• Doctor of Oriental Medicine, State of New Mexico, November, 1997-present
  • National Board Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture, The National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists, Washington, DC, August, 1997-present
  • Registered Massage Therapy Instructor, State of New Mexico, January, 1992-2005


  • NAMA (National Association of Ayurvedic Medicine) Approved PACE Provider
  • Dr. is an Organizational Member of NAMA approved to provide Peripheral/ Supporting Programs
  • Member of The Author’s Guild (AG)
  • Member of National Writers Union (NWU)
  • Member of NAMA


  • Honorary Member of Associacao Brasileira de Ayurveda, “In recognition of your work, effort and dedication to the enrichment of Ayurvedic knowledge worldwide.”; 2010
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement in Bridging Cultures and Supporting Intercultural Relations at University of Vermont. 1991
  • Religion Departmental Honors, for completing an undergraduate thesis comparing the principles of Ayurveda with the most reputable work in Complementary and Alternative medicine in the west. University of Vermont 1991


  • Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, Southwest Acupuncture College, August, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Honors Thesis on South Asian Medicine, Magna Cum Laude, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 1991
  • Diploma in Hindi Language I and II,Benares Hindu University, Benares, India 1989 and 1993
  • Diploma in Massage Therapy, H. K. A . Healing Arts Massage School,Albuquerque, NM. February, 1992
  • Certificate in Advanced Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Chinese Herbal Medicine, China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center, Beijing, China, April – May 1997
  • Certificates of Completion in Jyotish: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Courses, With Hart DeFouw, The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, 1998 – 2001
  • Certification of Completion Ayurvedic Studies Program I, Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, 1991-1998
  • Tutored Study in Ayurvedic Medicine, in India and the United States, with Dr. Robert E. Svoboda, 1988-1997, (ongoing consulting relationship)
  • Tutorial in Sanskrit Language, with Dr. Vagish Shastri, Benares, India 1992-1993


  • Doctor of Oriental Medicine (Acupuncturist/Chinese Herbalist/Ayurvedic Lifestyle & Diet Counselor), Private Practice or Phone Consultations, 1997-present
  • Guest Speaker and Presenter, Various schools, organizations, conferences and events internationally, 1992-present
  • Faculty Member, Senior Instructor, The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, 2002-2011
  • Faculty Member, Southwest Acupuncture College, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM, 1998-2006
  • Faculty Member, AcuPractice Seminars, Albuquerque, NM 2001-present
  • Faculty Member, Kripalu School of Ayurveda, Stockbridge, MA, 2005-present
  • Faculty Member, The RISHI Center, Newport, RI, 2006-2007
  • Contributing Author of Ayurvedic Educational Material, Banyan Botanicals, Albuquerque, NM, June 2001-2010. and
  • Ayurvedic Consultant for COMO Shambhala Spas, Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands, 2005
  • Clinical Supervisor of Acupuncture Students at New Mexico Cancer Care Associates, Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe, NM. January, 1999-2000
  • Faculty Member, Crystal Mountain School of Massage Therapy, Albuquerque, NM. 1998-2000
  • Clinical Supervisor of Massage Students at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, Crystal Mountain Massage School, Albuquerque, NM. 1999 – 2002
  • Co-Founder of Complementary Cancer Care Associates training licensed health-care practitioners to work with oncology patients. June 2000 – August 2001
  • Executive Director, Health Tours, Ayurvedic educational tours within India. Albuquerque, NM 1995-1998
  • Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Diet Counselor, 1993-1997
  • Panchakarma Massage Therapist, The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, 1991- 1992 and 1994 – 1998

Office Manager, The Ayurvedic Institute, 1993-1994


  • Mentorship Program: Live, annual, 30-hr multimedia online course for practitioners of Ayurveda. Launched in 2012. Runs once/year.
  • Foundations Of Āyurveda Part II: Co-taught, developed and published in-depth, multimedia, 50-hour course on Āyurvedic perspectives on how our bodies and minds are structured, organized, nourished and operate, and how to cultivate diagnostic ability. Hosted by Launched in 2016.
  • Foundations Of Āyurveda Part I: Co-taught, developed and published in-depth, multimedia, 51.5-hour course on the language and foundation principles of Ayurveda. Hosted by Launched in 2015.
  • The Planets: Exploring Our Relationship With Nine Archetypal Personalities: Co-taught, 14-hr video course, where Dr. Robert Svoboda and Dr. Claudia Welch explore myths, qualities, personalities and possibilities associated with each of the nine “planets” of Jyotiṣa. Hosted by Launched in 2016.
  • Healthier Hormones: 9-hour Audio course, on Women’s health and hormones hosted by Cate Stillman at, and instructed by Dr. Claudia Welch. Launched in 2012.


  • The Four Qualities of Effective Physicians: Practical Ayurvedic Wisdom for Modern Physicians [Please note that this is the same book as, How the Art of Medicine Makes the Science More Effective, below, but just with a different title and in paperback.] Jessica Kingsley Publishers. January 2017.
  • How the Art of Medicine Makes the Science More Effective: Becoming the Medicine We Practice. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. September 2015. Hardback.
  • Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness Through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Science. Da Capo Lifelong. March 2011.
  • Below is a partial list of published articles. More can be found on the articles page of this website.
  • Co-authored The Art of Nurturing: Yoga and Ayurveda for Postpartum Bliss with Chandra and Scott Blossom, Yoga International, Spring 2011
  • Sin, Virtue & Plant Medicine, How Human And Plant Behavior Affect Each OtherOriginally written for the 2011 3rd International Conference on Ayurveda, Rishikesh, India, February 2011, due for publication in Namarupa: Categories of Indian Thought, March, 2011
  • Excerpt from Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life in Natural Health Magazine, Spring 2011
  • Interview with Dr. Claudia Welch, Light on Ayurveda Journal, Spring 2011
  • Numerous online articles, newsletter articles, and online tests and text (all of which is attributed to Dr. Welch by name) for the Banyan Botanicals website,
  • Breath As Medicine: An Introduction to the Effects of Pranayama on the Mind and Body; in Light on Ayurveda, a peer-reviewed journal, Oct. 2009
  • The Four Aims and The Four Stages of Life in Namarupa, June 2009
  • An Overview of the Education and Practice of Global Ayurveda, a chapter in the academic text Modern and Global Ayurveda: Pluralism and Paradigms. SUNY Press, 2008
  • Interview with Claudia Welch in Yoga & Health Magazine (UK), July 2007
  • Women, heart health and naps in Yoga & Health Magazine (UK), May 2007
  • Beginning online Ayurveda eCourse, 2005
  • Secrets of the Mind: The 10 Channels Revealed, a mini eBook , 2005
  • The Secret Potential of Brahmamuhurta, in Namarupa: Categories of Indian Thought, Spring 2003
  • Abhyanga: Warm Oil Massage in LA Yoga magazine, Feb. 2003
  • Studying Ayurveda in India, Ayurveda Today, Spring 1994

Looking for an intensive, in-depth foundation in Ayurveda, that you can do in your pajamas, on your own schedule, with tea? We invite you to consider our online courses, "Foundations of Ayurveda" Parts I and II, co-taught by Dr. Claudia Welch & Dr. Robert Svoboda. 100+ hours of video, handouts, quizzes, & certificates.