2019 Board Candidates

Each candidate has provided a statement to membership and a CV below. If you would like to view their professional profile, you can use our membership directory search. Search for each candidate here →


Copy of Jayarajan Kodikannath, BAMS, BS, AD

Jayarajan Kodikannath, BAMS AD

 Statement to the Membership

Being a classically trained Ayurvedic doctor from Kerala, India, I am passionate about propagating the science of Ayurveda globally as a comprehensive natural healing system that can provide sustainable solutions to various health concerns. As a part of this life mission, I feel that developing high-quality educational programs in Ayurveda, creating confident and capable Ayurvedic practitioners, bringing legal credibility to Ayurvedic profession, and building public awareness about the system of Ayurveda are very crucial steps. Validating the Ayurvedic offerings for its efficacy, safety, and purity using modern research tools also assumes top priority to make the system of Ayurveda acceptable for the modern world. My life is dedicated to Ayurveda. 

Resume/CV

 
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Dhanada Kulkarni, BAMS AD

Statement to the Membership

I am practicing and teaching Ayurvedic medicine for last 19 years in the USA, blessed for sagacious Vedic knowledge inherited in my DNA from my priest ancestors’ Brahmin family. Now, I am willing and delighted to bring my inborn eagerness to serve on the NAMA Board to contribute in every way possible. I would also love to garner each one of your votes for the Board by inviting you to explore my candidacy profile. As you will see, I’m not the average Board nominee, as I bring uncommon and valuable experience for NAMA Board not only as classically trained Ayurvedic physician but as an Executive Board of Directors member, passionately serving several other organizations like NAMA for the cause, passion, and a strong roaring voice of Ayurveda. New Board members like me will serve NAMA as a rejuvenative rasayanato grow, nourish, and create a deserved place for the Ayurvedic profession in the world by preserving its authenticity. My contribution will bring this change because my profession, passion, and vocation is Ayurveda. 

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Heather Lynn Grzych, AP

Statement to the Membership:

I see a wonderful opportunity for Ayurveda right now. Two major wellness magazines have named Ayurveda as a top wellness trend, and awareness is growing. NAMA has set the foundation for reputable Ayurvedic professionals to benefit from this favorable shift, but members actually have a real challenge now: making Ayurveda a career.

The issue is that once an Ayurvedic professional finishes school, he or she has no idea how to make a business and a viable living at it—so it really requires Ayurvedic professionals to be entrepreneurs or they will not thrive. Therefore, I want to help NAMA empower Ayurvedic professionals with business skills to be seen and get clients—so they can really help people—and, in doing so, make Ayurveda a viable career.

You may recognize me from moderating Seminars in Ayurveda in past years. I bring years of change leadership in corporate and government organizations, volunteer work with NAMA—and I’m an Ayurveda professional like you. Let’s be seen now. 

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Susan Weis-Bohlen 

Statement to the Membership

I have been practicing Ayurveda personally and professionally for over 12 years now, and for the past 10 of those years, I have been a NAMA member. Finding NAMA helped me to establish a much needed community, a thriving practice, and access to the top speakers and teachers of Ayurveda and yoga therapy. I want to be a Board member so that I can help others have that experience. I also want to bring innovative ideas to the NAMA conference and ongoing member engagement and education. My love for Ayurveda runs deep. By being on the Board of Directors I hope to use my enthusiasm to reach out to new members as well as to establish deeper connections with our core membership. I will listen to your needs and desires for what you want NAMA to be and work to make that happen. My goal is to offer my skills to the Board to make NAMA accessible to all, to continue higher education, and to raise the level of awareness of the general public and all health and wellness practitioners. 

 

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William Dean, MD AD

Statement to the Membership

After serving four years on the Board I have developed an in-depth understanding of NAMA’s direction and what we need as an organization going forward. We have created a great staff, and NAMA is ready to push Ayurveda to the forefront in the United States, including state licensure. 

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Priyanka Ingle, BAMS PhD AD

Statement to the Membership

Dear Fellow NAMA Members, 

Namaste! 

In my humble way to learn and contribute to Ayurveda—the science that has made me who I am today—I am putting forth the nomination for NAMA BOD. Although after BAMS I earned a Master’s, Ph.D., and post-doc and trained as a translational clinical pharmacologist, I was never away from Charaka, Sushruta, Vagbhata, and the Samhitas. Somehow all my work, always involved heavy-duty Ayurveda and its principles. I was blessed. In the same continuity, I wish to be in proximity of fellow Ayurveda enthusiasts and learn to nurture the science. As an owner and partner of a small business, I wish to contribute both strategy and science to NAMA. Look forward to more!

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Copy of Manas Kshirsagar, AD

Manas Kshirsagar, AD

Statement to the Membership

I believe in advancing Ayurveda and the amazing work that NAMA has done so far. I would love to be a part of something so innovative and exciting. By providing the input of a younger generation, I hope to not only bring awareness to Ayurveda to the general population but also make advances to help professional members succeed. 

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Alakananda Ma, MBBS AD 

Statement to the Membership

After serving three terms as a Board member and joining the Accreditation Council, I would like to continue serving on the NAMA Board as liaison with NAMAAC. I want to wrap up my work as chair of the Standards Committee and see the Accreditation Council fully operational and heading for D of Ed recognition. I wish to see Ayurvedic education and schools flourish in this country as an essential component of our steadily maturing profession. 

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