Conference 2024 Speakers

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Dr. K. Srikar Reddy

Dr. K. Srikar Reddy before taking over as the Consul General of India at San Francisco, served at the Department of Commerce, Government of India as Joint Secretary where he oversaw India’s commercial relations with countries in Africa and the Middle-East. He was the Chief Negotiator of India for the India-Mauritius Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) and India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) that entered into force on 01 April 2021 and 01 May 2022 respectively.

He joined the Indian Foreign Service in the year 2001 and served in various positions at Indian Missions including Germany and Switzerland. Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of India to the World Trade Organization (WTO) from August 2014 to October 2017. He was India’s Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from October 2017 to March 2020.

He also served at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi and handled India’s relations with Pakistan and East and Southern Africa (E&SA). He served as Regional Passport Officer, Hyderabad (July 2011 – August 2014) where he transformed the delivery of passport services in then undivided state of Andhra Pradesh, India for which he was awarded the “Passport Seva Puraskar (Best Passport Officer)” in June 2013.

Dr. Reddy was born in the district of Warangal, Telangana. He studied Medicine (MBBS) at Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal India. He speaks Telugu, Hindi, English and German.

He is married to Prathima Koppula, an IT professional and has one son.

Dr. Romesh Japra

Dr. Romesh Japra is a renowned cardiologist, cultural entrepreneur, publisher, and community leader with 43 years of medical practice in Northern California. Recognized among the top 20% of doctors in North America specializing in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine, Dr. Japra’s global contributions to the community have been widely acknowledged. He embodies courage, creativity, and the ability to inspire participation, development, and sustainability in building strong communities. Over 35 years, he has played a pivotal role in pioneering community initiatives that have made a significant impact on the masses. As a key figure in the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of Northern California, Dr. Japra has spearheaded numerous large-scale events, including the renowned Festival of Globe (FOG) Silicon Valley.

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda)

Dr. Suhas is a Best-Selling Author, Motivational Speaker and an acclaimed Educator in the field of Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine. He has traveled around the globe popularizing Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation & Natural Medicine. He has Chaired & designed curriculums for several Ayurvedic schools including Mount Madonna College of Ayurveda, Kerala Ayurveda Academy and Maharishi University. He is an adviser to National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Dr. Suhas has formulated some very successful herbal products generating multi-million dollars in revenues. He was featured in many popular Podcasts, Radio & Television shows. He is an Adviser to the Chopra Center and is the Director of Ayurvedic Healing, an Integrative Wellness and Pancha Karma Clinic in Santa Cruz, CA. He specializes in Personalized and Lifestyle Medicine.

His popular books are: “The Hot Belly Diet”, “Change Your Schedule Change Your Life”, “Panchakarma” & “The Art & Science of Vedic Counseling.”

Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP

John Douillard DC, CAP authored seven Ayurvedic health books with bestsellers Eat Wheat and The 3-Season Diet. He is the host of the Ayurveda Meets Modern Science podcast, former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team and creator of—where ancient Ayurvedic wisdom meets modern science with 11M+ YouTube views and 100+ newsletter subscribers and social followers.

Dr. Vivek Shanbhag, ND, MD-Ayurveda

Dr. Vivek Shanbhag, ND, MD-Ayurveda, BAMS, CYEd is a California Licensed Naturopathic Doctor with 35 years’ experience as an Ayurveda MD, Professor & Best-seller Author. He is the Founder & Medical Director of Natural Medicine & Ayurveda Clinic & Pancha-Karma Center in San Jose, California. He serves as the Founding Dean of the School of Ayurveda & Natural Medicine at University of Silicon Andhra in California. He is the best-seller author of “Intro to Ayurveda” by Keats Publishing.  He serves on the Editorial Board, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal. Recently, he won international Awards for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and Practice. He served as the Founding President of American Association of Ayurvedic Professionals (2021-22). Dr. Shanbhag’s MD-Ayu Research Thesis on Skin Diseases was awarded the prestigious IIM Gold medal in 1988. Dr. Shanbhag directs a team of seven experts in Ayurveda & Natural Medicine with a high success rate in treating chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, hormonal imbalances, digestive, respiratory, skin, sleep & stress disorders. As primary care doctors, his team uses advanced diagnostics & clinically proven herbal medicines with modifications in lifestyle & diet to prevent and treat chronic diseases.

