Advisory Board

 

Dr. Shrikrishna Phadke | Medical Advisor and Formulator

Dr. Phadke is a 3rd generation Ayurvedic practitioner who owned and operated an Ayurvedic remedy production facility for decades. His formulations were used not only in his medical practice but in the most respected practices in the country.

 

He is the co-inventor of Nurolight and co-patent holder for all patents on the product worldwide, as well as the medical Advisor for the Nisarga Biotech Group and NuAxon Bioscience Inc.

 

Dr. Phadke is highly respected for his contribution to Ayurveda by teaching the principals to modern doctors in the west for last 20 years. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award in the form of the Ayurveda Fellowship with the University of New Delhi in 2014.

Dr. Arati Soman | Ayurvedic Patient Care Advisor

Dr. Soman is an Ayurvedic physician who wears many professional hats.  Besides practicing Ayurveda and Panchakarma at her clinic in Satara, Dr. Soman conducts clinical research on plant-based ingredients at Sonark Pharmaceuticals.  She is also actively involved in formulating herbal medications for a range of conditions.​

 

Dr. Soman is a clinician with a degree in Ayurveda.  She is an expert in patient care and a formulation student of Dr. Phadke's.  Her hands-on approach to patient care and her belief in the modernization of Ayurveda, make her a rising star in the field.

 

She assists in creating modern protocols that are effective in helping patients manage their own health taking guidance from ancient wisdom.
 

Dr. Xan Simonson, NMD | Naturopathic Advisor

Dr. Xan Simonson is an Arizona board-certified Naturopathic Medical Physician, who takes a gentle and natural approach to your healthcare. She is the Owner of Xan Medical Clinic in Tempe, AZ. Additionally, she practices at Arizona Wellness Center in Mesa, AZ which is an Integrative Medical practice with an MD, DO, PA, NP, and NMD. She is the founder and owner of Xanivis Optimal Health LLC in Mesa, AZ. She serves as Director of Medical Training and Advisement for Axolotl Biologix and Cedar Cold Medical Solutions. Dr. Simonson received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, AZ.

 

She is a primary care physician who works with state-of-the-art testing and combines that information with ancient medical therapies such as Botanical Herbs, Acupuncture, Homeopathic remedies, Nutrition, Hydrotherapy, and Mind-Body medicine. Dr. Simonson believes health is not just the absence of disease, but a way of bringing balance back to the body, mind, and spirit. She believes that the body is the biological foundation of health; it has the natural ability to heal itself if given what it needs in the least invasive and most natural way.

 

Dr. Simonson enjoys functional medicine, anti-aging and regenerative medicine using modalities such as regenerative injections (Stem cells, PRP and Prolotherapy), physical medicine, and lifestyle and stress management. She has completed additional advanced training in Comprehensive Pain Management and works with her patients, both treating and preventing injuries and to reduce their recovery time.

 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, hiking, and reading. Her motto she practices daily is “A Vision Shared is A Vision Achieved”.

Dr. Juliette Sweet, ND, MSAyu | Director of Clinical Education

Dr. Juliette Sweet holds a Doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine and Master’s degree in Ayurvedic Sciences from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. She is President of the New Mexico Association of Naturopathic Physicians and owner of SpiraVita Natural Health, LLC.

 

Her practice focuses on sustainable healthcare, where she implements Naturopathic and Ayurvedic philosophies for education, prevention and treatment. Her favorite modalities are herbal formulations, counseling on diet and lifestyle, contrast hydrotherapy, breath techniques, and a wide variety of manual therapies.

 

Dr. Sweet believes in treating the root cause, nature as medicine, and honoring the body's ability to heal itself. She is passionate about helping patients feel empowered through their mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Sweet is building the bridge between Western and Natural Medicine.

 

Personal interests include traveling, soaking in hot springs, hiking and collaborating with friends and other practitioners.  

Dr. Savita Rajurkar, Ph.D., ND, MDAM | Advisory Board Member

Dr. Rajurkar is an accomplished professional in the fields of Ayurveda, naturopathy, and yoga. She has twenty-five years of experience in patient care, teaching, and mentoring students. She holds a doctoral degree in Ayurveda, a master’s degree in alternative medicines, a postgraduate diploma in naturopathy, and a bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic medicine and surgery.

 

Dr. Rajurkar is a renowned teacher on Sanskrit Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita. She has received awards for her contributions in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and cancer prevention awareness. She oversees the program and curriculum development for the Master of Ayurveda program currently in development at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland OR. She also teaches elective courses in Ayurveda in the Master of Science in Nutrition program.

 

Dr. Rajurkar has authored two books on child health, lifestyle, and nutrition. She works with the Rebel Herb's team to maintain a focus on the Ayurvedic lifestyle and consults on Ayurvedic topics.

