ayurveda to faculty and students at Texas Woman’s University and various dietitian associations in Dallas. She is a faculty member at International University of Yoga and Ayurveda. Ms. Junnarkar is a committee member for AAPNA (Ayurvedic Professionals of North America). She also writes articles on Ayurveda and nutrition.

Ashlesha Raut

Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MDAYURVED, NC, HHP
Illinois, USA
Ashlesha Raut, is a consulting Ayurvedic practitioner and Nutritional Consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda, Healthcare and Integrative medicine. She is a Registered Master Ayurvedic Specialist (RMAS). Ashlesha holds BAMS, MDAYURVED degrees from Mumbai University, India. She earned the distinctive honor, a gold medal, for her thesis. Ashlesha completed her N.C. (Nutritional Consultant) and HHP (Holistic Health Practitioner) with High Honors in USA. She also completed her ‘Second Degree Reiki Program’ in USA. She is a recipient of the prestigious ‘Shiromani Award’ by Indian Board of Alternative Medicines for her contributions towards alternative medicine. She is passionate about teaching Ayurveda and is also a faculty at many Ayurvedic colleges in USA. Ashlesha has been presented by the North America award of “Charaka” in recognition of her excellence in Ayurvedic teaching in North America. She is a founding member of CAC (Council for Ayurveda Credentialing). Presently, she is a Director of Ayurveda at “Ayurveda For Healing” and “Main Street Yoga” where she practices Ayurveda, and is actively involved in promoting Ayurveda globally.

Jorge Torres, PhD
Puerto Rico, Caribbean Islands
Jorge Torres director of the Sanatan Dharma Society of Puerto Rico. I am a registered vedic astrologer and AAPNA member. Also I am a disciple of BA Paramadvati Maharaj and active member of the Worldwide Vrinda Mission. I am running the first Vedic astrolgy Course in Puerto Rico as a Registered AAPNA school in Sadhana Healing arts in San Juan. Last year we invited Light and Bryan Miller to give the first Ayurvedic Practitioner course on the island and helped the students take 50 contact hours of Jyotish. Jorge graduate of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (BBA) with 25 years of business experience in a multinational environment, occupying different management positions. As part of my educational experience I also have a PhD in Vaishnavism as part of my spiritual training in the seminary. My main interest is show the link between Ayurveda and spiritual development. I am collaborating with a team of MD’s and other professionals to set up an interdisciplinary group with the University of Puerto Rico to give palliative care. I am also a vaishnava chaplain. I am very much interested to collaborate to the best of my knowledge with AAPNA and its mission here in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

Dr. Sathya N. Dornala, BAMS, MD-Ayurved, MS, PhD-Ayurved.
New Delhi, India
Dr. Sathya N. Dornala, B.A.M.S., M.D (Ayurvedic Internal Medicine/Gold medalist), M.S. (Psychotherapy & Counselling)., Ph.D (Panchakarma) from National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur., Vaidya-Scientist Fellowship form University of Transdisciplinary Health Sciences and technology, Bengaluru; Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital & Health Management – PGDHHM from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. Presently working as “Panchakarma Specialist” at Swami Vivekanand Ayurvedic Panchkarma Hospital, Dilshad garden, Delhi, India.

Zide Mooni, A.P., O.M.D., R.A.P, R.A.H.,
Florida, USA
Zide Mooni is an NCCA-certified practitioner who works closely with patients to make sure that they are receiving the best treatment possible for their problems. For at least 18 years, Zide has been practicing the healing sciences of India and China, but for the past 10 years Ayurveda has been his priority, to practice more and to create more awareness with his esteemed teachers. Born in Trinidad of Rajastani – Indian and Malaysian heritage, Zide studied martial arts with family members since he was 12 years old and at nineteen migrated to the US, with astrological and intuitive guidance from his grandmother. In the US at 20 years of age, he started studying Shaolin Eagle Claw martial arts with Grandmaster Fu Leong and Sifu Nee, and continued his in-depth study of Daoism and meditation practices. He then furthered his studies of Taoist Tai Chi as well as Chi Gung with Taoist masters and mentors from the US and Mainland China for about seven years which included an apprenticeship in Acupuncture, Nutrition and Chinese herbal medicine.

