Vasant Lad, M.A.Sc.
Ayurvedic Physician and Executive Director

Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, Ayurvedic Physician


Vasant Lad brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAM&S) degree from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) degree from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya. Vasant Lad’s academic and practical training include the study of Allopathy (Western medicine) and surgery as well as traditional Ayurveda.

Beginning in 1979, he has traveled throughout the United States sharing his knowledge of Ayurveda. In 1984 he came to Albuquerque as Director, principal instructor and founder of The Ayurvedic Institute. Vasant Lad is the author of numerous books and respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda. Vasant Lad is the author of 11 books on Ayurveda as well as hundreds of articles and other writings. With over 500,000 copies of his books in print in the US, his work has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Vasant Lad's Biographical Data
A Compendium of Vasant Lad's Published Works


Serena Arora,
BEd, E-RYT 500, AP, PYT, WTSerena Arora, BEd, E-RYT 500, AP, PYT, WT


Serena is an E-RYT 500, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Professional Yoga Therapist, and an international yoga teacher trainer. With a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Wholistic Therapy, she is not only a dedicated teacher, but also a dedicated life-long student of Yoga and Ayurveda; completing programs of study at the Chakrapani Ayurvedic Clinic and Research Centre in India, Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda and Vedika Global in California, and the Ayurvedic Institute.

Over the past 15 years, Serena has guided and trained hundreds of students and yoga teachers using experiential curriculum integrating her vast studies of yoga, holistic health, and Ayurveda. She attributes her well-rounded professional development to her inspiring teachers and mentors from around the world: Vasant Lad, MASc, Dr. Rajesh Kotecha, Dr. Scott Blossom, Joseph and Lilian Lepage, Sri Geeta Iyengar, and especially her very first ‘guruji’, her dad.

Sandra Aumiller, LMT, NTSSandra Aumiller, LMT  

I have been a student of Ayurveda since 1990 when I studied pulse analysis and marma therapy with Dr. John Douillard; and various Vedic topics through the Transcendental Meditation community. I began the Ayurvedic Studies Program (ASP) in 1993 and have been active in many forms of Ayurveda since then including panchakarma therapist, instructor in ASP1 and ASP2, Student Clinic Manager as well as a state funded consortium that provides alternative health systems to persons of need, a private consultation practice, and providing an on-going mentorship program with North American and International students.

I consider myself a student and practitioner and enjoy how the years have provided a depth of experience that I could not have imagined at the onset of my decision to learn Ayurveda.


Jennifer Ayres,
BA, CMP, EMT, AHPJennifer Ayres, BA, CMP, EMT


Jennifer completed the Ayurvedic Studies Program 1 in 2003 and ASP 2 in 2004. She currently facilitates the online Ayurvedic Lecture course and teaches at our 6 week Pune Gurukula program in India.

She has studied Vedic philosophy and Ayurvedic cooking closely with Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri since 2000. In her private practice as an Ayurvedic consultant, she brings to the table Breema, Massage Therapy, Yoga Therapy, and Pranic Healing. She has also worked as an Ayurvedic Post-partum Doula and EMT.

Emily Cooney
Emily Cooney

Emily Cooney teaches Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology, both online and on campus. Originally from Western Massachusetts, Emily moved to New Mexico in 2005 in search of sunshine and massage school. Drawn to Anatomy and Physiology, she became a lead instructor at her massage school in the fall of 2012, and in the summer of 2014 began teaching at The Ayurvedic Institute.

Emily has great enthusiasm for her subject and strives to pass that along to her own students. A practicing massage therapist in the Albuquerque area since 2006, she is equally passionate about promoting health in the community through bodywork and natural therapeutics.


Kashyapa Fisher, AP, LMT, NTS
Kashyapa Fisher


Kashyapa began his study of Ayurveda while pursuing spiritual disciplines in India. After having called Kerala, India home for four years, he moved to Albuquerque in 2012 to attend the Ayurvedic Institute as a result of meeting Dr Lad.

