About Annette Shellenbarger


Hi, I am Annette Shellenbarger and the founder of Chandra Ayurveda.

My journey with Ayurveda begun in 2000 while I was still a bedside Registered Nurse and working at an Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.   My time at the hospital made me realize that the Western modality of treating symptoms while not focusing on prevention, and many times not understanding the cause of the illness or disease in the first place, was extremely disturbing to me.  The Western medical model is in many ways flawed and not working in helping people heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

It was about this time that Ayurveda discovered me and I felt like I had arrived home, everything that I was being taught through this ancient medical system resonated with me fully, it made so much sense!

The teachings resonated deep in my soul, and I realized this was the missing piece that the world needed to hear to not only prevent disease, but to allow their own healing process to take place.

In 2003 I began my studies in Ayurveda at Kerala Academy, and later on transferred to California College of Ayurveda.  Fast forward to 2019 and I have now completed all my academic studies for the Doctor of Ayurveda Program at California College of Ayurveda, and one of my internships.

I have since opened my own clinic and spa, gone on to get my massage license, Marma Therapy certification, Herbal Rasayana,  and currently completing my Pancha Karma Specialist certifications at Kerala Academy, as well as my Jyotish Vedic Astrology training with Science of Light.

My focus is to bring long-term balance and health to my clients, which range from next-door neighbors to yogis in Europe.  I love leading the way in bridging Western and Eastern healing modalities, and restoring Ayurveda to its authentic, spiritual and most effective roots, applying Ayurveda as a complimentary system of well being, wellness and health.

I work with western doctors to support clients and provide a well rounded, holistic system of healing.  I also teach and lecture at yoga studios, hospitals, community centers, and have a successful online program teaching Ayurveda to medical professionals, health coaches, yoga teachers, Registered Dietitians, and functional medicine doctors.

Most importantly, I love the 1:1 connection I get to have with my clients from my Ayurvedic body treatments as well my Ayurvedic consultations with them,  and watching them discover their own healing potential.

Ayurveda is a living, breathing system, and when you begin applying it to your own life, the potential of healing and bringing balance back to your system is endless.



Jyotish (Vedic) Astrology – Freedom Cole of Science of Light, Nevada City, CA

Clinical Ayurveda Specialist – California College of Ayurveda, Nevada City, CA

Pancha Karma Therapist – Kerala Ayurveda, Milpitas, CA

Marma Therapist – California College of Ayurveda, Nevada City, CA

Massage Therapist – IPSB at Life Energy Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Ayurvedic Facials – California College of Ayurveda, Nevada City, CA

Ayurvedic Facial Marma Rejuvenation Massage- Diamond Way Ayurveda with Melanie Sachs, California

BSN – Marymount University

MA – University of Maryland

BS – University of Houston

Registered Yoga Teacher – Suzanne Leitner-Wise with 532 Yoga, Alexandria, VA


NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association)

Annette’s nursing career and experience include Oncology Unit, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Pulmonary Care Unit, Kidney Transplant Unit, Trauma/Surgery Unit, and Bariatric Surgery Unit, as well as Public Health Nursing.

Currently, Annette is finishing up her residency as a Doctor of Ayurveda at California College of Ayurveda,  and continuing her spiritual studies in Vedic Astrology with her master teacher Freedom Cole of Science of Light in Nevada City, California.

Originally raised in Europe, Annette lives with her husband in Long Beach, CA, and sees clients in her Ayurvedic practice in California, Florida, and Greece.