Dr. David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri)

Dr. David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) is an internationally renowned Vedic teacher (Vedacharya) active in related fields of Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotish and Vedanta worldwide over the last forty years and author of numerous books. He is director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, which provides educational resources in these Vedic fields. He is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, third highest award of the govt. of India for his Vedic educational work. His book Ayurvedic Healing was recently honored by the British Parliament as part of Diwali celebrations.

Dr. Tanuja Nesari, MD (Ayu)

Dr. Tanuja Nesari is a Mover and Shaker in the world of Ayurveda heading over 50 Ayurveda Schools and overseeing Evidence based research in Ayurveda.

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum, DC, CAP

Dr. Teitelbaum graduated Summa Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1984 and obtained her Ayurvedic Practitioner certification from Maharishi Ayurveda in 1992. For 17 years she studied one-on-one with Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra, an award-winning herbal formulator who hails from a 5,000 -year-old family lineage of Raj Vaidyas, treating the royalty of India. Mishra taught her how to manage practically every disease, making over 500 herbal formulas for all the problems they were treating together. Dr. Teitelbaum runs a busy Ayurvedic practice in Southern New Jersey, as well as writing books, articles, blogs and courses based on the knowledge Vaidya Mishra imparted to her before his untimely passing in April of 2017.

Dr. Dilip Gadgil, BAMS, MD (Ayu), MPhil (Sanskrit)

Dr. Shri Vaidya Dilip Prabhakar Gadgil is an award winning Ayurvedic scholar who has been practicing Ayurveda since 1980 and his main area of expertise is Cancer, Heart disease, Chronic Kidney disease and many more. He is the most sought after guide for many practicing Vaidyas from Maharashtra, Pune.

He is well known for his Work as Executive Editor & Principal Investigator in a research project “Ayurvediyah Triskandha-Koshah” from 1989-2008. This is an elaborate work of 13 volumes of 4,000 pages each, creating a classified information in a database format from four main texts of Ayurveda. Triskandha Kosha is a unique project where Information Technology, Ayurveda, Sanskrit have come together/conglomerated to provide information from Ayurveda in a well-classified manner. It addresses, Causes, Signs and symptoms and remedies from the great samhitas all in one place.

He has received many recognitions and awards including but not limited to Vaidya M.V. Kolhatkar Research Award by Khadiwale Vaidya Samshodhan Sanstha. – Nov. 1997, ‘The Late Vaidya Shri. Shivnath Sharma Ayurveda Research Award’ from the then Vice President of India Shri Bhairosingh Shekhawat, Atmaram Vaman Datar memorial award 2019, Ayurveda Bhushana award by Bhausaheb Padmawar Trust Yavatmal 2022, Vamsha Vaidya award 2023. He has traveled to many countries to teach Ayurveda and make Ayurveda available and accessible everywhere. He has many books published in the field of Ayurveda.

Currently, Dr. Gadgil is bringing together Ayurveda and Yoga referencing the samhitas and exploring Koshtha-Shakha gati in Pranayama on the basis of Kumbhaka and concept of Prana following Shuddha Shonit. This will be a new topic unexplored before.

Dr. Madan Thangavelu, PhD

Madan Thangavelu is a Cambridge-based genome biologist. His PhD research on plant genes for actin showed large families of genes for actin and the first evidence for pollen-specific actin genes. His later work on molecular genetics of starch biosynthesis in wheat and floral homeotic genes and their expression in plants in Wye College, University of London were followed initially as a Leverhulme Fellow in the MRC-Laboratory Molecular Biology, Cambridge on the development of single DNA molecular genome mapping techniques and later at the MRC-Cancer Cell Unit and the Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge on single-cell and single DNA molecule techniques for cancer genome analysis. Currently, as an Adjunct Professor in The Transdisciplinary University, Bangalore, India he catalyzes discussions and debates globally on the need and the power of transdisciplinary approaches to address and resolve contemporary challenges in health and wellbeing and for advancing and growing a global One Health Agenda.

