Brandon Horn, PhD, JD, LAc, FABORM
Dr. Brandon Horn is a lecturer, researcher and clinician in the fields of acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition. He received his Bachelor and Juris Doctorate degrees from the Ohio State University, his Master degree in Oriental Medicine from Samra University and his PhD in Classical Chinese Medicine from the American University of Complementary Medicine. Brandon is a recognized authority in the field of infertility and gynecology. He has publications in journals such as Fertility & Sterility, Alternative Therapies in Women’s Health, Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Journal of Chinese Medicine. He also lectures both in the United States and internationally on topics such as the treatment of women with poor ovarian quality, the use of acupuncture to improve uterine receptivity, and the use of acupuncture in support of in-vitro fertilization. In researching how to help couples have healthy babies, Brandon also developed an interest in fetal development and pediatrics. After receiving hospital privileges at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Brandon devoted one day per week to treating under-served children at CHLA as a supervisor in the pediatric acupuncture fellowship program. Today, Brandon is the Deputy Director of the CHLA-YSU acupuncture program, where he works with some of the top pediatricians in the country. In addition to working at CHLA, Brandon is also on faculty at UCLA Medical School where he teaches third year medical students. In his private practice, he sees patients in our Los Angeles office.
Dr. LeRoy Perry, D.C., C. Ped.
Dr. LeRoy Perry is a Chiropractic Orthopedist, Sports Scientist, educator and inventor. He has officially served as an Official Olympic Team Doctor five times. He holds numerous international patents including the Spinal Decompressor, a bad back exercise and decompression device which he designed for our US Military. Dr. Perry is founder and CEO of the International Sport Science Institute™ in Los Angeles, which includes the Elizabeth Taylor’s Aquatic Center and the Shirley McLain Integrative Medicine Wing.
John Scaringe, DC, EdD
John Scaringe was appointed President for the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) in May 2010 after serving as Interim President for approximately nine months. He began his career at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (LACC) as faculty in 1991. Dr. Scaringe served as Chair of the Chiropractic Procedures Department and the Department of Diagnosis for LACC before directing the University Health Center in Whittier, the largest outpatient care facility at SCU. In 2001, he became Dean of Clinical Education and in 2005 was named Dean of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2007.
Dr. Scaringe is a published author and has served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Sports Chiropractic and Rehabilitation and on the editorial advisory board of Manual Therapy. He is a frequent lecturer on sports medicine and manual therapy related topics and has cared for elite amateur and professional athletes worldwide. In addition to private practice and over 20 years of teaching experience, Dr. Scaringe currently serves on the Council on Chiropractic Education.
Scaringe holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College, a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach. He is also past president of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.
Featured Presenters (in Alphabetical Order)
Ghee for a Healthy Body, Radiant Face and Beautiful Skin
Sandeep Agarwal is the owner of Pure Indian Foods, a family owned business based in New Jersey that makes grass-fed organic ghee, spiced ghee and ayurvedic ghritas. His family has been in ghee business in India for 5 generations. After working on Wall Street for over 10 years, Sandeep did not find the work satisfying. Inspired by his family values and to continue his family’s tradition, he left his hi-tech job and launched a ghee manufacturing business in 2008. He brought the concept of ayurvedic ghritas to a culinary level by introducing spiced ghee products that were featured in The New York Times in an article titled “Ghee, Indian-Style Butter”.
Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, LMT, RYT PA, USA
Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, hails from Tangutur, India. In addition to earning his Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, he is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, Licensed Integrative Bodywork and Massage Therapist, Certified Pranic Healer and is also a faculty member of several ayurvedic schools and colleges throughout the USA and abroad. Dr. Shekhar has been practicing and teaching ayurveda since 1988 all around the globe. He is the founder and president of Ojas Ayurveda Wellness Center (www.ojas.us) and the Founding Director of AAPNA. It is his vision and mission to bring ayurveda to the forefront of integrative medicine.
Indu Arora IL, USA
Indu Arora is a true Yogini by Karma, a highly accomplished international speaker, Master Yoga Therapist, Ayurveda Consular and Author, with more than 30,000 hours / 13 years of experience. She is an Academic Board member of AAPNA and International Advisor to World Yoga Council. Awarded with Yoga Shiromani and Yoga Bhaskar, she has a Grand Parenting E-500 T-500 from Yoga Alliance. Dr. Arora is pursuing her PhD in Metaphysical Sciences from University of Metaphysical Sciences, CA. She has been awarded with the titles “Sage Award for Excellence in Teaching Meditation”, “Gem of India” and “Ray of Hope”. She travels globally for International Yoga Therapy Teacher Training programs, Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats, and Conferences.
