An Indian-born and -educated Ayurvedic practitioner, Ismat Nathani was determined to create a place in the Western hemisphere that shared the wonder of East Indian medicine while still maintaining its historic integrity. In 2002, she founded Centre for Ayurveda & Indian Systems of Healing, or CAISH, which fosters the holistic arts through three branches: education, healing, and wellness products. An extensive education program accepts both beginners and advanced professionals into accredited courses on techniques ranging from yoga to Ismat's specialty, neurotherapy. Visitors may also receive holistic and Ayurvedic treatments from CAISH's menu of wellness services, such as acupuncture and steam baths practiced in five treatment rooms throughout the 1,500-square-foot facility. A selection of essential oils and Ayurvedic herbs encourages at-home health maintenance more pleasantly than a meditation CD filled with a mother's guilt trips.