Meet Your Ayurvedic Tour Guides
Patricia Wickman: School Director and Head Teacher
Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Panchakarma Therapist and
owner of the Radiant Living Online School of Ayurveda
A message from Patricia:
Greetings! My name is Patricia Wickman. I am a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Body Worker and Panchakarma Therapist. I studied Ayurveda for three years (1,498 hours) at the Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Wellness Center in Milwaukee. I did yoga teacher training at the 250-hour level at the Soma Yoga Studio in Salt Lake City. I have been teaching yoga for ten years and have been an Ayurvedic Practitioner for six years. I have worked privately with over 350 clients providing them with Ayurvedic consultations, at-home cleansing and rejuvenating programs, private therapeutic yoga lessons and Ayurvedic body therapies. I have guided over thirty people through full panchakarma. I have been a solo and creative entrepreneur since I started my first babysitting and house cleaning business when I was twelve years old. I enjoy teaching others how to start, market and run their own businesses. I am the founder, director and principle instructor for the Radiant Living Online School of Ayurveda. I have a degree in French and taught it for six years in two universities and various elementary and middle schools. My creativity and passion for teaching shines through–whether it is in my work with private clients, in my yoga classes or in my online school. I delight in sharing the knowledge and wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda! I grew up in Colorado, but have traveled and lived all over the world. I speak French, Portuguese and Spanish. I currently live in San Antonio, TX with my husband and two kids.
Radiant Guest Teachers
Sonia Masocco, LDT, RAP, CH
Sonia Masocco is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the Association of Ayurvedic Practitioners of North America as well as a member of the American Herbalist Guild. She taught for 8 years at The Ayurvedic Institute, currently teaches Clinical Herbalism at the University of New Mexico and maintains a private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Masocco has been involved in complementary and alternative health since 1997 where she also worked in an integrative clinic in Hong Kong. She completed Ayurvedic Studies at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM and continued Ayurvedic Studies in Pune, India. Sonia Masocco’s teaching style is dynamic and stimulating. She knows how to make accurate information come alive and be applicable.
Dr. Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, MPT
Dr. Rucha Kelkar is the director of AyurblissTM– Ayurveda Wellness for Mind, Body and Spiritual Health. www.ayurbliss.com. She received her graduate degree from University of Pune, India and secured a top rank in all academic years of her Ayurvedic education. She is also a licensed physical therapist and has a master’s degree in physical therapy from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Kelkar is initiated into Kriya Yoga Meditation, is a Reiki healer and also conducts meditation classes.
Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi
Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi is a holistic health practitioner, specialized in hospice and palliative medicine from Cardiff University (UK) and University of California (USA). He is also qualified in several alternative therapies – Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yoga, Naturopathy, Sujok, Pranic healing, Medical Astrology, thus making the way for the practice of integrated holistic medicine. Dr. Pisharodi recently released an excellent English translation of a first volume of the Ashtanga Hridayam and is a gifted teacher.
Carol Nace, CPA, MBA, LMT, CAP and PKT
A midlife transition toward a healthier and more natural way of living led Carol to pursue her love and passion in Ayurveda in 2009, resulting in her attaining certifications and licensing as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Panchakarma Technician and Massage Therapist. In addition to her Ayurveda background, Carol has extensive experience in accounting, operations management and project management. Carol applies skills from her broad array of education to teach, inspire and support her clients. She is full of love, life and passion for Ayurveda and continues to study it in depth. Carol lives in Milwaukee, WI.
Jodi Ritsch M.D.
Jodi Ritsch is a board certified family practitioner and our very own joyful doc! She is also a mother of four, a wife, a friend and a talented potter. For years Jodi has been on a journey to bring joy and balance to her own life and family as well as her work. She has blended her education in wellness and her natural warmth to help others tune into their own intuition and shift into heart-centered living. Jodi specializes in gathering women together to have fun, laugh and recover a lost piece of themselves along the way. She does this through various modalities including mindful life coaching, Laughter Yoga and “Life By Design” Celebrations. Jodi has an infectious laugh and a wonderful way of making every day joy-filled.
Aveen Banich M.D.
Aveen Banich is a registered yoga teacher, a reiki master, an author and a board certified ophthalmologist. She is also a mother to four lovely souls and a wife to a funny and patient man. Life has taught her that too much stress will eventually catch up with you. Yoga, meditation and reiki have been wonderful tools in her life-offering a way to find balance and peace. She knows that the answer is LOVE and seeks to help herself and others stay awake and remember this simple, profound truth. Aveen is excited to share the journey with you!
Ann Brand, PhD. in Psychology
Ann Brand is a mindfulness meditation teacher and college instructor, who loves exploring how the worlds of science and spirituality connect, flow, and intertwine. She is also a wife, mother, friend, wine-enthusiast, and a potter. Ann teaches psychology courses in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she is bringing the practice of mindfulness to teachers (both current and future) and students alike. Mindfulness practices have been important for Ann in bringing calm, clarity, and peace to daily life.
Lisa Thelen is a gifted visionary, Reiki Master, healer and teacher. She is also a mother, a wife and a wonderful friend. Lisa holds the belief that each of us has the ability to be whole and healthy. She is committed to assisting people to do just that by enriching lives through the discovery and creative uses of energy! She is down to earth, friendly and truly cares about her clients and students.
Cheri Dostal Ryba, Franklin Method Movement Educator and 500 RYT Yoga Therapist
Cheri uses physical embodiment and movement as tools for personal transformation. She began teaching fitness and movement in 2000, and currently blends creativity and playfulness in her teaching with the clarity of anatomy, biomechanics, and neuroplasticity. It’s about each student receiving rich opportunities for growth and vitality. Cheri’s contagious enthusiasm and passion for adventure inspire you to reach beyond your comfort zone and get reacquainted with the joy of movement. Cheri offers online and live private sessions to insightful adult women who desire healing, fitness, and courageous self-study. Cheri lives in Houston, TX.
Radiant Living in-person services are offered at the spa/clinic and include:
The Radiant Living Spa/Clinic is located at 16202 Purple Sage Rd. San Antonio, TX 78255. Patricia also visits the Center EC in Eau Claire, WI to provide Ayurvedic care. She does online consultations for people not located in the San Antonio area.
About the Radiant Living Online School of Ayurveda
and Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner
- Live virtual classroom once a week and one Saturday per month
- Six months to a year internship after both years one and two
- Results in Certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner
- AHC Certification program starts again in September 2016