Inner Beauty and Healthy Glow through Ayurveda and Yoga
Sanjay Chhajed, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda Mumbai, India
Sanjay P. Chhajed, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, PGDMLS, Gold Medalist for his entire ayurvedic medical education, has been practicing and teaching ayurveda since 1985. He has served as chief physician and CEO of Baba Ramdeo Institute of Ayurveda, Mumbai, India, Senior consultant, Charak Health Center, Mumbai, CEO, Charak Ayurved Academy, research associate and secretary at Sursanjeevan music therapy in Mumbai, India.
Lissa Coffey, TV Host & Author CA, USA
Lissa Coffey is a lifestyle and relationship expert and the author of 6 books including the bestselling “What’s Your Dosha, Baby? Discover the Vedic Way for Compatibility in Life and Love” and her new title “What’s Your Dharma? Discover the Vedic Way to Your Life’s Purpose.” Deepak Chopra says: Your heart will thank you for Lissa’s helpful and heartful vision.”
What’s Your Dharma? Discover the Vedic Way to Your Life’s Purpose
Gita Desai, Filmmaker CA, USA
Gita Desai has always viewed traditional Indian culture and art in all its manifestations with the utmost reverence. From India’s philosophical ideas to its food, music and dance, Gita treasures the richness and sophistication of ancient Indian culture. Because Indian culture is holistic and integrative by nature, she set out to make two films that would capture the breadth and depth of India’s cultural offerings. Gita’s first endeavor, Yoga Unveiled, traces the roots of the yogic tradition from its beginnings to the present day. Her second documentary, Raga Unveiled, explores the essence of North Indian classical music. Both films illuminate the power of these traditions to liberate and transform mankind over the course of several thousand years to the present day. Gita lived in CT with her husband Mukesh, who funded these two films, for 30 years. She recently moved to the Los Angeles area.
Saturday Night Movie:
Paul Dugliss, MD CA, USA
Dr. Paul Dugliss practices ayurvedic medicine and internal medicine in Santa Barbara, CA. He is a former member of the board of directors of NAMA. He is the author of several books: Ayurveda – The Power to Heal, Enlightened Nutrition, Capturing the Bliss, and Yoga & Ayurveda. Dr. Dugliss is the Academic Dean of New World Ayurveda. He has a master’s degree in clinical and counseling psychology and is currently focusing his practice on ayurvedic counseling.
Ayurvedic Spa Treatments for Psychological Health
Dilip Prabhakar Gadgil, B.A.M.S., M.D., Ph.D.(Ayurveda), B.A., M.A., M.Phil (Sanskrit) Pune, India
Dr. Gadgil has practiced and researched in the field of Ayurveda for more than 32 years. He has been the chief editor and principal investigator in a research project (Ayurvediyah Triskandha-Koshah) which contains 13 volumes and more than 13,000 pages. He has been the chief editor of ayurvedic diagnostic software and ayurvedic treatment software and has conducted a Cancer Research Project, “Primary Study of Cancer in Ayurvedic Perspective.” He is an ayurvedic consultant to hospitals in Pune and Barshi, India. He is the recipient of various awards including being honored by the Vice President of India and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra State. Beginning in 1998, he has been a regular visitor to Australia, Germany, U.K., France, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, and the USA.
Ayurvedic Triskandha Kosha Perspective to Acne
Denise Galon, LCICI, CMT, RA, AYUR NY, USA
As a former professional opera singer, Denise Galon’s path in the healing arts began with her interest in Asian medicine to keep herself fit for performance and travel. After acquiring knowledge through her world travels over the last 25 years, she began a new career as a healer and holistic wellness expert over twelve years ago. In 1998, Denise had the good fortune to meet Narendra and Kundan Mehta, who introduced her to their exclusive therapies — Champissage Indian Head Massage, Indian Face-Lift Massage, and Kansa Vatki Foot Massage. She was amazed by the deep effects, and decided to learn the techniques. She became the first certified practitioner on the East Coast, and is the only instructor in the United States of all three of these powerful therapies. Since the passing of Mr. Mehta in January of 2010, Denise is the senior instructor of his therapies in the world.
