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.
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 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
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’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.