Somesh Kaushik, B.A.M.S., N.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., E-R.Y.T.-500
Connecticut, USA
Somesh N. Kaushik is the Ayurvedic specialist/consultant at the Institute. After completing B.A.M.S., a 6½ years of Ayurvedic training in 1983 from Kurukshetra University, India. He worked as an Ayurvedic Medical Officer before moving to U.S. He earned M.P.H. and M.P.A. from University of Alabama, Birmingham and N.D. from the University of Bridgeport, where he taught Ayurvedic medicine and Public Health courses and worked as the Director of Admissions for the College of Naturopathic Medicine. Before moving to Connecticut, he worked as an Epidemiologist and Director of HIV/AIDS sero-surveillance with Alabama Department of Public Health while maintaining an Ayurvedic practice. He has been a faculty member with the University of Bridgeport, Division of Health Sciences since 2001 He has over 26 years of experience as an Ayurvedic physician. He offers seminars and lectures on Ayurvedic medicine. Dr. Kaushik brings a unique experience as an Ayurvedic college trained Ayurvedic physician and a Naturopathic doctor with experience in public health and health education. He is also an experienced registered Yoga teacher. Dr. Kaushik joined the Institute for Ayurvedic And Naturopathic Therapies in Fair field, CT in 2006. Dr. Kaushik offers courses, workshops and training in Ayurvedic medicine. He offers lectures on Ayurvedic medicine at National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR and various National and International symposiums/events. He also holds medical camps in India to offer free medical care to under served population and would like to expand that service to other countries.

Vaishali Verma
Clinical
Seattle, Washington, USA
Vaishali Verma was born and raised in India. I grew up running the halls of my father’s integrative medical practice and I was inspired by him to pursue medicine. I studied Ayurvedic medicine for 5.5 years in India. During my final year in school, I assisted my father in his clinic, which helped increase my clinical skills. After the completion of my education, I worked as an OB/GYN resident in a hospital in India and gained hands on experience in midwifery and women’s health. I moved to United States in 2006 and decided to continue my clinical education by pursuing 4 year ND degree through Bastyr University. I draw out from modalities such as Ayurvedic medicine, Botanical medicine, Physical medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition, and Hydrotherapy in my practice. I developed special interest in Pediatrics after the birth of my daughter. She has taught me to be a better doctor and still teaching me every day about childhood development. I focus on preventative care in my practice relying on an individual’s complete medical history, family history, social history, mental health, genetics, known environmental exposures, diet and lifestyle to inform our work together. I work with my patients using an integrated Ayurvedic and Naturopathic approach to create a unique treatment plan for them. I am passionate about educating people on the importance of nutrition, healthy diet, and lifestyle, and guiding them to make healthy lifestyle choices. My goals are to facilitate healing in my patients, help them achieve optimal health, and maintain wellness for a lifetime. Outside of work I enjoy cooking healthy meals for my family, listening to music, dancing, exploring the city with friends, and teaching my daughter to enjoy nature.

Suresh Swarnapuri
Clinical
Cork City, Ireland
Suresh Swarnapuri, is an international ayurvedic specialist and expert, and a visiting consultant to Paris-France, Zagreb-Croatia and Dnepropetrovsk-Ukraine. He is a member of Croatian Ayurveda Association and member of GAP (Global Ayurveda Professionals) he has done 9-year Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine program at Rajiv Gandhi Health University, Bangalore, India. Suresh Swarnapuri was a lecturer at IIAMR -Bangalore and later he served as Associate Professor at Sri Sri Ravishankar Ayurveda College & Research Institute at Bangalore For more than 10 years, he successfully conducted various Ayurveda, seminars and lectures in different countries in Europe,he visited and provided consultations to various countries that includes Germany, Holland, Russian, Serbia, Ukraine, Turkey, Lebanon and Montenegro. He received Atreya Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Practice from the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America in the year 2011 at Boston, U.S.A and later in 2013, he received Charaka award for excellence in Ayurveda teaching again from AAPNA at Las Vegas-U.S.A. He is presently coordinated with a french Ayurveda center -Ahimsa to form a Ayurveda school in Paris-France.

