Jessica Vellela is the first American-born woman to become a licensed Ayurvedic Physician and practice Ayurvedic Medicine independently in India. Graduating at the top of her final year class with the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree (Ayurveda-acharya), she immediately opened and managed her own Panchakarma center in India, in Turtle Bay Resorts in southwest Karnataka. For just over two years, she received patients from all over the world for traditional Panchakarma, educational programs, Rasayana (rejuvenation) and outpatient care. Working closely with the local community, she personally trained 5 Panchakarma therapists and employed additional support staff. Due to unfortunate and unexpected events at the resort, she decided to close the center and return to the US to pursue her professional career. She attempted to recreate a traditional Panchakarma center in the peaceful foothills of North Carolina, but realized after a year of effort that it was not the right time for numerous reasons. She is now leading the push to establish authentic Ayurvedic education and practice in the US through AyurvedaFirst.
Utilizing skills from her 15+ year career as a Data Architect and Database Developer, she is creating the AyurvedaFirst Framework as a digital model for research, development, patient assessment and tracking using the foundational principles of classical Ayurveda. This project is currently being developed as myAyu, the world’s first publically accessible tool for implementing and tracking individual health factors with Ayurveda as a foundational platform. Additionally, with her extensive network of contacts in India, she hopes to facilitate a more accurate dialogue and understanding of the science between India’s current establishment and the West.
Jessica was recognized as one of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda by Spirituality and Health Magazine in 2015. She has appeared on the Ayurveda Summit, local talk radio, and in other interviews. She has led over two dozen educational training programs, workshops, cooking demonstrations and information sessions in her career already, and has published numerous articles online and in international journals. She is an editorial member of the Anveshana Ayurveda Medical Journal.