Past Board-Volunteer Bios


Vd. Aparna Bapat, BAMS

Dr. (Vaidya) Bapat has been a dedicated educator, clinician, and consultant of Ayurveda internationally, since 1990. She studied Ayurvedic medicine and earned a BAMS at the University of Pune. She was then a Senior Lecturer at the College of Ayurveda in London.  Dr. Bapat is the author of numerous articles on Ayurvedic medicine and related themes, and serves on the board of the Light on Ayurveda Journal. With over 15,000 patients, she has made multiple television appearances and is considered one of the finest teachers and practitioners of Ayurveda in the USA today. She is an expert on legal importing of Ayurvedic herbs into the USA and has been supplying companies through AyurSpirit. Dr. Bapat has served on the Board of Directors of NAMA and AAPNA, and has taught on the faculty of the New Jersey Institute of Ayurveda, the AYU Academy, Kerala Ayurveda Academy, and The Dinacharya Institute, as well as dozens of yoga studios.

Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MPH,MD, AWHC, PhD 

A holistic physician, educator, and activist, Dr. Bhaswati is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine/Medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College and is completing her PhD in Rasa Shastra/ Ayurveda at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi. She served as Director of Research at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center from 2001-2011, and as Director of the Division of CAM. She has also worked as an attending physician in family medicine, internal medicine, and ob/gyn and has been teaching medical students since 1997, guiding research, clinical, and didactic courses in medical schools for 15 years.  Bhaswati was awarded as a senior Fulbright Scholar in 2013. She has also held faculty positions at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, The Graduate Institute (CT), Sai Ayurveda College of Miami, and Georgetown University, and is the founder of The DINacharya Institute in New York. She teaches holistic medicine in her private practice. She has over 25 years of experience in clinical research, primary care, clinical practice, and CAM medical education in academia, non-profit organizations, and the corporate world. She has served on the Board of Directors of NAMA, AAPNA, SAPHA (South Asian Public Health Association), IWGA (International Working Groups of Ayurveda-Dept of AYUSH, Government of India), and the AHMA (American Holistic Medical Association). She was the co-Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded R25 grant on CAM for medical schools in the USA. Her academic training includes PhD work in pharmacology/ neuroscience (Columbia University), a MPH-masters in international public health (Harvard University), a MD-doctorate in allopathic medicine (Rush University of Chicago), residency training in family medicine (Columbia P&S) and in preventive & community medicine (Mount Sinai/NYU), training in nutrition (Columbia University/IIN) and holistic medical disciplines. Her ongoing training in ayurveda is both traditional - through gurukula in India since 2001, and contemporary - through ayurveda certification courses at the AYU Academy / Sai Ayurveda. Her clinical work has been featured in a documentary called Healers: Journey into Ayurveda, playing worldwide since 2003, on The Discovery Channel. She is the recipient of several awards in Ayurveda. 

Dr. (Vaidya) Anupama KizhakkeVeettil BAMS, MAOM, LAc PhD(c)

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil is an Ayurvedic practitioner and licensed acupuncturist. She received her BAMS degree from India and Master Degree in Oriental Medicine from the US. She is currently pursuing her PhD in public health. She has been teaching and practicing Ayurvedic medicine over a decade. She has presented papers at national and international conferences and has authored peer-reviewed journal articles in complementary and alternative medicine.

Currently she serves as Principal Investigator for a research study using an integrative approach to low back pain; and as Co-investigator for a smoking cessation study. She also serves as a peer reviewer for several  journals and has participated in several international conference in the USA.   Dr. (Vaidya) Anupama received an Outstanding Researcher award in 2008 and Excellence in Research award in 2010. She also received the Ayurvedic Vachaspathi Award from AAPNA in 2010. Currently she is working as an Assistant Professor and the lead instructor for the Ayurvedic program at Southern California University of Health Sciences and is director of the Research Board at AAPNA.