Look Younger with Champissage and Marma Face Lift Massage
Jacob Griscom CA, USA
Jacob Griscom has helped numerous ayurvedic practitioners and yoga therapists to build successful and transformative businesses for themselves, their clients, and their communities. He has studied, taught, and practiced ayurveda and yoga in the U.S. and in India, and his articles have been published in Light on Ayurveda Journal. Jacob has started and helped grow impactful and award-winning for-profit and non-profit organizations in education, health, and sustainability.
How to Get More Clients and Make More Money with Your Ayurvedic Practice (Without Compromising Your Values)
Vijay Jadhav, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda Pune, India
Professor Dr. Vijay Shankar Jadhav, Professor & Head of the Department of Rasashastra, Shri K. R. Pandav Ayurved College, Nagpur, India has 22 years of experience in the academic field of ayurveda. He is Founder & President of Tathagat Ayurved Research Foundation, Pune, India and has organized four international conferences around the globe. He has appeared as a guest speaker at many conferences nationally and internationally. He was invited as a guest lecturer and to the panel of experts at Corinaldo, Italy and as chair person in the international conference ‘PANACEA’ at Mauritius. Dr. Jadhav is a member of the International Academy, led by Prof. Dr. Subhash Ranade, and is Managing Director of Suyash Ayurved and Panchakarma Center, Pune.
Michele Beshlian Jain
Michele has her degree in Business and completed the following Yoga Teachers Training Programs: Integrative Yoga Therapy – 500 hours, July of 2001, Shiva Shakti Synthesis, 500 hours, June of 2006 and Amrit Yoga – 200 Hours, September of 2011. Presently, Michele participates in the ayurveda programs at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida.
Saturday Morning Yoga
Vijay Jain, MD
Vijay Jain, MD brings more than 35 years of experience in general surgery and 15 years of focused study of integrative medicine to his work with Amrit Yoga Institute. His intention is to integrate traditional/Western medicine with ancient Indian medicine and well-tried systems of healing from different cultures. He has studied mind/body medicine with Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD, Yoga Therapy from Vivekananda Research Center in Bangalore, India, courses in ayurvedic medicine with Dr. Sunil Joshi, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda in Nagpur, India and courses in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil in Tucson, AZ. He has studied ayurveda and panchakarma with Dr. Prerak Shah in Ahmedabad, India. In addition to his surgery practice, Dr. Jain lectures on ayurvedic 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. Dr. Jain is the Medical Director of Amrit Ayurveda for Total Wellbeing in Salt Springs, FL, USA.
Panel of Experts
Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, MPT
Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, MPT is the Director of Ayurbliss- Ayurveda Wellness for mind, body and spiritual health, located in San Francisco and Orange County, CA. She provides personalized health consultations, panchakarma therapies and comprehensive ayurvedic workshops and educative seminars. She is a teacher and lecturer for leading ayurveda schools and also a writer for various ayurveda magazines. She has been a featured presenter at national ayurveda conferences on multiple occasions. She was bestowed with the prestigious Vachaspati Award- Best Speaker and Presenter Award in the AAPNA 2011 Conference. Rucha also has a master’s degree in physical therapy.
Chikitsa in Twak Roga – A Scientific Review
Anupama Kizhakke Veettil, BAMS, YTTC, MAOM, LAc, PhD (C)
Anupama Kizhakkeveettil is an ayurvedic practitioner and licensed acupuncturist. She received her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Southern California University of Health Sciences and is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health. She has presented papers at national and international conferences and has authored peer-reviewed journal articles in complementary and alternative medicine. She also serves as a peer reviewer for journals and international conferences. Currently she is working as an Assistant Professor, Research Faculty and the lead instructor for the ayurvedic program at Southern California University of Health Sciences, visiting faculty for American University of Complementary Medicine and chair of AAPNA’s Research Board.
Special Diet and Nutritional Recommendations for Selected Skin Conditions
Jayarajan Kodikannath, BAMS
Jayarajan Kodikannath, BAMS is the Academy Director of Kerala Ayurveda (USA). Suffused with expertise in traditional ayurvedic health care practices, especially Panchakarma and Ksharasoothra, Dr. Jayarajan has been the Chief Medical Officer of Ayurvedagram, an internationally reputed Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Bangalore, India.
