Sai Ayurvedic College Faculty

Aparna Bapat

Aparna Bapat, BAMS

Bapat is the College's senior faculty member. She has been a dedicated international Ayurvedic Specialist (Vaidya), consultant, and educator since 1990 and is a member of the Board of Directors, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

She studied Ayurvedic medicine at the University of Pune, faculty of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery. She was a Senior Lecturer at the College of Ayurveda in London, U.K. Bapat is the author of numerous articles on Ayurvedic medicine and related themes, has made multiple television appearances, and is one of the premiere lecturers, scholars and practitioners of Ayurveda in the West today. She is also on the faculy of the New Jersey Institute of Ayurveda, in Montclair, New Jersey.

Bill Courson

William Courson, CH, BVS (Ayur), D. Ayur.

Bill Courson is director of the New Jersey Institute of Ayurveda/Dhanvantari School of Ayurvedic Sciences, of which he is a graduate. Bill is Sai Ayurvedic College's Dean for Academic Affairs & Development.

A retired accountant, he has been a lifelong student of and writer on the themes of alternative medicine, spirituality and eastern and western alchemy. In addition to his role as an ayurvedic practitioner, he is a certified herbalist, Bach flower essence therapist and Reiki Master and has authored numerous professional and popular articles in these fields. He has taught professional level courses in all of these disciplines, and most recently trained aspiring physicians in Reiki at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. He is active in a number of professional organizations, and is on the National Ayurvedic Medical Association's professional standards and schools committees, and of the Indian-government sponsored Ayurvedic Advisory Council of the US.

Dr. Archana Kulkarni

(Vaidya) Archana Kulkarni, BAMS, MD Ayurveda, LMT, RYT

Archana Kulkarni is a graduate of the faculties of Ayurvedic medicine and surgery at both Shivaji University and Banaras Hindu University in India, and is a holder of both the BAMS and MD degrees in Ayurveda. Ayurveda and yoga have always been an integral part of her lifestyle from her childhood. To deepen her own practice of yoga and to guide her patients, she has completed the Diploma in Yoga from the prestigious Yoga Sadhana Kendra in 2002.

A former lecturer in Ayurveda at Ganga Ayurvedic Medical College (Kolhapur, India), Archana has taught at the College of Pharmacy and the Honors College of the University of South Florida. Kulkarni has presented many professional papers at Ayurveda conferences and seminars and has published numerous professional articles. She is nationally certified massage therapist licensed in Florida and is a Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) at the 200-hour level. She offers Ayurvedic consultations, Yoga and Panchakarma therapies in Tampa and Riverview, Florida. To deepen her knowledge in field of research in alterative and complementary medicine, she is currently pursuing her MPH degree at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.

Magdala Jaramillo, Psychologist, L.M.T., PGDA, MBA

Magdala is the Administrator of the Spanish Programs domestically and internationally. Born in Bogota, Colombia, she holds the degree in Psychology from the Universidad de Santo Tomas and practiced there as an Organizational Psychologist and Consultant as well as teaching corporate clients in Colombia and the USA a variety of disciplines including Stress Management, Development of Positive Thinking and Holistic Lifestyles.

She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Human Resources Management and was later certified in Holistic Wellness Coaching, Personal Training, Fitness, Exercise Coaching, and Nutrition. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Structural Integration and CORE Myofascial Therapy. Magdala graduated from Sai Ayurvedic College with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Ayurveda and has her own practice ‘The Restoration Zone’ focusing on Ayurvedic medicine.

Dr. Waldo Castro

Dr. Waldo Castro, MD, PGDA, Ayurvedic Life Coach, RM, FAAIM

Dr. Waldo holds degrees in Medicine from the National Autonomous University School of Medicine, Mexico. He is certified in Ayurvedic Health and Wellness Counseling and Life Coaching, an Ayurvedic Practitioner/Consultant. A Physician, advocate, as well as a Futurist and Independent Scholar in social sciences, human behavior and social advancement, he has helped others take charge of their life and attain balance, and self-realization through empowerment. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Ayurveda from SAI Ayurvedic College, a NAMA approved Institution. He is a Reiki Master in the Usui Lineage and a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine as well as a National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) professional member. He conducts integrative R&D and consulting in Ayurevdic products and resources for both physical and emotional well-being.

As a Social Entrepreneur, he developed SIMA, an integrative healthcare system for the uninsured in Mexico City, working closely with the Office of the Governor. Has collaborated with varied organizations internationally in diverse areas to promote a better life for individuals and communities and for social and economic advancement through empowerment, and the development of leadership skills. His consulting both personal and at the corporate level has been instrumental in the improvement of work environments and improved interpersonal relations and productivity.

Dr. Leda Fernandez

Leda Fernandez, PGDA

Director of our third year Doctoral level program and Clinical Internship program. Leda is a physician in her native Cuba and a graduate of the Instituto de Medicina Carlos J. Finlay-Facultad de Ciencias Medicas Las Tunas from which she received her Doctor of Medicine degree. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Ayurveda from Sai Ayurvedic College. Fernandez has a special interest as well as advanced clinical training in Pediatric Endocrinology (focusing on Diabetes), Oncology and Hematology, as well as Pulmonary Medicine and Epidemiology. Leda has authored numerous papers in her fields of interest, participated in varied research efforts, and brings an extensive knowledge of the biomedical sciences and contemporary Western medicine as well as a strong Ayurvedic background, research and teaching abilities to her position at Sai Ayurvedic College’s faculty.