Guest Teachers

OM Wellness Institute is honored to include the following world teachers to our Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) Program. We highly respect all of these teachers and have hand-picked them because they are some of the best in the industry.

  • Melanie Sachs

    melaniesachsMelanie is recognized internationally as the authority for the application of Ayurveda to the beauty world. Her articles have been featured in a number of nationally syndicated magazines, including Skin, Inc., Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, and Natural Health. In the past five years she has been a featured presenter at the International Esthetics and Cosmetics Conference in Las Vegas, The International Congress of Esthetics in Miami and Long Beach, the Face and Body Show in the California Bay Area. She is and has been a featured teacher and consultant such noted organizations as The Chopra Center,, the Greenhouse Group, and The International Dermal Institute worldwide. Both she and Robert are also featured instructors at the Mahindra Institute and Primavera Life in Germany. She is the inspiration behind Primavera Life’s Ayurvedic essential oil line under the trade names of Unlimited Mind (for Vata), Spontaneous Joy (for Pitta) and Rainbow Body (for Kapha). These are featured in the body and face oils of DIAMOND WAY AYURVEDA.

  • Robert Sachs

    robertsachsAlong with his wife, Melanie, Robert has pursued studies in Indian and Tibetan Ayurveda for over a decade. Recognized by such teachers as Dr. Deepak Chopra and other physicians of both eastern and western traditions, their published works in this field are considered to be the clearest and most usable texts available.
    With a educational background and training that is as conventional as it is ‘alternative,’ Robert works with physicians, clinics, hospitals, and private individuals and organizations, teaching them how to integrate contemporary scientific approaches with the ancient wisdom traditions in the areas of stress management, preventive health care, and relationship and group dynamics. He is a guest instructor for the Chopra Center for Well Being in San Diego and lecturer in Tibetan Medicine for the Sino-American Rehabilitation Association College in Los Angeles. He is sought after as a lecturer at holistic health care conferences nationally, has been featured in a number of holistic, wellness, and spa magazines, T.V. and radio programs nationally and internationally, and has hosted his own talk radio shows in New Mexico and California focusing on a unique system of astrology called 9-Star Ki and alternative health care. He is the author of Nine-Star Ki: Your Astrological Companion to Feng Shui (Vega Press 2001), Tibetan Ayurveda: Health Secrets from The Roof of The World (Inner Traditions, 2001), Rebirth Into Pure Land (Diamond Way Ayurveda, 1994), Perfect Endings: A Conscious Approach to Dying and Death (Inner Traditions International, 1998), The Passionate Buddha: Wisdom on Intimacy and Enduring Love (Inner Traditions, 2002), The Buddha at War: Peaceful Heart, Courageous Action in Troubled Times (Watkins Press, 2006), and his and Melanie’s most recent book to promote Ayurvedic treatments and wellness for individuals and therapists, Ayurvedic Spa. Most of these titles are available in several European languages.

  • Jade Shutes

    jadeshutesFounder and Director of East West School of Aromatic Studies- Jade Shutes, B.A., Diploma AT
    Jade holds a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, and Reflexology from the Raworth College of Natural Medicine in Dorking, UK, and a Diploma in Aromatherapy from the International Therapist Examining board (ITEC). She has studied with Jan Kusmirek of Fragrant Studies and has completed Part One of the Purdue University Advanced Studies of Essential Oils.
    She has been practicing and studying forms of natural healing for more than a decade, and was one of the vanguard of professionals who helped introduce aromatherapy to the United States. Jade Shutes has been an aromatherapy educator and practitioner for over twelve years, opening her first aromatherapy school in the New England area in 1990. Her ongoing study, research and integration of diverse healing modalities such as acupuncture, psychotherapy, herbalism, holistic counseling, quantum physics, philosophy, massage and reflexology culminated in the creation of Dynamic Aromatherapy™. In 2003, the IDA changed its name to: The East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies in order to acknowledge the growing interest in both herbal and aromatic remedies.
    Jade has been actively involved with the setting of standards for aromatherapy education in North America, and has authored published articles on this and other aromatherapy issues, in addition to being a popular speaker. Jade is recognized for her leadership roles in the campaign to raise educational standards in the USA, and co-initiated the creation of the National Steering Committee (now ARC) on Educational Standards. Jade is the Past President of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

  • Jim McDonald

    jimmcdonaldJim is an herbalist in southeast Michigan, that cool state that looks like a mitten that you can see from space, where he teaches, sees people, picks stuff and concocts things. His approach to herbalism is a blend of traditional folk and indigenous influences mixed up with a bit of 19th century eclectic and physiomedical vitalism, which he tries to blend with a bit of quirky humor and discretionary irreverence so as not to appear to be too serious about life.