He is the co-coordinator and the resource person for various training programs conducted in traditional ayurvedic medicine and is an accomplished trainer for advanced courses in ayurveda. His corporate sessions and workshops on Application of Ayurveda in Daily Life, Stress Management and BMS are immensely popular.
Dr. Jay has presented several papers on ayurveda in national and international seminars.
Comprehensive Hair Care Through Ayurveda
N.V. Krishnamurthy, BAMS, Doctor or Medicine in Ayurveda, DNY, PhD
2009: PhD from SVYASA Deemed University, Bangalore
1994: DNY PG Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga
1992: MD-Ayurveda (Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, Kayachikitsa) Gold Medalist -University of Mysore.
1987: BAMS Gold Medalist
Director, Prajna Kuteera, Ayurveda Panchakarma Rejuvenation Centre, Mysore, Director, Abhijna International Academy of Ayurveda and Yoga, Mysore. Executive Secretary, Swami Vivekananda Research Institute of Medical Sciences and Rural Development Centre (R) Professor and HOD, Dept. of Panchakarma JSS Ayurveda Medical College, Mysore. President, Global Alliance Of Traditional Health Systems (GATHS) India
Vice president of Mind Body Spirit Society Of India (MBSSI)
Ayurvedic & Yogic Therapies for Psoriasis and Vitiligo
Poornima Krishnamurthy, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, MRAV, PhD Scholar
2008: Ph.D. Scholar at SVYASA University Bangalore.
2000: M.R.A.V. (Rashtreeya Ayurveda Vidyapeetha, New Delhi)
1996: M.D.-Ayurveda (Kayachikitsa), University of Mysore.
1992: B.A.M.S. (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery)
University of Mysore – Gold Medalist.
Director Prajna Kuteera, India & Abhijna International Academy of Ayurveda and Yoga, Mysore, India. Secretary, Global Alliance Of Traditional Health Systems (GATHS) & Mind Body Spirit Society Of India (MBSSI). Member South Asian Society For Atherosclerosis And Thrombosis (SASAT)
Chief Consultant, Emerge Spa, Wind Flower Resorts, Mysore.
Awarded the Rotary –Vijay vocational award and the Saarthaka Seva award.
Beauty Concepts in Ayurveda
Raji Krishnamurthy trained as an Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner at Kerala Ayurveda Academy, and she is a yoga teacher continuing her Yoga Therapy studies with Dr. Mohan of Svastha Yoga. Within the past 10 years, she has been teaching adults, teenagers and children the importance of re-integrating mind and body to enhance wellbeing, relaxation and awareness through the practice of yoga. She has a B.A in Economics and completed an M.S. in Mass Communications at San Jose State. She is involved in helping athletes (some at the Junior Olympic level) improve fitness and performance by incorporating yoga, ayurvedic nutrition and cultivating a balanced lifestyle.
Sunday Morning Yoga
Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, DY&A
Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, DY&A, Esthetician, graduated from Pune University, India. She also trained at the Indian College of Naturopathy and qualified as a Yoga Instructor from the renowned Kaivalyadham University in India. Dr. Manisha has been teaching & practicing ayurveda & yoga for more than 20 years all around the world. She specializes in women’s and children’s health, skin care and natural beauty treatments. She offers regular workshops on ayurvedic nutrition and cooking, panchakarma and herbal formulations. Currently, she is a regular faculty member at Mount Madonna College of Ayurveda for Sanskrit and Panchakarma workshops.
Beauty From Within: Using Ayurvedic Principles For Lasting Beauty
Dhanada Kulkarni, BAMS
Dhanada Kulkarni is the Owner, Founder and Director of Soham-AyurYoga and an experienced health practitioner, ayurveda physician, 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 integrated medicine panel expert for many organizations.
Saturday Morning Mantra Yoga
Manisha V. Madhavi, BAMS
10 years of ayurvedic consultation, diet and nutrition, health and lifestyle counseling.
Presenter, conference coordinator, comparer and speaker for NAMA 2006 conference.
Presenter and speaker for AAPNA 2009 conference.
Expert in panchakarma therapy (body detoxification therapy).
Experienced lecturer on various health topics in ayurveda in India and USA.
