ABOUT ROD

Rod Osburn L.Ac., attended Rutgers University on a four year swimming scholarship and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in 1989. After completing his studies, he pursued a successful professional career in environmental consulting, including extensive work in Alaska on oil spill remediation.

Taking a break from the corporate lifestyle he moved to the Los Angeles area to live and work at the Maharishi Ayurvedic center in Pacific Palisades. Having practiced meditation and yoga for sixteen years, Rod brings a high level of awareness to his acupuncture practice in Westlake Village .

Rod is a talented and experienced body worker, utilizing his training from California Healing Arts College , Aunty Margaret Machado's School of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and Traditional Thai style massage. His nine years of experience in body work have attuned him to the subtle energetics of the human physiology.

Rod graduated summa cum laude from Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica with a Masters degree and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California . His volunteer experience at the Los Angeles Free Health Clinic in Hollywood have afforded him experience in treating acute and progressed conditions typically not presented in private practice. He currently works with New Start, an organization focused on rehabilitation of traumatic spinal injury victims, while maintaining his private practice in Westlake Village , CA .

Rod is a father, an avid surfer and diver and enjoys sailing and fishing or just sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in.

ABOUT KAREN

Karen's love of Ayurveda began innocently, in the presence of a visiting female doctor from India . A seed was planted during that sweet experience in 1985, one that would eventually grow to become her life's work.

Karen S. T. Osburn CAS, CPKS, LMT is a third-generation Californian, spending her early years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to San Diego as a young adult to begin her professional career at the largest combined morning/afternoon newspapers. During this time, Karen learned Transcendental Meditation (TM), began exploring Ayurveda, and discovered Maharishi International University (MIU) located in Fairfield , IA. She enrolled at MIU after completing 10 years with the newspaper.

MIU, offering consciousness-based education, gave Karen her first concentrated exposure to Ayurveda and the experience of extended meditation. She attended an assortment of Ayurvedic classes, even sampling Ayurvedic foods in MIU's cafeteria. She graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, minor in Literature, and a growing interest in Ayurveda. She moved back to California and commenced her Ayurvedic training in earnest.

Karen began her second career as a Pancha Karma (PK) Technician, living and working at Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Pacific Palisades. PK is the traditional Ayurvedic seasonal purification processes. During those 7 ½ years, she was a PK Technician, Supervisor, Trainer, Scheduler, & Patient Educator. She describes those years as a labor of love.

The clinic's closing led her to enroll in California College of Ayurveda, an internationally recognized, state-approved school, offering a clinically oriented educational program. She missed the sights, sounds, and smells which make up the Ayurvedic experience. She graduated in 2003 as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) and Pancha Karma Specialist (CPKS). Karen is a founding member of Doe Bay Ayurvedic Retreat Center , Orcas Island , WA and Field Intern Supervisor for the California College of Ayurveda, as well as happily maintaining a private practice in Westlake Village , CA ,

Karen loves spending time with her fiancé and stepson. She enjoys all outdoor activity from gardening to camping, at the beach or in the mountains. She still on occasion works at her art.