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Malcolm Smith and Osa Karen Manell practice Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Ayurveda.  In addition, Osa and Malcolm travel regularly to Mexico to offer lectures on a wide range of topics in Tibetan Medicine, Tibetan Buddhism and Ayurveda, conducting  patient consultations and working alongside a leading orthopaedic surgeon assisting in pre-operative care and prescribing post-operative treatment protocols.

Malcolm and Osa began their studies of Tibetan Medicine at Shang Shung Institute’s School of Tibetan Medicine founded by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in Conway, Massachusetts. Under Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo, they studied a traditional four year curriculum in Tibetan language covering the Four Medical Tantras as well as participating in practicums in a wide range of external treatments.  They received their massage license in Kunye Tibetan Massage from the state of Massachusetts.  After completing their program at Shang Shung, Osa and Malcolm attended a three month internship at Tso-ngon Tibetan Medical Hospital in the Amdo region of Northeastern Tibet and received the traditional oral transmission of the Four Medical Tantras from Tibet’s most senior doctor, Aku Nyima.  During this time they also studied with prominent doctors at Tso-Ngon (Qinghai) University Tibetan Medical College. They took final exams both in the United States and in Tibet. Malcolm graduated from his program in 2009 and Osa graduated from her program in 2012.

Concurrent with her studies at Shang Shung, Osa enrolled at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda graduating in 2010.  She is a certified Ayurvedic Consultant registered with NAMA. In 2013 she attended a six week Gurukula internship in clinical assessment with Dr. Vasant Lad in Pune, India. Osa and Malcolm received their training in Ayurvedic Body Treatments both in the United States at Kripalu and in India.. In 2013, Osa and Malcolm attended a six week internship in Panchakarma and all associated external therapies with Dr. Chandra Mouli in Conoor, India. They also attended a 200 hour yoga teacher training course in Vinyasakrama Yoga under Srivatsa Ramasvami at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and are registered teachers with the Yoga Alliance.

Malcolm and Osa are long term Buddhist practitioners. Malcolm is a veteran of a three and a half year solitary retreat. He received a Kazhipa degree for his studies at the Sakya Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and received his Acharya title in 2004 from Khenpo Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplin of Harvard University. Malcolm spends the majority of his time translating ancient Tibetan texts including Mahayana, Vajrayana and Dzogchen texts as well as commentaries on Tibetan Medicine and Tibetan Astrology.  Osa edits Malcolm’s translations. 

Osa and Malcolm live in Ashfield, Massachusetts where they have their clinical practice.