Experienced ayurvedic beauty therapist in facial & hair treatments.
Developed various ayurvedic formulations for individuals.
Conducted lectures and workshops.
It’s a Good Hair Day!
Sonia Masocco, LDT, C.Ay.P, CAH
Sonia Masocco has been involved in complementary and alternative health since 1997 where she also worked in an integrative clinic in Hong Kong. She completed Ayurvedic Studies at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM and continued Ayurvedic Studies in Pune, India. An ITEC clinical aromatherapist as well professional herbalist, she has treated many skin conditions and has helped others in product formulation. Ms. Masocco is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, (NAMA), the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) as well as a member of the American Herbalist Guild and the Association of Ayurvedic Practitioners of North America.
Phytotherapy & Aromatherapy for Palliative Skin Care
J.N. Mishra, BAMS, PhD
Skin health is wealth. The skin’s thickness ranges from 3-20/38 Briha in Ayurveda. It is a major site of intercommunication between the body and its surroundings, and it forms an effective barrier against microbial invasion which can protect from chemical, osmotic, thermal and UV radiation. The skin initiates primary immune responses and is the organ of immune surveillance against pathogen; certain protective substances are synthesized within the skin. The skin is an instrument of socio-sexual communication and reflects the emotional status by means of facial muscular and vascular responses. It is a major sensory organ enriched by nerve terminals and specialized receptors. Melanin beneath the skin has a protective role against UV radiation and acts as a scavenger of harmful free radicals. The general state of health may be elicited through the skin, and thus, the skin is a mirror of many diseases. Ayurveda has many reservations of twacha (Skin). It deals with its health, diseases and beauty through food habits, lifestyle, exercises, abhyanga (oil massage) and swedan (steam bath). The present paper shall address the areas of anatomy, physiology, health, diseases and beauty through ayurveda.
Health Preservation of Skin through Ayurveda
Pallatheri Nambi Namboodiri, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda
Pallatheri Nambi Namboodiri, Director, Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Centre, earned his B.A.M.S in 1997, and went on to serve as Medical Officer of Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group, and later Production Manager in the factory. He then completed his Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda degree, with a specialization in DravyaGuna (ayurvedic pharmacology), in 2004. Along with practicing ayurveda, he serves as an Assistant Professor at Sri Sairam Ayurvedic Medical College, Chennai, India. He has travelled to Southeast Asian countries and Dubai to train doctors and propagate ayurveda. At present, he is a faculty member of The Dinacharya Institute, New York. His conviction in ayurvedic principles, coupled with an innate sense of humor, make him one of the most sought-after presenters and trainers.
Beauty and the Beast – You and Your Lifestyle
Jayagopal Parla, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, MAOM (C)
Jayagopal S. Parla currently serves as Chair and Associate Professor in the Dept. of Ayurveda at American University of Complementary Medicine, which offers a Clinical Doctorate in Ayurveda (AyD)/PhD programs.
Dr. Jayagopal has presented several papers in national and international conferences. He is the chair of the Academic Committee of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, BOD of California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, Member of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Charles Drew Medical University, USC medical systems, LA. He is also a visiting faculty for Japan Ayurveda School, Tokyo, Japan, Southern California University of health Sciences and Kerala Ayurveda Academy.
Simple and Effective Ayurvedic Topical Applications for Healthy Skin and Common Skin Ailments
Larry Payne, PhD
Larry Payne Ph.D., is the founding president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and co-author of international bestseller Yoga for Dummies 1st and 2nd editions, Yoga Rx and The Business of Teaching Yoga. He was selected as a Yoga expert by, The World Economic Forum, Web MD, Reader’s Digest, Rodale Press, Yoga Journal and named “One of America’s most respected Yoga teachers” by The Los Angeles Times. He is also Co-founder of the Yoga curriculum at The UCLA School of Medicine, and Director of the Yoga Therapy Rx certification program at Loyola Marymount University. Most recently he is featured in the DVD’s series Prime of Life Yoga™ and Yoga Therapy Rx.
Yoga Therapy and the Skin
Jason Porter, Senior Legal Advisor, Legally Mine, Inc.