He is a Member of the Mind-Matter Unification Project of the Theory of Condensed Matter Group at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, Directed by Professor Brian Josephson.

Dr. Sarita Shrestha, MD (Ayu, Gynecology & Obstetrics)

Dr. Sarita Shrestha is renowned in Nepal as their first female Ayurvedic physician. A Doctor of Ayurveda who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, she also has a diploma in acupuncture and a certificate in yoga therapy. Trained in both classical Ayurveda and allopathic medicine, she has a unique capacity to help Westerns integrate the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. She has been in clinical practice as a physician for more than 25 years and provides free healthcare services to thousands of people in India and Nepal. She is Founder/Director of the Devi Ma Kunja and Ayurveda Rural Hospital in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.

Dr. Jeffrey D. White, MD

Dr. White is a board-certified Medical Oncologist, Cancer Researcher and Director of NCI’s Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This office supports research and the generation of good quality information on the various disciplines and modalities as they relate to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer.

Dr. Gopa Kumar, MD (Ayu), PhD

Dr. Gopa Kumar S.MD(Ay), PhD is a top ranking gold medalist from Government Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, graduating with a double degree in Pathology and General Medicine, as well as a PhD. He currently serves asa Professor and Medical Superintendent at the  Government Ayurveda College, Kannur, Kerala, India.

With a great reputation preceding him, Dr. Gopa has been selected as Best Ayurveda Teacher 3X. by CCRAS, Dept of Ayush, Govt of India (2016), by Govt of Kerala in 2014 and  by Kerala University of Health Sciences in 2020.

He has presented scientific papers in many international seminars and countries like Russia, UAE, UK, Australia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, etc.

Dr. VL Shyam, BAMS, MD (Ayu), MPhil (Business Mgmt.)

Dr. VL Shyam is a multifaceted winner of award winning accomplishments in the field of Ayurveda with 20 years experience in over 20 Countries!

He is the:

  • Medical Director: Dr. Shyam’s Ayurveda Centre, UAE
  • Managing Director – Back to Roots Ayurveda Retreat, India
  • CEO – Vaidyashala, UAE
  • Ayurveda Faculty Member – Southern California University of Health Sciences

He has successfully implemented over 60 Ayurveda and Wellness projects.

Dr. Shyam was the first Ayurveda practitioner licensed by the Ministry of Health, UAE – 2002. He is the recipient of awards too numerous to mention and is tirelessly spreading Ayurveda worldwide.

Dr. Ish Sharma, MD (Ayu)

Prof. Ish Sharma studied Ayurveda at the National Institute of Ayurveda Jaipur, and conducted many clinical studies on lifestyle disorders. He published 20 research articles in healthcare journals, and authored three books.

Developing the Ayush Wellness Programme including Ayurveda Dietetics and Common Yoga Protocol was a significant development as the Academic Chair in Ayurveda Medicine (Ministry of Ayush Government of India) in Mauritius for the primary school curricula with the Ministry of Education Mauritius.

    Kashyap Jared Fisher (Ayurvedic Physician)

    Kashyapa is an Ayurvedic Physician, educator and pioneer in the application of traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a practical and optimal healthcare solution for contemporary lifestyles and disorders. He is the founder and director of Arogya Life, through which he has treated thousands of patients through an ever expanding, full time online and Pancha Karma practice. Kashyapa has been steeped in Ayurvedic clinical practice through a traditional gurukul education and residency in Pune, India and currently cultivates and guides aspiring Ayurvedic physicians through the Samudra Ayurvedic Physician Program.

