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Board of Experts

Board of Experts

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Dr. Quddusa Doongerwala


Adult Psychiatry, with super specialisation in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Quddusa Doongerwala is a Board Certified (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) Psychiatrist with a specialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her medical education at the University of Mumbai; she continued her medical training in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Texas, Houston before finishing with a focus in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Stanford University. After that Dr. Doongerwala has worked for more than 15 years helping families and kids. She has worked in an Inpatient setting in the US, along with a private practice and also worked in the county clinics of San Mateo County in California. She promotes acceptance through knowledge and understanding, and helps unique individuals overcome their fears through special therapeutic and nonjudgmental approaches. When caring for patients, she prefers a holistic approach regarding their emotional, social and biological factors. She treats each person as a unique individual, considering family and social dynamics, diverse beliefs and cultural backgrounds. Practice Locations: (1) Surya Hospitals, Santa Cruz, Mumbai (2) SRCC Hospital, Haji Ali, Mumbai.

"The more you accept your vulnerability the less afraid you will feel."

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Dr. Vaidya’s


Dr. Vaidya’s is a new age Ayurvedic products company that strives to bring the traditional, time-tested goodness of Ayurveda to 21st century customers. Founded by the Vaidya family, whose expertise spans 150 years of Ayurvedic heritage, formulations and knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation through dedicated practice. Today, the company owns 100+ FDA approved formulations for Ayurvedic proprietary medicine. Keeping in line with our dedication to quality, all products are manufactured in-house at an ISO 9001:2015, US FDA registered, GMP certified factory in Silvassa.

"We believe that Ayurveda should expand India’s footprint and become a household lifestyle choice for health and wellness, globally."

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Shiksha R. Bhatia

BSc Hons, MSc Psych

Child and Adolescent Psychologist

Shiksha received a Bachelors degree in Child Psychology from the University of Toronto, & a Masters in Psychotherapy & Counseling. She specializes in behavioural issues in children & adolescents such as depression, anxiety, aggression and stress management with her training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy &, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. BeMindful is a holistic, positive and non-judgmental mental health center, which focuses on providing individualistic interventions & solutions. BeMindful works with personalised therapy plans based on solution oriented & insight-oriented practices. The goal at BeMindful is to make individuals independent, problem-free, balanced with a new set of coping skills to gain long term happiness. Email:

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."

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Sahaj Kang

MA Psychology, MSc Clinical Psychology, PhD Candidate

Clinical Psychologist

Sahaj Kang is a psychologist whose clinical and research experience is in the field of fear, anxiety disorders, pain, trauma, EMDR, CBT and classical conditioning. She is currently working on her PhD as an experimental psychologist and has published several research papers. She is working on trying to classically condition pain using virtual reality since 2018. She received her bachelors in psychology (MA) from the University of St. Andrews and her masters in clinical psychology (MSc) from Utrecht University. Email:

"Enjoy this beautiful journey and remember to take care of yourself mentally as well."

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Dr. Malavika Kohli

M.D, D.V.D, D.N.B. Dermatology

Dermatology and Aesthetics

Dr. Kohli is recognised as one of the pioneers of Aesthetic Dermatology in India. She has been in practice for 27 years. She is the Director and Founder of Skin Secrets, with two clinics in Mumbai. She is a consultant at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre and Breach Candy Hospital Trust. Dr. Kohli is an educator and trainer at International and National meets. She is on the advisory board and Scientific chair for many educational Dermatology and Aesthetic Dermatology Forums and Societies in India. She has also been invited faculty and has delivered lectures at National and International conferences. She has also authored chapters in several textbooks of Dermatology. She was recognised as one of the top doctors in Mumbai (2019-2020) by India Today.

"Babies are a treasure trove of discovery and joy! Nurturing motherhood and womanhood through pregnancy and after is key to happy babies and a family."

