CAISH Advisory Board members are highly qualified and experienced in their areas of practice. They hold special interest in Ayurveda & Indian Systems of Healing, and wholeheartedly support the missions and goals of CAISH.
Yasmin Harrison, MD
Dr. Yasmin Harrison, a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, is a family physician in Toronto with eight years of practice in this city. In her approach to diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Harrison integrates complementary health disciplines with her allopathic background. She is a practitioner and long-standing student of Ayurveda and Yoga, and has a special interest in holistic psychotherapy.
Dr. Harrison advises CAISH on various levels of research and development, especially in the area of therapeutic care.
Alistair Dias, PhD
Dr. Dias holds his master’s and PhD in Biological Chemistry from the University of Toronto. He has been a lecturer at University of Toronto’s Department of Human Biology since 2009, teaching courses such as: Neuroscience, Human Biology, Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Genes, Genetics & Biotechnology, Health & Disease, and Global Hidden Hunger. Additionally, he has lectured on related topics including “Foods and Vitamins” and “Blood Pressure and Physiological Responses”.
Dr. Dias is a recipient of many teaching and research awards, and has had his research materials published. His work in Complementary & Alternative Medicine has led to an interest in Ayurvedic pharmacopeia.
Dr. Dias advises and supports CAISH on building research-based data, evidence collection, creating systematic Ayurvedic herb uses, and interfacing education with research.
Caroline Meyer, ND
Dr. Meyer graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) 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 seven years, she has been a part-time academic and clinical faculty member at CCNM, where she supervises a pediatrics-focused clinic shift.
Dr. Meyer’s private practice in downtown Toronto focuses on pediatrics, whole family health, and mental health. Dr. Meyer also finds time to write, and her contributions have 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 advises CAISH on various areas of education and practice in natural health care.
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. From her Vancouver-based company, Neelam strives to bring awareness of Ayurveda to the western world through regulation of Ayurvedic medicine at various government levels and by the integration of Ayurvedic treatment protocols with modern medicine.
Neelam is on the Executive Board of Directors as a Secretary of AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America). In 2014, she was appointed Research Associate of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE) Harvard Branch. She has been actively involved in reviewing several papers, including “Contemporary Challenges in Ayurveda: An Ancient Medical Technology” by Suresh Kumar, Neelam Toprani, and Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan (2014).
Neelam Toprani advises CAISH on herbal and educational protocol adaptations based on the development of Ayurvedic Medicine as whole in North America.
Sabeena Chopra, MD
Dr. Sabeena Chopra is a psychiatrist working in the Toronto area. She completed medical school at the University of Toronto and her 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 complementary health. She developed in an 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, Massachusetts. Her long-term goal is to integrate the ancient knowledge, practices and principles of Ayurvedic Medicine with modern psychiatric practice and care.
Dr. Chopra advises CAISH in bringing awareness of Ayurveda to patient and professional communities and especially to mainstream medicine.
Surbhi Guleria-Joshi has made her mark in the fields of television, media, and business and continues to serve the community as part of various organizations. She co-founded TheAppLabb, a successful technology company, with her life & business partner, Kundan Joshi. She is the former host of TV show, “Badhai Ho!”, and has co-hosted the National Television talk show, “Kitty Talk”, on OMNI Television & Rogers TV. She has represented South Asian women at the opening of the largest Holt Renfrew store at Square One. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, AWIC – women focused settlement organization, WE-Elite, Studio89, along with being actively involved with other various non-profit & community organizations. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal & Indo Canadian Arts & Culture Initiative (ICACI) Women in Media Award.