  • Mark Kaylor, M.H., C.N., Ph.D.

    markkaylorDr. Kaylor received his M.H. as a Master Herbalist through 5 certification programs, his C.N. through the Nine Institute for Nutritional Education Correspondence and his Ph.D. in Sociology of Change & Healing from University of Oregon in Eugene.
    Dr. Kaylor is a lifelong student of Healing as a “path” – a way of living. With a diverse background of study that led him from a more conventional education to exploring Traditional Medicine (including American Indian, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shamanistic) and Holistic Healing, Mark has developed an Eclectic Approach to health and healing. His travels have led him from the Amazonian rain forest to the Cherokee reservation.
    Also consulting in the Natural Foods Industry as an educator and formulator, he is currently consulting with Maitake Products, Inc., originators of the Maitake D-fraction. Mark is co-author of the soon to be released book Syndrome X and SX Fraction and the forthcoming newsletter the “Healing Path.” The SX fraction is taken from the Maitake Mushrooms to help balance insulin and blood sugar imbalances. Mark currently works full-time for Mushroom Wisdom.

  • David Crow

    davidcrowDavid Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with over thirty years of clinical experience. He is the author of “In Search of the Medicine Buddha,” a book about his studies of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas, and “Sacred Smoke,” about his studies of Palo Santo in Ecuador. He is the founder of Floracopeia, a company that supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils. He is the co-founder of The Learning Garden, one of the country’s largest school gardens, which has helped bring cultivation of organic food and medicinal plants into the Los Angeles public school system. Mr. Crow teaches Vipassana meditation with an emphasis on realizing the unity of body, mind and nature. He can be contacted at

  • Michael McDonald

    michaelmcdonaldExperience: Health Consulting Natural Medicine 20 years.
    Personal Advisor/Assistant to John Denver, George Harrison, Edgar Kaiser. International access and business architectural involvement in Hunger Project Africa, Rio Earth Conference, Cousteau Oceanography. I have developed this company from its inception in May 2004. We bottle pure, crystal-clear, ocean-sourced ocean minerals in our Northern California FDA Certified plant. We distribute to professional markets worldwide and concentrating in the US with holistic medicine, nutritionists, and naturopathic doctors, and co-brand with KeVita natural organic drinks. My background in Chinese Medicine, Natural Medicine, and Nutrition piqued my interest to research the product for three years before production after having met the inceptor in Australia. Blue Ocean has been tested with myself and many populations around the world. These ocean-derived minerals are undoubtedly the finest whole mineral nutrition I have ever seen, and the most fundamental. They are truly natural in their whole complexity and synergy,and a natural to absorb well into the human system. I have taken them to the fore as a company because I know that getting these special minerals to as many people as I can will help our cultural health in a serious way, and thus making the world a better place. Our oceanic inheritance is archetypal, and evermore with stress and depletions, the daily intake of synergistic minerals is crucial to everyone’s fundamental health.

  • David Sandoval

    davidsandovalIf the living, green food diet was a revolution, David Sandoval would be its Che Guevara; if there were a gospel of natural healing through all things plants, Sandoval would surely be the Pope. But while he may not be a revolutionary or a man of the cloth, Sandoval ranks among the world’s premiere experts on the benefits of the living foods lifestyle, and he’s ready to share his knowledge – and green thumb – with the world.
    Sandoval is not only a world-renowned expert and in-demand lecturer and radio talk show host, but is also an entrepreneur, nutritionist, activist, personality, author and authority on whole food nutrition and disease prevention. He is currently generating immense buzz for his latest diet and weight loss plan, “Superfoods for Supermodels,” a program he originally created for nutritionally-challenged actors and models as a means to keep fit and healthy while preventing eating disorders so prevalent in the entertainment industry. The plan, which calls for a regimen of superfood supplements in addition to a diet of everyday healing foods, can be found in detail at Superfoods For Supermodels and features glowing testimonials by models and celebrities alike.
    For those looking for an education in Sandoval’s school of thought, one has to look no further than his latest tome, The Green Foods Bible, from Freedom Press. In this definitive guide to superfoods, Sandoval waxes green on how to increase energy, overcome many illnesses, and boost overall health through the incorporation of such powerhouses as kamut, barley grass, chlorella, spirulina, and more into your daily diet.

