Vision

“To convert the presently curative world into a preventive one.”

Mission

We, through Prajna Self-Care, wish to equip every individual, right from kids to the elderly, with self-care technology and the ability to take better care of themselves and lead balanced, healthy and ultimately happy lives.

Our Team

Shailendra Dhakadey

Founder & MD

Mr. Shailendra Dhakadey is a B. Tech in Chemical Engineering and MBA in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. He has over sixteen years of experience in Distressed Assets Management, Corporate Banking and managing business start-ups. A wellness enthusiast, Mr. Dhakadey is also a certified Yoga Trainer having completed his certification from the reputed Yoga Vidya Niketan in Navi Mumbai.

His vision is to equip every individual with self-care technology consisting of yoga, nutrition and mental health, right from kids to elders so that they can live a resilient, healthy and balanced life.

Pankita Chivate

VP Sales & Marketing

A powerhouse of creative energy with her out of the box ideas and ‘Never Give Up’ attitude, Ms. Pankita Gala has a cumulative experience of over 15 years in the field of Human Resource, Marketing, Public Relations, Administration, Operations Management and Process Management. A PGDHRM graduate with a background in Psychology and Commercial Arts, Ms. Gala has displayed her astute leadership skills managing global teams and multi-million-dollar projects for various big companies and Start-ups. A multi-faceted personality with many feathers to her cap, she has also represented the Indian Government Delegation for various cultural events in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Vishal Lokhande

AVP - Product & Operations

Vishal is a Sales and Operations Professional with over 12 years of work experience overseeing various aspects of the business. Over the period, he has established himself as a Subject Matter Expert in the arena of Territory Management, People Management and Training. A certified Yoga and Naturopathy teacher, Mr. Lokhande has conducted and coordinated various practice sessions and counselling while motivating people to discover their healthiest self. A highly motivated individual, he is committed to make self-care a priority among the masses.

Megha Kampli

Assistant Product Manager

A certified Yoga Instructor from Kaivalydhama Institute, Lonavala, Ms. Megha Kampli is a National Level Bronze medallist in Yoga. A Recipient of the Goan Yogshree Award in 2017, Ms. Kampli has won back to back state level gold medals between 2013 and 2017. Having dedicated her life to Yoga, Ms. Kampli has also coached the Goan contingent for the National School Games in Chhattisgarh with her students winning multiple accolades.

Sajita Sunil

In-House Expert - Nutrition

A certified Dietician with more than 15 years of experience in clinical nutrition, fitness industry and meal delivery in India and the UAE, Mrs. Sajita Sunil has worked on a number of Government and Non-Govenrment projects to change the way people eat. A certified NLP practitioner and Yoga Coach, Mrs. Sunil is a staunch proponent of Naturopathy in Diet and Nutrition.

Shilpa Iyer

In-House Expert - Mental Health

A Psychology professional with more than 15 years of experience, Mrs. Shilpa Iyer has graduated in Social Psychology from Mumbai University. A qualified Regression Therapist and Healer from CHII, USA, Mrs. Iyer has touched and improved hundreds of lives through her sessions. Widely acclaimed for her non-medical therapies, Mrs. Iyer has also given multiple Ted Talks on the subject.

Advisory Board

DR. SHARADCHANDRA BHALEKAR

Dr Sharadchandra Bhalekar is an ayurvedacharya and has done his Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy (M.S. con-psy). He has been working as a Principal I/C at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala. Author of books, “Pranayama-mudra and meditation” and “Anatomy-Physiology of Yoga”,
Dr. Bhalekar has a unique blend of modern as well as traditional approaches to yoga in his teachings and writings. He has conducted profligate workshops at National and International conferences.

MOHD. SABIR SHAIKH

Widely respected in the Yoga community, Mr. Sabir Shaikh is the Director of Yoga Sadhana Mandir in Nerul, for over 7 years and a yoga mentor conducting daily yoga sessions and weekend workshops on yoga therapeutic topics related to ailments.

Mr. Sabir Shaikh serves as a board member of several renowned Yoga Institutions. He was associated with Yoga Vidya Niketan (YVN) for almost 10 years, wherein he worked on innumerable yoga workshops on various health related topics along with the guidance of senior yoga experts. Under the banner of YVN, Mr. Shaikh has conducted projects on yoga for Government and Semi Government agencies like Navi Mumbai Police, NMMC, NACEN, BARC, BPCL, etc.

