History of CAAM
Past Presidents of CAAM
1998 – 2003
Mamta Landerman C.A.S. APT was the Founding President of CAAM, her keen interest in people, and a holistic approach to lifestyle has guided her into a deep and passionate study of her ancient heritage from India: Ayurveda, Panchakarma and Jyotisha. She produced three Ayurveda International Symposia at U.C. Berkeley for CAAM, bringing together—some for the first time—the various lineages of Ayurveda in the U.S. to sow seeds for the future vision of the Ayurvedic profession in this country. She travels throughout the country teaching both Ayurveda and Jyotish. She also runs her organic blueberry farm in Sebastopol. In 2018 she was invited and has returned to CAAM to serve as its President once more.
2003 – 2004
John Holmstrom, CPAM LAc. AP. is a certified Professional Member and former President of CAAM. A licensed acupuncturist he has taught Ayurveda theory, Ayurveda Marma Points and herbs. He was a Professor at The American University of Complementary Medicine (AUCM) in So. California. He has lived in India and continues to visit focusing on research and teaching Ayurveda Herbs. He has studied Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Greek and Arabic Medicine. John founded the Nonprofit Shivalchemy University Of Classical Ayurvedic Medicine at the Golden Bridge Yoga Studios and Amrit Davaa Wellness Clinic. In March 2009 the Shivalchemy University of Barefoot Ayurveda began offering three 1800-hour degrees in advanced ayurvedic training.
2004 – 2006
Dr. Jay Apte BAMS was trained in India. She has an integrated degree in Allopathic and Ayurvedic Medicine from Pune University. In addition, she has Master’s degree in biomedical sciences (Pharmacology) from University of North Texas. An entrepreneur, she founded Ayurvedic Academies, Wellness Centers and the first Company to manufacture Ayurvedic Herbal supplements in the U.S. and AyurFoods – world’s first manufacturer of delicious and tasty, holistic and healthy Ayurvedic foods. A gifted teacher and Practitioner of over 40 years experience, she has given seminars and lectures in various forums around the U.S.
2006 – 2007
Dr Mark L. Vinick, DC, CAS is Board Certified in three multi-disciplinary specialties Pain Management, Ayurvedic Medicine, and Anti-Aging Medicine. He is a graduate of The California College of Ayurveda and was a long-time student of Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra and is a Certified Practitioner in the ancient tradition of SVA Ayurveda. He is also a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner with CAAM, NAMA, and AAPNA (Ayurvedic Doctor).
2013 – 2017
Acharya Shunya Mathur served as the president of the CAAM Board of Directors from 2013 to 2017. She is the author of bestselling book Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom (SoundsTrue, 2017), nominated amongst top 10 books in alternative medicine by Health Line, and translated into 7 languages. Shunya teaches Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta courses online and leads satsangs and retreats.
2018 – current
Mamta Landerman C.A.S. AP has returned to serve as President of CAAM
CAAM’s Original Mission and Goals founded in 1999
- The California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, while embodying and modeling the principles of Ayurveda, exists to serve humankind through
- Supporting the establishment and growth of ayurveda as an independent profession
- Safeguarding the right to practice Ayurveda
- Ensuring the quality of ayurvedic practice
- Ensuring the integrity of Ayurveda as a system of healing, honoring the connection between body, mind and spirit.
- Educating our communities about Ayurveda and what makes it a unique and comprehensive health care system
- Providing a unified voice for the advancement of the Ayurvedic profession.
CAAM’s Original Goals established in 1999
- Establish a recognized definition of ayurveda and the scope of practice for the Ayurvedic Profession
- Assist in the formation of an accrediting agency for Ayurveda schools and colleges
- Advocate for the creation of a state -approved license for the practice of Ayurveda
- Support the development and recognition of a Doctor of Ayurveda degree
- Establish a system for administering a continuing education program for Ayurvedic Practitioners
- Publish a peer-reviewed journal
- Support research related to Ayurveda
- Set standards for Practice for the profession
- Establish ethical standards as well as a review board to investigate and mediate reports of unethical behaviour within the profession
- Establish a legal defense fund
- Organize liability insurance for CAAM members.