      Dr. Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MD (Ayu)

      Vaidya Ashlesha Raut is a classically trained BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), and a third-generation Vaidya (Ayurvedic Physician) who has been practicing Ayurveda internationally for more than 20 years. She is an integral part of the Global Holistic Healing community, driven by her mission to propagate Ayurveda, leading her to become the founding President at AUM (Ayurveda Union of Midwest).

      Passionate about teaching, Vaidya Ashlesha Raut has imparted her knowledge in various Ayurvedic colleges across multiple states in the USA. Currently, she serves as the Program Director at Ananda Ayurveda Academy and holds the positions of professor and chair of Ayurveda at VaYU- Vivekananda Yoga University, CA. As part of her lineage, she is an expert clinician and, in her role as Director at Ayurveda For Healing Inc., she oversees an Ayurveda Wellness and Panchkarma center where she practices Ayurveda in Bloomington, Chicago, and the Midwest region.

        Dr. Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, PT, DPT

        Dr. Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, AD, PT, DPT is the Founder-Director of Ayurbliss- Ayurveda, Physical Therapy and Yoga Integrative Wellness Center. ( Dr. Kelkar is an accomplished and internationally renowned Ayurveda practitioner, clinician, educator, researcher, speaker and writer with an experience of over 20 years. She received her Doctor of Ayurveda degree from the University of Pune, India and Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica, MN. She holds certifications in Yoga and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. At her Ayurbliss Wellness Center, she provides Ayurveda Consultations (in person and online), Ayurveda therapies and Panchakarma and also integrates the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga with the rehabilitative knowledge of physical therapy. She specializes in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She also conducts various Ayurveda workshops and teaching programs online and at her center.

        Ayurbliss- Ayurveda Wellness with Herbs, her own line of Ayurvedic products has also been one of her entrepreneurial pursuits.

        Dr. Kelkar serves as a Chair of Mount Madonna Institute- College of Ayurveda. She is a faculty for leading Ayurveda schools. She is revered by her students for her depth of knowledge, interactive teaching skills and is loved for being easily approachable. She is a highly sought Supervisor for Clinical Externships. Dr. Kelkar has mentored students of Stanford Medical School for their Integrative Medicine Clerkship and has taught Medical and Pharmacy students at UCSF. She was also invited to speak at the Kaiser Permanente Grand Rounds. Apart from being a published author and involved in past research at UCSF, she is a Research Advisor to students at the Mount Madonna Institute.

        Dr. Kelkar has been a presenter at various National Ayurveda Conferences on multiple occasions over the past twenty years. She is a recipient of the Ayurveda Vachaspati (Expert) Award. Dr Kelkar was instrumental in pioneering, the much acclaimed Grand Rounds at NAMA. NAMA welcomed Dr. Kelkar as one of the Board of Directors last year. Dr Kelkar is an eminent Ambassador of Ayurveda, teaching, practicing, supporting and promoting Ayurveda.

        Dr. Jayarahan Kodikannath, BSc., BAMS, AD

        Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath is an Ayurvedic Doctor from India, an internationally renowned Ayurvedic scholar, author, researcher, and educator with over two decades of Ayurvedic clinical experience in India and the U.S. He is currently the CEO and Academy Director of Kerala Ayurveda USA and President of National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Under his leadership Kerala Ayurveda USA recently received an award “Top Alternative Medicine Company 2023” by Pharma Tech Outlook. His recently published research is on an herbal composition for the management of metabolic syndrome disorders such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, obesity, and lipid profile management which received a US Patent. He is the author of the award-winning book on patenting- The Parent’s Complete Guide to Ayurveda: Principles, Practices, and Recipes for Happy, Healthy Kids (2022). He served as the Chief Medical Officer of Ayurvedagram, an internationally reputed heritage wellness resort at Bangalore in India, over 10 years before he moved to the USA in 2011. “Dr. J,” as his students call him for short, is a compassionate healer and educator, devoted to the mission of propagating the consciousness-based practice of Ayurveda across the globe. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family and is committed to imparting the traditional teachings of Kerala’s Ayurveda.

