2017 Conference Speaker Bios







We are please to present the following presenters for the 2017 NAMA conference!

Trupti Gokani, MD, is an award-winning, board-certified neurologist, speaker and coach, who is best known for her innovative and integrative approach to treating pain and mood disorders. Her unique melding of modern medicine and ancient wisdom has enabled her to establish a thriving private practice along the Chicago’s North Shore. Her passion is helping others balance stress and digestion, linking this to the mind and presentation of disease. Dr. Gokani was featured on The Dr. Oz Show, is a blogger for Huffington Post, and author of the book, The Mysterious Mind: How to Use Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science to Heal Your Headaches and Reclaim Your Health. She is also part of an upcoming documentary on Ayurveda. She serves as Spokesperson and Chief Medical Advisor for Ancient HealthCare, LLC and Educational Director for Brow Tine consulting. 

Dr. Gokani will be speaking Friday evening at the opening dinner. 

Sunil Joshi, BAMS, MD (Ayu) is a world renowned Ayurvedic physician from Nagpur, India. He serves on the advisory board of the Chopra Center for Well Being and has spoken at Columbia University, the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC. Currently, Dr. Joshi is involved in supporting the expansion of Ayurveda throughout North America, Europe, and South Africa, focusing a majority of his time teaching and practicing at his two primary centers in India and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Joshi will be speaking Sunday morning at the Plenary Session. 
Vasant Lad, MASc, brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAM&S) degree from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) degree from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya. Dr. Lad’s academic and practical training include the study of Allopathy (Western medicine) and surgery as well as traditional Ayurveda. Beginning in 1979, he has traveled throughout the United States sharing his knowledge of Ayurveda. In 1984, he came to Albuquerque as director, principal instructor and founder of The Ayurvedic Institute. He is the author of numerous books and respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda. With over 500,000 copies of his books in print in the US, his work has been translated into more than 20 languages. 
Dr. Lad will deliver the keynote address at Saturday evening's banquet.
Ram Manohar, MD (Ay) is the Research Director at Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda, Amrita University, Kollam, Kerala. He received a BAMS degree from Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore, in 1991 and MD (Ay) degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, in 2001. He has been contributing in the field of Ayurvedic research for the last 24 years. He has to his credit more than 50 publications including research papers published in peer reviewed indexed research journals as well as contributions in other journals and chapters for books. He was PI on the Indian side of the NIH, USA funded study on Ayurveda and Rheumatoid Arthritis that won the Excellence in Integrative Medicine Research Award from European Society for Integrative Medicine. He has been engaged with teaching Ayurveda in Europe, USA. Russia and South America.
Dr. Manohar will be speaking Saturday morning at the Plenary Session.

Gerard C Buffo, MD AP, FACR is the Dean of the School of Ayurveda at Kripalu School of Ayurveda. Dr. Buffo completed his undergraduate training at Columbia University and holds an MD degree from the SUNY at Stony Brook and an AP certification from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. He created the Ayurveda series at University of Hartford and was featured on ABC, CBS, and NBC detailing the role of Ayurveda and how the healer can be the medicine. 

Dr. Buffo will be presenting Saturday morning.

Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, graduated from Pune University, India with a Bachelors degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. She was also trained at the Indian College of Naturopathy and qualified as a Yoga Instructor from the renowned Kaivalyadham University in India. She is a Licensed Esthetician from USA. Dr. Manisha has been teaching Ayurveda and yoga for more than 20 years. She specializes in women and infant health, skin care and natural beauty treatments. Currently she is a Director of Ayurvedic Healing, a faculty member at Chopra Center, Kerala Ayurveda, MERU and Mount Madonna Institute and Maharishi University. 
Dr. Kshirsagar will be presenting Saturday afternoon.
Diana I. Lurie, PhD., is a Professor of Neuropharmacology at The University of Montana. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, and directs a research laboratory focusing on neuroinflammation, and the response of the nervous system to natural products, including Ayurvedic herbs. Dr. Lurie is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and teaches neuroscience, Anatomy and Physiology, and courses in Ayurveda. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Ayurveda Journal of Health.
Dr. Lurie will be presenting Sunday morning.

Melanie (Madhuri) Phillips is a yoga teacher trainer (E-RYT), Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) and Bio-Energy Healer who has taught in India, Europe, Indonesia, Mexico, and North America. She was inspired to create the Madhuri Method: Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training after teaching for 16 years and witnessing the need for Ayurveda in mainstream yoga. She is the co-author of "Your Irresistible Life: 4 Seasons of Self-Care through Ayurveda and Yoga Practices that Work." 

Melanie Phillips will be presenting Sunday morning. 

Rammohan Rao serves as a faculty teacher at the California College of Ayurveda (CCA) and is also a RYT from Yoga Alliance USA. He is a professional member of NAMA and AAPNA and Editor of Ayurveda Journal of Health. He works as a Research Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA, where his research focus is on various aspects of age-associated neurodegenerative diseases. 

Ram Rao will be presenting Saturday morning.

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E-RYT 500, is an Ayurvedic practitioner who has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for 30 years, Kathryn is a master teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work clinically, and as a college psychology professor, specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma, anxiety and depression. She is the founder of the Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (HIAYS) & Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program (AHC).

Kathryn Templeton will be presenting Saturday afternoon.



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