IIA OFFERS AYURVEDA WITH A HEART
AYURVEDA, YOGA, JYOTISH, COUNSELING
THE IIA TEAM
Joseph Rich, CYT, MCLC
Joe Rich is a co-founder of the International Institute of Ayurveda. He has been a practitioner and teacher of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 1998. Joe is a KRI certified teacher as well as possessing a degree in health care management, a background in counseling emotionally disturbed inner city teens, running group homes for at-risk youths, and working as an epidemiologist for the CDC.
Victor Briere, A.D.
Victor Briere, A.D., is a co-founder of the International Institute of Ayurveda, where he serves as a NAMA-recognized Ayurvedic Doctor and Kundalini Yoga Teacher. Victor is a gifted pulse reader specializing in ayurvedic diagnostic techniques and health counseling. He the author of Pulse Unveiled. He is the primary clinician and the Chief Academic Officer of the Academy.
Dr. Avinash Lele is an ayurvedic doctor and surgeon (Shalya and Shalakya tantra) with a M.A.Sc- Master of Ayurvedic Sciences.
He is an expert in Panchakarma and Rasayana with a particular specialization in Kshara sutra (medicated thread) from Banarus Hindu University.
He served as the principal of Maharashtra Arogya Mandal’s College of Ayurveda 1990-92; Vice -President for Savitri Ayurveda Pratishthan; Vice President for International Academy of Ayurveda
Professor for Dept. of Shalya shalakya Tilak Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya Pune.
He has taught all over the world including Singapore, Japan, Hawaii, Bahamas, the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Germany and USA since 1994.
He has written multiple books, including Secrets Of Marma. As an ayurvedic surgeon, he is one of the world's top practitioners of Marma therapy. Dr. Avinash Lele currently resides in Pune with Dr. Bharati Lele.
Avinash Lele, BAMS,
Dr. Bharati Lele completed her post graduation 'Ayurveda Vachaspati’ M. D. (Ayurveda) from Pune University in 1985 in the subject of Ayurvedic Gynecology and Obstetrics. She is currently the director of the International Academy of Ayurveda the chief Ayurveda consultant for Atreya Rugnalaya Ayurveda Hospital and Research Center, and the Janaki Clinic and Panchakarma Health Club
Dr. Lele has been teaching and participating in various Seminars since 1985. She is an expert in clinical diagnosis of imbalance and diseases mainly of Women. Dr. Lele has taught all over the world at various universities and venues. She is an expert in marma therapy and its application in many topics in Ayurveda, including obstetrics.
Dr. Bharati Lele currently resides in Pune with Dr. Avinash Lele.
Bharati Lele, BAMS,
Ayurvedic Gynecology & Obstetrics
Dr. Nandan Lele has a BAMS from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences)has more than 12 years of clinical experience. He has successfully completed the Certificate course of Yoga from a renowned institute: Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute & Research Centre, Lonavala.
Dr. Nandan Lele is the 3rd generation of Ayurvedic physician in his paternal family while 2nd generation in his maternal family. Since the beginning of his Ayurveda studies he developed special interest in the effectiveness of Panchakarma therapies in prevention and ability to cure chronic illnesses. Under the expert guidance of his father (Dr. Avinash Lele , a world renowned authority in the field of Panchakarma) Dr. Nandan Lele continued to excel in this field.
Nandan Lele, BAMS
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is an internationally recognized leader in the ancient science of Ayurvedic Medicine, which emphasizes a comprehensive, whole-body approach to health. More than 15,000 people have benefited from his groundbreaking treatments and programs—from individuals struggling with serious health challenges and chronic conditions to those who simply want to feel better, lose
unwanted weight, and gain more energy and peaceful wellbeing. In addition to his active practice at his clinic in Santa Cruz, California, Dr. Suhas travels extensively around the world teaching Ayurveda, designing courses and curriculums, consulting with high-profile health and wellness
corporations, and sharing the stage with other pioneering figures such as Drs. Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins and Wayne Dyer. He is one of the few Ayurvedic practitioners in the US who practices Medical Astrology. Dr. Suhas is a keynote speaker and faculty member at several Ayurvedic
Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS
Manisha is a classically trained Ayurvedic Physician with over 25 years of experience in the field. She specializes in Women's Health, Beauty, Skin Care and in designing Herbal Products.