  • Dr. (Vaidya) Shekhar Annambhotla

    shekharBAMS, MD (Ayurved), BCIM, CMT, RYT-500, YICC, Ayurveda & Panchakarma Specialist, Integrative Massage Therapist, Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, Pranic Healer, classically trained in India, practicing and teaching Ayurveda worldwide since 1988 more than 20 countries in Europe, West Indies and North America. Dr. Annambhotla is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine from American Association of Integrative Medicine, MO, USA; Founding Director & President: Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA), PA, USA; Founding Director & President: International Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), Andhra Pradesh, India, Former Member of Board of Directors & Election Committee Chair & Membership, Standards Committee Member – National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), CA, USA; Faculty Member: Mount Madonna College of Ayurveda, CA, USA; Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA, USA; Seva Dharma Institute of Ayurveda, Miami, FL; American School of Traditional Ayurveda, PA & Gurukul Program, USA & India; External Evaluator: Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Sciences, New Zealand; Editorial Board: Light on Ayurveda Journal, MA, USA; The Journal of Research and Education In Indian Medicine (JREIM), India, Member: American Massage Therapists Association (AMTA), IL, USA; American Association of Integrative Medicine, MO, USA; American Alternative Medical Association (AAMA) TX, USA; American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) TX, USA; and American Holistic Health Association (AHHA), CA, USA

  • Marjorie Roberts

    marjorierobertsMarjorie Roberts received her BS in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin and her Masters of Science in Health Professions from Southwest Texas State University. She retired after 30 years of nursing to serve as President/CEO of Newton Laboratories, a manufacturer of homeopathic remedies. She studied homeopathy with the Academy of Advanced Complementary Medicine and received a DAHom from the American Academy of Clinical Homeopathy (AACH). Marge is an individual member of the Homeopathic Nurses Association and a corporate member of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists and the Natural Products Association.

    She was the founding president of CAMA, the Complementary/Alternative Medical Association and spent many years advocating at the Georgia State Capitol on behalf of natural medicine. Marge lectures at community gatherings, universities, and national health-related events. In addition, she serves as an adjunct professor at Life University, teaching a two-credit undergraduate course on homeopathy. She is the author of My Body, My Health, My Choice, a book about complementary/alternative medicine and the health freedom movement. She has appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows discussing complementary/alternative medicine and issues of health care freedom.

  • Guido Masé

    guidomaseGuido Masé RH(AHG) is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and garden steward specializing in holistic Western herbalism, though his approach is eclectic and draws upon many influences. He spent his childhood in Italy, in the central Alps and in a Renaissance town called Ferrara. After traveling the United States, he settled into Vermont where he has been living since 1996.
    He is a founding co-Director of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, a 501(c)(3) non-profit herbal medicine clinic and school that provides comprehensive services focused on whole plants and whole foods. He serves as chief herbalist for the Urban Moonshine Natural Products Company, where he oversees research for an all-organic whole-plant tincture line and participates in product education and quality control. He is the author of The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter and Tonic Plants (Healing Arts Press, 2013).

  • Michael Pellegrino

    michaelpellegrinoMichael is one who lives according to the wholistic principles he shares. Having faced a 4 year struggle with depression & anxiety, Michael eventually transformed his life by embracing a healthy lifestyle including a high raw, whole food, plant based diet and developing a spiritual practice. Upon discovering the healer within, Michael made it his mission and passion to help others achieve optimal health and wellness through wholistic principles.

    Michael went on to obtain a BS in Nutrition & Exercise Sciences from CUNY Queens College, and a MS in Clinical Nutrition from University of Bridgeport. Michael has a clinical nutrition practice in Long Island, NY, where he helps his clients to heal incorporating the science and art of nutritional and botanical medicine. Michael thrives on teaching and guiding his students to assess themselves and live a more balanced lifestyle. It is with great honor to be teaching the students at OM Wellness Institute.

