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Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MD, PhD, MPH

Integrative Medicine

Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya is trained formally in Ayurveda, biomedical pharmacology & neuroscience, international public health, clinical research, holistic nutrition, yoga, botanical medicine, holistic health counseling and allopathic family medicine. After receiving her baccalaureate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Bhattacharya earned her master's in pharmacology from the pharmacology/neuroscience PhD program at Columbia University and her master's in international public health from Harvard University's School of Public Health and Kennedy School, where she was the first Indian and woman to speak at commencement ceremonies. Subsequently, she earned an MD at Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed a residency in family medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. 


In addition to 30 years of experience in health and medicine, Dr. Bhattacharya has consulted with healthcare industry companies and served on the boards of associations involved with Ayurveda credentialing and oversight in the US and India. She has written over 20 publications, spoken to over 500 national and international conferences, and received leadership and teaching awards. Alongside her private holistic and Ayurvedic medical practice in New York City, she is dedicated to teaching allopaths and scientists about authentic Ayurveda through the Dinacharya Institute in New York City and the Dinacharya Foundation in Kolkata, India and recently completed a Fulbright project exploring the importance of metals in healthcare.

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Maysa Alavi, MD

Integrative & Functional Medicine

Dr. Alavi is a board certified Family Medicine physician and clinical researcher experienced in psychedelic assisted therapies, inpatient (hospitalist) medicine, outpatient medicine (chronic disease management, concierge medicine, and preventative care), Functional Medicine, integrative medicine, emergency medicine, Reiki, and Yoga. I am grateful to have trained at the University of Southern California, The University of Texas, and UCLA, as well as with the Dr. Andrew Weil Foundation, the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, and COMPASS Pathways.

My niche is combining Functional Medicine, which is aimed at figuring out the "why" of illness and solving the root problem of dis-ease, with the power of "psychedelics," or "mind manifesting" medicines which loosely include, but are not limited to, breathwork, entheogens, indigenous and plant medicines, dissociatives, classical psychedelics and non-classical psychedelics. 

Although on the surface this may sound complex, the approach is actually very simple: address the root cause of the problem with awareness and intention. Simple changes can yield meaningful results. The simplest approach starts with the basics, which, incidentally, are all to often ignored: sunlight, breath/air, water, environment, food, movement, mental-spiritual-emotional wellness, sleep, interpersonal relations and communication, and everything else we consume including our entertainment, beliefs, and most importantly our thoughts. Learn more about Dr. Alavi and connect with her at

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Sara Yarbrough, MS

Nutritionist & Plant-based chef

Sara is a Nutrition Educator, Research Writer, and Cookbook Author. She attended Nursing school as an undergraduate, passionate to help and serve others, and stumbled upon a healing journey with food and long-term health outcomes that has now lasted well over a decade. During her educational career she specialized in the fields of Neuroscience, Yoga, Meditation, Medical Biochemistry, Food Science, and Nutrition, eventually achieving a Master's of Science in Clinical Nutrition. Completed through Stonybrook University School of Medicine, this degree focused on utilizing evidence-based natural medicine practices in Western medicine settings while providing an understanding of clinical practice and management.


During her college education, she trained and worked professionally as a Plant-Based Chef and culinary teacher. She has personally graduated over 1000 plant-based chefs worldwide, designed dozens of courses, and published 2 cookbooks.

She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with precious Onyx Ivory. They write most of their cookbooks together. She creates recipes and menus, distributing herbal tonics and other plant medicines, works one-on-one with clients, and enjoys writing and producing meditation music. Order some of her tasty treats and learn more about healing through food with Sara at

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