Vd. Vijay Singh Chauhan, BAMS, MD(Ayu)

Dr. (Vaidya) Chauhan is an expert in the discovery, development and overseas marketing of Ayurvedic herbal products & phytopharmaceuticals and has worked with government and regulatory bodies on the information needed to educate regulators on Ayurvedic processes. He completed his BAMS and postgraduate MD in Ayurveda specializing in gynecology, at the Gujrat Ayurveda University in Jamnagar, India in June 1980, and is a master of over 5000 verses in Sanskrit. He has developed course syllabi for Ayurvedic programs in Florida and Pennsylvania, as well as an Ayurvedic course to certify allopathic doctors in Maharashtra. He is also an expert on literature, with several books of poetry.



Dr. Phillip Cottingham, ND, BHSc, Grad Dip HSc (Herbal Medicine), Dip. Hom, Dip. Mass.

Registered naturopath, herbalist and body therapist, with over thirty years in professional practice, and many years of teaching experience in natural therapies, Phillip co-founded Wellpark College in 1990, and has continued to guide the progress of the College in becoming one of the largest institutions of its kind in Australia.  Committed to the integration of traditional medicines with modern scientific approaches, Phillip is fostering research capability amongst practitioners and students of natural medicine, with the vision to establish a natural therapies teaching hospital and research centre at Kawai Purapura, Albany for the advancement of integration of natural medicine into mainstream health care.


Vd. Deepika Gunawant, BAMS, MD (Ayu)

Currently working as the Medical Director of Max Centre for Integrative Medicine in New Delhi, Dr. (Vaidya) Gunawant is an author, former consultant to AYUSH, former UK-based Ayurvedic practitioner, and contributor to the WHO Benchmarks in Ayurveda. She also serves as an expert with the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB). She earned an MD in Ayurveda from Calcutta University, and maintains a strong interest in mind-body medicine and developing clinical models in Integrative medicine, education and wellness. Her experience spans over two decades of clinical, research, teaching, marketing and regulatory work both in India and in the UK, where she served as Consultant to the MHRA (Medicines and Health Care Regulatory Agency). She was also a member of the Herbal Medicines Regulatory Working Group formed by the Department of Health, UK. In London, she was the Chief Physician and Marketing Director with the Ayurvedic Hospital and served on the faculty of the Thames Valley University for their degree course in Ayurveda. In Brescia, Italy, she served on the faculty for a year-long course for allopathic doctors learning Ayureda. She is the co-author of the Complete Illustrated Guide to Ayurveda with Gopi Warrier, published by Element Books and available worldwide in over 500 libraries. 

Vaidya GG Gangadharan

Dr. (Vaidya) GG Gangadharan is a practicing Ayurvedic physician and has been affiliated with the Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), now known as the Institute for Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (I-AIM) based in Bangalore, India. An expert on authentic Ayurvedic methods of diagnosis, especially pulse diagnosis and treatment, he successfully treats lifestyle disorders. He has dedicated himself to education of Ayurveda and promoting use of Ayurveda and local health traditions at the grass root level in rural parts of India. After earning an MD in Ayurveda, he joined Arya Vaidya Pharmacy-Coimbatore, where he was involved in the manufacture of traditional Ayurvedic classical as well as proprietary formulations. As a technical director at Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, he continued to practice Ayurveda and actively lead many initiatives to promote Ayurveda and use of medicinal plants. He works as a senior advisor on many committees in both government and private bodies - dedicated for education and promotion of Ayurveda and medicinal plants.  He has served as an editor of the journal, AYU-Ancient Science of Life, and has supervised development and publication of ten Monographs on Local Health Traditions (LHT) and Ayurveda, which made significant contributions to the revival of ISM and LHT in India. He has co-authored 4 books on medicinal plants and has published over 20 research papers.


Vaidya KT Jayakrishnan, BAMS

Chief Medical Officer, Arya Vaidya Pharmacy-Chennai Chief Medical Officer, Shanta Ayurveda Hospital

former Medical Superintendent of Ayurveda College, Coimbatore and Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Ayurveda College, Chennai.