  • Jackie Christensen Ph.D.

    Dr. Christensen has a passion for natural health and education. Her many achievements include graduating on the Dean’s Honor List for the Master of Science in Holistic Health from the Global College of Natural Medicine and earning a Ph.D. in Natural Medicine from the Kingdom College of Natural Health and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Certificate from Mount Madonna Institute of Ayurveda. Jackie served as a faculty member for the Global College of Natural Medicine and Vancouver Island College of Natural Wellness from 2005-2012, where she trained students to become nutritional consultants, herbalists, and holistic health practitioners. Jackie currently has a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA and serves as a faculty member for the Northern Star Academy of Holistic Studies.

  • Kathleen Maier, AHG. PA

    kathleenmaierKathleen Maier, AHG. PA has been a practicing herbalist for over twenty years. She is currently director of Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA where she offers a Three Year Clinical/Community Herbalist training program. SPT’s free clinic was one of the first on the east coast and is still growing strong. She is a founding Board member of Common Ground Healing Arts, which is a collective of practitioners that offer their services to Charlottesville on a donation basis. She also sits on the United Plant Savers Board and was the recipient of their first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. Kathleen’s studies of plants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of medicine we know today with traditional energetic systems. She is co-author of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas.

  • Sara Crow

    saracrowSara Crow is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her holistic medical approach incorporates herbs, nutrition, acupuncture, medical intuitive and qi gong work, essential oils and her specialty, flower essences.
    Sara has a deep appreciation for the healing capacities of plants, especially that of flowers. She has devoted a significant part of her life to educating others around the therapeutics of flower essences, a bioenergetic preparation of flowers. She is a flower essence educator and is the creator of FlorAlchemy, Floracopeia’s flower essence line. Her distance learning course, A Flower’s Power: A Course in the Energetics of Flower Essences, is one of the most comprehensive courses on the subject covering flower essence application at both a grassroots and clinical level.

  • Lars Gustafsson

    larsgustafssonLars Gustafsson has created an empowering system of significant education–which has helped thousands achieve fitness and lifestyle goals! Through BodyMind Institute, Lars offers you his compassionate and effective holistic coaching; in a series of contemporary holistic video education e-courses. After years of refinement and client request, Lars recorded The BodyMind Nutrition Certification Program. This was his first comprehensive learning program. And in 2009, Lars founded BodyMind; a virtual learning platform which professionally represents the world’s natural health leaders in easy to love video e-course formats.
    A respected visionary in the body transformation world of nutrition, Lars loves science. His passion for facts has driven him to really break down nutrition into the fundamentals. He has a great time connecting with on and offline learners, and intends to continue exploring and sharing information about the positive effects of practicing holistic health and wellness. With coaching thousands of clients over the last 20+ years, Lars has refined all of his studies, training, and practice into a much simpler way of understanding nutrition than getting lost in the details.
    Born in East India to Canadian parents, Lars’ upbringing supported balance between ancient wisdom of the Far East, and Western scientific passion. Lars spent his childhood living an authentic mix of tribal and western life. He enjoys being interviewed, offers speaking engagements, and writes articles. He is available for one-on-one nutrition, health, and wellness coaching. Lars helps you get to the essence of the nutrition information that works for you! His unique style of teaching guides you to the simplest of things that have the most broad ranging affects on health and life.
    “I believe one can relate–nearly everything–back to emotions and to one’s own personal growth. Even the simplest of things have the most broad ranging affects on health and life. There are real tools to achieve personal progress, which I have discovered and practice. I want us each to learn to enjoy our lives as much as possible!” Lars Gustafsson

  • Jacob Griscom

    jacobgriscomJacob Griscom is the President of Everyday Ayurveda and creator of the Grow Your Ayurvedic Business program, the foremost business training for Ayurveda professionals. He is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist with post-graduate mentoring under Dr. N.V. Krishnamurthy in Mysore, India, and prior faculty for the California College of Ayurveda. He ran his own professional Ayurveda practice for years before going on to help grow the social venture company BetterWorld Telecom and founding the Sacramento Sustainability Forum, which won multiple awards and congressional recognition. He was a member of the venture philanthropy organization, Full Circle Fund and an active board member with his non-profit Think Local First.