I have been working as a Clinical Pharmacist in a long-term Care Pharmacy for over 15 years. Having had a successful career and having worn multiple hats at work from being a clinical pharmacist to supervisor level positions, I always felt my calling in life is substantially more. My quest for real health care has always been persistent. I have been privy to the blinding shortcomings of the current medical system. Superiors were dismissive of my thoughts, “What else would you expect from this Corporate world?,” they said. You don’t win against the Big Pharma. That answer never satisfied me and my chase to be a true healer only increased.
I always believed nature truly gifts us with whatever we ask for whole-heartedly and it indeed showed me a path toward Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old science that still functions till date without any amendments necessary.
I also have a deep-rooted spiritual practice that brought me closer to the quest of a holistic way to heal. I initially wanted to do a diploma just to help my family and never foresaw switching careers to pursue Ayurveda full time after having had a fulfilling career and two wonderful kids. However, I was fortunate to complete Ayurveda Lifestyle Certification from Mount Madonna Institute and went on to do advanced classical Ayurvedic training.
The classical Ayurvedic training is from eminent and esteemed practitioners of India and the U.S. It is a five-year long program and is equivalent to the Ayurvedic Doctor-level program developed by National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). During these 5 years, I had the privilege of not only learning Samhitas (ancient texts written by sages) but also closely monitoring eminent Vaidyas (Ayurvedic doctors) from various parts of India (Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Telangana) and the U.S on handling patients with various conditions and stages. The practical approach to various treatments during my internship in India was very enlightening.
Month-long trips to India each year became a ritual for me. I visited various institutes and slowly incorporated those methods into my practice.
I now serve on the board of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM) to inch toward my vision of bringing Ayurveda as the main medical science into reality. I am also a volunteer at National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).
I have a passion for teaching kids ancient Vedic sciences, I volunteer at Jeeyar Education Trust every week. I am also an active volunteer at The Art of Living organisation.
Through the knowledge I have accumulated over the past six years, I aim to help people reach their destination of health: physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.