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Sustainable Healthcare

Our team of Sustainable Healthcare practitioners implement the principles based on AyurvedaFirst, the first authentic Ayurveda health & wellness program of this kind to be offered in the west. 

Ayurveda, or "science of life", is the world’s oldest documented and longest continuously practiced healthcare system for the last 5,000 years and utilizes a methodology that includes personalization, prevention and cure by way of seasonal eating, sustainable food sourcing, personalized exercise routines, and sensible self-care. The end result is a balanced system, sustained energy, and improved immunity that supports the individual body, mind and spirit.

In addition to standard medical assessment and treatment, practitioners implement the AyurvedaFirst online tool, myAyu™, which aims to be the world’s first publically available health tool based on authentic Ayurveda. At myAyu an individual can expect unique treatments that provide a personalized approach to health with a genuine Ayurvedic medical understanding of personal-level practice on par with standards in India.

Whether you are health expert or a nutrition novice, much can be gained by working with our dedicated team of practitioners and the natural-healing science of authentic Ayurveda and Sustainable Healthcare.

“Sustainable Healthcare: A complex system of interacting approaches to the restoration, management and optimisation of human health that has an ecological base, that is environmentally, economically and socially viable indefinitely, that functions harmoniously both with the human body and the non-human environment, and which does not result in unfair or disproportionate impacts on any significant contributory element of the healthcare system.”  Alliance for National Health

Founder | Ayurveda First

Jessica Vellela is the first American-born woman to become a licensed Ayurvedic Physician and practice Ayurvedic Medicine independently in India. Graduating at the top of her final year class with the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree (Ayurveda-acharya), she immediately opened and managed her own Panchakarma center in India, in Turtle Bay Resorts in southwest Karnataka. For just over two years, she received patients from all over the world for traditional Panchakarma, educational programs, Rasayana (rejuvenation) and outpatient care. Working closely with the local community, she personally trained 5 Panchakarma therapists and employed additional support staff. Due to unfortunate and unexpected events at the resort, she decided to close the center and return to the US to pursue her professional career. She is now leading the push to establish authentic Ayurvedic education and practice in the US through AyurvedaFirst.


Utilizing skills from her 15+ year career as a Data Architect and Database Developer, she is creating the AyurvedaFirst Framework as a digital model for research, development, patient assessment and tracking using the foundational principles of classical Ayurveda. This project is currently being developed as myAyu, the world’s first publically accessible tool for implementing and tracking individual health factors with Ayurveda as a foundational platform. Additionally, with her extensive network of contacts in India, she hopes to facilitate a more accurate dialogue and understanding of the science between India’s current establishment and the West.

Jessica was recognized as one of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda by Spirituality and Health Magazine in 2015. She has appeared on the Ayurveda Summit, local talk radio, and in other interviews. She has led over two dozen educational training programs, workshops, cooking demonstrations and information sessions in her career already, and has published numerous articles online and in international journals. She is an editorial member of the Anveshana Ayurveda Medical Journal.

Founder | Sustainable Venice

Emily Suzanne Sumner has been a student of Ayurveda since 2012 and a natural-healing enthusiast since teenhood. Although most of her education on the healing power of plants and living sustainably and in harmony with nature has been self-taught, a huge part of her learning Ayurveda is due to the guidance of her mentor, Craig Williams, L.Ac., Clinical Herbalist AHG, and Ayurvedic Practitioner at Ayurveda Austin who practices  from his clinic in Texas.

In 2015 Emily became a formal student of the American Institute of Vedic Studies online Ayurvedic Healing Course led by Dr. David Frawley. Her studies continue and advance today as she begins her stringent and authentic Ayurveda education with Jessica Vellela, Founder of AyurvedaFirst.

Under the direct and sustained instruction and leadership of Jessica Vellela and the mentorship of Craig Williams, L.Ac., Emily will be working towards becoming one of the first graduates of the AyurvedaFirst certified Svastha-Acharya program in 2018.