Graduate Spotlight


Jessica Lusignan


Jessica Lusignan is a practicing Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in northern California. 


In her experience with western medicine, Jessica has come to understand that holistic care is required in order for individuals to sustain health and well-being. This understanding is what led her to Āyurveda. 


Recently, she met with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital's CEO to propose a research partnership with patients on Āyurvedic treatment protocols. At this moment, they are collaborating to create a healthier community in Nevada County, California. 


Jessica received training in authentic, classical Āyurveda through ĀYU Academy’s Svastha Āchārya Certificate Program and will be advancing through the school’s Parichāraka (Panchakarma Technician) Certificate Program as well. 


She graduated in 2005 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in Women’s Health & Psychology. She worked with physically and emotionally challenged women in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts for several years. In 2009, Jessica returned to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, graduating magna cum laude. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Nursing and Āyurveda is her passion.


Melissa Camacho

L. Ac., CAP, SA

Melissa Camacho, owner of Sedona Sol Acupuncture & Ayurveda in Sedona, AZ, integrates the strength of Oriental Medicine with Āyurveda. 


A Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, Svastha Ācārya (Āyurvedic Health Trainer) and NAMA Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Melissa uses both Oriental Medicine and Āyurveda effectively in her practice. 


She provides customized treatment programs based on individual needs and health conditions. In fact, most of her clients are managed using the most useful aspects of both modalities, depending on the client’s physical and mental needs. 


Melissa not only offers acupuncture and Āyurvedic treatments, but also yoga, movement classes, massage therapy and wellness workshops. Her style of Oriental Medicine is a blend of Japanese acupuncture, Master Tung and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).


Melissa began formal study of Āyurveda with Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM in 2005. Upon graduation, she started a small clinical practice in Sedona and taught workshops on the subject in Arizona and New Mexico.


Melissa’s love for natural medicine blossomed even further in 2008 when she began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Acupuncture at Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe. 


Her knowledge of elemental medicine, herbs, and a wealth of clinical experience enabled her to obtain a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine in 2011. She then studied Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China at Heilongjing University of Chinese Medicine and formally received her license as an Acupuncturist in the state of Arizona in 2012. 


Melissa connected with Jessica Vellela, BAMS in 2017 and began a study of classical Āyurveda at ĀYU Academy. She later taught two classes for the school, Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology and Modern and Global Āyurveda. At the same time, she became a practitioner of Master Tung Acupuncture. 


Learning and being of service to her community are Melissa’s main passions. In her free time, you can find her enjoying the natural beauty of Sedona’s red rocks with her sweet dog Lucy.

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