Shekhar Annambhotla,BAMS, MD-Ayurved, LMT, ERYT-500, AD, RAD, DAM, Founder & President & Chairman of the Board Pennsylvania, USA Shekhar Annambhotla, 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. 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, Mexico and the U.S.A. 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.
Michelle Costantini, R.A.H.C., R.A.P., R.F.N.C., Secretary 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 Pennsylvania. Presently she is living in Pennsylvania offering various training and consultations on food and nutrition. 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.
Radha Dutt, B.S. (Math), B.S. (Computer Information Systems) Treasurer Pennsylvania, USA Radha Dutt and her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1970 with two young children. While raising a family, she provided years of service to her community through volunteering and working. In 1985, she joined Empire Medicare Services and served for 22 years as a business and systems analyst, retiring in 2007. She is a grandmother to 5 beautiful second-generation Indian Americans, and is committed to a life of peace, simplicity, daily prayer and reflection.
Richaritha Joy Gundlapalli, MD, ABIHM, AFMCP Board Member Texas, USA Dr. Richa Joy Gundlapalli, MD, ABIHM, AFMCP is a rare blend of Board-Certified Integrative practitioner, expert on Bio Energetics and an internationally sought-after speaker/thought leader. Dr. Joy studied Family Medicine & Pediatrics at University of Illinois, Chicago where she was also the Chief Resident. She completed her AFMCP Certification from Institute of Functional Medicine and received Advanced Nutrient Therapy (ANT) training for Brain health under Dr. William Walsh. A Certified Biological Medicine practitioner, Dr. Joy received her training in Biological Medicine at Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland under Dr. Thomas Rau. She has further trained under Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt & Dr. Ralf Oettmeier for specialized therapies. Dr. Joy is also Certified in Bio Energetics & Energy medicine from Wegamed Academy, Germany where she was personally trained under Dr. Peter Mölleney. She also studied Information Medicine at Timewaver Academy in Germany. Her professional sabbaticals have included oriental trainings & study of Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Anthroposophical medicine & related Mind-Body modalities which she effectively blends into her practice.
Priyatarssini Balamurugen, BAMS, MSc (Psychology), LMT, RAAP Membership Director 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.
Somesh Kaushik, B.A.M.S., N.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., E-R.Y.T.-500 PACE (Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education) Director 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.
Andhrika Kondeti, B.A.M.S., L.M.T., R.A.D., F.A.A.P.N.A., B.C.R.A.D., R.Y.T., M.H. Academic Board Member Virginia, USA Andhrika is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Registered Yoga Teacher. She is certified as Master Herbalist and Nutritional Consultant After she completed her degree program in Ayurveda she had the pleasure of working with several clients in India, US. and from other parts of the world for the past twenty four years! Often times we address disease once it has made itself present in the body. As an Ayurveda practitioner, she offers Ayurveda Consultations and educates people about how to prevent disease and improve their overall quality of life in a natural way. By working with them on eating habits, lifestyle and aligning with the changes of season, a more organic and wholesome lifestyle is achieved. As a licensed Massage therapist, she incorporates Ayurvedic Massage Therapies, shirodhara and Panchakarma therapies in her regular practice. She worked as a Yoga Teacher, training students for Registered Yoga Teacher program at Lotus School of Integrated Professions in Virginia, for over three years. As an experienced Yoga Teacher, she offers group and private sessions based on individual Dosha types. Andhrika is very passionate about the positive effects of Yoga and Ayurvedic Massage therapies on the body, mind and spirit along with diet and lifestyle changes to maintain health, build immunity, prevent disease and promote longevity! Education: Ayurveda degree, five years and six months including one year internship from N.T.R. University of Health Sciences, India. B.A.M.S. 1990-1995, Licensed Massage Therapist 600 hour program from Lotus School of Integrated Professions, LMT. 2014, Registered Yoga Teacher, 200-hour program from Bodhi Yoga Institute, India, YA registered school, RYT 200, 2015 Certifications: NC., Nutritional Consultant, MH., Master Herbalist, Member and Director, Virginia, AAPNA, Member, Continuous Education Provider, Yoga Alliance, Member, Alternative Balance.
Drashti Parikh, B.A.M.S., M.D. (Ayu), R.A.D., D.A.M., P.G.D.Y.N. Academic Board Member New Jersey, USA Drashti Parikh is an Ayurvedic doctor and the owner of Shree Vaishvanar Ayurveda LLC. Drashti is a Board of Director (BOD), Academic Board Member, and Global Ambassador of AAPNA. Drashti is actively practicing Ayurveda in the United States and She is the recipient of "Jiwak Award '' for her academic excellence. Drashti has completed her BAMS with multiple gold medals and also has completed her Master's Degree in Kaya Chikitsa from IPGT&RA – one of the prestigious universities in India. Drashti holds a postgraduate diploma in Yoga & Naturopathy as well from the same university. Drashti has authored the book ‘Manual of Kayachikitsa (part-1)’, and she is also an author of various articles and researches on Ayurveda. Throughout her academic career, Drashti had the honor and privilege to participate in several national & international conferences as a guest speaker.
Jaya Daptardar, B.A.M.S., M.H.A., R.A.D. Clinical Board Member Connecticut, USA Jaya Daptardar is an internationally renowned Ayurveda expert, writer, entrepreneur, healthcare executive, speaker, licensed Esthetician, and leader. She is an Ayurvedic doctor and has a Master's in healthcare administration & Management in the USA. She is an author of four books, passionate about beauty care in Ayurveda. She is a recipient of the Dharma Award from the Association of Ayurvedic professionals of North America for her work in Ayurveda and wellness. She has been practicing and teaching Ayurveda in the USA for 25 years. Besides her work in Ayurveda and the wellness world, she also serves multiple boards and works with non-profit organizations. Received a lifetime achievement award in the healthcare service field by the doctor’s association in Connecticut, USA
Anjum G Nadaf, B.A.M.S., L.M.T., R.A.D., F.A.A.P.N.A. Clinical Board Member New Jersey, USA Anjum Nadaf, International Speaker, Registered Ayurvedic Doctor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Nutritionist -Level 2, RYT -200 HRS, Certified Therapeutic RYT, Certified Panchakarma Technician, PGDP-India, Recipient of Atreya Award 2020- Excellence in Clinical Practice from AAPNA, Director OF New Jersey AAPNA, She is a founder of Anjum Ayurveda LLC, Practicing and teaching Ayurveda 15 plus years in the US. She holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic medicine and surgery degree from Rajiv Gandhi University, Bangalore. Area of expertise includes pain management, chronic health conditions: healthy weight management, digestive imbalances, women’s health, kid's health, and anti-aging therapies. Actively participating in many organizations and dedicating her contribution towards the spread of Ayurveda in the west. She is calm, composed, compassionate, empathy that makes her stand out.
Rammohan Rao, Ph.D., C.A.S., R.A.P., R.Y.T., Research Board Member 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.