After graduation, Kashyapa pursued further study of Samskrt at Deccan College in Pune, India where he also continued his study of Ayurveda in a hospital setting. He maintains a private practice in New Mexico with a focus on family medicine and autoimmune disorders and interns in the Institute's Graduate Clinic. Kashyapa teaches Classic Texts, Sanskrit, and Materia Medica in the ASP2 classes.

Mahadev Levine
Mahadev Levine

Mahadev Levine teaches An Introduction to Jyotish-Vedic Astrology at the Ayurvedic Institute as a 10-week class covering the basics of Planets, Signs and Houses and how to use them both medically and personally. He also offers a periodic one-time class in the same subject. Jyotish can show the cosmic energy and karma impressed upon us at our birth, including how to work with this during our lifetime and what remedies may help to alleviate situations.

Mahadev has been a professional Astrologer since 1972 and Jyotish since 1999. He is a member of the Council of Vedic Astrology, an Amma devotee, and has given lectures, seminars, and classes as well as private consultations. He is the owner of Amrita Astrological Services in Rio Rancho, NM.


Nomi Gallo, M.Ed., AHPNomi Gallo, MEd


Nomi teaches a number of courses at the Institute including ASP 2 Applied Skills, Ayurvedic Life Cycles, and Graduate level clinic. She is also the Clinic Manager at the Institute's Ayurvedic Center for Healing, Life and Longevity.

Nomi began her study of Ayurveda in 2003 with training in Panchakarma, working three years in a Panchakarma facility. In 2008, Nomi entered ASP 1 to study with Dr. Lad. A graduate of ASP 2 as well as the Pune Gurukula Program, she has specialty training in women’s health and perinatal Ayurveda.


Dr. Sharada Hall, DOM, AHPSharada Hall, DOM


A Clinic Supervisor in our student clinic, Dr. Sharada Hall graduated from The Ayurvedic Institute in 1993 and from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2000. As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine specializing in Ayurveda, she has operated her private practice in Santa Fe, NM since 2000.

Dr. Hall traveled to India and Nepal in 1995 and in 2000 and apprenticed with Tibetan physicians, assisting in their clinics by performing acupuncture. Dr. Hall also publishes an online natural health magazine devoted to Ayurveda at Bodhimed.com.

Sunny Rose Healey, CAY, AHPSunny Rose Healy, CAY  

Sunny teaches our online Home Study Course. A student and teacher of yoga for more than a decade, she has studied Ayurveda for almost as long. Most recently she graduated from the Ayurvedic Studies Programs, Levels 1 and 2.

Sunny has a great love for working with plant medicine and continues to study in this realm. As an Ayurvedic Practitioner and general holistic health consultant, she provides clients with individually tailored diet, lifestyle and nutrition counseling, yoga therapy, and Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Ivy Ingram, MA, RYT-500
Ivy Ingram, RYT-500

Ivy teaches ASP1 Ayuryoga and Ayuryoga Teacher Training. Certified as a yoga teacher in 2002, she began her studies of Ayurveda shortly thereafter. She is a certified 500-hour Ayuryoga instructor and a graduate of ASP2. She has also studied Ayurveda and panchakarma in south India for six months.

Ivy holds a master's degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked at a Harvard hospital to resolve patient crises and concerns. She has taught yoga to cancer survivors and to inmates in several prison systems. In addition to working with clients privately, she teaches public classes and programs.

Carmen Loderus, LMT, AHPCarmen Loderus, LMT

A Clinic Supervisor in our student clinic, Carmen (Sharanya) is a Natural Fertility Management Counselor, having studied with Francesca Naish in Australia. A graduated from the Ayurvedic Institute in 2000, she also studied in India with Dr. Sunil Joshi, MD (ayu) and graduated from Kalidas Sanskrit University in Nagpur with a Certificate of Ayurveda. In 2004, she interned at Poonthottam Ayurveda Ashram in Kerala, India under the direction of Dr. Raveendranath and also with Dr. Vijith Sasidhar at the Shree Krishna Chikitsa Kendram in Kerala.

Owner of East West Ayurveda, she offers a combination of therapies to achieve a balance of health and harmony in the body and mind.


