Yoga Therapy Rx™ Instructors

David Allen, M.D. is the associate director of Level III, Yoga Therapy Rx program, is a graduate of UCLA Medical School, and also holds a masters degree from the College of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Oxford, England. He is the medical director of the Longevity Center, one of Los Angeles’s most prestigious integrative medicine centers.

Robert Birnberg, CYT YTRX has practiced Yoga consistently for over 30 years. He has studied with Yoga master T.K.V. Desikachar and various senior students in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya, for over 17 years.  Robert has studied intensively at the KYM, a world-renowned center for healing and education in Chennai, South India. He is one of a handful of people certified by Desikachar to train teachers and is currently on the faculty of Loyola Marymount Yoga Therapist Program.  He is known for his ability to express Yoga philosophy and psychology in simple language, and explain their practical applications in everyday life.  He specializes in Yoga for addiction and relationship counseling,

Chase Bossart, MA, CYT, E-RYT 500  is the Therapy and Education Director and Senior Yoga Therapist for the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco. He is a long time, private student of Mr. TKV Desikachar and is a Krishnamacharya HYF certified Yoga Teacher Trainer. Chase has an M.A. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, where he wrote his thesis on Patanjali’s Yogasutra, and he is also a faculty member for the Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy Rx Program.

Art Brownstein, M.D., M.P.H., D.Y.Ed. is a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii. He is the author of Healing Back Pain Naturally (Harbor Press), and Extraordinary Healing (Harbor Press). He is the only U.S. physician to be certified in Yoga by the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Education. He is also a Founding Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and a Diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Julie Carmen, LMFT, ERYT-500 YTRX is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Yoga Therapist. Julie designed and implemented the yoga therapy and drama therapy programs at Passages Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. She taught at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center, LA Unified Pregnant Teens, Cell Block Theater, Exhale (since 2001) and Suzanne Somers (since 2003). As an actress Julie danced on Broadway, choreographed off Broadway and starred in over 30 Hollywood films.

Colleen Carroll, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, CHE is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Clinical Health Educator. At Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills, CA, Colleen founded the Thrive Yoga Therapy Clinic at the Center for Healthy Living in 2009, which includes yoga therapy classes, classes for patients with Parkinson’s and a Guided Meditation class in the Behavioral Health Department. Colleen is a graduate of the Yoga Therapy Rx Program at Loyola Marymount University, and the YATNA and Optimal State of Living 865 hour yoga therapist trainings. A guest lecturer and lifestyle educator for UCLA/MPTV wellness series, the Center for Aging, Research & Education and the Neuro Community Foundation, Colleen also maintains a private practice which includes courses on Vedic chanting and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.

Shannon Collins PT, CMPT has over 25 years of experience treating athletes both on the field and in returning them to their sport, getting performers back on stage and returning those with musculoskeletal injuries back to pain-free function quickly, efficiently and with less downtime than they expected. She completed the Manual Therapy exams of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1991 to become a Certified Manual Physical Therapist. Shannon migrated to California in 1994 and began Peak Performance in 1998. She became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2001. Her Career has included teaching athletic training courses in Canada and orthopedic and pathology courses in Physical Therapy at Mount St. Mary’s College, and more recently, mentoring. Shannon enjoys working with her daughters’ sports teams, learning new things, working out, and family time.

Arun Deva, DASc, AYT, E-RYT500 YTRX is a well known Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner. He serves both the National & State Ayurvedic Associations: NAMA & CAAM. Arun teaches internationally, lectures at Conferences, writes articles for different publications, has been featured on both radio and television, teaches the Ayurveda module for various prestigious Yoga Schools and has his clinic for consultations, treatments, yoga therapy and Panchakarma (Ayurvedic Cleanse) in Los Angeles. Born in India, he has made his home in Los Angeles for the past 30+ years.

Eden Goldman, DC, E-RYT 500, YTRX is a wellness-based Chiropractor, certified Yoga therapist, physical rehabilitation specialist and owner of The Yoga Doctors Mandiram in West Los Angeles, CA. He is co-director of the Yoga and the Healing Sciences 200-Hour Teacher Training Program @ LMU and his current healing work integrates classical eastern Yoga therapeutics, Thai massage and myofascial release bodywork with western advancements in movement science, preventive medicine, peak performance personal training and chiropractic.

Terra Gold, M.T.O.M., L.Ac., C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is a licensed acupuncturist, yoga therapist, clinical nutritionist and bhakti kirtan musician in the LA and Santa Barbara area. She has a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, holds a BA from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures and Dance Movement Therapy, and a professional degree in Integrative Body Psychotherapy. Terra is the fall director of the Yoga and the Healing Sciences 200-Hour Teacher Training Program @ LMU, is co-author of the textbook “Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Meets Modern Medicine, and owner of Terra Wellness Integrative Medicine Clinic.

