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 Denver, 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 Erie, Colorado 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.
Zide Mooni, A.P., O.M.D., R.A.P, R.A.H., Board Member 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.
Paul Dugliss, M.D., I.A.D. Board 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.
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.
Indu Arora, E.R.Y.T. Academic Board Member Minnesota, 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.
Meenakshi Gupta, B.A.M.S., M.D.Ayurveda Academic Board Member 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.
Jorge Torres, PhD Academic Board Member Puerto Rico, USA 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.
Ashlesha Raut, B.A.M.S., MD-Ayu, RAD Academic Board Member Normal, Illinois, USA Ashlesha Raut is passionate about teaching and promoting Ayurveda and is an Ayurveda faculty at many colleges in North America. She has been presented by the North America award of “Charaka” in recognition of her excellence in Ayurvedic teaching in 2012. She is a ‘Second degree Reiki healer’. Vaidya Raut was also awarded a prestigious ‘Shiromani Award’ by Indian Board of Alternative Medicines for her contributions towards the integrative medicine in the industry. Vaidya Raut is an integrative Ayurvedic practitioner, Nutritional consultant and a holistic health educator. She is a third generation Vaidya who is classically trained in Ayurveda from Mumbai University, India. She earned the distinctive honor and a gold medal for her post graduate dissertation work. She has been practicing Ayurveda for more than a decade and has been an integral part of the Ayurveda healing community with a mission towards providing a Holistic Path for Wellness and Optimal Health through Ayurveda and integrative medicine. Vaidya Raut has been an authorized teaching faculty for CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and lay responders and First Aid training programs 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. She has conducted a large number of workshops, authored publications, participated in talk shows, and presented research papers in the field of Ayurveda. She is a Life time member of NIMA (National Integrated Medical Association-India), founder and core member at CAC (Counsel for Ayurveda Credentialing) and holds many advisory positions in various Ayurveda holistic health organizations. She is a Director of Ayurveda at Main Street Yoga, Bloomington and founding Director of Ayurveda for Healing and is actively involved in practicing and promoting Ayurveda in the country.
Dhanada Kulkarni, B.A.M.S, Academic Board Member Texas, USA Dhanada Kulkarni, BAMS and Master Yoga Therapist, Founder of Soham- AyurYoga, LLC, Vedic Astrologer and Vastu Consultant, has been very active in promoting ayurveda and other ancient Indian sciences at various forums in the USA over the last 15 years. She serves on the executive board of several organizations like AAPNA and CAC (Council for Ayurveda Credentialing). She has been on the faculty of many ayurveda and yoga organizations. Dhanada has also been an international keynote speaker, presenter and integrated medicine panel expert at many conferences. She is known for presenting ayurvedic solutions on various media groups such as radio Azad, Funasia, EBC Radio, Radiozindagi, and Asia TV. She is a co-founder and Director of Texas’s first ayurveda school- AIA (American Institute of Ayurveda, LLC).
Gauri Junnarkar,B.A.M.S., M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., R.A.A.P., Clinical Board Member Dallas, 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.
Vaishali Verma, B.A.M.S, N.D. Clinical Board Member 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.
Sathya N. Dornala, BAMS, MD-Ayurved, MS, PhD-Ayurved. Research Board Member 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.
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.
Pooja Sabharwal, Ph.D (Ayu), P.G.D.H.M., P.G.D.Yoga, P.G.D.A.S.T., C.F.N. Research Board Member 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.