Rammohan Rao, Ph.D., C.A.S., R.A.A.P.,R.Y.T.,
Fellowship
California, USA
Rammohan Rao comes from a family of ayurvedic practitioners and Vedic teachers in India tracing back to the illustrious Vedic-Acharya Rishi Kaundinya. Ram completed the academic training at the California College of Ayurveda and presently teaches in their Nevada city location. Ram is a dedicated Hatha yoga practitioner and is a R.Y.T. from Yoga Alliance USA. Ram has published several articles in major Yoga/Ayurveda journals and recently was awarded the Vagbhata Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching by AAPNA. Ram holds a doctorate degree in Neurosciences and works as a Research Associate Professor at the Buck Institute for Age Research, Novato, CA, on various aspects of age associated neuro-degenerative diseases.

Pooja Sabharwal, Ph.D.(Ayu),P.G.D.H.M.,P.G.D.Yoga,P.G.D.A.S.T.,C.F.N.
Fellowship
New Delhi, India
Pooja sabharwal is an Ayurveda academician, Practitioner and Researcher, working in Ayurveda field since 2006.At present she is Assistant Professor of Ayurveda & Consultant at Choudhry Brahm Prakash Ayurveda Charak Samsthan (CBPACS), New Delhi, Government of India. She has a vast experience in India and abroad for practicing and propagating Ayurveda. For propagation of Ayurveda she has visited Latvia, Germany and Malaysia. She was invited by Embassy of India for Latvia & Sweden for promotion of Ayurveda from 19th March to 1 April 2014. As a part of the campaign to promote Ayurveda, she participated in the dialogue with various prominent doctors, oncologists, academicians & regulators from Ministry of Health, Education & Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia along with various stake holders from industry and general public. She is author of an Ayurvedic book on Yoga Chakras and its relation to Ayurveda. She has presented and/or published over 35 abstracts at national and international meetings. Dr Pooja Sabharwal is engaged in extensive research in cancer treatment through Ayurveda. She has received National Human Rights award from All India Human Rights Association. She has been International coordinator for International Ayurveda conferences. She is serving International Academy of Ayurveda as faculty member. She worked as Consultant/Assistant Medical Superintendent at Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College and Dabur Hospital Chandigarh. She has also served as Ayurveda consultant in Germany on deputation From Dept of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India.

Meenakshi Gupta BAMS
Fellowship
Texas, USA
Meenakshi Gupta, an Ayurvedic Specialist, trainer and teacher of international repute, pursued her Masters Degree in Ayurveda from The National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, India. She is a gold medalist and has done intense 3 years of research in Ayurveda. She has more than 12 years of extensive international experience in design & delivery of Ayurveda courses as Ayurveda Cosmetology, Ayurveda Herbology, Yoga, Panchakarma therapy. She organizes regular workshops on various topics of Ayurveda, training workshops for hands on training in Panchakarma courses. She has authored several papers and writes regular column in several e magazines, health magazines along with various Radio talks & newspaper articles.

Diana Lurie, Ph.D., R.A.P.
Fellowship
Montana, USA
Diana I. Lurie, PhD., is a Professor of Neuropharmacology at The University of Montana. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, and directs a research laboratory focusing on CNS injury, and the response of the nervous system to natural products, including Ayurvedic herbs. The lurie laboratory is currently evaluating a variety of natural products for their ability to inhibit the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from activated microglia in vitro, and is currently focusing on Bacopa Monnieri, Gotu Kola, and Ashwagandha. In collaboration with Dr. Doug Coffin (The University of Montana), the lab group is also examining the ability of curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, to limit the neurodegenerative processes that occur during Alzheimer’s disease. Dr, Lurie maintains active collaborations with other research groups at the University of Washington, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Laila Pharma, Vijayawada India. Dr. Lurie is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and teaches neuroscience, Anatomy and Physiology, and courses in Ayurveda. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Ayurveda Journal of Health.