Vikram Kamdar, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He practices Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases at UCLA Health System/ Santa Monica Endocrinology. He is a Graduate of Medicine from University of Bombay, Fellowship training in Diabetes at LAC USC Medical Center and Fellowship Training in Endocrinology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Kamdar has worked at USC for 25 years in the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology and at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center before joining UCLA. His research interest is in Cardiometabolic Syndrome in South Asians. Dr. Kamdar has been awarded as the Best Teacher by the house staff of White Memorial MedicalCenter.

Lorne S. Label, MD, MBA, FAAN, CPE is a board certified neurologist trained in both traditional and complementary medicine. He currently holds the rank of Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has taught at the UCLA Neuromuscular Clinic and General Neurology Clinic for 24 years. His full-time private practice in Adult and Pediatric Neurology incorporates his Eastern and Western medical studies.

Linda Lack, Ph.D., YTRX has dedicated her life to the study of the human body and its relationship to breath and movement. She is an academic lecturer/researcher, movement/yoga therapist, dancer, and ritualist whose technique The Thinking Body-The Feeling Mind® is practiced world-wide. Lack has earned recognition from the NEA, California Arts Council, Los Angeles Area Dance Alliance, and LACE (“Outstanding Contribution to Spirituality”). She believes that movement and breath are profound pathways into healing, creativity and spirit

Surendra Mehta, MBA, CYT YTRX trained in India at the Bihar School of Yoga, with Kavi Ji, a direct disciple of Dhirendra Brahmchari and at the Vivekananda Yoga Kendra. He is also a graduate of the Yoga Therapy Rx programs. In 2005 he met Swami Ramdev, has been practicing and teaching his method of Yoga and Pranayam ever since.

Richard Miller, Ph.D., has dedicated his life for the past 46 years to the prevention and alleviation of suffering and to helping people awaken to their essential nature of wholeness and well-being. Founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute and cofounder of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, Richard is regarded as a leader in the fields of nonduality, meditation, yoga therapy, and mental health. He is a respected author, scholar, researcher and speaker, and leads workshops, trainings, and retreats internationally.

Rick Morris, DC, YTRX is associate director of the Level I program and former team doctor for the US Olympic Trials Track and Field Team, LA Clippers, and UCLA Track and Field. Due to his own life experiences, he now focuses on severe disc disease and spinal stenosis and is the director of The Morris Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center in Santa Monica, California as well as presents original papers on these subjects at international research conferences and lobbies for healthcare reform.

Steve Paredes, D.C., CYT, YTRX has 27 years of experience in the holistic health and fitness field.  His private practice is currently in Solana Beach, Ca (San Diego) where he offers full chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, yoga and rehabilitative exercise therapy, posture, gait analysis, orthotics prescription and therapeutic massage.  Dr. Paredes is also a lecturer and educator of nutritional and Yoga anatomy for various professional organizations.  He maintains an on-going association with Rancho La Puerta Health Spa as a consultant for their back care program and massage staff trainer and therapist.

Larry Payne Ph.D. C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, is the founding president of International Association of Yoga Therapists and co-author or “Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine”, “Yoga Rx”, and international bestseller “Yoga For Dummies”. He is featured in both the Yoga Therapy Rx™ and Prime of Life Yoga® DVD series. The Los Angeles Times named Larry “one of America’s most respected Yoga teachers.” He is also co-founder of the Yoga curriculum at the UCLA School of Medicine, and director of the Yoga Therapy Rx program at Loyola Marymount University. Larry was a direct student of T.K.V. Desikachar, and has been inspired by his work since 1980.

Patti Quintero, E-RYT 500, M.Ed. is a dedicated Yoga Teacher, Certified Doula and devoted Mama of two. She has taught yoga for the past fifteen years, and holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Miami.  Patti has been teaching at  YogaWorks since 2001, and continues to inspire and support women on their journey to birth as a Doula and in her Prenatal yoga classes.  She is an integral part of the Yoga Works Teacher Training Faculty and Professional Program, and teaches online classes at, in both English and Spanish. She has taught at the Yoga Journal Conference and has been featured on E! Entertainment Channel, as well as several wellness magazines including Yoga Journal, Cookie Magazine, Working Mother and Access Hollywood online.

Lorin Roche, Ph.D.