Additionally, he has conducted yoga classes for Employees of Internationally recognized firms. He has attended International Conferences and Workshops on subjects related to Holistic Wellness across the globe.

Mr. Sabir Shaikh had completed his Diploma in Yogic Education and Diploma in Yoga Therapy, naturopathy, and Natural Living from Yoga Vidya Niketan. He completed his Diploma in Advance Yoga from Mumbai University in 2009.

Mr. Shaikh is also a well admired academician serving as a permanent faculty member for Yoga in KJ Somaiya College, Mumbai, along with being the visiting faculty for Yoga in other leading colleges across Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

SUNETRA RODAY

Having served as Principal for the Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (MSIHMCT) for more than 35 years, Mrs. Roday is actively involved in educating the society about the role of nutrition and food safety through her associations with various Government and Non-Government projects.

Having worked as an expert with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on their prestigious SNF project – Safe & Nutritious Food – A Shared Responsibility, she is currently empaneled by FSSAI for Content Development and as a Master Trainer for training of Regulatory Staff of FSSAI.

Mrs. Roday also serves as a Nutrition Advisor to Ashoka Innovators for the Public (Rated as one of the top 10 NGOs in the world) for their Nourishing Schools project.

Additionally, she has served as Senior Food Safety Specialist with the EU-INDIA Capacity Building Initiative for Trade Development and trained 700 Master Trainers in Food Safety, Hygiene and Nutrition.

A prolific writer, Mrs. Roday has penned a number of books on nutrition and food safety like Food Science and Nutrition, Food Hygiene and Sanitation and a host of others.

KEERTI SACHDEVA

A PhD in Child Educational Psychology from the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Dr Keerti Sachdeva is known by profession, a psychologist with profound knowledge and expertise in dealing with mental health issues of teenagers, youth and adults.

Dr Sachdeva is one of the leading psychology professionals in Mumbai with over 25 years of experience in areas of Child psychology, Educational psychology, and Social Psychology.

Over the years, she has mastered the art of understanding adolescents and their problems through her extensive experience, as a Psychology teacher and Counsellor at various educational institutions including the famous Lilavatibai Podar ICSE School, Mumbai and Amity International School, Noida.

Her effective counselling has helped youngsters, couples, senior citizens, employees, and managers with a variety of concerns ranging from stress-related issues, anxiety, self-confidence, work-related matters, marriage and relationship, parenting issues, etc.

She is a proud believer of optimism and a philanthropist with a strong conviction to nurture the mind, to face the present reality and cope with situations in every aspect of life.

Dr. Sachdeva actively talks about parenting and dealing with teenagers through her blogs and articles.

Panel of Experts

Ragini Rao

Mrs. Ragini Rao is a Psychotherapist, Trainer and Life Coach, facilitating Personal Development and Growth of Individuals. Ragini is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (TSTA), the senior most level in the International Transactional Analysis hierarchy defined by the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA); and one of the very few such people in India. She trains groups of aspiring Transactional Analysts and Psychotherapists to qualify for international certification by the ITAA.
She is a co-founder of Infinum Growth, an Online Learning Platform that provides Live Online Workshops as well as Learning Videos, on a variety of topics across Personal Growth and Business Management. Ragini is also the current President of the South Asian Association of Transactional Analysts (SAATA).
Apart from training and supervising budding psychotherapists and transaction analysts, Ragini Rao also conducts personal growth workshops covering a range of topics right from interpersonal skills to change management skills- all of which are critical for Organisational Development and Business Management.

Archana Samarth

A Clinical Psychologist with more than 31 years of experience, Mrs. Samarth has helped some of the biggest organisations solve their mental health challenges through her skill and experience. An expert in the field of CBT, REBT and Transactional Analysis, she has counselled patients of all age groups in her roles with various institutions.
Mrs. Samarth has also disseminated her knowledge and insights working as a visiting faculty member at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai while also teaching ‘Human Behaviour’ to management students at SIWS College, Mumbai. The perfect mix of clinical counselling and corporate training, Mrs. Samarth strives to build an emotionally secure world through her work.

