Meet the Board
"CAAM’s Mission is to promote, protect, preserve & integrate the principles of Ayurveda, through exceptional education, professional practices, advancing industry research, increasing public awareness and being the leading source of advancement for the Profession of Ayurveda in California for sustainable health and wellbeing."
Executive Committee & Board
Mamta Landerman, CAS | President Mamta Landerman is a Clinical Ayurveda and Pancha Karma Specialist. She is the Founding President of The California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM) and served on its Board for five years since 1998. In February 2018 Mamta was invited to run CAAM again and currently serves on its Board as President.
Mary Thompson CAS PKS | Secretary Mary Thompson is an experienced educator and a heart-centered mentor to Ayurvedic practitioners. Having taught Ayurveda for over twenty years, she continues to find joy in supporting her students as they step into their professional lives as Ayurvedic Health Counselors and Ayurvedic Practitioners. Through individual mentorship and online continuing education, she maintains a supportive relationship with both new and experienced practitioners.
Natalie Seiden, AP | Treasurer Natalie is a Wellness Advocate born, raised and currently based in Los Angeles. She is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and Reiki Practitioner using a little of all of the tools during her sessions with clients and continuing her Ayurvedic studies at CCA in the Medical Ayurvedic Specialist program. Natalie has been involved in the F&A world for the past 30 years most recently working with clients in Bookkeeping and Office Managemement.
Renée Devenport, AP CMP | Past Treasurer Renée Davenport AP CMP is an Integrated Wellness Practitioner in Los Angeles, California. She is a certified Ayurveda Wellness Practitioner graduated from Kerala Ayurveda Academy in August 2010 and completed a month long internship with Kerala Ayurveda at Ayurvedagram in Bangalore and Cochin, India. Renée is also a California licensed massage practitioner who was trained and certified in Neurosoma a NCBTMB approved technique of massage.
Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, MAOM, L.Ac., CMT, Ph.D. Anupama Kizhakkeveettil is an Ayurvedic Doctor from India, licensed acupuncturist, yoga teacher and Professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). She is the Program Director for Ayurvedic Medicine at SCU and has been teaching and practicing Ayurvedic medicine over 18 years and traveled extensively in various countries to propagate Ayurveda.
Manju Kolli Manju Kolli is an Ayurvedic practitioner based in San Francisco. She's the Founding Director of Ayurhitam, an Ayurvedic wellness clinic. She has over 15 years of experience serving as a Clinical Pharmacist in the allopathic medical field. This makes her approach unique in selecting proper care for every client. Her area of expertise is Women and Kids' health through the lens of Ayurveda. Her vision is to bring Ayurveda its lost glory and prove its effectiveness as a proper science.
Jessica Garcia Scharer, AHC Jessica is an Ayurveda Health Counselor and End of Life Doula in Long Beach California. Jessica has been supporting and volunteering with CAAM since 2021. She joined the CAAM Board last year and heads the Marketing and Communications Committee and manages THRYV with CAAM’s Ayurveda Business Program “Embodying Entrepreneurship: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Successful Ayurveda Practice”.
Jyoti Dhami BAMS, MBA Jyoti is an Ayurvedic Doctor from India. She holds an MBA in Healthcare Services and a Masters in Public Health. She has been practicing Ayurvedic Medicine for over 10 years and has also been a part of various research projects in the field. She has vast experience as a Medical administrator in Ayurvedic Institutes in India with extensive experience in hospital and clinical settings. Jyoti leads the Professional Committee and is developing various Professional programs.
Hema Natarajan Hema is a versatile professional seamlessly blending the roles of an accomplished engineer, MBA professional, and an enthusiastic student of Ayurveda. With a track record of over two decades excelling in the dynamic field of technology, Hema has led successful product teams and driven innovation. However, her quest for deeper well-being led her to the ancient principles of Ayurveda, sparking a passionate journey. Hema is heading both the Website and Fundraising Committees.