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Dr. Marc Halpern

 HalpernDr. Marc Halpern, D.C., C.A.S., P.K.S. (Ayurvedacharya), Dr. Marc Halpern is the founder and President of the California College of Ayurveda and the author of the popular book, Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda. A leader in the profession, he is the co-founder of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (USA) and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.  He also sits on the advisory boards of Light on Ayurveda Journal in the United States and the Journal of Research and Education in Indian Medicine in India.  Dr. Halpern’s contributions to the field have earned him the highest level of awards in both countries.  He has published hundreds of articles in popular journals and magazines of Ayurveda and Yoga and is a regular speaker at Ayurvedic and Yoga conferences.  A Doctor of Chiropractic, a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, A certified Yoga Teacher in the Sivananda tradition, a Specialist in Holistic Medicine, an author and teacher, Dr. Marc Halpern gives 100% to his passion for healing and removing the causes of suffering.

 Faculty

 

 Mary Thompson, C.A.S., P.K.S., (Ayurvedacharya), is a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda and senior teacher with certifications as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist. Mary is a graduate of the first graduating class of the College in 1997. In 2008 she received the Charaka Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and was given the title "Ayurvedacharya" (respected teacher of Ayurveda) by Dr. Halpern. She has been an invited speaker at several Ayurvedic conferences and is a founding member and former Secretary of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. She is also the founder of the non-profit organization, Everyday Ayurveda. Mary is in private practice in Grass Valley, California.

 

 

 

 

 Sri Devi (Marisa Laursen), B.S., C.A.S., P.K.S., A.Y.T., C.M.T, is a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda with certifications as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Pancha Karma Specialist and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist. She has an active clinical practice in Chino, California and is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Sri Devi has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, is a Certified Massage Therapist and has completed post-graduate Ayurvedic training in India as well as through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta organization. Sri Devi received her spiritual name from Swami Swaroopananda of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat and considers herself a life-long student of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta.

 

 

 

 

 

 Brenda Igler, C.A.S., P.K.S., (Director of Herbalism): Brenda is a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda with certifications as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and a Pancha Karma Specialist. Brenda has continued her education with studies in India, focusing on herbalism and complementary treatments of cancer. As part of the teaching faculty at the College, she is involved in teaching all levels of the curriculum. As the Director of Herbalism, Brenda runs the Advanced Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship course. Brenda conducts her clinical practice at the College's healtyh care center utilizing her compassion and inspiration to guide her patients in a creative way through their healing journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gary Jacobsson, C.A.S., is a 2002 graduate of the California College of Ayurveda with certification as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist. Gary has been in private practice and has also integrated his love of cooking with Ayurveda by serving as professional chef at Ayurvedic, Yoga and holistic health retreats. Gary is now in practice at the College’s health care center and serves as an Internship Supervisor. In addition to his Ayurvedic training, Gary as been trained in mind/body somatic therapies, Cellular Memory and Family Consultation Work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ram Rao, PhD, CAS, RYT, comes from a family of Ayurvedic practitioners and Vedic teachers in India tracing back to the illustrious Vedic-acharya Rishi Kaundinya. A graduate of the California College of Ayurveda with certification as Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Ram is also a dedicated yoga practitioner and certified teacher. He has published several articles in major Yoga and Ayurveda journals and has been a featured speaker in several meetings and symposia. Ram holds a doctorate degree in Neurosciences and works as a Research Associate Professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA, on various aspects of age associated neurodegenerative diseases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mary-Alice Quinn, C.A.S., graduated from the California College of Ayurveda with certification as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist. She is a practitioner member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. She has completed a variety of advanced post-graduate Ayurvedic studies in the US and India and has been a practitioner of Yoga for more than fifteen years. Mary-Alice writes articles for popular yoga and Ayurveda publications, conducts public workshops and has an active private practice in Sacramento where she focuses on both preventative medicine and disease management.

 

 

 

 

 Ragaia Belovarac, M.A., C.A.S., P.K.S., C.M.T., is a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda with certifications as Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist.   Ragaia is the past co-director of the College's Pancha Karma Center, where he worked closely with Dr. Halpern. This experience deepened his understanding of creating and holding sacred space in a way that facilitates the patient's healing journey. Ragaia teaches several of the body therapy courses at the College including the Pancha Karma Specialist trainings. He is also the director of Blue Sage Sanctuary in Nevada City, California, where he practices Ayurveda and Pancha Karma.

 

 

 

 

  Mrunalini Rameshchandra is a certified Clinical Ayurveda Specialist. She has attended workshops in    therapeutic yoga and pranayama in India and follows Integral Yoga, frequenting the Sri Aurobindo  Ashram in Pondicherry, India. Mrunalini has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry and began her  career in teaching that eventually led to becoming a curriculum director and board member of  Center for Integral Education. She believes that her experiences in life have provided a foundation for  on-going Ayurveda and Naturopathy studies that has in turn allowed her to analyze the multi-  dimensional being through various stages in life, as well as assist patients to aim for the highest  potential in health. Her commitment to the knowledge and progress for the well-being of the body  and mind with Ayurveda and Yoga is a quest for a deeper understanding and unfolding of the cosmic  essence that rests within each person. Mrunalini is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Homeopathy and Ayurvedic Medicine and Director for Healing Your Life Program at CCA.