A consummate clinician and clinical educator, Dr. (Vaidya) JK is loved and revered by Ayurveda physicians for his interactive and traditional methods for teaching using Tarka and experiential training. He received his BAMS training at AVP Ayurveda College, Coimbatore.

Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc, BAMS

Dr. 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.  An alumnus of the Govt. Ayurveda College, Tripunithura, Cochin Dr. Jayarajan joined Kerala Ayurveda Pharmacy Ltd as Medical Officer at Amrutham Hospital, Aluva and KAPL Ayurvedic center at Kappad, Kozhikode. Suffused with expertise in traditional Ayurvedic health care practices especially Panchakarma (Ayurvedic detoxification) and Ksharasoothra (medicated thread therapy) a specialty of Kerala Ayurveda tradition, Dr Jayarajan took charge as the Chief Medical Officer of an exclusive Ayurvedic wellness center - Ayurvedagram. Ayurvedagram is a heritage wellness center in Bangalore catering to the authentic practice of Ayurveda in pristine surroundings for the treatment of chronic diseases and Rejuvenative therapies. He played a significant role in making Ayurvedagram of international repute with extremely satisfied clients across the globe. He is the co-coordinator and the resource person for various training programs conducted in traditional Ayurvedic therapies and medicine. He is an accomplished trainer for the advanced courses in Ayurveda and orientation program for overseas students conducted by Ecumenical Christian Centre, Bangalore. His corporate sessions and workshops on Application of Ayurveda in daily life, Stress management and BMS are immensely popular.    Dr Jay, as he is fondly called, is actively involved in various research projects of Kerala Ayurveda. He is currently the principal investigator of a research on integrated approach of Ayurveda and Stem cell in Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. Dr Jay ran a hugely successful “Ayurveda Summer Makeover” program in Slovenia in the Spring of 2008. A program sponsored by a fashion magazine selected 5 women from several applicants to be given a Summer Makeover with Ayurvedic treatments and therapies. A winner in all ways the program received wide attention in the press and media alike. Dr 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. 


Dr. (Vaidya) Vinod Kumar Joshi, BAMS, MD(Ay), PhD

Dr. (Vaidya) Joshi is a Professor of Dravyaguna at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, in Varanasi, with nearly 30 years experience conducting research with WHO, DST and WIPO, and teaching post-graduate M.D. (Ay.) students about identification, properties, action and therapeutic uses of traditional Medicinal Plants used in Ayurveda. He has nearly 25 years of experience in the field survey of medicinal plants of the Ayurvedic classic texts from different geographical regions of India. Dr. Joshi earned a Bachelor of Ayurveda with Modern Medicine and Surgery (BAMMS) from Lucknow University, 1974, then specialized with a Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda-MD(Ay) from Banarasa Hindu University in 1978, earning a Health Professional Qualification. His PhD was awarded by Banaras Hindu University, Faculty of Indian Medicine, Department of Dravyaguna in 1984. He has served on the Task Force of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), worked on AyuSoft, and is a member of the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee of the Govt of India. 

Dr. (Vaidya) Krishna Upadhyaya Karinje, BSAM, MD (Ayu), PhD (Ay)

Director, Nippon Ayurveda School, Japan

Asst. Director, The Institute of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Japan

UK Krishna has been practicing and popularizing Ayurveda in Japan for the past two decades, assisting in the statistic that 12% of Japan's population now uses Ayurveda. The Institute of Traditional Oriental Medicine specializes in teaching Ayurveda to physicians. A native of Udupi district in Karnataka, he completed his BAMS and postgraduate MD in Ayurveda, at the Gujrat Ayurveda University in Jamnagar, India in June 1980. He is also a proponent of reducing the false propaganda that herbo-mineral preparations are toxic, and is an active researcher.​



