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.
Jennifer Briere, CYT
Jennifer is the head organizer of personal and group retreats focused on yogic and ayurvedic practices. She is a certified yoga instructor, and has been teaching classes for eight years. Jennifer also has extensive experience in business operations & management, and organizes the financial operations for IIA
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
Dr. Hebbar is a writer, author, public speaker and passionate practitioner of Ayurveda, elevating the quality of lives with the ambrosia of Ayurveda. He received his BAMS from RGUHS in Bangalore.
Dr. Hebbar reaches over 30,000 people every day through his work with easyayurveda.com and ayurmedinfo.com, which he created for pursuers of Ayurveda outside of the BAMS circles in India. Dr. Hebbar has taken it upon himself to provide high quality, and intensive training to those who wish to pursue careers in Ayurveda outside of India.
Dr. Hebbar has published 18 books in four languages, including English, and continues to produce more each year. He is a perennial teacher of the highest caliber. He is currently located in Mangalore where he teaches and practices Ayurveda daily.
JV Hebbar BAMS, MD (Ayu - Pharma)
Meghashri Kamthe BAMS, MA
Dr. Kamthe is one of the co-founders and head Ayurvedic Doctors at Chaitnya Ayurvedic Hospital is Saswad (Pune). She places a heavy emphasis on the role of therapeutic yoga and spiritual practice in the healing process.
Dr. Kamthe completed her BAMS training from Ayurved Seva Sangh in Maharashtra. She continued her training with premier Ayurvedic Vaidyas specializing in obstetrics, gynecology and orthopedic health. Furthermore she completed the Infant Siddh program for the care of pregnant women and postpartum care for both the mother and child.
She obtained an MA in Sanskrit from Pune University and has immersed herself deeply in the study of the Vedas, Vedanta and the Upanishads.
Her ultimate goal is to spread Ayurveda, Yoga, harmony, love, peace and stress-free living all over the world.
Neeraj S. Kamthe BAMS, MD (AM)
Dr. Kamthe is a well-known international ayurvedic physician from Pune. He has helped over 15,000 patients in his 12 years as an Ayurvedic Doctor. He completed his BAMS from Aryangla Medical college Satara, India. During and after he was mentored from great Ayurvedic Vaidya like Vd. Nimkar & Vd. Deshpande-Satara, Vd. P.T. Joshi., Vd. Ramesh Nanal, Vs. Thombare and Vd. Vaibhav Mehta & Jamadagni.
Dr. Kamthe started a much needed multi-speciality Ayurvedic Hospital (Chaitnya Ayurvedic Hospital) Panchakarma & Yoga Center in Saswad, a rural area outside of Pune, where he currently operates. He is in the process of building another fully ecologically friendly Ayurveda & Panchakarma center in the same town.
Dr. Kamthe teaches Ayurveda not only to students in India but also to students in Brazil, Switzerland, Australia, France, UK, US, & China.
Dr. Korde is a lead Ayurvedic Doctor and tenured professor at Gomantak Ayurvedic College and Research Center, Goa’s number one Ayurveda facility approved by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers.
Dr. Korde treats both bodily and mental diseases from a spiritual foundation and emphasizes that these elements are inextricably interconnected. He is extremely involved in spreading the genuine wisdom of Ayurveda throughout the world and takes it upon himself to convey the authentic message of healing with intensity and purity.
One of his specialties includes sound and music healing. He performs intensive research on the primordial sound of "AUM" and its effects on our entire being.
Neelesh Korde BAMS
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
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