Dorothy SeegerDorothy Seeger

  Dorothy Seeger is an instructor for the Ayurveda Home Study course, "Lessons and Lectures on Ayurveda". A graduate of the Ayurvedic Studies Program, for the past 15 years she has provided student support for students enrolled in the Ayurveda Home Study Course. Dorothy evaluates exams personally and gives feedback to enhance their understanding of the material.
Barbara Stavola,
AHP, CCP, NTS, LMTBarbara Stavola, CAP, LMT, CSP

Barbara J. Stavola teaches ASP 2 Psychology of Healing and is a clinic supervisor in the student clinic. She is a certified Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Core Synchronism Practitioner and Instructor, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Natural Therapeutic Specialist. Her specialty is in subtle therapies that work with the mind/body connection through all the systems, organs, tissues, and elements. She has a private practice in Albuquerque.

With many years of client experience, she employs pulse assessment in empowering a client’s healthcare through a self-care life plan. Barbara is committed to the transformation of all beings into greater states of awareness, wellness, balance, and freedom.

Cory Tixier, E-RYT-500, AHPCory Tixier, RYT 200  

Cory teaches ASP 1 and ASP 2 Ayuryoga, and ASP 1 Ayurvedic Review as well as Ayurvedic Foundational Skills and Ayuryoga online, as well as supporting online evening lectures. A native New Mexican, she moved to NYC in 2000 and began her practice of yoga there. In 2009, she received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification from Integral Yoga. She completed certifications in Children’s Yoga and Street Yoga while teaching yoga to children in halfway houses in the Bronx as well as in NYC public schools.

Cory began her study at The Ayurvedic Institute in 2011. Teaching remains one of Cory’s passions as she applies Ayurveda and yoga in her teaching at both The Ayurvedic Institute and privately.

David Yoss, AHPDavid Yoss  

David Yoss is a graduate of Ayurvedic Studies Programs Levels 1 and 2 from The Ayurvedic Institute and attended the Institute’s Pune Gurukula program in 2013. Currently David teaches Nutrition and Sanskrit both on campus and online.

He is passionate about the ability of food and proper diet to heal as well as the role of holistic medicine in the future of medical practice. He is an avid student of Yoga, Tantra, Sanskrit, and Jyotish.


Erin Kreeger, MA, PhD

Erin Kreeger, MA, PhD, Dean of Education


Dr. Kreeger is the Dean of Education here at the Institute. She has a Master?s Degree in organizational leadership and development from Fielding Graduate University and received her Doctorate from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Well-being has been at the centre of Erin?s work in the world. Most of her career has focused on leading and supporting not-for-profit organizations (including public health clinics) and educational institutions in creating and living into generative, health supporting possibilities through leadership, system design and attention to communication patterns.

She has a passion for Ayurveda, has participated in a number of seminars here at The Ayurvedic Institute and has an Ayurvedic Wellness Consultant certificate from a Canadian institution. Erin is a Board member at the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution. She has had the joy of living in many cultures including the Netherlands, Thailand, Norway, Australia, the West Indies, Canada and the United States and is excited about partnering with people on work that helps create well-being for every being.

Wynn Werner

Wynn Werner, Administrator


Wynn is the Administrator of Vasant Lad's Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM and has served in this position since 1991. He is also the acting administrator of the newly opened sister institute in Pune India, the Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda. He oversees all of the Institutes' departments, facilities and operations, assuring that each Institute fulfills its mission, purposes and goals.

A graduate of the 1991 Ayurvedic Studies program, Wynn was invited by Vasant Lad to help him and has continued to assist both institutes' Board of Directors as Ayurveda has expanded into the western world. Wynn is a founding board member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and has stayed to serve as a board member for the past 13 years. He represents the Ayurvedic Institute on matters at the state, national and international levels. He teaches in the Institute's Ayurvedic Studies Level 1 and 2 programs as well as for other schools and conferences on legalities and risk management in the practice of Ayurveda. Wynn was also part of a small group that researched, drafted and shepherded into law the New Mexico "Health Freedom Act" in 2009 titled "The Unlicensed Health Care Practitioner Act." In his scarce spare time, Wynn can be found canoeing, mountain biking or backcountry skiing.

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