AAAP Free Webinar, June 26, 9 to 11 PDT (12 PM EDT, 11 AM CDT, 9.30 PM IST)

Growing your Ayurveda Practice, Covid-19 AYUSH protocols and Q&A with experts


Panel Discussion: “Growing your Ayurveda Practice in USA & Canada”

Panelists: Dr. Harish Verma, Dr. Jay Apte, Dr. Prathiba Shah, Dr. Somesh Kaushik, Dr. Jessica Vellela, Madison Madden. Moderator: Dr. Vivek Shanbhag

The panel will discuss below questions:

  • What were the challenges in starting your Ayurveda practice? How did you overcome them?
  • Describe your patient demographics. What specific protocols do you use for Ayurvedic medicines in the USA?
  • How do you present your professional practice to the public? Which marketing strategies work for you?

Clinical update: “Review of Covid-19 AYUSH Protocols“

Speakers: Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, Kashyapa Fisher, Dr. Ashwinikumar Raut, Dr. Shan Lakshmanan. Moderator: Dr. Renee Mehrra

Q & A with Experts

When: Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 9 to 11 AM PDT (11 AM CDT or Noon EDT or 9.30 PM IST)

Where: Register at

Dr. Harish Verma is an Ayurveda clinician, educationist, entrepreneur, and author. As a clinician, he has treated more than 15,000 patients with Ulcerative Colitis and the majority of patients were saved from surgery and colectomy of the colon. As an educationist, he is the President of the Canadian College of Ayurveda and Yoga, Brampton, Canada. As an entrepreneur, he is the founder of M/S Indian Herbal Remedies, Baddi, Himachal. As an author, he has written two books on Ayurveda.

Dr. Jay Apte is one of the most experienced India trained Ayurvedic Doctors in U S with more than 40 years of experience in practice and teaching. She has an integrated degree in Allopathic and Ayurvedic Medicine from Pune University in India in 1973. In addition, she has master’s degree in Pharmacology from the University of North Texas. She started her Ayurvedic practice in Dallas TX in 1980. Later, she had a very successful practice in California. Now she has established DFW Ayurveda Center in Coppell, TX.

Dr. Pratibha Shah, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda, MPH, is an internationally renowned Ayurveda Expert. Her pioneering initiatives in the field of Ayurveda, have brought her to attention at the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Consulate General of India, NYC. She is a senior faculty and Ayurveda Domain Expert for Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Boston Ayurveda School and CEO of My Ayurved LLC. She is the Founder, President of two non-profits – Council for Ayurveda Research and Wholistic Health Alliance. She currently consults out of her office in Danvers and Newton.

Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik is the chief medical practitioner of Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River, NY. With over 35 years’ experience as an Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Kaushik’s medical training is extensive. After completing his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Kurukshetra University, India, in 1983, Dr. Kaushik worked as an Ayurvedic Medical Officer for two years. Upon moving to the United States in 1985, Dr. Kaushik received his Masters of Public Health (MPH) in 1986; Masters of Public Administration (MPA) and EMT from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then worked as Associate Dean in a Community College for 2 years and then as an Epidemiologist and Director of HIV/AIDS Sero-surveillance Program with the Alabama Department of Public Health in Montgomery.

Dr. Jessica Vellela, BAMS, is the first American-born woman to become an Āyurvedic Doctor and practice independently in India. She is the founder of ĀYU Academy, ĀYU Council and myĀyu, and the author of over ten publications on professional Āyurvedic training. Dr.Jessica has been consistently raising standards of professional education and practice through rigorous online instruction. She maintains the fidelity of the authentic, traditional science through her restructured, highly organized and efficient professional curriculum.

Madison Madden is an Ayurvedic Doctor (AD) member of NAMA, a Panchakarma Specialist, and founder of Live Wise Ayurveda. She has trained with some of the world’s most respected Ayurvedic Physicians and Vaidyas, both in the U.S. and in India. Her unique combination of Ayurvedic knowledge, 10+ years of intensive gurukula yogic training gives her an uncommonly depthful perspective of the application of Ayurveda and Panchakarma in the West. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Ayurveda Professionals Association (TAPAS), as well as Pacific Coast Community Acupuncture.

Dr. Vivek Shanbhag, ND, MD-Ayu, BAMS, CYEd is a California Licensed Naturopathic Doctor with over 30 years’ experience as an Ayurveda Doctor, professor and best-seller author. He is the Founder-Director of Natural Medicine & Ayurveda Clinic & Academy in California, directing a team of six integrative health experts.  He serves as a professor at 3 Ayurvedic Colleges, in California. He has worked as the chairman of the Ayurveda Department at Bastyr University and as the Head of Ayurvedic Research Institute in Pune. He is the Founder-President of AAAP, the American Association of Ayurvedic Professionals.

Professor Bhushan Patwardhan, PhD, FNASc, FAMS. He is a National Research Professor designated by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. Former Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission. Fellow, National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medical Sciences (India). Member of several academic committees and policy making bodies. Founder Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine published by Elsevier. Recipient of several orations, awards and holds 8 Indian Patents over 130 publications and 9500 citations.

Kashyapa Fisher is Founder and Director of AROGYA, a New Mexico, USA based Pancha Karma Clinic and Center for Advanced Training in Clinical Ayurveda and Pancha Karma. Kashyapa maintains a full-time, comprehensive clinical practice rooted in the principles of Shuddha Ayurveda.

Dr. Ashwinikumar Raut, MD-Ayurveda, BAMS is the Director, Clinical Research & integrative medicine at Kasturba Health Society’s Medical Research Centre in Mumbai. Engaged in research programs of government agencies (DBT, CSIR, ICMR, AYUSH). Reviewer and member of editorial board of several bio-medical and Ayurvedic journals. Received Central Drug Research Institute award for excellence in research for his work in Ayurveda & rheumatology. Involved in AYUSH-CSIR COVID-19 project as clinical coordinator at AYUSH-CCRAS center, Mumbai.

Dr. Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan (Shan) is the Vice Chancellor of the Vetha Center for Transdisciplinary Studies and a Harvard trained Scientist who received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Rutgers/NJIT. From an early age Shan believed that learning is most effective when we are mindful, which supports being peaceful, aware and discerning. Shan is also the Vice President of international research, a scientific advisor and head of the Indian Medicine, Sciences and Culture Division (IMSCD) at the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE-Harvard). Furthermore, he is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of two peer reviewed international journals and serves in the Editorial board of eight other International journals.

Dr. Renee Mehrra, based in New York has a doctorate in Public Health and is being consistently recognized by the Asian Indian community as an eminent broadcast journalist, community activist, and an ambassador for Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation. Her signature show has delivered top-notch quality content to its audience in an informational and entertaining style for several years. Dr. Renee Mehrra is the President of Reenbow Media LLC, an advertising, broadcasting, and public relations company in the US. Her active engagement in complementary and integrative medicine has helped to create an exponential awareness in the public on disease prevention and health management.