Drs. Judith Marianne Aartsma

Ayurveda, Philosophy, Anatomy Instructor

My name is Judith Aartsma Başaran. I was born and raised in The Netherlands. I ́m a healer and integrative medicine specialist, with a focus on Ayurveda.

Ever since I can remember it was my great wish to be a doctor. This first led me to medical school at Maastricht University, The Netherlands, where I graduated as a medical doctor in 2001.

Respecting the great and detailed knowledge of the allopathic medical system, already during my studies at medical school I developed the wish to learn a more holistic and natural approach to people and their health. I started to explore other systems of healing, especially the Eastern systems of Ayurveda (the ancient healing system of India) and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I met with my great and beloved teacher, naturopath, T ́ai chi master and Ayurveda practitioner Franklin D. Lafour and studied Ayurveda with him for 3 years while still in medical school, graduating also in 2001. Ever since then I am guided by and learning from him.

As a traveler on the roads of Eastern medicine one is a student always. I have met many wonderful teachings and teachers on my way, amongst whom the world-renowned vaidya (Ayurvedic physician) Dr. Vasant Lad, at whose beautiful Ayurvedic Institute in the USA I was fortunate to study fulltime for a year. Also, my training in T ́ai chi chuan and Chi gong with teachers around the world and my studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the OTCG in Antwerp, Belgium have had a great contribution on my  work today.

I have work experience as an allopathic physician in occupational health and community health for children in The Netherlands. I also have a practice for Ayurveda/integrative medicine in The Netherlands. I am closely connected to Turkey and spend quite a lot of time here, trying to raise awareness and knowledge regarding the ancient holistic healing systems.

Education:

2008-2009 ASP-1 (Ayurvedic Studies Program), The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, USA. Full-time Ayurveda study program with world renowned Dr. Vasant Lad. Certified in June 2009

2006-2007 Traditional Chinese Medicine, Postgraduate Acupuncture level 1, OTCG, Antwerpen, Belgium. Completed in June 2007

1998-2001 Ayurveda, Ayurveda Course Foundation, Academy of Natural Medicine, Hilversum, the Netherlands. Certificate Ayurveda therapist acquired in November 2001

1994-2001 Faculty of Medicine, Maastricht University, the Netherlands Diploma Medical Doctor acquired in August 2001

1988-1994 Johan de Witt-gymnasium, grammar school, Dordrecht, the Netherlands

Work experience:

2009-current

* Ayurveda practice in Leiden, the Netherlands

• Integrative medical practice, East-West medicine, with a focus on Ayurveda

* Ayurveda practitioner in several yoga and lifestyle centres in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey

• Function as described above, minus the allopathic elements

• Special focus on giving workshops as a means to raise awareness about Ayurveda, natural lifestyle and conscious living

2006- 2008

* Medical doctor, youth health care, Department of Public Health (G.G.D.) of different municipalities in the Netherlands

* Ayurveda practice in Dordrecht and Leiden, the Netherlands

2004-2006

* Ayurveda practitioner in several yoga and lifestyle centres in Istanbul, Turkey

• Function as described above

* Volunteer work in Istanbul, Turkey, as a health advisor for mothers and

children who are staying in Istanbul as refugees

2003-2004

Medical doctor, youth health care, Department of Public Health (G.G.D) of the municipality of Den Haag, The Netherlands

2002-2003

Medical doctor, occupational health, KLM Arbo Services, Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands

Others:

* Continuous certified education in the field of Public Health and Ayurveda

*Since March 2011 connected as a guest speaker at Coming Into Your Own (CIYO) – a personal leadership program for women – a worldwide program directed to the personal development of women. There is a prospect of a permanent position as a trainer at CIYO programs in Turkey and The Netherlands

*Presenting the Ayurvedic part of different international yoga teacher trainings

* Interest in and practice of yoga, t’ai chi chuan and chi gong. Trained by different teachers in the Netherlands, Turkey and USA

* Language skills: Dutch (native language), English (fluent), German (intermediate), Turkish (intermediate), French (basic)

Tel.: (+90) 505-3038322

Judithaartsma@gmail.com