Kathleen Ross-Allee, C-IAYT, YTRX 500-C, RYT-500, ACE-Personal Trainer is a certified Yoga therapist and fitness trainer with more than 25 years of experience as a health and wellness expert. She is currently the Managing Director of the LMU Yoga Therapy Rx programs, and the Associate Director of the YTRx Level IV Internship program at the Venice Family Clinic. Kathleen is a graduate of the Yoga Therapy Rx Program at Loyola Marymount Unversity, a Level 1 YCat graduate, and was a YCat Level 2 mentorship student under the late Jnani Chapman. Kathleen developed and currently teaches yoga therapy programs to support cancer treatment at Cedars-Sinai/Tower Hematology, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute/Cedars-Sinai, USC/Norris Cancer Hospital, Vantage Oncology, and Tower Cancer Research Foundation/Magnolia Council.  She most recently developed and designed yoga therapy classes for the employees of USC/Keck Hospital.  Kathleen maintains her private clientele through her business ‘Leen Bodies Yoga Therapy and Fitness Support and specializes in the training of yoga therapists in the AUM hOMe Shala.

Lori Rubenstein Fazzio, DPT, PT, MAppSc, CYT, YTRX has a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Boston University, an Advanced Masters Degree in Manipulative Therapy from the University of South Australia, and received her doctorate from Massachusetts General. She is on faculty at Mount St. Mary’s College Doctoral Program of Physical Therapy and has appeared on “Good Morning America”. Lori was certified as a Yoga teacher by Samata International Yoga & Health Institute and is the director of Mosaic Physical Therapy in Los Angeles.

Norman Solomon, M.D. is a board certified internist and the medical director at the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Los Angeles. He has 30 years of experience in all aspects of internal medicine and is a graduate of Mount Sinai School Of Medicine at New York University. He was also a medical school classmate of Richard Usatine M.D. the associate director of our Yoga Therapy Rx level II program.

Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, ERYT-500, YTRX is past president of IAYT. Matt is the founder of Dynamic Systems Rehabilitation Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, a yoga-based PT clinic. He is a leader in applying integrative medicine principles in the field of rehabilitation and has 32 years of orthopedic rehabilitation experience. He’s introduced yoga therapeutics into a number of chapters in established textbooks for professional rehabilitation graduate programs.

Eleni Tsikrikas is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, CAS, and Pancha Karma Specialist PKS. She runs a private ayurvedic practice and teaches “Ayurvedic Skills for Living” courses in Silverlake. She is a faculty member at California College of Ayurveda, where she teaches and mentors students. Eleni has completed the educational component leading to qualifications as a Western Herbalist. She is presently working on the accreditation process for the American Herbalist Guild.

Felicia Tomasko RN, E-RYT 500, YTRX inspires people to follow the path to personal freedom and vibrant health through Yoga and Ayurveda. Her practice includes teaching Yoga in studios, teacher trainings and conferences as well as a private practice in the healing tradition of Ayurveda. She is currently the editor in chief of LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health magazine, serves on the editorial board of the Light on Ayurveda Journal and serves on the board of directors of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Richard Usatine, M.D., is associate director of the Level II program and the Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is also the recipient of the National Humanism in Medicine award and, since 2000, chosen by his peers each year to be included in the Best Doctors in America list, a national consumer reference source published by Ohio State University.

Fay VanDerKar-Levinson, Ph.D. received a special joint Ph.D. from UCLA in psychology and special education. She serves on the board of the Association of Educational Therapists and has held teaching posts at UCLA and Pepperdine University. She has also received advanced training in Yoga, learning development and helping her clients deal with chronic physical and/or emotional stress.

YTRx Administration

Fancy Fechser is the Associate Academic Dean of the Yoga Therapy Rx program. After graduating from Pitzer College, she completed Yoga Therapy Rx Levels I, II, and III and became a licensed Massage Therapist through the California Healing Arts College. She has assisted in teaching a course on Yoga Therapy at UCLA Medical School with Michael Sinel M.D. and also sits on the Advisory Board for The White Lotus Foundation founded by Ganga White and Tracey Rich. Fancy is committed to supporting the growth of Yoga Therapy as a complementary healing modality through research and education, and as such, is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Recommended Alumni Instructors

Sherry Brourman PT —

Jnani Chapman RN (In Memorium) —

Leslie Kaminoff —

Gurumukh Khalsa —

Arsen Nalbandyan DO —

Steve Sampson MD —

Michelle Shapiro Sampson —

Michael Sinel MD –Dr. Sinel’s contributions, accomplishments, charity work, and board memberships are on his website at .

Jamie Stark, M.P.T., CYT, YTRX —

Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa E-RYT 500 —

Robert G. Watkins III MD —

Amy Wheeler, PhD, E-RYT 500, CYT, YTRX

Veronica Zador E-RYT 500, C-IAYT —

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