Faculty

Born, raised and educated in Boston, MA, Jessica Vellela spent nearly eight years in India to become the first American-born woman to graduate as an Āyurveda Āchārya (Āyurvedic Physician) and practice independently in India. Jessica graduated at the top of her final year class with the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree (Āyurveda Āchārya) in 2012.

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Jessica Vellela, BAMS
Founder & Instructor

THE FIRST AMERICAN-BORN WOMAN TO BECOME AN AYURVEDIC PHYSICIAN AND PRACTICE INDEPENDENTLY IN INDIA

Prasanth Dharmarajan, PhD (Ayu)
Academic and Clinical Advisor

DISTINGUISHED PANCHAKARMA DOCTOR AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT THE ALL INDIA INSTITUTE OF AYURVEDA, NEW DELHI

Dr. Prasanth Dharmarajan is one of India’s leading Pañchakarma experts. He is one of the earliest staff members of the All India Institute of Āyurveda (AIIA) and in 2016 was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Pañchakarma Department. 

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Mahadevan Seetharaman, PHD

School Director

INDUSTRY EXPERT WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD IN COMPLEMENTARY, ALTERNATIVE AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Dr. Mahadevan is a Duke Integrative Healthcare Leader and an Āyurvedic  Health and Nutrition consultant. He is also certified as a Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance International. He has recently been working with a group of scientists, educators, industrialists and champions to take AYUSH global.

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Vijay Jain, MD
Instructor

AYURVEDIC INTEGRATIVE PHYSICIAN WITH AN ESTABLISHED PRACTICE OFFERING RETREAT- STYLE PANCHAKARMA WITH MEDICAL INTEGRATION

Dr. Vijay Jain MD. brings 40 years of experience in General Surgery and 20 years of focused study of Integrative Medicine to his engaging integration of traditional Western medicine with classic Āyurvedic medicine. He specializes in Āyurvedic bio purification techniques (Pañchakarma) and regenerative therapies (Rasāyana) for chronic lifestyle diseases and graceful aging.

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Aparna Upadhyaya
BAMS, RN BSN
Instructor

CLASSICALLY-TRAINED AYURVEDIC DOCTOR CURRENTLY PRACTICING AS REGISTERED NURSE

Aparna Upadhyaya is an Āyurveda Āchārya (Āyurvedic Physician) specialized in Pediatric Care. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and is currently in the process of completing her Advanced Practice Provider Program (Doctoral Program in Nursing) with the aim of expanding her scope of practice as part of an integrative healthcare team.

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Arya Krishna, BAMS
Instructor

CLASSICALLY-TRAINED AYURVEDIC DOCTOR WITH EXPERIENCE IN AYURVEDIC HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT

Arya Krishna is an Āyurveda Āchārya (Āyurvedic Physician) who specializes in Āyurvedic diet and lifestyle as well as Women’s health and Rasāyana (regeneration and restoration). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Āyurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Amrita School of Ayurveda in Kerala and a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo Group of Educational Institutions in Hyderabad. (more)

Nancy Sellers, RN, BSN
Instructor

DEDICATED NURSE WITH EXTENSIVE PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN THE ICU, NICU AND HOLISTIC INTEGRATIVE HEALTHCARE

Nancy Sellers is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in healthcare. She completed her AA-RN degree in 1981 and began practicing. Continuing her academic studies, she completed her BSN in 1987. Her background includes work in medical, surgical
and neonatal intensive care units; women and children’s departments; home healthcare and case management.  
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Ashlee WilkinBSND, CAP, CMT, Ayurdoula
Instructor

SPECIALIST IN FERTILITY, REPRODUCTION, PRE- AND POST-NATAL CARE USING AYURVEDA AND HOLISTIC APPROACHES 

Ashlee Sakaishi Wilkin is a Certified Āyurvedic Practitioner, Pañchakarma Specialist and Āyurvedic Labor and Postpartum Doula. Through the integration of Western sciences and Āyurveda she has tailored her practice toward working with women and families through their childbearing years. (more)

Amarnath Matthews 
Instructor

SPECIALIST IN SANSKRIT WITH AN EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND IN WESTERNIZED AYURVEDA

Amarnath Matthews brings over 10 years of experience in the study of Sanskrit and Āyurvedic classical texts. He dedicates himself to the continuous learning and propagation of Āyurveda in all its forms.

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