Our Ayurveda Practitioners

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil (Anu),
BAMS (Ayurveda), MAOM, L.Ac., CMT, Ph.D.

Anupama (Anu) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, licensed acupuncturist and certified yoga teacher. She graduated in Ayurvedic Medicine from Mangalore University in India, received a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) and her Ph.D. from Walden University. She is currently the Program Director and professor for Ayurvedic Medicine and provides clinical services for SCU Health System. In her clinical practice she integrates diet, yoga, lifestyle counseling, herbs and various body work therapies individualized to the patient’s condition. Her main interests are managing musculoskeletal condition, mental health, women’s health and preventative care.

 


 

Jayagopal Parla, MD (Ayurveda), MAOM, CMT

Jayagopal Parla (Jay),
BAMS, M.D. (Ayurveda), MAOM, CMT

Jayagopal Parla holds a Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine (BAMS) and M.D. in Ayurvedic Medicine (M.D.) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science in Bangalore. He also received a Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) and is a certified yoga teacher. Jay is currently the Ayurvedic department chair and professor at the American University of Complementary Medicine, a supervising clinician at SCU’s University Health Center, as well as faculty for the Ayurveda program at SCU.

Jay’s Parla philosophy is “healing is an art and a science.” Coming from a traditional Ayurvedic family in India, with more than 15 years of Ayurvedic clinical practice experience, Jay has a strong hold in all ancient Ayurvedic diagnostic methods, especially pulse readings. His clinical interest includes pain management, chronic diseases management, health promotion, and various detoxification therapies.

 


 

Manjusha Vinjamury,
BAMS, M.D. (Ayurveda), MAOM, L.Ac.

Manjusha Vinjamury is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, licensed acupuncturist, and certified yoga teacher with more than 20 years of clinical experience. She received her Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine degree (BAMS) from Pune and a M.D. in Ayurvedic Medicine (M.D.) from University of Kerala. She has also completed her Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). Manjusha is currently an assistant professor at the American University of Complementary Medicine in Los Angeles and faculty at SCU. She enjoys sharing her knowledge to future practitioners, and her clinical interests are in managing women’s health, mental health, chronic pain, neurological and skin disorders.

 


 

Sivarama Vinjamury, MD (Ayurveda), L.Ac., MAOM

Sivarama Prasad Vinjamury (Prasad),
BAMS,M.D, (Ayurveda), MAOM, L.Ac., MPH

Sivarama Prasad graduated with Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine (BAMS) from Osamnia University and  M.D. in Ayurvedic Medicine (M.D.) from University of Kerala, India and received his Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). Prasad is a licensed acupuncturist in California and holds a Diplomate in acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is currently working as a professor of research at SCU’s College of Eastern Medicine. a supervising clinician in Ayurvedic Medicine, acupuncture and eastern medicine at SCU’s Health Center and provides acupuncture and eastern medicine services at the Student Health and Counseling Center at California State University, Fullerton.  Prasad has over twenty years in clinical experience in integrating Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and western diagnostic methods to evaluate, assess, and manage patients. Additionally, he also advises in yoga, tai-chi and breathing practices to his clients. One of his strengths is providing detailed dietary advice based on eastern traditional medicine that is individualized to the patient’s condition. His main interests are in managing internal medicine conditions, specifically gastrointestinal, respiratory, immunological, psychological, and cardiovascular conditions.

 


 

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Sonika Laskar Desai,
BAMS (Ayurveda), 

Sonika Laskar Desai is an Ayurvedic Practitioner with a Bachelor of  Ayurvedic Medicine (BAMS) degree from the University of Pune, India.  Sonika has more than 10 years of Ayurvedic clinical and body works experience as well specialties in Panchakarma Therapies (therapeutic body detox/cleansing) and yoga. She is a clinician at SCU Health System.  She loves working with patients to address emotional and nervous system challenges such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia.  Her clinical interest include managing arthritis, skin disorders, digestive distress, diabetes, thyroid conditions, pre and post pregnancy issues and various other women’s health issues.

 


 

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Naomi Boas,
BA, MA, A.P.

Naomi holds an MA from UC Los Angeles and a BA from UC Santa Barbara, and is a certified Ayurveda Wellness Educator and Reiki practitioner. Naomi Boas is an Ayurveda Practitioner at the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) Health Center and a graduate of the Ayurveda Practitioner program at SCU. She began her journey into Ayurveda a decade ago and personally experienced its profound healing power. She decided to delve deeper into Ayurveda so that she could help others heal naturally while achieving higher levels of health, wellness, mental and spiritual growth. She is passionate about empowering individuals with the tools to live optimally through dietary, lifestyle, and herbal protocols, along with therapeutic body treatments. Her clinical interests include managing digestive disorders , skin issues, stress, anxiety, pain and musculoskeletal issues.

 


 

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Sina Firouzi,
M.D., A.P.

Dr. Firouzi is a graduate of the Ayurveda Practitioner Program at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). Prior to this, he received his Medical Doctorate from USC’s Keck School of Medicine in 2003 and is a board-certified family medicine physician. With nearly two decades of experience in the medical field, Dr. Firouzi has worked in varying capacities including being the first medical director of the physician assistant program at SCU. He has an appreciation for the complementary paradigms to health and healing offered by both modern medicine and traditional eastern medicine. Dr. Firouzi is passionate about Ayurveda due to the emphasis of natural remedies including diet and herbs; the holistic approach integrating factors related to mind, body, and spirit; and the focus on prevention through lifestyle modification and various Ayurvedic modalities.

*Although he is also a licensed medical doctor, Dr. Firouzi is not currently providing any "medical" services (including interpretations, diagnoses or medical treatments) as part of his work at the SCU Health Center. He is functioning purely as an Ayurvedic practitioner.

 

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