Dr Savitha Kootil - advisory board member of MyYogaTeacher



Dr. Savitha Elam-Kootil is an advisory board member at MyYogaTeacher , and she practices internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente where she specializes in primary care, chronic disease management, and elder care. She is also a lead physician for depression care management – a primary care initiative to improve patient health.

Raised in Southern India, Dr. Elam-Kootil developed an awareness of yoga early on in her life. After moving to the United States, she began to see a need for the transformative effects of yoga to improve her patients’ mental and physical health.

Having witnessed the benefits of yoga, Dr. Elam-Kootil regularly recommends it to her patients to help with a wide range of issues, including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnea, insomnia, depression, anxiety, chronic low back pain, and chronic addictions.

“I tell patients that yoga is not just a physical practice with difficult poses, but also a mental practice that can help with breathing, posture, and feeling better emotionally,” says Dr. Elam-Kootil, who takes a holistic approach towards health.


- J.L.N. Medical College

- Belgaum, Karnataka, India

- Internship at the University of South Carolina Richland Memorial Hospital

- Residency at the Atlanta Medical Center

Professional Accomplishments

- Board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine

- Recipient of Kaiser Permanente’s Golden Stethoscope award

- Board certified in sleep medicine by the American Society of Sleep Medicine

- Clinical hypertension specialist certified by by the American Society of Hypertension.

Current Practice

- Internist at Kaiser Permanente Georgia

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