Swathi Varanasi

Clinical Pharmacist | Educator

Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Swathi Varanasi, or Dr. Swathi, is an award-winning bilingual pharmacist specializing in integrative health and botanical medicine. She is a plant-based wellness specialist; a medical expert for CBD, adaptogen, and food brands; a published clinical researcher; an advocacy non-profit board of director; a matcha enthusiast; and a multimedia content contributor for print/online publications. As a healthcare disrupter, she looks for opportunities to break barriers and challenge her western-trained colleagues to think beyond the conventional scope of their practice. Through the many modalities of integrative medicine and patient-centered shared decision-making, she believes that health and wellness is achievable for everyone. Emphasizing an evidence-based approach, Dr. Swathi is passionate about educating practitioners, students, patients, and consumers, and strives to empower everyone to be the best, most authentic version of themselves. Dr. Swathi is the Co-Founder and was the first-ever resident of the PGY1 Integrative Health Pharmacy Residency (IHPRx) program. She completed her training at an independent natural pharmacy and HIV clinic in Los Angeles, California. She co-founded PharmSupplement, the first natural medicines educational platform for healthcare professionals and students, providing pharmacist-designed resources, online courses and drug information services. She is Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at the women- and minority-run. cruelty-free, socially conscious hemp & botanical brand, Element Apothec. She also is the Director of Pharmacy at the innovative cannabis genomics and integrative wellness platform, Jade Health. Dr. Swathi studied at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC) and Carleton College (Northfield, MN). She completed further specialized training in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University. She is the Director of Science of the cannabis advocacy non-profit organization, LA NORML, and is the Chair of the Education Committee for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists - California Chapter. Dr. Swathi serves adjunct faculty and has guest lectured at colleges of pharmacy, colleges of traditional Chinese medicine, and undergraduate institutions worldwide. Email: swathi@doctorswathi.com Website: https://doctorswathi.com

Work experience

May 2020 - Present

Element Apothec

Chief Scientific Officer


May 2020 - Present

Medical Cannabis Mentor

Practitioner & Consumer Educator


May 2020 - Present

Jade Health

Director of Pharmacy


Jul 2019 - Jun 2020

Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy

PGY1 Integrative Health Pharmacy Residency

Co-Founder & First-Ever PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident 2019-2020 Core Rotations: Nutrition, Medical Cannabis, Pharmacogenomics, Leadership/Entrepreneurship Guest Lecturer at Chapman University School of Pharmacy, UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, USC School of Pharmacy & Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

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