          Vaidya Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, LAc, CMT, PhD

          Vaidya Anupama Kizhakkeveettil is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, licensed acupuncturist, Professor, researcher, and Program Director of Ayurvedic Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences. Her contributions to the field of complementary and alternative medicine include extensive travel to propagate Ayurveda worldwide, numerous research presentations at national and international conferences, and publications in various peer-reviewed research journals. She also serves on the board of directors of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), and the Ayurvedic Accreditation Commission (AAC).

            Dr. Rammohan Rao, PhD, CAP, RYT

            Rammohan Rao PhD, CAP, RYT, also has the rare combination of being a NAMA board-certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP), a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) by Yoga Alliance, and teaches Ayurveda at the California College of Ayurveda.

            Ram has published several articles in Scientific and Yoga/Ayurveda journals and is a featured speaker in several meetings and symposia. Ram is also the author of the best-selling book “Good Living Practices-The best from Ayurveda, Yoga and Modern Science For Achieving Optimal Health, Happiness and Longevity.”

            CAAM is grateful to Ram for offering all proceeds of his book sales at the Conference to CAAM. Please support us.

              Dr. Vedhas Kolhatkar, MD (Ayu)

              Dr. Vedhas Kolhatkar, MD (Ayu), a distinguished individual with a background in Ayurveda, holding a B.A.M.S and M.D. in Ayurveda, they achieved the prestigious Final Year Gold Medal. Currently serving as the Director at Ayurved Sumshodhanalaya (Pune) Pvt Ltd and as the Secretary of Vidyarthimitra Vd M V Kolhatkar Ayurved Pratishthan (Charitable Trust), they bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles. With a history as a Faculty Member at Shubham Ayurved in Fremont, California, they have contributed significantly to the field. Furthermore, they proudly carry on the esteemed legacy of the late Vd Madhav Vasudev Kolhatkar, a renowned Vaidya from Maharashtra, India.

              Gary Grewal

              Gary’s primary goal is to bring the safest and highest quality herbs and authentic Ayurvedic formulations to the USA while promoting the Ayurvedic culture and embracing its value of continuous learning and growth. He has emphasized his openness to working with companies and individuals with Ayush Ministry of India to promote Ayurveda in the USA. Furthermore, he has collaborated with Dr. Todd Watts and his team from Cell Core and Microbes Formula to investigate the benefits of parasite cleanse and mimosa pudica herb. As part of this research, he provided them access to Indian Ayurvedic doctors, college professors, and farmers. In addition, he actively supported DAV Ayurvedic College in Punjab, India, in their research and development efforts related to parasite cleanse formulation.

              He believes in Women’s Empowerment and 90% of his staff are women in India who work at Garry N Sun Organics to support this value.

              Dr. Jaygopal Parla, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), MAOM, FAIHM, C-IAYT

              Dr. Jayagopal Parla, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), MAOM, FAIHM, C-IAYT is an internationally known speaker, educator and practitioner of Ayurveda with extensive clinical, teaching and research experience. He is founder and director of Athreya Ayurvedic Integrative Health Center in Long Beach, CA and Vice President of Athreya Herbs. He serves on the faculty at Southern California University of Health Sciences, Mount Madonna College of Ayurveda, Kerala Ayurveda Academy, and Japan School of Ayurveda.

              Prashanti de Jager

              Prashanti has intensely studied the Vedic Sciences from the perspective of the Ramana Maharshi lineage. He is the original Founder of Organic India and a founding trustee of the Dunagiri Foundation, a non-profit that cultivates endangered herbs and saves Wisdom Traditions in the High Himalayas! He is a consultant for the American Herbal Pharmacopeia, the world’s most respected source of Herbal Knowledge and he founded the Veda Mandala, a school that weaves all the Vedic Sciences together. He also founded Prajna Remedies, an herb company specializing in rare herbs and rare formulations.