INACTIVE_Board of Directors

Dhaval Dhru, MD
Federal Way, Washington

Dhaval Dhru, MD, is an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Ayurvedic Sciences at Bastyr University. He is in private practice as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, conducting Ayurvedic retreats, workshops and seminars at various locations throughout the United States and internationally, including teaching assignments at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, and Pacific Northwest Ayurveda in Seattle. Dr. Dhru studied Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad, is a certified yoga teacher approved by Yoga Alliance with training completed at both the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, and The Ayurvedic Institute. Dr. Dhru is a retired ENT surgeon with more than twenty years of clinical experience.



Margrit Mikulis, ND
Nashua, New Hampshire

Margrit Mikulis is a naturopathic physician practicing in Nashua, NH. She is a graduate and clinical faculty of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and a professional member and volunteer for NAMA.  Dr. Mikulis is a Lyme disease specialist, and her clinical approach is enriched with an indelible respect for Ayurveda and integrative medicine. In 2010, she completed her Level 1 training and is a teacher of Kundalini Yoga.  Additionally, she is currently becoming certified in Post-doctoral studies of Anthroposophical Medicine through the Medical Section of the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.



Lisa Boldin

Hampton, New Hampshire

Lisa Boldin, RYT and graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, is a Certified Facilitator of Trauma Sensitive Yoga and mentor for the certification program at the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA.  Her passion is creating a path for healing that includes the complimentary practices of clinically focused Yoga with the teachings of Ayurveda. She is a member of The Breathe Network, a resource and referral network connecting survivors of sexual violence to trauma-informed practitioners. Lisa owns Sama Tal Ayurveda & Yoga in Exeter, NH. In addition to serving as Treasurer, she is also NAMA's Conference Manager.



William Dean, MD
Gig Harbor, Washington

Dr. Dean graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical School in 1972. He completed fellowships in nephrology, pediatric urology, and the two-year program in Ayurvedic medicine at The Ayurvedic Institute. He teaches at the Bastyr Naturopathic Medical School in Seattle, and supervises student practitioners seeing patients in the clinic.  Dr. Dean, retired from his private urology practice in 2011, currently  has an active Ayurvedic telemedicine practice. He enjoys skiing, backpacking, and staying physically fit through daily exercise, yoga, and pranayama.  Dr. Bill is married and has three children and five grandchildren   



Hilary Garivaltis
Florida, Massachusetts

Hilary Garivaltis is the principle founder of Ayurvedic Health Education Services LLC, which offers educational and training programs in Ayurveda throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is the founder and former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She received her training at the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine with advanced training in India from the Rishikesh College of Ayurveda and the Jiva Institute.




Eric Grasser, MD
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Eric Grasser, MD, is a graduate of Stanford University and Dartmouth Medical School. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico, Department of Family and Community Medicine. In addition to graduating from The Ayurvedic Institute, Dr. Grasser completed advanced clinical studies under Dr. Lad’s Gurukula Program in Pune, India, and additional clinical hours at AVP Ayurveda Hospital in Coimbatore.




Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, DN-C, RH, CC
Eugene, Oregon

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa is one of today’s foremost natural healing experts. As one of a very few clinicians with over 40 years in the natural health field, he has a wealth of experience in the use of healing herbs, vitamins, minerals and medicinal foods in real life situations. KP, former national president of the American Herbalists Guild, is the author of over 3,000 published health articles and has written or edited 30 books on cooking, herbalism and health. He has presented over 200 times at national and state conferences on such diverse topics as herbal medicine and therapeutic nutrition, and is featured in several distance learning courses. KP trained in herbalism and food therapy with Ayurvedic master, Yogi Bhajan, for 35 years. He is a state certified dietitian/nutritionist and registered herbalist, and nationally credentialed to teach herbalism. He is on the Bastyr faculty in the Botanical Medicine Department, and is a professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is the senior research scientist and principal herbal formulator for Yogi Tea, the nation’s largest herbal tea company. He is also the founder of The Professional Herbalist Certificate Course, a two-year post-secondary curriculum that trains professional herbalists.



Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc., BAMS
Fremont, California

Jayarajan Kodikannath is the academy director of Kerala Ayurveda. Suffused with expertise in traditional Ayurvedic health care practices, Dr. Jay – as he is fondly referred – has held the position of Chief Medical Officer of Ayurvedagram, a heritage wellness center in Bangalore; recently served on the curriculum committee for Bastyr University’s Master in Ayurveda program; and is a founding member of the Council for Ayurveda.




Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda)

Santa Cruz, California

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a world-renown Ayurvedic physician & educator from India, born of a traditional Rig-Vedic family. He holds a M.D. in Ayurvedic Medicine, with a Gold Medal from the prestigious Pune University in India. Dr. Suhas is one of the most academically accomplished Ayurvedic physicians in U.S. He has traveled worldwide popularizing Ayurvedic Medicine, setting up clinics, offering courses for both medical professional and laypersons, and providing Ayurvedic consultations for thousands of patients. He is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and a faculty member of various Ayurvedic schools worldwide. Dr. Suhas has been featured in numerous radio and television shows including Dr. Oz show and NBC. He is an experienced clinician and an insightful medical astrologer. Dr. Suhas is an internationally acclaimed researcher, formulator and consultant to various nutraceutical companies. He is the lead formulator of several proprietary Ayurvedic health drinks and products. He is currently the director of Ayurvedic Healing, an integrative wellness clinic in Santa Cruz, California.



Alakananda Ma
, MB, BS
Boulder, CO

Alakananda Ma graduated as a physician from St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, London University in 1976, in the top five percent of her class. In 1980, she embarked on a five year spiritual pilgrimage in India, meeting her Ayurveda teacher, Dr Vasant Lad and studying Ayurveda, yoga, meditation and local herbs. One of the first Western physicians to dedicate her life to Ayurveda, Ma has been practicing Ayurveda since 1989 and is the principal teacher of Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula. She is internationally known for her pulse reading skills and insightful Ayurvedic articles. Alakananda Ma also serves as a board member of Colorado Ayurvedic Medical Association and of Alandi Ashram. She is the author of "Pilgrimage to the Mother: A Women's Journey to the Source of the Ganges”, "The Rainbow Bridge: Prophetic Encounters with the Mother's Path of Unity”, and "From my Heart to Yours”- a volume of original devotional poetry.



Jennifer Rioux, PhD, CAP, RYT
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dr. Jennifer Rioux is an internationally recognized expert on Ayurveda and Yoga.  She has published in the most influential peer-reviewed medical journals within the field of Integrative Medicine and has created innovative research designs for Yoga and Ayurveda that adhere to Western scientific standards while respecting and maintaining the integrity of the indigenous scientific principles of these ancient healing disciplines. Dr. Rioux earned a doctorate in Medical Anthropology in 2002, and has been an educator and researcher at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, the University of Arizona, and University of New Mexico, Schools of Medicine. She had been a yoga practitioner since 1992, and a practicing clinician of Ayurvedic medicine and a Yoga Therapist since 2000. She served on the NAMA Board from 2004-2008, and as Chair of the Standards Committee played a pivotal role in developing the current scopes of practice and competencies. She was re-elected to the NAMA Board in 2014. Dr. Rioux is also on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Executive Committee of the Council for Ayurvedic Research.




Wynn Werner

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Wynn Werner is a founding board member and past president of NAMA and the current administrator of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. Wynn’s focus at NAMA has been on setting standards for the profession and the legal practice issues in the field.




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