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Dr Aparna Dandekar, D.O., AP Dr. Aparna Dandekar received both her Bachelor’s of Arts in Sanskrit as well as her Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology from the University of Washington, Seattle (‘96). She received her doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA (‘02), and did her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles County Medical Center (‘05).Dr. Aparna Dandekar is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and graduated from San Diego College of Ayurveda as Ayurveda Wellness Practitioner. She practices Ayurveda in Oakland and offers Home Visits as well.

Contact Dr Aparna for a consultation in Oakland and San Francisco Area

Born into a family of Vedic tradition from Maharashtra, Dr. Aparna integrates the east and west to find holistic therapies for her patients. Dr Aparna teachers the Block 1 Foundation course for the college. She also enjoys reading ancient Sanskrit texts, as well as literature in the Indian languages of Marathi and Hindi.

Monica B Groover, PhD, LMT, RPYT, AP


College Founder and Program Director

Monica B Groover is the founding member of Narayana Ayurveda & Yoga Academy. She is a professional Member of NAMA recognized at the Ayurvedic Doctor level of membership. Dr Groover received her Ph.D. from India, and, has also studied extensive Ayurveda under Guru Shishya Parampra, and specialized in Bhaishajya (Herbs), and, Panchakarma Treatments. Dr Groover is an Ayurvedic Childbirth and Post Partum Educator conducting women support workshops for pre natal, post partum, and menopausal women in Austin, Texas. . She also offers special Ayurvedic Massage Treatments.

Ms. Groover's research and articles have been published in India, as well as U.S. Her articles have been published in Light of Ayurveda Journal, and her curriculum has been used by Universities. Ms. Groover's was part of a committee for National Ayurveda Exam Development and educational standards for Ayurvedic Practitioner in USA. Her book, 'Essential Guide for Ayurveda Students' Part 1 is under editing and should be published soon.

Monica Groover holds the highest level membership of Ayurveda Doctor level with NAMA. She also serves in the NAMA sub committee for Ayurveda Board Exam.

Ms Groover has her own Ayurvedic Center in Austin. Ms. Groover has been a guest lecturer Hahn's School of Nursing, Bastyr University, Florida Vedic College, Palomar Hospital and Radys Children Hospital conferences, as well as, Kerala Ayurveda Institute.

She Volunteers at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin as their resident Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Priyanka Rajan BAMS

Dr Priyanka Rajan comes from a long line of vaidyas and Ayurvedic Physicians from Southern India. She finished her Bachelors in Ayurveda Degree from Tamil Nadu MGR Medical University. Dr Rajan lives in New Jersey and teaches some of the Ayurvedic courses online.

Pandit. Atul Krishna Das, AP

Director- Technical Support, and, Admissions

Pandit Atul Krishna Das is the co-founders of Narayana Ayurveda & Yoga Academy. A Vedanta pundit of Vaishnava Vedic Philosophy, Samkhya Philosophy and Sanskrit, Pundit Krishnaji has translated and edited a number of ancient Sanskrit texts including Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Sri Brahma Samhita, Hitopadesh, Origin of Ratha Yatra and various Stotrams. He is helping us translate Charaka Samhita word by word from Sanskrit and giving his own commentary. Pandit Atul Krishna teaches Samkhya, Manasa and Sanskrit for SDCOA.

Pandit Atul's article has been been published in the Light of Ayurveda Journal.

Monica Singhal, AP

Monica Singhal attended one of the most prestigious Medical schools in New Delhi India-All India Institute of Medical Sciences. After specializing in Dermatology, she decided not to pursue Westerm Medicine, and, instead decided to focus all of her attention to Ayurveda and holistic medicine. Monicaji completed her Ayurveda Practitioner program San Diego College of Ayurveda. She practices out of Carmel Valley, San Diego.