About Us

Dr. Rucha Kelkar

Dr. Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, PT, DPT is the director of Ayurbliss- Ayurveda, Physical Therapy and Yoga Integrative Wellness Center. www.ayurbliss.com. Her clinic is located in San Mateo, CA.She received her Doctor of Ayurveda degree from the University of Pune, India, Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from California State University, Long Beach and Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica, MN. She holds certification in Yoga and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy.Dr. Kelkar is an accomplished clinician, educator, speaker and writer with an experience of over 17 years. She has an extensive clinical knowledge base in Ayurveda and Physical Therapy. At the clinic, she incorporates the rehabilitative knowledge of physical therapy with the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga.She is a faculty for leading Ayurveda schools and has been a presenter at multiple National Ayurveda Conferences. She conducts various workshops and teaching programs on Ayurveda online and at her center in San Mateo, CA. She mentors students of Stanford Medical School for their Integrative Medicine Clerkship.With an extensive clinical experience in Physical Therapy, Ayurvedic therapies, Ayurvedic consultations, Yoga Therapy, Panchakarma and teaching, Dr. Kelkar is determined in providing quality service to her students and clients.

Mark Ruane

Mark is Dr. Rucha Kelkar’s assistant at Ayurbliss. He has had several years of experience providing panchakarma/detox/cleansing therapy and individual Ayurvedic treatments for clients. He has had a lifelong interest in eastern spirituality, which led him to the discovery of Ayurveda, a 5000+ year old system of holistic healing, in and of itself. You don’t have to go to one person for bodywork, another for herbs/medicine, yet another for lifestyle and dietary education, etc.  It is a wonderful approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being that treats the root cause of issues.

He has a B.A. in psychology and philosophy. Beyond this, he has certifications in Ayurveda, massage, yoga, and transpersonal body therapy. In all of these areas he integrates western knowledge and eastern wisdom. Getting to the root cause of every concern, whether it is physical, mental, emotional or spiritual is at the heart of health and well-being.

Kathy Gehlken

Kathy Gehlken is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/Wellness Coach and a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her work is geared toward connecting people to their inherent power to heal and be well through Nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga.  For 10 years, Kathy has worked with people from all walks of life to reach their health and nutrition goals—she brings a wealth of experience in helping people clarify their wellness goals, find the appropriate diet for their bodies and to reach and maintain their healthy weight.   In addition to her training as a Registered Dietitian, she has trained in integrated functional nutrition with a special emphasis on metabolic and digestive health and has over 6000 hours of study/internship hours in Ayurvedic medicine.

Charlene Hart

Charlene is a certified massage therapist and offers treatments at Ayurbliss. She believes, we all contain the innate ability to heal and uses an intuitive approachto create the ideal environment for your body to unwind. A personal trainer for over 12 years, Charlene holds certifications from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She also holds an AA in Kinesiology. 

As your trainer, Charlene understands how to accomplish your goals, make positive behavior changes, and establish life–long healthy habits.