Megan Douglas | Branding and Lifestyle Advisor

Megan is a western herbalist belonging to renowned Douglas family from New Zealand. She has created and promoted many brands in Natural products industry in Australia and New Zealand.

She is the founder of the online natural remedies website www.naturesclinicals.com, where she has written an extensive A-to-Z guide to natural health.

 

Establishing her first business at the age of 18, (a clothing design store in central Auckland, New Zealand called Obscure Desire), she then sold this successful business at age 21, and established the Megan Douglas women's fashion label in London. The 'Megan Douglas' label sold to 30 of the most exclusive boutiques and department stores worldwide including Harrods, Whistles and Joseph's in London and Charivari and Saks New York, and was regularly featured in Vogue, Harper's & Queen, The Face and Marie Claire.

 

Megan is presently owner and director of World Organic, a direct marketing company selling certified organic, fair trade skincare product. Her main forte is styling and packaging in organic and natural products industry. Being a mother herself, she adds her valuable insights in to marketing the product to women of her age group. She is an expert at marketing lifestyle products to culturally creative consumers.

Key Staff

Samanatha Edwards, BSW | Operations Manager

Samantha started with the company in its infancy, as the Senior Sales Coordinator.  She has returned as our Operations Manager.  She compliments our team well and provides a unique skill set to the company.  Not only does she refine operational systems and processes for the company, but she concentrates on accessing and improving the company's operational effectiveness.  By far, Samantha's most illustrious skill is her work on inter and outer office communication flow and efficiency.  

Without doubt, Samantha's favorite part of her job is the opportunity to support her team and employees.  She works diligently to ensure that the team is cohesive, qualified, proficient, economical, and well encouraged.  Samantha accomplishes this through team building exercises, team training, webinar training, one-on-one training, employee and employer evaluations, and an "open door" policy, not just in theory, but in practice. Her previous work and education in social work has proven to be a valuable asset to this position and to the company.  

In the past, Samantha Edwards was a legal advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, worked on her masters of social work at IUPUI, did her undergraduate work in social work at USI, and worked for many years as a volunteer crisis hotline responder for a local domestic violence shelter. 

 

She still pursues her passion of empowering survivors by being a board member for the state-wide low-income legal assistance organization Indiana Legal Services, a crisis responder for the local Safe Place, and a volunteer as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), working with the children involved with the Department of Child Services in her local county. 

 

 Samantha is excited to be working with a company that is so focused on ethical practices and mindfulness.   She knows that her experience, education, and passion will be complimentary to Rebel Herbs' vision and mission. 

Joshua Bunts | Brand Manager

Josh has 9 years of experience in digital media, including producing innovative digital art, vectors, branding and print media products. He has worked with more than 100 companies and is proud to apply his expertise to Rebel Herbs and its affiliate brands.

Josh is an amazing graphic artist who has a deep love for branding and the elements of marketing.  He has been producing art disguised as marketing for nearly a decade and has recently taken on a much larger role at Rebel Herbs.  His skills and understanding of the brand and our corporate culture has given us a more focused and cohesive look and feel.

 

Over the years, he has perfected his craft and is now known for his ability to create eye-catching designs that help businesses compete while bringing their distinct message to life in unique and unforgettable ways. This eye for design and a passion for supporting companies that make a positive difference in the world make Josh a fundamental part of Rebel Herbs’ design team.

 

He is based in Tampa, Florida, and has two children. In his free time, Josh enjoys boating, gaming, DIY projects and is always on the lookout for incredible fonts and graphics.

Kayla Lowe | Controller

Kayla assists our operations manager in overseeing the accounting and payment processing for the company.  She is often involved in various projects as she is very organized and driven to organize others.

Kayla recently graduated with an Accounting degree from Vincennes University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the top student of her major. She has worked in the accounting field since 2015. Kayla wishes to pursue higher education over the next few years. She looks forward to seeing what she can do for the company and see what future experiences within this company can do for her personal growth.  

She enjoys many outdoor activities like boating and is very interested in forensic accounting.

Jennifer Uland | Creativity Director

Jennifer is a creative and energetic member of the team that is heavily involved in our day to day marketing efforts. She recently came on board as our creative directory and is loving it.  

 

Jennifer started her career off in fine jewelry stores, and she has her diamond certification from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She left the jewelry business to raise a family  and had her own photography business for many years, taking engagement photos, senior pictures, family reunions, family portraits, prom photos, and even pet pictures. Wanting to have the same schedule as her daughter she became a substitute teacher in Bloomfield, Indiana. When her daughter graduated she moved on to working for a local title company.