Dr. (Vaidya) Subhash Ranade, BAMS, PhD (Ayu) 

Subhash Ranade is Chairman of the International Academy of Ayurveda in his native Pune, founded in 1996. He has been an international leader in Ayurveda education, research, and practice for the past 30 years. His teaching, collaborations, and publications have spanned 69 countries. He completed Ayurveda Acharya (B.A.M.S.) and Ayurveda Varidhi (Ph.D.) studies with honors, then served as Professor and Head of the Department of Ayurveda at Pune University for 20 years, and then was Principal of the Ashtang Ayurveda College in Pune.  Since 1981, Dr. Ranade and his wife Dr. Vd. Sunanda Ranade have been traveling worldwide as ambassadors of Ayurveda and as visiting professors at various institutes of health and Ayurveda. The pair have conducted hundreds of Ayurveda courses, in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Israel, Canada, Brazil and the Amazon, Chile, Argentina, Russia, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.  Some of their students have progressed to open Ayurveda schools and clinics. The IAA now has satellites in many other countries and has trained over 400 students. Vaidya Ranade has written 146 books on different facets of Ayurveda, published in 16 languages, including English, Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam, Italian, German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese. 



Sebastian Pole, Lic OHM, Ayur HC, MAPA, MRCHM, MURHP

​Herbalist, Ayurvedic and Chinese Practitioner; Author; Co-founder of Pukka Herbs, UK

​Sebastian is a pioneer of Ayurvedic herb standards in the West. Through his work in creating Pukka Herbs, Sebastian has sourced good practices in cultivation, collection, harvesting, production, shipping, and creation of importing standards for Ayurvedic herbs since 2002. Author of Ayurvedic Medicine, published by Elsevier, Sebastian continues to set standards for new students of Ayurveda. 

Padmashree PR Krishnakumar   Managing Director, The AVP Group (Coimbatore)

Krishnakumar completed the full training in ayurveda when his father was Medical Director and Founder of the Arya Vaidya Pharmacy in Coimbatore. After training, he took charge of the AVP hospital, pharmacy, and factory. Since the mid-1970s, the AVP Group has developed an ayurvedic medical college, an allopathic medical college, several primary schools, international programs, ayurvedic ancillary therapy programs affiliated with accredited universities in Tamil Nadu, training manuals, and a range of companies related to authentic Ayurveda. His vision for Ayurveda has created the formal training of hundreds of vaidyas, and tens of thousands of patients. He was awarded one of India's most prestigious honors, the PadmaShree, in 2010. 


Dr. (Vaidya) Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc  

Dr. (Vaidya) Lad is a classically trained Ayurveda Practitioner who brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. He received the degree of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.&S.) in 1968 from the University of Pune, India and a Master of Ayurvedic Science (M.A.Sc.) in 1980. In 1984, he founded and began as Director of The Ayurvedic Institute. Dr. (Vaidya) Lad is the author of 11 books on Ayurveda as well as hundreds of articles and other writings. With more than 500,000 copies of his books in print in the US, his work has been translated into more than 20 languages. Dr. (Vaidya) Lad presently is the Director of The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also travels throughout the world, consulting privately and giving seminars on Ayurveda.



​Dr. (Vaidya) Rangesh Paramesh R., BSAM, MD(Ayu)

Dr. (Vaidya) Rangesh has been practicing Ayurveda, teaching and conducting research nearly 15 years in the Post Graduate Department of the Government Ayurvedic Medical Colleges in Bangalore and Mysore. He also serves as an Ayurveda consultant physician in Switzerland and Germany. Dr. Rangesh worked with Himalaya Herbals for several years. He received his basic Ayurvedic degree (BSAM) in 1980, and an MD in Ayurveda in 1984, both from Bangalore University. He was involved in Project SuTRA (Sustainable Transformation of Rural Areas), helping to run Ayurveda Health Clinics for rural populations. He is the author of Ayurveda – Health Tips for Daily Use.


