Who Are We?
Founder, Ayurvedic Doctor
Growing up in Nepal, Manish was exposed to Ayurveda from an early age, creating a foundation for his deep connection to this time tested medical system. He combines the traditional system of Ayurveda with modern biological system’s approach to health and healing.
Manish is a board certified Ayurvedic Doctor by National Ayurvedic Medical Association, USA after earning a masters degree from Mount Madonna Institute, College of Ayurveda in 2012.
His signature evidence-based Gut Healing Protocol, which is intended to heal the community one gut at a time, integrates yoga, meditation, and pranayama (yogic breathing exercise) based on his dedicated studentship of Yoga and Ayurveda for a holistic result.
Office Manager/Ayurvedic body Therapist
Sheyna has been studying herbalism and holistic healing for over 10 years. She was drawn to Ayurveda on the path of herbalism and found so much more that this system of medicine offers. She found solace and transformation in the simplicity of Ayurvedic remedies and root cause healing.
She received an Ayurvedic Health Counseling certification from Mount Madonna Institute in 2020 and an Ayurvedic Massage & Bliss Therapy certification at California College of Ayurveda in 2022. Sheyna is a medicine maker, gardener, herbalist, potter, chef, jeweler, water lover and nature enjoyer. She is passionate about being of service to her community and providing nourishment and deep relaxation to all of her clients.
Abbegale Drake has dedicated her life to the study of ancient and modern healing modalities. She is an experienced massage therapist and herbalist with special training in abhyanga, reiki, and acupressure.
Her presence and massage style are nurturing, intuitive, and deeply therapeutic. Abbegale approaches each client relationship with a focus on helping them meet their individual needs.
Some of Abbegale’s most profound personal shifts have come from consulting with and following the wisdom of Ayurvedic practitioners. She enjoys growing tulsi in her garden, adding ghee to her meals, and living gently in tune with the seasons.
Abbegale is a life-long learner and continues to be a student of this ancient system of medicine. She is excited to offer her bodywork gifts to the clients at Santa Cruz Ayurveda!