Happy August! I hope you have had a chance to take a break and enjoy your summer a bit.
Certification Exam Update
Our volunteer team is just rolling back into gear again as we come into the last steps for the Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) exam due to launch in mid-December, and we're just starting the work on the Ayurvedic Practitioner exam due to launch February 2017.
It has been intense, yet rewarding work for all of us. I send a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who have made this work possible.
We will be looking for our first round of volunteers to take the beta test for the AHC exam soon. If you would like to be one of the first to step up, you can take the exam for half price. If you pass, it will be counted and if you don't it won't count.
Announcements will come in an email to everyone and go to the schools as well, so keep your eyes open for this opportunity to help.
Ayurvedic Doctor Grandfathering to Start September 1, 2016
We are also launching the start of our Grandfathering period for the Ayurvedic Doctor (AD) category of professional membership starting September 1, 2016 through September 1, 2017.
So, if your training and experience meets the competencies and guidelines, and you would like to either move up from the Ayurvedic Practitioner level or join NAMA as a new member at the Ayurvedic Doctor level, we are ready to review applications.
Click here and download the Ayurvedic Doctor grandfathering application to apply.
Please read our main article on "Being an Ayurvedic Doctor in the United States" by Susan Etheridge, an alternative health lawyer serving on our Legal Committee, to get a better understanding of what it means to be an "Ayurvedic Doctor" in the United States. There are special nuances to practicing safely and legally that everyone should be aware of.
I would also like to welcome our newest employee, Emma Lewis, who comes on as our Communications Coordinator. We are thrilled to have her and look forward to new and exciting communications ideas and improvements for our membership over the next year.
Hilary Garivaltis, A.P.
Executive Director, NAMA