Vd. Jessica Vellela, BAMS

About the Author Vd. Jessica Vellela, BAMS

Vd. Jessica Vellela, BAMS, is the first American-born woman to become a Vaidya (Ayurvedic physician) and practice independently in India. Based on her unique experience, Jessica strongly supports medical pluralism and promotes Ayurveda as a first line of healthcare in America. She is the founder of AyurvedaFirst and the American Journal of Ayurveda which focus on preventative healthcare and disease management. Jessica has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda by Spirituality and Health Magazine in 2015. She participated as an expert in the Ayurveda Summit 2015, appeared on KSFR public radio (Santa Fe, NM) and has written numerous articles. Since 2011, Jessica conducted over two dozen educational training programs, workshops, cooking demonstrations and information sessions on Ayurveda.