Dr. Marc Halpern is the founder and President of the California College of Ayurveda, the oldest school of Ayurvedic Medicine in the United States. A Doctor of Chiropractic and an Ayurvedic Doctor, he is a leader in the development of Ayurvedic medicine in the West. By virtue of being a co-founder of the National Association of Ayurvedic Schools and Colleges, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the National Council on Ayurvedic Education, and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, he has played an important role in building the infrastructure of Ayurveda in the United States.
Dr. Halpern has written five textbooks: Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine... Clinical Ayurvedic Medicine Volumes I, II, III... and Classical Yoga Therapy. He wrote the popular book, Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda, and recorded Yoga Nidra and Self Healing, the #1 bestselling meditation CD in the United States. He has also co-authored several published original research papers in the field of Ayurvedic dermatology.
He has been a keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences worldwide, including the International Conference on Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He spoke before the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine on behalf of Ayurveda in the 1990s.
Dr. Halpern has received numerous awards for his service to Ayurveda in both India and the United States, and is one of the few Westerners who have been recognized in India as an expert in the field of Ayurveda.