Jennifer's interests include photography, art, and she loves animals; especially her yellow lab Harae, a stray that found her way to Jennifer's home four years ago.
 

Teresa Vandeventer | Executive Administrative Assistant

Teresa works in all departments and works on a variety of projects ranging from production to data base management to everything in between.

Teresa was born and raised in the Bloomfield area. She attended high school and cosmetology school. She owned her own business for most of her career. She loved the relationships with her customers but after several years was looking for a new challenge. She is excited about the opportunity to be part of a growing company and the new products on the horizon. 


Teresa has two grown children, two step children, and five granddaughters. She loves her husband Ron, music, reading, and spending time with her family. 
 

Leadership and Board of Directors

 

Jason Edwards | Chief Executive Officer

Jason has 20 years of experience in the natural product industry and has held virtually every sales position possible. He worked with some of the biggest names in the natural and organic market, such as New Chapter Organics, Barlean's Organic Oils, Penta water, Gaia Herbs, and Organix South to name a few. Jason spent 10 years in the US Army, the experience and training in leadership during that time has served him well as he progressed through the ranks in the Natural Product Industry.

 

During his military service he became familiar with warehousing and supply procedures, both in garrison and in the field during combat. This has given him a keen insight into the operational side of the industry as well as a unique view of what is possible no matter how difficult the challenge. He was honorably discharged from the Army for a service related disability which led him to the natural product industry in the mid-nineties.

 

Jason is a shareholder and employee of the company and has committed to building the infrastructure in both the sales and operational systems needed to support and maintain rapid growth. He is an expert in natural product sales and marketing.

Tena Edwards | Chief Operations Officer

Tena oversees the day to day operations at HQ and is involved in nearly every aspect of the business. She has 12 years of experience in group travel management when she coordinated the funds and planning of the local school district's choir group travel.  She has worked in education, marketing, and records management.

Tena is an organizational wizard and she works hard to make sure everything is accounted for and properly cataloged.  From raw materials to finished goods and marketing material, she knows where it is and how much we have.  Tena is also heavily involved in sales and attends many tradeshows each year to help introduce Rebel Herbs to practitioners around the country.

 

She has four grown children and a wonderful grandson all who live close by and visit often.  Tena enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her grandson.

Girish Soman | Board Chairman

Girish graduated with a Master of Technology in 1983 and quickly gravitated to the field of agriculture. Mr. Soman has over 32 years of experience in botanical extraction and agriculture, and is a Founder, the board chairman and CEO of the Nisarga Biotech Group (a group of companies all working in the field of natural products) as well as sitting as the board chairman for NuAxon Bioscience. He has created not less than 6 successful companies in the botanical industry and continues to lead those companies in profitable enterprises.

 

Girish was introduced to the field of CO2 extraction about 16 years ago and he immediately saw the market potential and after speaking with a manufacturer who was building the machines, he decided that he could design and build the equipment better and more cost efficiently.

 

For the last 15 years Girish has continuously improved the design and cost of his extraction equipment to speed up the process as well as improve the process at higher volumes. The end result has been super premium quality herbal extracts that are purchased by the largest and most successful companies in the US natural market. The Nisarga Biotech Group has the largest CO2 extraction facility in the entire agricultural industry of India.

 

He is the co-inventor and co-patent holder of the NuroLight herbal blend which has two US patents and several international patents on both the process and the benefit of the blend. His technical expertise and business acumen have made him the head of several multimillion dollar enterprises in India. He is an expert in plant extraction and equipment design.

Jalindar Shinde | Board Member

Jalindar an Engineer by profession who has worked throughout India as well as abroad on huge scale projects.  He has been associated with agricultural from his childhood and is a founder and director of the Nisarga Biotech Group companies. All Nisarga Biotech Group companies have been working in the natural products industry,  such as organic agricultural products, botanical extracts, and Ayurvedic healthcare products, for the last 23 years.

 

Jalindar has a total experience of 35 years in various fields and has cofounded several companies under Nisarga Umbrella, which are running successfully. He is heading up all production and operations activities for the last 23 years in nearly all group companies.

 

He is also associated with supercritical CO2 extraction equipment since the beginning and has a thorough knowledge of designing, constructing, erecting & operating extraction equipment. 

 

Jalindar is passionate about organic & sustainable agriculture and has played a vital role in initiating, planning & executing organic farming projects run by the Nisarga group.
 

Deven Soman | Board Member

Deven is an expert in international commerce and has experience in the natural product industry.  He has worked for huge US companies like Nutraceutical Corporation and has experience with start-ups as well.

 

He works tirelessly to ensure that product quality is maintained and that international operating systems are in place to make for a smooth and flawless customer experience. 

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