Advisory Board

CAISH advisory members are highly qualified and experienced in their areas of practice; they hold special interest in Ayurveda & Indian Systems of Healing and are very supportive towards CAISH mission and goals.

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Yasmin Harrison, MD

Dr. Yasmin Harrison is a family physician in Toronto practising for 8 years and a graduate of McGill University, Montreal. Dr. Harrison integrates complementary health disciplines with an allopathic background, in her approach to diagnosis and treatment. She is a practitioner and a long standing student of ayurveda and yoga and has a special interest in holistic psychotherapy.

Dr. Harrison will be advising CAISH on various levels of research and development especially in the area of therapeutic care.

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Alistair Dias, PhD

Dr. Dias holds his Masters and PhD in Biological Chemistry from University of Toronto. He has been a lecturer at University of Toronto, Department of Human Biology sine 2009 teaching various courses – Neuroscience, Human Biology, Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Genes, Genetics & Biotechnology, Health & Disease and Global Hidden Hunger. Additionally, he has lectured on various related topics including “Foods and Vitamins”, “Blood Pressure and Physiological Responses. Dr. Dias is a recipient of many teaching and research awards and has had his research materials published. His interest in Complementary & Alternative Medicine has drawn his interest into Ayurvedic pharmacopeia.

Dr. Dias will be advising and supporting CAISH on building research-based data, evidence collection, creating systematic Ayurvedic herb uses and interfacing education with research.

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Caroline Meyer, ND

Dr. Meyer graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005. She is an active member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), Naturopathic Doctors of Ontario (NDO) and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (Ped-ANP). For more than 7 years she has been teaching at CCNM as a part-time academic and clinical faculty member where she supervises a pediatrics-focused clinic shift. Besides maintaining a private practice in downtown Toronto focusing on pediatrics, whole family health and mental health, Dr Meyer writing contributions on natural work has been featured in Sun Media, Hospital News and Vital Link. She has a passion for helping adults and children achieve their unique health potential – physically, emotionally, and energetically.

Dr. Meyer will be advising CAISH on various areas of education and practice in Natural health care.

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Neelam Toprani

CEO & President Padmashri Naturals Inc.

Neelam Toprani is an Ayurvedic researcher and formulator of Sewanti and Phyto Vedic herbal remedies and Padmashri classical massage oils. One of the objectives of her Company is to take the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda and translate it into practical solutions to improve the quality of modern day life. From her Vancouver based Company; Neelam strives to bring awareness of Ayurveda to the western world through educational programs, regulation of Ayurvedic medicine at various government levels and integration of Ayurvedic treatment protocols with modern medicine. Her milestone achievements include approvals for Sewanti Ayurvedic Series multi ingredient classical Ayurvedic formulations by Health Canada, Natural Health Products Division (NHPD) in 2010. Padmashri Naturals Inc. is amongst the first to obtain the approval for Ayurvedic supplements. The Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) awarded Kautilya Award for an Excellence in Ayurvedic Business for 2013-14 to Padmashri Naturals Inc. Neelam was appointed Research Associate of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE) Harvard Branch in April 2014.

Neelam is on executive Board of directors as a Secretary of AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America). Neelam was appointed Research Associate of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE) Harvard Branch in April 2014. She has been actively involved in reviewing several papers including “Contemporary challenges in Ayurveda: An ancient medical technology by Suresh Kumar, Neelam Toprani, Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan “

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Sabeena Chopra, MD

Dr. Sabeena Chopra is a psychiatrist working in Toronto area. She completed medical school at the University of Toronto, and Residency at McGill University. She currently works in several different community organizations proving psychiatric care to women who are under-housed and/or homeless. She also works closely with students as a psychiatrist at the Ryerson Student Health Clinic. 

Dr. Chopra has a special interest in in complementary health. She developed in an increasing interest in Ayurvedic Medicine since graduating as a psychiatrist in 2007. She has completed a Foundations of Ayurveda Program through the Kripalu Centre in Stockbridge Massachusettes. 

Her ultimate long term goal is to use the ancient knowledge, practices and principles of Ayurvedic Medicine and integrate them in the modern psychiatric practice and care.

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