Advisorsl

David Frawley, Pandit Vamadeva Shastri
New Mexico, USA
David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is one of the few Westerners ever recognized in India as an authentic Vedic teacher, where his work is known and honored throughout the country. He is a teacher of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedic astrology, who shows how Yoga and Vedic systems of knowledge interface for optimizing our human potential. His many books include “Yoga and Ayurveda”, “Ayurveda and the Mind”, “Ayurvedic Healing”, “Meditation Vedantic”, and “Yoga for Your Type” (forthcoming). He is currently the director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, president of the American Council of Vedic Astrology (ACVA), on the faculty for the Chopra Wellness Center, and on the editorial board for the magazine Yoga International. Dr. Frawley has a twenty-year background in natural healing, including the systems of Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism and Vedic Astrology. He has a doctor’s degree in oriental medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine, Santa Fe, NM, where he taught herbal medicine for several years. He is associated with the Ashtanga Ayurveda College in Pune, India and other Ayurvedic schools in India, where he has lectured on a number of occasions. Currently he is director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Frawley is the author of numerous books and articles on Ayurveda and other Vedic topics. He has presented seminars at the Ayurvedic Institute for many years.

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Dr.Vijay Murthy, B.Nat (New Zealand), M.S. (Ayu), B.A.M.S. (India), MPH(New Zealand)
London, United Kingdom
Dr. Murthy is an internationally acclaimed Ayurvedic physician and a renowned public health specialist, who is a strong advocate for bridging eastern health traditions with current evidence-based health care. Dr. Murthy is the co-founder of Ayuwave Natural Health & Wellbeing Ltd, London, UK, former head of Ayurvedic Medicine, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, Auckland, New Zealand (2004-2014) and a researcher at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Sydney, Australia. With his vast experience as a clinician, teacher, educator, researcher and author stretching over two decades (since 1994) across India, New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Amitabh Gumman

Dr. Amitabh Gumman B.A.M.S., M.P.H., L.Ac., Ph.D.
Oklahoma, USA
Amit Gumman is the Founder, President and Chief Clinician of Harmony Healing Center, Inc., a premier center for integrative healing sciences. He is the Director of Harmony Nutraceuticals, LLC, where he is responsible for developing and manufacturing cutting edge formulas, integrating ayurvedic herbs with modern nutraceuticals. He has been practicing in Oklahoma City since 1994. Gumman’s practice and medical training integrate a wide array of therapeutic modalities drawn from acupuncture, ayurveda, herbology, naturopathy and yoga. His vision of a state-of-the-art healing center in the heart of Oklahoma City has come true. He graduated in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from the Government Ayurvedic Medical College, Hyderabad. He also holds a Diploma in Naturopathy and is certified as a Yoga instructor. He is a Diplomat in Acupuncture, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He completed his Masters of Public Health degree in Health Promotion Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and M.D. degree from the University of Health Sciences, Antigua School of Medicine, West Indies. He is the President of Oklahoma Acupuncture Association and also the past Vice President of Oklahoma Naturopathic Physicians Association.

Ashwinikumar Raut B.A.M.S., MD (Ayurveda)
Mumbai, India
Ashwinikumar Raut is one of the leading Ayurvedic physicians from Mumbai, India. He has been in clinical practice for more than 25yrs. He reinforces Ayurveda with latest research developments in the field. Raut is Director, Clinical Research & integrative medicine at Kasturba Health Society’s Medical Research Centre, Mumbai. He completed his graduation from R.A. Podar Medical College, Mumbai and post graduate training from Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University. Raut is blessed with a family tradition of Ayurveda and is a third generation Vaidya. He receives AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America) International Dhanwantari Award 2010 for excellence in Ayurvedic Practice. Raut organizes and delivers academic talks on Ayurveda for researchers, academicians, practitioners, students and for general community.

Mother Maya Tiwari
North Carolina, USA
Mother Maya Tiwari having served more than a quarter century as a Vedic monk, belonging to India’s prestigious Veda Vyasa lineage, Maya Tiwari has been praised as a World Peace Leader by the Parliament of the World’s Religions for her outstanding work in creating inner harmony, health and wellness in the world. Maya’s time-tested ability to inspire and create change in human behavior and understanding is a matter of flawless record from the past 27 years of her devout work in the United States and around the world. She founded the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, Mother Om Mission, and the Living Ahimsa Foundation, and received the prestigious Dhanvantari International Award in 2011 for her pioneering work in Ayurveda education. She also recently received the Rishi Award from AAPNA for her outstanding work in Ayurveda.

