ANDREA OLIVERA- Founder and CEO
Andrea is a pioneering figure in the field of Ayurveda beauty, and has dedicated her life to the study of Ayurveda, Jyotish, Yoga and the Vedic Sciences. Over 30 years ago, Andrea began her career as a make-up artist and aesthetician, and was one of the first Canadians in her field to incorporate Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedic Astrology and Eastern wellness practices into her spa treatments and services. Today, she is one of Canada’s leading Ayurveda beauty and wellness specialists and educators.
Andrea opened The Andrea Olivera Centre for Ayurveda Rituals in the year 2000. There, she developed many signature treatments, trained leading Canadian spa professionals, yoga therapist and individuals and created her own signature line of natural Ayurveda skincare and custom botanical perfumes. She has also developed an Ayurveda Spa Specialist certificate program and produced the first Ayurveda Expo in Toronto, where she bought together many leading Ayurveda, Yoga and Jyotisha experts. Andrea is widely known as Toronto’s Ayurveda Rejuvenation therapist to the Stars.
Andrea is the author of A Rishi Among Us, Tales of Krishan Mantri, an homage to her beloved guru Mantriji, and the Amazon best-seller Eye on Yoga Ayurveda and Jyotisha Almanac 2018 and 2019 and a series of Elemental Wisdom meditation CD's. The Andrea Olivera Centre for Ayurveda Rituals was honoured with The Leading Spas of Canada 2018 Consumer’s Choice Award for Best Spa and Wellness Centre. Andrea was formally on the Board of Directors of the Ayurveda Association of Canada, where she served as a Communications and Marketing Director. Today she continues to support the Vaidya's (Ayurveda Doctors) in the growth of Ayurveda in Canada.
Andrea’s life-long study and practice of ancient wisdoms of healing continue to inform her work and life. Her love of Vedic wisdom inspired the creation of The Eye on Yoga Planner, and the formulations of her Ayurveda Rituals Botanical Skincare line and Rituals of Scent 7 Botanical perfumes.
At present Andrea focuses on training the Yoga and Spa industry into integrating ancient healing treatments based on Ayurveda with her team of Vaidya's.
Vaidya Sandeep Ram B.A.M.S– Ayurveda Physician
Vaidya Sandeep Ram is an Ayurvedic physician. Originally from Kerala, India. He has completed his bachelor’s studies in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India and holds an international certification in Yoga therapy from Svyasa Yoga University. Sandeep is the associate director of Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyashala, a full- fledged Ayurvedic Hospital. He has specialised in Panchakarma, Pain management, and various therapeutic procedures like Abhyanga and Shirodhara.
Vaidya Nitin Shah (Ayu.)
Nitin Shah (Ayu.) is registered with the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, the Alliance of Professional Naturopaths and Naturotherapists, is a professional member of the Ontario Herbalist Association, and has received his accreditation as Doctor of Natural Medicine. Vaidya Shah, a native of India, has been a practitioner, philosopher and teacher of Ayurveda and Yoga for more than 25 years. He is one of very few Postgraduate Ayurvedic Doctors residing in North America. Currently he lives in the Toronto area
Diane Iantorno - Ayurveda Practitioner & Senior Spa Specialist
Diane is a Registered Massage Therapist, Abhyanga & Shirodhara Specialist, Ayurveda Practitioner and Yoga Teacher. She has over 13 years of experience within the alternative health industry and understands the importance of client-focused care. Through her years of experience, Diane has come to recognize that the power to heal lies deep within the intrinsic nature of our being.
Diane completed her massage training from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinics in Toronto, Ontario in 2006. In 2010, Diane traveled to Rishikesh, India and became a Certified Yoga Teacher under the guidance of Yogrishi Vishvketuji within the Akhanda Yoga tradition. Diane went on to complete her 500-hour Ayurveda Healing Consultant course, in 2017, with the American Institute of Vedic Studies under the mentorship of Yogi Yogesh and Shankari Yogini from At The Core in London, Ontario.
Diane walks a path of holistic health and believes that the physical body can aid as the gateway into ones awakened self-awareness and development of higher consciousness. The connection of mind, body and soul is the ultimate connection toward health and wholeness.
Andi Carriman - Esthestician & Ayurveda Rituals Senior Skin Care Specialist
Andi is our Ayurveda Rituals Senior Skin Care Specialist with over 16 years experience. Andi is highly sought after within the beauty industry representing many top world leading brands.
Originally from Scotland, UK Andi graduated in 2003 and received a Higher National Diploma in Beauty Therapy. Andi has an exceptional level of experience in providing a wide range of services.
She loves caring for people and values being a positive contributor to both her clientele's life and the beauty industry as a whole. Her strong conviction that "you should leave feeling better than when you came in" is why Andi has many returning clients.
Trained in The Andrea Olivera Method Andi comes to Ayurveda Rituals in Jan 2020; enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate about Ayurveda and Ayurveda Rituals Skin Care. Andi offers all her new clients a 20% discount on their first facial along with a complimentary skin care consultation to follow, customized to their unique Dosha Type.
Andi is available from our Bathurst Location on Mondays
Nicole Tupechka - Usui Reiki Master & Ayurveda Spa Specialist
Ordained Metaphysical Minister, Reiki Master Teacher, Art Therapist, and Visionary Empowerment Coach at the Schulich Executive Education Centre.
Nicole has apprenticed with a traditional medicine man from the Philippines, studied healing techniques in China, Egypt and Mexico. Nicole holds Metis Status with the Metis Nation of Alberta, and received her Spirit name Biidaabin, Dawn, from an Anishnabe Elder in a naming ceremony. Nicole holds a degree in Management, and has traveled to over 30 countries. Nicole can see clients for Ayurveda Spa Services, Reiki and Energy Healing, Transformational coaching and spiritual guidance.
Nicole is available to see clients every Tuesday from 11am at our Bathurst Street location offering:
• Indian Head Massage
• Ayurveda Facials
Cindy Smith - Ayurveda Spa Specialist
Cindy is an Ayurveda Spa Specialist at Ayurveda Rituals working along side Andrea Olivera as an apprentice for the last 2 years. Cindy has a great enthusiasm and love for the healing arts, having graduated in the Andrea Olivera Ayurveda Method (TM) Cindy now apprentices and assists our Vaidya (Doctor of Ayurveda) Sandeep Ram. Cindy has learned the most ancient techniques for rejuvenation.
Cindy is an Ayurveda Spa Specialist offering Indian Head Massage, Ayurveda Facials, Abhyanga, Ayurveda treatments and is our Ayurveda Rituals Spa Operator assisting with product production and merchandising.
When Cindy is not at Ayurveda Rituals, she is rehabilitating injured or sick wild animals at Toronto Wildlife Centre, were she completed her internship and now volunteers her time. Spiritually mined Cindy has a background in metaphysics. Cindy can also found on stage belly dancing, singing or heard as a voice actor in both musical and children's theatre through out North America.
Cindy offers all her valued clientele a discounted service at $90 an hour - regular price $125.