Mrs. Inderpreet Kaur-Gupta

A triple postgraduate in Clinical Psychology, English Literature and Aesthetics, Inderpreet also holds a certification in the Intensive Clinical Training in Psychotherapy covering more than 3600 minutes of Intensive Psychotherapy training and 70 hours of Practical sessions (Program certified by UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (HAIFA), Nirmala Niketan, Mind Mandala and Desouza Foundation)

With 17 years of experience in Mental Health, she has conducted many successful training programs for corporate organizations and prestigious educational institutions such as Mahindra British Telecom, GTL, Birla Sun life, K.C College and Xavier’s College, Mumbai, JD institute of Fashion Designing and Aviation, Aptech (Vashi) to name a few. She has also conducted Personality Development and Soft Skills sessions for aspiring Cabin Crew and beauty pageants such as Miss Mumbai, Miss Navi Mumbai, as well.

She recently published a novel ‘Can Spring Be Far Behind’ and received a lot of appreciation for her writing style.

She is actively involved in social service and is the General Secretary at the Humanity First Foundation a Human Rights NGO in Navi Mumbai. She was awarded with the Stree Shakti Puruskar for my contribution to youth development and social service. Her life and actions revolve around the Theory of Karma and the beauty of loving and giving.

Shefali Vaidya

Ms. Vaidya is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience in the field of Counselling and Therapy. A certified NLP practitioner who has helped hundreds of people through her techniques. An REBT/CBT expert, Ms. Vaidya is proficient in various counselling techniques with a proven track record. Having worked with individuals and institutions, she specialises in aptitude, intelligence and personality testing, remedial therapy and behaviour modification.

Rashmi Priya

A solution-oriented and customer focused professional with an experience of 15 years, Ms. Rashmi Priya believes that the biggest success lies in discovering and nurturing one’s true talents. She strives to bring out the best in them by leveraging her expertise in multiple areas like coaching, competency-based talent interventions, assessing and enhancing team, manager, employee effectiveness, developing creative, engaging learning content and impactful OD projects.
As a Life, Growth & Resilience Coach, she has helped numerous clients come up with meaningful insights and awareness and create a compelling action plan leading to transformational learning & growth.
She has worked with various clients and designed and facilitated sessions which are fun, engaging, relevant and universally applicable at the workplace. Before taking the giant leap to follow her passion, she has worked in numerous multinational organisations as an HR professional in various domains like Employee Relations, Employee Engagement, Talent Management and Learning and Development.

Ms. Sagarika S

Ms. Sagarika S, a certified yoga teacher, has completed her Yoga Teachers Training and Therapy & Naturopathy Diplomas from the prestigious Yoga Vidya Niketan, Vashi.

With Vipassana & other meditation workshops knowledge, she strongly believes that a healthy mind will bring about a healthy body and has initiated many of her yoga students into meditation. Her Medical Transcription experience for many years helps her understand & apply her knowledge in therapeutic yoga sessions. She has been able to inspire huge no. of students to learn and practice yoga.

Mrs Sonali Paranjpe

A firm believer in the vital role of Yoga, Mrs Sonali Paranjpe is a renowned Yoga and Naturo-Therapist from Nerul, Navi Mumbai. With a postgraduate in Physics and B.Ed. from Nagpur University, Mrs Paranjpe was formerly associated as a lecturer with Bhilai Institute of Technology and Science at Durg, Chhattisgarh. Over the years she has imparted her knowledge through teaching at schools in Jabalpur, Panvel and Nerul. Mrs Paranjpe holds a diploma in Yogic therapy, Natural Living and Naturopathy from the famous Yoga Vidya Niketan, Vashi. Her brilliant performance and academics at YVN led her to achieve the 2nd Rank and become a commendable Yoga trainer at Yoga Vidya Niketan, Vashi. Mrs Paranjpe was awarded Best Sadhaka award in 2015, alongside, participated in various lifestyle enrichment workshops including Isha Yoga, Art of Living, Food & Nutrition guide by the Government of India. Creating yoga awareness amongst the masses being her prime motive, Mrs Sonali wishes to be an agent in the healing process for masses.

