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Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj (Ayurveda), A.D., D.N.-C, R.H.

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, A.D., Yogaraj (Ayurveda), D.N.-C, R.H., LMT, NCTMB, CC, NAMAPM, has over 40 years of experience in holistic medicine, and is one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America. Khalsa is President Emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, director emeritus of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and is a respected teacher, writer and lecturer.

Khalsa is the founder of the International Integrative Education Institute. Its divisions, The Herbalists College and the Ayurveda College, offer post-secondary curricula to train professional herbalists around the U.S.

Anna Matriotti

Anna is an practicing Herbalist, a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Eating Psychology Coach. Anna weaves her passion for herbs, food and functional anatomy into a warm and grounded approach to wellbeing and health. She seeks to empower people to awaken their heart and spirit, and to use plants and food to radically transform and sustain their health. Anna is the owner of White Hawthorn Holistic and has a practice on Bainbridge Island and in Seattle. For more information on Anna and the work she does visit: www.whholistic.com

Ashok Bhandari, ND, MSA, CKTI

Dr. Ashok Bhandari is a Naturopathic and Ayurvedic physician, and is also a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor.

Dr. Bhandari has completed extensive training in nutrition and nutraceuticals, herbal medicine, physical medicine and sports medicine, environmental medicine and therapeutic detoxification, exercise physiology and strength conditioning, and mindbody medicine and biofeedback.

His background spans from training professional athletes as a strength and conditioning coach, administering exercise training programs for cardiac rehabilitation patients, to teaching professional level courses on exercise physiology, exercise prescription, orthopedics, and ayurveda to various medical students and doctors.

Dr. Bhandari is also the co-founder of Dynamic Health Professionals, a company focused on creating accessible and useful educational content for medical professionals and the general public.

In clinical practice, Dr. Bhandari focuses on constitutional and Ayurvedic medicine, diet and lifestyle modifications, injury and pain treatment, cardiometabolic health, digestive health, and environmental medicine and therapeutic clinical detoxification. He also lends his expertise as a guest lecturer on topics of natural medicine, therapeutic exercise, as well as Ayurvedic medicine.

Rosalie De Lombaert

Rosalie De Lombaert is a New England native, living in Seattle, and born to Belgian parents. She holds a master’s degree in Ayurvedic Sciences from Bastyr University, a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Oberlin College, and is in her final year of a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. She completed an internship at the Rajiv Gandhi Postgraduate Institute in Paprola, India (2017), as part of her master’s degree, in addition to eight Ayurvedic clinical rotations with Drs. Dhaval Dhru and Bill Dean.

Her interest in natural medicine stemmed from her passion for nutrition and languages. To her, Ayurveda can be used like a language — the core concepts can be taught to patients within minutes and used as a way to empower them to be involved in their own health decisions, especially when considering diet/nutrition, a foundation of healing in Ayurvedic medicine.

Her clinical interests include bridging eastern and western medical herbalism, (in)fertility, auto-immunity, and chronic disease.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking Ayurvedically for family and friends, gardening, cycling, learning foreign languages, and fermentation.

Alka Deshpande

Alka Deshpande, MH, RH (AHG)

For more than ten years, Alka has worked as a registered pharmacy professional in a state of Virginia helping pharmacists research and develop compounding formulations to meet individual patient needs.

Due to her experience in pharmacy and herbal medicine, Alka understands and utilizes the relationships between drug chemistry and plant chemistry, as many pharmaceutical drug sources are originally plant-based.

Besides having a graduate degree in Physics from university of Bombay(India), and studying Pharm Tech program at NVCC , She received her Master Herbalist Diploma from the Natural Healing College of California and pursued further education as Professional herbalist and advanced clinical skills with internship hours through IIEI( International Integrative Educational Institute), under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. K. P. Khalsa, one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America. She has completed all her credentials and registered as a professional member with AHG (American Herbalist Guild).

Her expertise and interest is in Ayurveda, an ancient art of herbal medicine from India as well as western herbalism, and she has experience working with GI issues, thyroid and Hormone imbalance, hair loss, skin problems and Diabetes. She presently practices as a clinical herbalist at Golden Health Pharmacy (Sterling) and Gainesville Pharmacy (Gainesville) in the Northern Virginia .

Alka strongly believes that herbal medicine requires a solid nutritional foundation in order for body to heal specially in modern times hence she is presently studying nutritional therapy Program at IIEI to receive credentials through NANP ( National Association Of Nutrition Professionals)

Melissa Yaden, EAMP, LMP, AWC

Melissa is the owner of NW Healing Tree, an acupuncture and massage clinic. When designing personalized treatment plans Melissa utilizes her comprehensive understanding of East Asian medicine and how it correlates to Western medicine. Melissa is a WEAMA (Washington East Asian Medicine Association) board member, a volunteer groomer at PAWS and has studied/volunteered in a variety of specialized clinics.

Jon Bechtold-Wright, L.Ac.

Jon Bechotld-Wright is an acupuncturist and herbalist at Uptown Acupuncture & Herbs. As an herbalist he loves helping people resolve their health problems, and to see them feeling great again. He sees all of us having the potential to return to a place of health, and sees holistic care as a safe and highly effective way to make that happen.

Jon earned his Masters in Acupuncture from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, and is a graduate of the Herbalist College. He has training in a wide variety of healing modalities, including Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western Herbalism.

Before becoming an acupuncturist and hebalist, Jon was faced with his own health challenges in the form of food and inhalant allergies. As an avid gardener and food lover, the allergies were a tough pill to swallow. Applying holistic health principals he was learning at the time, he was able to overcome the allergies that limited him. Now using similar holistic health principles, he helps clients overcome their own health crises. You can find out more about him at www.uptownacupunctureseattle.com

Betsy Costilo, M.S., CNS, LDN

Betsy has always been drawn to the healing arts and the natural world. She began her self-study of herbal medicine in 2001, reading anything and everything she could on the subject of plant healing, and taking classes wherever she could find them.

Drawn by her desire to be closer to nature, she attended the University of Vermont and completed her undergraduate studies in Environmental Science and Ecological Agriculture, focusing on forest gardening with wild edibles and medicinals.

Gwen Nagano, LMP, AWP

Gwen Nagano is an Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner, Licensed Massage Practitioner, and Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula. She has studied throughout the US and India, with many respected teachers including Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath, and Dr. Sarita Shrestha.

Janet L. Hall, ND, RH. (AHG)

Janet L. Hall has a Doctorate in Naturopathy, is a Certified Medical Intuitive, Certified Kinesiologist, Herbalist, Nutritional Consultant, and Emotional Facilitator, as well as owner of the Alternative Wellness Center. Janet has been a Practitioner for sixteen years and loves her work. She feels there is no greater reward than seeing her clients regain health in all aspects! “I love treating those who truly want excellent health, functional lifestyles, and helping them to reach their goals and dreams, as well as those who wish to regain hope of having optimal quality of life.”