Mr. Porter is the President of Fulfill Brazil, and has extensive experience in the small business industry spanning over 20 years, including starting and running his own businesses both in the private sector as well as the public arena. Mr. Porter has authored a children’s book on financial management and co-created several small business educational programs, which have been successfully marketed internationally. He has had articles published in newsletters and websites addressing small business marketing as well as specific areas of financial concern to small business owners. He and his wife Mona have been married for 24 years, and are the parents of 4 children and 1 grandchild. Mr. Porter has spoken to over 200,000 of people in 16 countries, helping them understand how to maximize the benefits of small business ownership, reduce their taxes, and protect their assets and growing revenue. He recently spoke at the American Naturopathic Medical Association 2012 Meeting.
Utilizing Medicolegal Tools: The Key to Lawsuit Prevention and Tax Reduction
Subhash Ranade, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, PhD
Dr. Subhash Ranade is one of the foremost experts on ayurveda. He is the chairman of International Academy of Ayurved in Pune, India and is a leading academician and physician in the field of ayurveda. He has authored 146 books on ayurveda and yoga, which have been published in Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam, and 13 other languages, including English, Spanish, French, Czechoslovakian, German, Greek, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian. He has served as Professor and Head of the Dept. of Interdisciplinary School of Ayurveda and Ayurveda Pune University, and Principal of Ashtang Ayurveda College, Pune, India.
Rasayana for Skin and Hair
Originally form Bangalore, India, Anita has been practicing Bhakti Yoga for over 30 years. She has degrees in engineering and business with a successful corporate career for many years. She was guided to share the knowledge and experience of a spiritual awakening through Prana Gyana, a company focused on holistic mind, body, and spirit integration techniques. A Chopra Center Certified Instructor and a member of The International Yoga Therapists Association; she is also registered with the Yoga Alliance. Anita conducts wellness workshops and works with individuals to heal mind, body and spirit by integrating ayurveda, yoga, meditation and other healing techniques.
Rammohan Rao, PhD, CAS
Ram 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 RYT 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 neurodegenerative diseases.
Brain Aging-The Answer is Skin Deep
Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, NC, HHS, RAS
Ashlesha Raut is a consulting ayurvedic practitioner and nutritional health educator with more than 15 years of experience in the field of ayurveda, healthcare and integrative medicine. She is a Registered Ayurvedic Specialist (RAS) and Board Certified in Integrative Medicine (BCIM). Dr. Raut holds BAMS, MD-Ayurveda from Mumbai University, India. She earned the distinctive honor, a gold medal, for her MD thesis. Dr. Raut has completed her N.C. (Nutritional Consultant) and HHP (Holistic Health Practitioner) with High Honors. She completed her ‘Second Degree Reiki Program’ in IL, USA. She is a faculty member at various ayurvedic colleges across USA. She is also an active volunteer at the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter in IL, USA and has won recognitions for her voluntary contributions on community health and safety at the American Red Cross. Dr. Raut is a recipient of the prestigious ‘Shiromani Award’ by Indian Board of Alternative Medicines for her contributions towards alternative medicine. 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 in the country.
Ashwinikumar Raut, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda
Ashwinikumar Anand Raut has been practicing and teaching ayurveda since 1987. Currently he is a Director of Clinical Research & integrative medicine at Kasturba Health Society’s Medical Research Centre, Mumbai. Dr. Raut is AAPNA’s International Advisor and recipient of AAPNA’s International Dhanwantari Award 2010 for excellence in ayurvedic practice. He also received the Central Drug Research Institute, India (CDRI) award in 2007 for excellence in research for his work in ayurveda & rheumatology over the last 20 years. Dr. Raut has been engaged in several research programs & projects sponsored by government agencies and industry.
Clinical Management of Skin Disorders in Ayurveda
Melanie & Robert Sachs
Melanie and Robert Sachs are authors of Ayurvedic Beauty Care and Ayurvedic Spa, both texts considered standard for the spa industry worldwide. For the last twenty years they have been co-owners of Diamond Way Ayurveda, a company that provides ayurvedic education, training and quality spa products to the spa and beauty industry. Melanie was trained as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor at the Ayurvedic Institute, New Mexico. Robert holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Both are qualified massage professionals with years of experience in teaching massage and doing hands on ayurvedic spa therapies.