Ms. Rekha Bhat

A dynamic yoga teacher from Yoga Alliance USA, Ms. Rekha Bhat has led a number of workshops for national and international attendees. Her love for yoga and making positive lifestyle changes, inspired her to write research articles about the current healthcare system.

Ms. Rekha Bhat is a qualified Assistant Professor in the NET with masters in English Literature and is alongside pursuing a Yoga Advanced level course and a CPD Pilates instructor course. She coaches people from different regions, across the globe with yoga therapy, and has successfully treated infertility, obesity and weight loss, varicose veins, anxiety, migraine, insomnia, thyroid, and a variety other lifestyle issues. As a goodwill gesture, she is providing online consultations to many patients affected by the covid-19 pandemic.

DR. Soma Chakrabarty

Dr. Soma Chakrabarty is working in the field of nutrition for more than the last 12 years. She has explored and experienced the entire range of malnutrition- ranging from under-nutrition to over-nutrition.
Being a student of food and nutrition since graduation, she has always prioritized developing her own food knowledge beyond just calorie, carbohydrate, and fat. She tried to develop supplementary food using our kitchen waste which matches the nutritional profile of other commercial formulas available in the market. Eventually, that becomes her doctoral thesis and got awarded in 2017 from the University of Calcutta.
Dr. Soma has worked as a nutritionist in both the health care industry as well as in the development sector. Experience of working with an organisation such as Talwalkars (Kolkata), Child in Need Institute (Kolkata), Naandi Foundation (Hyderabad) and international organizations like Unicef, Save the Children, World Bank on multiple projects has given her opportunities to explore rural India, interacting with farmers and agricultural labors, understanding the ground scenario of food production as well as the ecosystem which in turn nourished her own knowledge on food and nutrition.
Dr. Soma strongly believes that food wisdom does not come only with an academic degree but also with experience and with an open mind. She always keeps herself open for the knowledge exchange which might help her to grow her food sense and you to develop a sensible and sustainable eating behavior to attain lasting wellness.

Swarada Pitkar

Ms. Swarada Pitkar is a Registered Dietician (RD) and has done her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. She has over four years of experience in handling nutritional requirements of inpatients in leading medical setups, including Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre and Apollo Hospital, Navi Mumbai. Additionally, she has completed internships in Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Mumbai, and Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune.
She is a highly self-motivated individual with a strong work ethic and a desire to bring about positive change in society through contributions in the field of dietetics and nutrition. She passionately believes that small changes to the daily diet and lifestyle go a long way in leading a healthy life.

Our Doctors' Panel

Dr. Kusuma

Dr Kusuma is a Practicing Psychiatrist and a consultant in Mumbai. With an experience of over 5 years in Psychiatry, she has presented papers in various national forums and written a chapter in a book on Dementia and its care.
Having been trained from Sion Hospital, Dr. Kusuma has treated many psychiatric issues affecting children like depression, anxiety, learning disability, phobia and takes keen interest in child and adolescent psychiatry and good parenting.

Dr. Honey Savla

An enthusiastic professional, Dr. Honey Savla is an Internal Medicine Specialist and Consultant at Wockhardt Hospitals Ltd., Mumbai. With a vast experience in treating diabetes, thyroid and infectious diseases, Dr. Savla is focused on the digitization of healthcare as evidenced by her initiative to start online consultations amidst the covid-19 pandemic to provide support and relief to several patients.
Known for her nurturing, reassuring and selfless behavior, extending knowledge and dedication towards internal medicine practice among her patients, Dr. Savla is steadfastly working towards her noble vision of opening multiple clinics across the city and to touch as many lives as possible.
Dr. Savla is presently involved in the care of Covid-19 positive patients. She is a freelance professor for various medical institutions and frequently writes articles for a number of medical magazines.

Dr. Annal Vaidya

Dr. Annal Vaidya is a renowned Gynaecologist who has completed his MBBS and MS in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the prestigious Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai and is currently working as an Assistant Professor at KEM Hospital, Mumbai.
Committed to the dissemination of healthcare technology to the masses, DRM Vaidya is a panel consultant obstetrician and gynecologist attached to Babasaheb Gawde Charitable hospital and various other nursing homes in the Santacruz-Kalina area.
Dr. Vaidya’s keen interest in the field if high risk obstetrics has led him to be actively involved in various academic works, having published 7 original research articles in journals of international reputation.