AyurvedaFirst was founded in 2015 by four people with the common goal of bringing authentic Ayurveda forward into the modern world. Combining exceptionally unique experiences in the east and west, Jessica Vellela, Siddharth Naveenachandran, Prasanth Dharmarajan and Eric Grasser wanted to establish a effective approach to health from all angles that would be right for the place, time and people of the modern, western world. They knew that when they practiced “Ayurveda first” in its authentic, classical, and scientifically-based way, they could lead healthier, happier lives, and they wanted to share this experience with their family, friends and patients.
Bridging the knowledge, experience and practice of the east and west is not always a simple task. Our founders continuously strive to develop the AyurvedaFirst model of sustainable healthcare and all of its products and services to provide the most effective solutions for the current health needs of society today, tomorrow and for the future.
Meet our founders and read about their backgrounds, education, professional experiences and philosophies.
AyurvedaFirst also graciously recognizes and appreciates its advisers who provide key support, direction, inspiration and assistance on many levels of the company’s development.
|Eric Grasser, MD||Dr. Grasser is one of the world’s foremost experts in the integration of Functional Medicine and Ayurveda. Dr. Grasser supports his patients through his extensive experience in Western Medical practice as well as his deep knowledge of the alternative healing systems of Ayurveda, Yoga and Functional Medicine.|
|Mark Nitzberg, PhD||A scientist and entrepreneur, Mark is also a co-inventor on 21 U.S. patents related to image encoding and medical technologies, and has co-founded several technology companies. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University.|
|Victor Oppenheimer||Victor spent many years as the president of Cambridge Computer Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has an extensive background as a computer executive, software and system designer, programmer, and strategic consultant. Victor taught computer science at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has lectured extensively both in the U.S. and abroad on computer science related topics. Victor formerly chaired the greater Boston chapter of The Association of Computing Machinery, and sits on the boards of directors of a number of companies in the computer science field. One of the first and most senior Iyengar yoga instructors in the U.S., Victor is one of the few instructors to be personally trained and certified by B.K.S. Iyengar.|
|Daniel Raitses||Daniel Raitses is a documentary filmmaker, traveler, yogi, and student of Ayurveda and Seitai. Born and raised in New York, he is a second-generation student and practitioner of Eastern healing traditions, having grown up with acupuncture and Chinese medicine since childhood. Daniel’s current documentary work focuses on creating resources that serve to both preserve and promote the world’s traditional healing systems.Daniel provides a live perspective of major developments in the global Ayurvedic community through his travel in India and direct involvement with key players in the field. He regularly meets, interviews, films and studies with some of the most prominent experts of Ayurveda in India and currently represents the strongest Western presence of the increasing demand for authentic Ayurvedic medical science in India today.|
AyurvedaFirst is currently focused on building a solid foundation that can serve to provide health services to a large population in the coming years. Although we are not actively seeking to hire for any specific roles at the moment, we are always looking for well-educated, intelligent, diverse and experienced people who share a passion for Ayurveda and health.
If you feel you have something to offer and would like to reach out, we’d be happy to meet you. Please send an email with a brief introduction to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a recent copy of your resume or CV.