Head to Toe Beauty with Kansa Massage
Pratibha Shah, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, MPH
Pratibha Shah holds a Masters degree in ayurveda and also an MPH from Boston University. She has been practicing ayurveda for more than 20 years. She worked as Chief Medical Officer with the Central Government of India before moving to the USA in 2004. Presently, she serves on the boards of several leading ayurvedic organizations in the USA and is working hard towards the promotion, propagation, and integration of ayurveda with mainstream medicine, globally. She writes articles and columns on ayurveda for various newspapers and e-magazines, and is also an editorial board member with Light on Ayurveda Journal (LOAJ). She has been featured as an invited speaker at many conferences and events.
Ayurvedic Solutions for Healthy and Radiant Skin
Prerak K. Shah, BAMS
Prerak Shah has been practicing ayurveda and panchkarma since 1988. He specializes in consultation, treatments, teaching and training, and ayurveda tourism. He is also the author of 3 books and a writes a regular column in a leading Gujarati daily periodical, “Panchmo Ved”. Dr. Kirtikumar has conducted training workshops in Europe, North America, Latin America (22 countries). He also serves as adviser / professional consultant to ayurveda centres, clinic, hotel, spa and resorts for professional consultancy, to conduct seminar – workshop or training programs for doctors/ therapists.
Beauty with Ayurveda
Prashanth Shivarudraiah, BAMS, MS-Ayurveda, PhD-Ayurveda
2012: PhD scholar – panchakarma in degenerative disorders of intervertebral discs from Maharashtra University
2001: MS-Ayurveda (Master of Surgery in Ayurveda, Shalya tantra) Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.
Founder Director-ARTH-An Ayurvedic Health Centre, Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre, Bangalore.
Founder & Managing Trustee-Atreya charitable Trust, Doddaballapura, Bangalore
Founder & Medical Director-Atreya Ayurvedic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Doddaballapura, Bangalore.
Founder & Former Director-Isha Diagnostics, Bangalore.
Promoter-SAVB-ayurvedic pharma company
Recipient of the Karnataka State Award ‘Nada Chetana’ for excellence in Ayurveda.
Anti-Wrinkle Techniques in Ayurveda
Elizabeth Stites, B.S.
Elizabeth Stites’ strong interest in individual wellbeing led her from the business world to the practice of Ayurveda. She is a graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and has a Bachelor of Science in materials and metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan.
How Skin Care Products Impact Our Health
Suresh Swarnapuri, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda
Cork City, Ireland
Suresh Swarnapuri is a BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, graduate with special emphasis in Panchakarma. Dr. Swarnapuri worked as an international ayurveda consultant in various countries including Holland, Germany, France, Turkey, Ukraine, Croatia, Estonia, Lebanon, Russia, and Ireland. He and his wife, Anuradha, who is also an ayurvedic doctor, live in Ireland with their family. Dr. Swarnapuri is also a member of AAPNA’s Global Ayurvedic Professionals Council.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Drug Induced Adverse Reaction Skin Conditions
Sunita Tarkunde, BAMS, Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda, RN
Sunita Tarkunde, BAMS, Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine, RN, graduated from Pune University, India with her BAMS degree in 1991 and has been practicing clinical ayurveda since then. She went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda and became a registered nurse. Sunita is the founder of Houston Ayurveda Center, Houston’s most authentic & well-known holistic healing place. She has worked at Methodist Hospital’s emergency care department and is also a faculty member of Kerala Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic Management of Eczema and Psoriasis: A Case Study
Bharathi A. Venkatachalapathy, BAMS
Bharathi Venkatachalapathy earned her BAMS from Bangalore University, India. She has been practicing ayurveda for 14 years and is currently practicing in Orange County, California. She also teaches ayurveda to UCI medical students and residents at the Health Sciences University of Southern California. Bharathi is co-author of the book Hepatitis C Choices.
Hyperpigmentation in Ayurveda–A Case Study
Thomas Yarema, MD
Thomas Yarema, MD is a pioneer, committed to bridging all systems of medicine. After retiring from Emergency Medicine in 1996, he founded the Kauai Center for Holistic Medicine and Research, and in 2003 the Aloha Ayurveda Academy. He co-authored Eat-Taste-Heal, is the past National Clinical Director of Kerala Ayurveda, and a co-formulator of modern ayurveda-based formulas distributed internationally for Zrii. He now enjoys private practice in Soquel, California, and can be found nationwide on Get Your Body Back, the first MD-directed TeleMedicine Series for the reversal of obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and its co-morbid disease states.
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