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, AP, AYT, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YTRx is a certified senior āyurvedic practitioner, āyurvedic yoga therapist, IAYT certified yoga therapist and YA certified teacher of vinyāsa krama yoga in the Kriśnamacārya tradition (E-RYT500) He has had the privilege of serving both the National and State Āyurvedic Associations Boards. Currently he chairs NAMA’s Committee for Āyurvedic Yoga Therapy. Arun has published various articles on yoga and āyurveda, including on their interaction in therapy. He teaches internationally, lectures at Conferences, writes articles for different publications; including peer reviewed Āyurveda Journals, and has been featured on both radio and television. He is director of Āyurveda for YTRX at Loyola Marymount University. Born and raised in India where he began his yogic studies, Arun has made his home in Los Angeles since 1977.

Eden Goldman, DC, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 is an international Yoga, mindfulness, and wellness lifestyle expert. An avid sports Chiropractor, LA Yoga Magazine contributor, and human movement specialist, Eden is Director of the Yoga and the Healing Sciences Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. He is co-author of Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine and author of The Secret Art of Yoga Assists. Currently, Dr. Goldman is the Owner of Meditating Mascots, Director of the 501(c)(3) non-profit College Yoga Day, and Owner and Director of LotusEd, Inc. a higher education and event production company specializing in advanced Yoga studies trainings and continuing education credits (CE/CEU/CEC) for doctors and therapists. In the Yoga world, Dr. Goldman co-developed The Yoga Doctors Method of Chikitsa Vinyasa Yoga, or Therapeutic Flow Yoga. He was also the Founder/Director of Karmapalooza, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Yoga charity that raised nearly $50,000 for other charities including The Nature Conservancy, Trees for the Future, and The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Over the years, Dr. Goldman and his work have been featured in many forms of media including ABC News, CBS News, AM Northwest, Yoga Journal, Yoga Mind Body Spirit, Enlightened Practice Magazine, and the top-selling book, Yoga for Dummies.

Terra Gold, Dipl.O.M., L.Ac., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is the owner of Terra Wellness Integrative Medicine Clinic and Products, based in Santa Barbara, CA. She is co-author of the text book, Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine, and is co-creator and co-director of the lifestyles and training program, Yoga and the Healing Sciences, offered for over a decade as part of the Department for Center for Religion and Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University. As a nationally licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, internationally certified yoga therapist, and certified practitioner of Integrative Body Psychotherapy, Terra is dedicated to training other health practitioners and individuals in the most wholistic, efficient, effective and helpful ways to utilize healing through blending ancient health practices with modern science.

Don Henry C-IAYT, YTRx-800, POLY After completing his first Yoga teacher training, Don turned his attention to the Loyola Marymount University Yoga Studies programs and completed the Yoga Therapy YTRx-800 certification, as well as certifications in Vinyasa Krama Yoga and Prime of Life Yoga™. He also completed a Yoga therapy clinical practicum and am now an IAYT-certified Yoga therapist. As a Yoga teacher and a therapist, he is particularly drawn to the hugely under-served population of adults who tend to be intimidated by Yoga classes and stay away because they feel like they don’t fit in—for whatever reason. His goal is to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable, safe, and free to discover all that Yoga has to offer.

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 in private practice with Vascular Neurology of Southern California serving patients as one of the top neurologists in the Conejo Valley. He is also an attending physician at the Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California and West Hills Hospital in West Hills, California. He previously served as a Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine in the UCLA Department of Neurology and is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member of Loyola Marymount University. In addition, he is a key neurology faculty member for the new GME four-year neurology residency program at Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California. Over the course of his career, Dr. Label has been a part of numerous organizations and contributed to countless publications and presentations.

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 1 program and was a 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, spinal stenosis and Scoliosis. He was the originator and owner of The Morris Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center in Santa Monica, California for 40 years and has recently moved his practice to South Pasadena. He presents original papers on these subjects at international research conferences and lobbies for healthcare reform. You can contact him at

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 the late TKV Desikachar and a charter member of Viniyoga America.

Wendy Obstler, C-IAYT, RYT-500, is a Certified Yoga Therapist specializing in yoga for fertility, prenatal & postnatal. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with countless women (and couples) experiencing infertility, as well as through the ups and downs of pregnancy, postpartum and new parenthood. Having experienced her own fertility and pregnancy challenges, Wendy shares an empathetic and visceral knowing in her approach to teaching mind-body wellness practices for these particular phases of life. In 2016, Wendy co-founded Living Lēla, a company dedicated to educating individuals about mind-body wellness throughout the lifespan, including those with fertility challenges. Living Lēla has a robust online library of mind-body wellness tools at & Wendy’s private practice is Divine Spark Yoga (

Lorin Roche, Ph.D. began meditating at age 18 as part of physiological research at the University of California at Irvine. He was trained as a meditation teacher in 1969-70. Lorin received his Ph.D. in Social Science from the University of California at Irvine in 1987. His Master’s Degree work focused on the hazards of meditation and the crisis points in a meditator’s development. Lorin’s doctoral dissertation was about the language meditators come up with to describe their experiences. He is the author of The Radiance Sutras, and Meditation Made Easy, and with Camille Maurine, Meditation Secrets for Women.

Kathleen Ross-Allee, C-IAYT, YTRX 500-C, ERYT-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.

Yogachemmal Dr. Lori Rubenstein Fazzio, PT, DPT, MAppSc, C-IAYT is a Clinical Professor of Yoga and Health at Loyola Marymount University(LMU) in Los Angeles where she teaches in the Yoga Studies Master of Arts and Post Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy programs.  She is the Clinical Director of Yoga Therapy Rx at LMU where she has been teaching since 2008.  In 2013 in partnership with Larry Payne she designed and implemented the first Yoga Therapy internship within an integrative medical clinic where yoga therapy interns provide mentored one-on-one sessions to underserved patients at the Simms Mann Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles.  Her research interests include the effects of spirituality and subtle body practices on health and well-being.  A practicing physical therapist, yoga therapist and Level 2 iRest meditation teacher, she is a lifelong student and practitioner of Yoga and compassionate care.

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.

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 a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Assistant Director of Medical Humanities Education at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He received his MD from Columbia University and completed his family medicine residency at UCLA Medical Center. He is a co-author of Yoga Rx, 9 medical textbooks and over 130 articles. He co-founded the first Yoga in Medicine course in a US medical school with Larry Payne in the 1990’s. Dr. Usatine is the year 2000 recipient of a National Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Since 2000, he has been chosen yearly by his peers to be included in The Best Doctors in America. He has won numerous teaching awards and loves teaching medical students to become compassionate doctors. Dr. Usatine teaches about the health benefits of Yoga to many types of audiences.

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.

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