What inspired me to study Ayurvedic Medicine?

In the early 1990’s I began a regular meditation practice, “TM” transcendental meditation, which led me to yoga and then I found Ayurveda. My passion to learn brought me to a local Ayurvedic doctor, Abbas Qutab. In 1999-2001 I studied with Dr Qutab and completed his program, receiving a Diploma in Ayurveda from the Open University for Complimentary Medicines. My Ayurvedic living began to flow into my caring for my family and friends in a casual, subtle way. Bring this experience to others was why I have continued to further my Ayurvedic education with the California College of Ayurveda and now begin a Ayurvedic Practioners Practice in my community at large.

What do I think makes Ayurveda attractive to the public?

Ayurveda is an ancient and effective holistic health care practice. Ayurveda is not only a medical science but it is a science of life. It takes into consideration all the aspects of life-body, mind, sense organs, and soul. It teaches about the beneficial and harmful effects of food, exercises and yoga. It is both a medical system and a healing art. Ayurveda can help everyone live a more healthy, purposeful and happy life.

What do I think about the future of Ayurveda in the United States?

The future is bright! People are already seeking out a more holistic approach to their health care. There is a realization of the limitations of Western Medicine and people are searching for more than just treatment for chronic disease. The people are looking towards prevention of disease not just management of it. The interest is in health and wellness, which Ayurveda is at the core. What is my favorite therapy in this traditional system of medicine from India? Marma point massage is my favorite Ayurvedic treatment. I enjoy how my body relaxes and tensions falls away. A sense of ease and peace of mind is how I feel at the end of this massage. There are 107 marma points in the body and they are vital points were flesh, veins, arteries, tendons, bones and joints meet. Each point has it’s own intelligence and consciousness, which coordinate with the mind and body. Marma point stimulation promotes physical and mental rehabilitation.


I was born in Providence, Rhode Island. The smallest state in the United States, known as the Ocean State. It is an amazing place to grow up and call home. My undergraduate studies were done at the University of Rhode Island. I majored in political science and minored in English and received my BA. In 2001 I received a Diploma in Ayurveda. Most recently I have completed the 200hour Prana Flow Yoga Teacher Training, a Shiva Rea affiliate program, under the guidance of Coral Brown and Debbie Vallios. Presently, I am enrolled at the California College of Ayurveda in the AHP internship program. Besides being a student, I love my family and I enjoy exercise, travel and being in nature.