About Dr. Mitchell
Tom Mitchell has been in private practice as a chiropractic physician in Raleigh, North Carolina since 1997, although his love of Ayurveda was sparked by a life journey toward health and wholeness that began in the mid-1970s.
When he applied to the University of Illinois at the age of 17 his intention was to enroll in the pre-med program, but he became ill during his senior year of high school. Suffering from extreme fatigue and depression, he opted instead for a less rigorous liberal arts program. It was not until he learned meditation and hatha yoga a few years later that his health and sense of well-being began to improve dramatically, and he came to recognize the value of holistic approaches to healing. Over time his fascination with natural healthcare continued. Even while pursuing two masters degrees—one in education and a second in business administration—and while working in financial services for more than a decade, he began to study and experience homeopathy, Ayurveda, acupuncture and chiropractic.
By 1992 he embarked on a second career and became a graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas in 1997. Yet Ayurveda had remained his primary interest. He longed to study with an Ayurvedic master to learn the sacred art and science of nadi vigyan (Ayurvedic pulse assessment). This dream was fully realized in 2002 when he met Dr. Pankaj Naram, one of the great pulse masters from India. Soon afterward, Dr. Mitchell was invited to study with Dr. Naram and was embraced by the ancient Siddha Ved tradition that Dr. Naram currently heads. This unbroken lineage of siddha (master) Ayurvedic physicians originated with Jeevaka, who was Buddha’s personal physician 2,500 years ago.
Dr. Mitchell has traveled extensively with Dr. Naram in the United States and has made many trips to Dr. Naram’s clinic in Mumbai, India, to further his understanding of Ayurvedic pulse assessment, lifestyle and dietary recommendations. Through his study with Dr. Naram, Dr. Mitchell has also become expert in the use of Ayurvedic herbal nutritional supplements for a wide variety of chronic and acute health problems.
Dr. Mitchell is a certified teacher for the Art of Living Foundation, founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and teaches the Art of Living Part 1 Course. Dr. Mitchell is currently President of the Eastern District of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association and chairs the Constitution and Bylaws Committee for the NCCA. In 1998 he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in acupuncture through the Acupuncture Society of America. Having lived in Spain for a year while an undergraduate, he speaks Spanish fluently and welcomes Spanish-speaking patients to his practice.