Hema Patankar

Director, Vedika Global, California

Hema Patankar is one of the founding directors of Vedika Global since its inception in 2007. She has been serving on the Board of Directors of NAMA since 2009, and is the Chair of the Educational Standards Committee of NAMA and served on the Education Committee of the International Working Groups of the Dept. of AYUSH. She is a strong proponent of the gurukula method of training, and of the global ayurveda movement. Born in Australia, Hema has spent twelve years in India and speaks Hindi and Marathi. For five years, Hema was the Executive Director of the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute, where she spearheaded the development of the world's largest online collection of Sanskrit texts.


Dr. (Vaidya) Ashwinikumar Raut, BAMS, MD(Ayu) ​Director, Clinical Research & IntegrativeMedicineMRC-KHS, Mumbai. Dr.

Ashwinikumar Anand Raut has been practicing and teaching ayurveda since 1987. He currently serves as Director of Clinical Research & Integrative medicine at Kasturba Health Society’s Medical Research Centre, Mumbai. His field of specialty is rheumatology. Dr. Raut is an International Advisor to AAPNA 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.

Dr. (Vaidya) Vivek Shanbhag, BAMS, MD (Ayu), ND

Served as a Medical Director at Natural Medince Clinic, Seattle. His clinical, teaching and research experience spans over 18 years. He is the founder of AYU Academy, and author of Beginners Introduction to Ayurveda. He has served on the Board of Directors of NAMA and AAPNA. During 1991-96, he was Chairman of the Ayurvedic Department at Bastyr University, Seattle. During 1985-88, he was Head of Institute of Research in Ayurvedic Medicine, Poona, India. Dr. Shanbhag's 14 years of Ayurvedic and Naturopathic clinical training includes Ayurvedic graduateion (BAMS) at Karnataka University, post-graduation (MD-Ayurved) at Poona University and Doctorate in Natuopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. He was awrded the prestigious I.I.M. Gold Medal for his MD-Ayurved Research Thesis. Dr. Shanbhag has served on the faculty of several ayurvedic schools, including AYU Academy, Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Ayurveda Institute of America, Sai College of Miami, DINacharya Institute, and Mount Madonna School of Ayurveda.

Kiran Vyas

Tapovan, France

Founded in 1983, Tapovan Centres for Yoga and Ayurveda ( in Normandy, Paris, and Switzerland, have provided holistic healing, education and sustainable living, with the contribution of Kiran Vyas, who has been a dominant factor in the evolution of ayurveda in Europe. Through his parents, he met Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo as well as The Mother, where he learned Vedic techniques for agriculture, natural forestry and architecture. Trained in physics and mathematics, he founded and then managed three experimental schools in India inspired by the educational philosophy of Gandhi, Tagore and Sri Aurobindo. He then worked for UNESCO in the fields of education and teaching with art as a medium in Paris. When not gardening or managing his 25-acre organic farm, Kiran Vyas delivers lectures worldwide, occasionally returning to his native lands in Gujarat. He has authored several books in French on Ayurveda, Ayurvedic massage, Indian cuisine, yogic exercises for the eyes and Hatha-yoga.

Dr. Antonio Morandi, MD

Chairman & Director, AyurvedicPoint, Milano, Italy

President, SSIMA - Italian Scientific Society for Ayurvedic Medicine

Dr (Vaidya) Prapanch, BAMS

Dr. Prapanch  MD (Ayu), MS (Psychotherapy and counseling), BAMS, B.Sc. has 10+ years of experience in practicing Ayurveda and been playing diverse roles as Panel Physician, Lecturer, Executive editor, Research and Development head for GMP certified Pharmacy,  Consulting Physician for Ayurveda, vedic literature, vedic mathematics, vedic astrology, medical astrology, yoga therapy, Kalari medicine and martial arts. He is actively involved in many AYUSH projects out of India for propagation of Ayurveda Internationally. 

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