ACVA’s Instructors

Gary Gomes [ACVA Faculty / Instructor]

Gary Gomes photoGary Gomes, the co-owner of CRYSTAL EXPECTATIONS, was among the first wave of Westerners to take up Hindu astrology and is a founding member and Board member of the American College of Vedic Astrology located in Sedona, Arizona. He has also lectured on Hindu Astrology throughout the continental United States, in Hawaii and in England. He has also written extensively on this system of astrology, and has been published in the United States, England, France, South Africa, Australia, and India.

His honors include being recognized and certified by the Bharata Vidya Bhavan, an Indian institution devoted to traditional Hindu knowledge, as an expert in Hindu Astrology. Gary holds degrees in Sociology and Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. He is an ordained Swami of the Temple of Kriya Yoga and is a duly initiated practicing Hindu of the Shaivite tradition.

He has studied Hindu Astrology with several prominent Indian and American astrologers, is certified to instruct Jyotish (Hindu Astrology) by the American College of Vedic Astrology, has organized an Institute for instruction in Jyotish in the New England area, and has done charts for thousands of individuals from different parts of the United States and the world. He is also an Assistant Professor of Jyotisha (Hindu Astrology) at the Hindu University of America and is a Reiki Master.


Shoba Mohan [ACVA Faculty / Instructor]

As Shoba completed all ACVA certifications, including Jyotish OnlineTM Instruction and Vedic Astrology Coaching, she realized that there were various characterizations of Astrology – mundane event predictions, considerations for spiritual and personal growth, remedies to mitigate predictions, and many more. She loves working with people, and is delighted to be instructor to so many open minds, ready to absorb knowledge. The readings/ life-coaching sessions that Shoba now practices while continuing to study, reflect her knowledge, life experiences and insights; all in relation to today’s environment and norms.

The readings and her students are a constant source of life-long learning and joy.


Dr. Lynn Bootes MD [ACVA Faculty / Instructor]

Dr. Lynn Bootes began studying Western astrology at age 18 in 1970. After a career as a Medical Doctor specializing in Family Medicine, she returned to astrology as a student at Kepler College from 2006-12, where she obtained an AA and an MA degree. Her thesis, The Underground River: A Cross-Cultural History of the Planetary Remedy, traced the persistence of planetary remedies of Jupiter and Saturn from ancient to early modern times in India, the Middle East and Europe.

Dennis Harness introduced her to Vedic astrology while at Kepler – Lynn signed up for ACVA and completed the Jyotish RatnaTM, Jyotish PrabhakaraTM and Vedic Astrology CoachingTM certificates between 2006-2013. She has continued her study of advanced techniques as well as Sanskrit, the Bhagavad Gita and the Vedas. She regularly writes an Astrobiography series in AstroLogic Magazine as well as in the ACVA Comet. In 2020 she joined the Faculty and Leadership Team of ACVA as an instructor and as Registrar.

Lynn lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and maintains an astrology consulting practice.


Karina Weil [ACVA Faculty / Instructor]

Karina Weil, Ph.D. is a jyotishi, Leadership Coach, author, and Ayurvedic Counselor. Drawing from her international 20+ years of experience in Marketing and Human Resources consulting, her goal is to help her clients develop self-leadership so they can lead themselves first and masterfully and live according to their highest truths.

Karina holds ACVA Levels I, II, and ACVA JOI™certifications.


Gizem Heukelom [ACVA Faculty / Instructor]

Gizem Heukelom is a practicing Vedic Astrologer, Life and Business Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, and a teacher.
She has been involved in Astrology since 2000. For many years, she learned and practiced Astrology as a serious interest and passion – but not professionally. She worked for over 17 years in the corporate world in various countries such as Turkey, India, UAE, Qatar, and the Netherlands. In 2017, she decided to follow her true passion and started working as a full time Vedic Astrologer and a Coach. She is the founder of DharmaVedas Vedic Astrology & Coaching providing online consultation globally.

She completed numerous courses and certification programs both in Western and Vedic Astrology. Initially she was practicing Western Astrology. But in 2009, she got fully turned into Vedic Astrology after visiting India and receiving the most accurate birth chart reading there. Mesmerized by India’s culture and spiritual depth. She applied for a job and relocated in India the next year. She lived in India for 6 years, where she was immersed with Vedic philosophy, spiritual practice, and Vedic Astrology tutorials from eminent Jyotishis. She is one of the rare non-Indian Vedic Astrologers who studies Vedic Philosophy and Vedic Astrology in India itself. She later signed up for American Collage of Vedic Astrology and received Level I – Jyotisha Ratna and Level II – Jyotisha Prabhakara certifications.

She is a people’s person, loves to guide and motivate her students and consultees towards their higher potential and life purpose through Jyotish. She loves travelling to India often, especially to her silence and meditation retreats in Bodhgaya.

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