She has successfully designed Herbal Supplements, Skin Care lines, Ayurvedic foods and Medicinal Teas for various Nutraceutical companies. She is a published author of “Ayurveda, A Quick Reference Handbook’ and “Enchanting Beauty” (Ancient secrets to inner, outer and lasting beauty)
She is a faculty member at various Institutes.
Currently she is the Director of Ayurvedic Healing Institute where she offers Ayurvedic and skin care consultations
Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, DY&A, Esthetician
Sat Siri Kaur Khalsa is a master and student of Jyotish with over 30 years of experience in the application of Vedic wisdom. She is a honors graduate of Harvard University. She is currently studying in the lineage of Pt. Sanjay Rath, where she continues to research and uncover the deeper meanings of the ancient Jyotish scriptures. Sat Siri is an adept medical astrologer and teacher of such.
She is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher and a lifetime student of Yogi Bhajan. She has uncovered and presented meaningful connections between the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and the Jyotish scriptures.
Sat Siri Kaur Khalsa, Jyotishi
Dr. Marlin is a board-eligible psychiatrist with expertise in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. He sees patients who face challenges with various aspects of mental functioning, including depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD and bipolar disorder. His approach to treatment takes into account relational, professional, and spiritual well-being. He also uses neurointerventional approaches such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to assist in the treatment of refractory illness.
Dr. Marlin holds a PhD in Neuroscience and Physiology from New York University, and remains active in basic and translational laboratory research focused on synaptic plasticity in the brain. He has published in leading academic journals including The Journal of Neuroscience and Neuron. He hopes to understand how the brain adapts to an ever-shifting environment, and why this breaks down and causes people to get “stuck.”
Joseph Marlin, MD (Psychiatry)
Colette Kent is a native of Ireland and has worked internationally in the health and fitness industry since her 20’s. However, even as an athlete and health coach she didn’t feel ‘healthy’ and was searching for a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
She found her answers while on a trip to an Ayurvedic clinic in Bali in 2014. This experience changed her life personally and professionally and she stayed in Bali, working in the Ayurvedic clinic and studying Ayurveda.
Passionate about spreading the wisdom of Ayurveda, she started her podcast called Elements of Ayurveda in 2017.
Colette Kent, AHP
Heather Johnson founded the Ayurveda Life School and Podcast as a way to share her love for Ayurveda. She is an Ayurvedic Practitioner certified through the California College of Ayurveda. She has taught yoga for over 10 years as an RYT-500 and is a licensed massage therapist. She leads a monthly 28 Day Ayurveda Immersion Program, live and virtual events. Heather is a mother of four children and two golden retrievers, loves the outdoors, and adventures with her husband.
Heather Johnson, AHP
Nicole Fish is an Ayurvedic practitioner here on the coast of Mendocino. She is a knowledgeable massage therapist with over 17 years of experience. Nicole is extremely personable, reliable and supportive. She is educated in wide range of massage techniques. Over the years she has cultivated her skills as an ayurvedic practitioner, panchakarma therapist, and educator of supportive health concepts.
Nicole is alsa a yoga and dance teacher. She is highly service-minded, patient and flexible in many environments, adept in clinical settings, and integrative group collaborations.
Nicole Fish, CAP
Jackie is an internationally recognized educator in natural health, herbology, and Ayurveda. She serves as a faculty member for many prestigious colleges. Her achievements include graduating on the Dean's Honor List for the Doctoral degree in Naturopathy and receiving a Master’s in Ayurveda from Mount Madonna Institute of Ayurveda. She is also a certified Nutritional Consultant, Master Herbalist, and National Ayurveda Medical Association (NAMA) member. Jackie has hosted international study abroad programs as well as local workshops, online classes, and conferences. Jackie Christensen, Ph.D., has a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA where she specializes in therapies for Type-2 Diabetes.