Pratichi Mathur

Acharya ‘Shunya’ Pratichi Mathur
California, USA
Acharya ‘Shunya’ Pratichi Mathur, San Francisco, California, USA is a traditional scholar, healer, and teacher of Ayurveda and Vedic sciences. Her own classical Ayurveda knowledge stems from 14 years of rigorous, Gurukulam-based training in Ayodhya, India. Acharya Shunya founded the California-based non-profit Vedika Global, a Vedic foundation that supports an awarded, international Gurukulam School of Ayurveda and Vedic Studies, sponsors community welfare initiatives, and delivers charitable wellness through global humanitarian projects. For her trailblazing work in reviving Gurukulam education, Acharya Shunya was bestowed the Mother Padmavati International Ayurveda Award by the prestigious Indian Institute of Medicine; the Nalanda Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Education by AAPNA; and was honored by AYURA and FERATSM foundations in India.

Suhas G. Kshirsagar,BAMS, MDAYURVED, RMAS
California, USA
Suhas Kshirsagar is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician and a gold medalist from prestigious Pune University. A Rig Vedic Bramhin by tradition and an accomplished Clinician by training adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike. He is an insightful Medical Astrologer and Vedic Counselor. He worked with His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for over 10 years. During these years he and his wife Manisha, traveled extensively all around the world, teaching Ayurvedic Medicine, Jyotish, designing courses & curriculums, directing Ayurvedic Clinics and helping design new Ayurvedic formulations. He was the Chairman for Maharishi College of Vedic Medicine, a Professor at Maharishi University of Management and the Medical Director, at the Raj Pancha-Karma center in Fairfield, IA.

Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc, BAMS, RAAP
California, USA
Jayarajan Kodikannath is the Academy Director of Kerala Ayurveda (USA) responsible for all academic programs conducted internationally by Kerala Ayurveda with a focus on bringing quality education on authentic Ayurveda across the globe. Jay has presented several papers on Ayurveda in national and international seminars. He writes articles on wellness an health regularly in periodicals and responds to the readers’ health queries in the Health issue of The New Indian Express. An affable person Dr Jay is always enthusiastic and innovative.

JN Mishra

JN Mishra, Ph.D. (Ayu)
Lucknow, India
Prof. J.N.Mishra, Ph.D (Ayurved) retired in 2004 after serving 37 yrs as Post Graduate Teacher Head and Dean Faculty of Ayurveda, Lucknow University, Uttar Pradesh, India. He has guided about 75 MD’s in ayurveda and 15 PhD scholars in ayurveda and involved in research activities achieving many milestones during this period. Prof. Mishra attended many National and International conferences, seminars and workshops and recently was facilitated by International Charak Award of excellence in teaching and research at Los Angeles, USA by Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America. He has many publications of his research work in National and International journals and is author of 2 books. Prof. Mishra is member of different selection committees, Faculty of Universities, Executive councils and specially to be life member and General Secretary, Bharat Seva Sansthan which deals with education, medical health and training programs for downtrodden and BPL in India particularly in rural areas.

Partap Chauhan, BAMS
New Delhi, India
Partap Chauhan, BAMS, Ayurvedacharya, is among the few Ayurvedic experts who has studied and now practices Ayurveda in its original form. He is an exceptional Ayurvedic expert as he belongs to an original Ayurvedic lineage (guru shisya parampara). After finishing his graduation in Ayurvedic Medicine from Delhi University, he studied and practiced Ayurveda for five years under Vaidya Nanak Chand Sharma at Kaya Maya Ayurvedic Pharmacy and Hospital. Dr.Chauhan is an author, teacher, international speaker and world’s most traveled Ayurvedic physician. He has a great contribution for spreading Ayurveda globally and is associated with a number of International Ayurveda organizations and teaching Institutions.

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.