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October 2016 Newsletter of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association


President's Message



Many changes are upon us as NAMA continues to evolve. I want to thank Arya for all the work he has done to support NAMA and all it's members, as well as wish him, on behalf of all of us, the best that life has to offer.


With this change I would like to welcome Julie Wardwell as our new administrative assistant.


Julie joins the NAMA staff at a great time as we prepare for the forthcoming certification exams and the NAMA conference that is coming up in Chicago on April 21-23, 2017. The conference committee has been working hard to put together a great program that captures the theme, "Ayurveda and the Evolution of Modern Medicine". 


Early bird registration will open in the next few weeks. So, please take advantage of the reduced rate for members and be sure to register, as you will not want to miss this once a year opportunity to connect with your fellow members and rejuvenate your interest in Ayurveda and NAMA.

With warm regards,

Dhaval Dhru, M.D., A.P.

President, NAMA Board of Directors

Executive Director's Message



 We are close to setting the date for the first beta test for the Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification exam. I thank you all for your patience. This process is arduous and we want to make sure everything flows well.  


I hope to announce the date of the beta test and have the handbook, including the details for exam preparation, by late October. We will send this out in an email to everyone. 


Kindly note, those who are already professional members at the AHC level are not required to take the exam.


We will be looking for recent graduates and those that have not joined at the Ayurvedic Health Counselor level yet to register to take the beta testWe will be reaching out to schools to help us find 50-100 test takers, but if you know of anyone, please forward the email announcement to them once it is sent.


We will most likely be looking at January 2017 for the final exam to launch after the review of the beta test. Those that pass the beta test will not need to take the exam again, those that don't pass may take it again upon the official release of the exam. More to come ... stay tuned! 


Hilary Garivaltis, A.P.

Executive Director, NAMA


We are excited to welcome Julie Wardwell to our NAMA staff team as our new Administrative Assistant!


Julie resides in Joshua Tree, California where she runs her Ayurveda practice, Love Ayurveda and Yoga, and she has been a NAMA Professional Member since 2012. We look forward to all of the great contributions she will make as a member of our staff.

Conference Details Are Now Available On Our Website! Please visit here to view important details and including registration rates for the 2017 NAMA Conference!


Early Bird Registration will be open soon, don't miss this opportunity to sign up at the special rate!


The Student Work Group is currently working on the 2017 calendar for our Seminars in Ayurveda, the monthly free teleseminar provided by NAMA.


Are you interested in being a presenter?While we will consider any topic related to Ayurveda, we are specifically looking for topics and expertise related to the business aspect of Ayurveda.


If you've presented before and would like to do so again, we are currently considering presenters previous to 2016 as well.  Presenters must be a current member of NAMA to be considered.


Please contact if you are interested.

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