MITESH RAICHADA, CAP
Currently the Executive Vice President of the Ayurvedic Institute, Mitesh’s passion for Ayurveda was cultivated while studying to become a certified practitioner under Vasant Lad. An unyielding seeker of knowledge, Mitesh studied Indian philosophy at the Tattvajnana Vidhyapeeth in India, Jyotish with Hart deFouw, holds a Reiki Level 1 certification, and has undertaken intension clinical immersion programs with Vasant Lad in India.
Prior to becoming an ayurvedic practitioner, he co-founded a highly successful real estate and hospitality company that grew to manage more than $250M in assets over 15 years. His passion for building powerful leaders and creating mindful and conscious business cultures extends to his compassion and insight in relating to others in the classroom.
When not studying, teaching, or practicing, you will find Mitesh playing his bass guitar or enjoying the limitless beauty of nature.
SNEHA RAICHADA, MPT, CAP, E-RYT-200
As the Dean of Education at the Ayurvedic Institute and a practicing Ayurvedic Practitioner, Sneha integrates years of study and practice in healing to provide students with a rigorous foundation in Ayurveda and clients with a comprehensive outlook on healthy living.
Although she had a remarkable journey as an executive of a highly successful hospitality business, she now focuses all her energy on developing the next generation of ayurvedic practitioners and thoughtfully caring for her clients. She combines her early experience as a Physical Therapist with extensive classroom and clinical study under Vasant Lad in the US and India, Yoga Teacher Certification, and Reiki III Certification. She oversees practitioners as they gain clinical experience at the Ayurvedic Institute and serves clients through its Panchakarma program.
When she has a free moment, you will find her experimenting with food ingredients, driven by her passion for applying Ayurvedic principles to nutrition. She believes that food is a powerful vehicle for nurturing and bringing people together.
SHANNON KELLY, CAP, RYT-200
Shannon Kelly graduated from The Ayurvedic Institute’s Ayurvedic Studies Program Levels 1 and 2 as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. She served as the Panchakarma Assistant in the Ayurvedic Institute’s Panchakarma Therapist Program at VIOA, and also teaches the Gurukula Program in collaboration with the VIOA. Shannon supervises the students in our campus clinic, where she also sees clients as a Senior Practitioner. Shannon is thrilled to be teaching several courses in our Ayurvedic Studies Programs. She brings humor and levity to the students and faculty alike, both in and out of the classroom.
VRINDA DEVANI, MD, CAP
As a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Vrinda Devani, MD has a passion for women's health and empowering women towards vibrant health and living. She is a believer in unfolding the human body's potential through a blend of complementary and allopathic medicine. She has been extremely fortunate to study Ayurveda under Dr. Vasant Lad, completing both the Ayurvedic Studies Program Levels 1 and 2, and further her studies in Ayurvedic women's health with travels in Nepal with Dr. Sarita Shrestha. In addition to being a physician and certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she also has a love for yoga and is a certified Ayuryoga instructor.
She truly enjoys mentoring and teaching budding practitioners while also practicing integrative medicine in her own private practice. Dr. Devani has also been recognized as an expert in Ayurvedic women’s health, being invited to speak and write for various prestigious audiences.
NISHITA SHAH, CAP, RYT-200
Nishita’s journey in the study of Ayurveda began when she attended the Ayurvedic Studies Program Level 1. She continued on to complete the Level 2 program as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. She feels truly blessed that Ayurveda fell into her lap at an opportune time. Prior to her studies at the Ayurvedic Institute, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She continues to be fascinated by the ways in which her Ayurvedic studies intersect with the field of Psychology.
While studying at the Ayurvedic Institute she had the great fortune to learn Ayuryoga with Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc. She received a 500 hour Ayuryoga certification and assisted in numerous Yoga Teacher Trainings. In her private practice, prior to joining the faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute, her work has been fueled by a passion for nutrition and yoga. Nishita also finds great beauty in language and holds a deep appreciation for Sanskrit as the mother tongue of all other languages. She is thrilled to bring her love and appreciation for these subjects into the classroom.
PRANAV LAD, MD, ND
Inspired by his father, Vasant Lad, to learn modern medicine and to integrate this form of medicine with Eastern medical disciplines, Pranav first completed his premed studies and received a B.Sc. in Biology. After receiving his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), he decided to pursue academic medicine.
He spent several years as an assistant medical director for a medical solutions company where he trained U.S. and international medical students to pass the medical board exams. Pranav also joined a Naturopathic Medical School where he was trained to integrate Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Allopathic medicine, and mind-body medicine along with several other modalities, and received his Doctor of Naturopathy degree.
Pranav continues his education in alternative medicine.
Pranav has also been a lifelong student of Sanskrit. His studies began in his youth when he learned to read and write in Devanagri in school. Throughout his childhood, he learned Sanskrit chants from his father. He has continued with extensive studies of the language and transmits a deep knowledge and appreciation of Sanskrit in the classroom.
DAVE YOSS, CAP
David Yoss is a graduate of The Ayurvedic Institute's Ayurvedic Studies Program, Levels 1 and 2, as well as the Gurukula program in Pune, India. He is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Ayurvedic Practitioner. Enjoying the study of the different cultures of the world, he graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Anthropology.
David has been teaching at the Ayurvedic Institute for more than 5 years and has taught an extensive range of topics there, including Yoga, Nutrition, Sanskrit, Herbology, Herbal Preparations, Lifestyle Practices, and Clinical Practice. He also teaches Yoga and Meditation at Sani Yoga in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he co-leads their Teacher Training Program. He was a Master Teacher at the Tantric Alchemy Institute in Costa Rica, where he co-led their 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training.
David loves to teach, share and help people gain knowledge which can lead to their self-empowerment. He is currently teaching Sanskrit and AyurYoga at the Ayurvedic Institute as well as supervising in the student clinic. He is known to use stories and humorous anecdotes to create an authentic and fun learning environment.
AXELLE LATORTURE, CAP
Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Axelle is a graduate of The Ayurvedic Institute’s Ayurvedic Studies Program, Levels 1 and 2. She also holds an M.S. in Foreign Service, and has worked for 10 years with overseas governments to help them achieve their education system goals.
After several years of practicing Ashtanga yoga—inspired by the close connections between yoga and Ayurveda—Axelle began to incorporate Ayurveda as a topic of study. Passionate about being of service to her community, she loves connecting with clients and friends alike through the principles and recommendations that Ayurveda has to offer.
An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Ayurvedic Practitioner, serves as a faculty member and student clinic supervisor.
KUSUM BHANDARI, CAP, CHC
A graduate of The Ayurvedic Institute’s Ayurvedic Studies Program Levels 1 and 2, Kusum is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, faculty member and clinic supervisor at the Ayurvedic Institute. She is also an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and has a Master's in Clinical Psychology, and a Postmaster's in Couple and Family Therapy from Drexel University, Philadelphia. Prior to her training as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, she worked as a Psychology Associate and Crisis Counselor at Western Maryland Health System in Maryland. Kusum is passionate about empowering and supporting others in their journey of health and wellbeing.