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Kathryn L. Stoerzbach, founder and teacher at The School of Ayurveda.

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meet our Faculty & Staff

Kathryn L. Stoerzbach

Ayurvedic Practitioner, Nutritional Therapist, & Founder

Kathryn is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Teacher. She is the owner of An Elemental Practice., a Holistic Health Practice located in Knoxville, on a beautiful 22-acre property in the countryside of Illinois, and serving clients both locally and worldwide. She has traveled to 26 countries, lived in Asia for 4 years, and has come to know many different cultures and ways of living throughout her journey. When she finally came across Ayurveda she was completely taken by its power and simplicity and has since then dedicated herself to the study and practice and teaching of Ayurveda.

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Mary-Alice Quinn

Ayurvedic Doctor & Clinical Herbalist

Mary-Alice graduated valedictorian from the California College of Ayurveda and American Institute of Vedic Studies with certification as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist. She completed extensive post-graduate trainings throughout the US and in India including those through the Ayurvedic Institute and International Integrative Educational Institute. A life-long student, she continues to mentor with leaders in the field of natural healing, enhancing her clinical skills using herbal medicine, Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle practices, and Panchakarma to naturally and effectively address acute and chronic conditions. 

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Carol Prentice

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist & Advisor

Carol P. Prentice is a certified teacher of Yoga, Ayurveda Medicine, and the Alexander Technique. She is a senior teacher of the Alexander Technique specializing in somatic education and health for 35 years. Carol trained as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and a Pancha Karama Specialist. She also trained in Mara Therapy and is a Yoga Nidra practitioner. She graduated from the California College of Ayurveda and was on the faculty and the Director of the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Ayurveda Health Practitioner Internship Programs for 8 years.

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Neeshee Pandit

Ayurvedic Practitioner & Vedic Astrologist

Neeshee Pandit is a practitioner of Traditional Asian Medicine. He has trained in the three ancient medical systems of the world—Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, & Chinese Medicine. In his clinical practice, Neeshee focuses on addressing the psychological and energetic roots of physical illness. He specializes in identifying the internal causes of chronic and complex conditions that have yet to be resolved through other medical approaches.

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Judea Star

Psychic Intuitive & Sound Healer

Jude is a psychic intuitive, medium, and sound healer on the island of Kauai. She has been working professionally as a spiritual guide since 2014 and has helped many people all over the world to better understand how the energies within their spirit directly reflect the experiences they have in their outward realities.

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Rachael Schmoker

Ayurvedic Health Educator & Yoga Therapist

Rachael is currently living in Homer, Alaska. When you’re not finding her at home, where she handles a team of retired sled dogs, she is out preserving Alaskan herbal delicacies, moving in meditation alongside the ocean tide and playing in the endless snowscapes.

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Seva Van Why

Holistic Educator & Ayurvedic Body Therapy Instructor

Seva is a holistic educator, Ayurvedic Body Therapy instructor, and author, and has held staff positions at The Chopra Center, Optimum Health Institute, California College of Ayurveda, and is currently the Chair of Continuing Education and Certification with NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association).

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Leah Kaplan

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist

Leah Kaplan, BS, CAS, is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, 500 Hour registered yoga teacher, and a former intern supervisor for the California College of Ayurveda. She created the nutrition and lifestyle program for Nashville’s NuPower Yoga & Barre studio. In 2014, she founded Thunderbolt Ayurveda in Nashville, TN, a private clinical Ayurvedic practice with a full apothecary of herbal medicines. Now in practice for almost ten years and headquartered in Petaluma, CA, Thunderbolt has helped hundreds of people find balance and better health through Ayurveda.

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Kathryn's warm and welcoming demeanor immediately created a comfortable learning environment. Her grounded approach and wealth of wisdom made every session enriching and insightful. Kathryn remained accessible for follow-up questions, providing valuable insights as I embarked on incorporating Ayurvedic body treatments into my private practice. This level of ongoing mentorship is truly commendable and showcases Kathryn's commitment to her students' success beyond the classroom. I feel equipped with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to offer Abhyanga, Shirodhara, and Svedana confidently. I highly recommend Kathryn and The School of Ayurveda.

Heidi Grace

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Whether you are a beginner, just learning the fundamental concepts of Ayurveda, or have experienced Ayurveda before and are looking to learn more in depth and to study Ayurveda as a professionally path - we would love to help support you along your journey!

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