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Dr. Spina Mehta Choksi, The Dental Bay

BDS, PGCOI Dental Surgeon

Esthetic Dentistry

Dr. Spina Choksi has done her bachelors degree in dental surgery, she has completed a certified course in esthetic dentistry and a diploma in implantology. After working as an associate dentist for 6 years, runs her own private practice in South Mumbai. She is a specialist in smile designing and root canals and caters to patients of all ages.

"It's the smile of a baby which makes life worth living."

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Dr. Rishma Pai


Fertility, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Rishma Dhillon Pai. Consultant gynecologist at Lilavati, Jaslok and Hinduja hospitals, Mumbai. She is the President of the Mumbai Obstetric and Gynaecological society. She is the only doctor in India to have been president of all major gynaecological organizations of India- Federation of gynaecological societies of India- FOGSI -with 35,000 gynecologists as members. Past president of Indian society of Assisted reproduction -ISAR and Indian Association of Gynaecological Endoscopists- IAGE. She is also the Assistant Treasurer of International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS). Email:

"Making parents – bringing miracles to life!"

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Dr. Dhwanika Saumil Kapadia


General Physician, Family Medicine

Dr. Dhwanika Kapadia trained at G.S. medical college and KEM hospital, Mumbai. She practices as a general physician at her own “alldoctors” clinic for the last 13 years. She treats over 20,000 patients yearly, stressing on the importance of preventive healthcare. She has branded a traditional family practice that upholds all the values of what an ideal primary health care setup should have at a cost that is affordable by all. “alldoctors” is a facility where she introduced many services including pathology, radiology, dermatology, diet and nutrition, ophthalmology- all integrated with her family medicine practice. Call: +91 7506251989, +91 9820545741. Email:

"Being pregnant is a great feeling, holding your baby in your arms is the best! It’s a beautiful journey, take each day as it comes and enjoy each and every moment of it!"

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Dr. Batra’s Homeopathy Clinic


With over 225 clinics in India, UK, UAE, Bahrain and Bangladesh, Dr. Batra’s Homeopathy Clinics has over 400 doctors including skin specialists, hair specialists and experienced homeopathic doctors. Dr. Batra’s has treated over 1 million patients and been recognised as an ‘Icon of Indigenous Excellence in Healthcare’ by The Economic Times. Dr. Batra’s specializes in Hair, Skin, Allergies, Child and Women’s Health, Mental Health, Sexual Health and Weight Management ailments including Hair loss, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Acne, Low immunity, Tonsillitis, Stress Management, Migraine, Thyroid, PCOS, Menopause, Allergies, Sexual Health and Weight Management, Infertility and Male Infertility.

"Homeopathy is trusted by over 200 million people globally and over 100 million in India. It is safe, natural and side effect free and therefore the best system of medicine for pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and children."

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Apoorva Joshi, Unbox Nutrition

Clinical Nutritionist (ACSM), Certified Nutrition Counselor (Sophia College for Women), Diabetes Educator (NDEP)

Nutrition for - Weight Management, Diabetes, PCOS, Health at Every Size

Apoorva has experience of working with over 1000 clients and patients. She is the founder of Unbox Nutrition. She is a Clinical Nutritionist working with consultant endocrinologist Dr Nadeem Rais. She is also a corporate wellness coach. Email:

"Healthy is the new happy!"

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Dr. Madhuri Mehendale


Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr. Madhuri Mehendale is a practicing Obstetrics and Gynaecologist, for the past 12 years. She is an Assistant Professor at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Corporation, Mumbai. Her special interest is High Risk Obstetrics. She has also been specially trained in Lactational Counseling. Dr. Mehendale has several national and international research publications, and awards. FOGSI Wonder Award 2019 and MOGSI Young Scientist Award 2019 are some of her recognitions. “I would love to extend help to all the expecting parents through Baby Space.” Email:

"Pregnancy is the most powerful creation to have life growing inside you. There is no bigger gift. Enjoy it!"

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Dr. Bhavini Shah Balakrishnan


Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Bhavini Balakrishnan is a consultant obstetrician & gynecologist with more than 10 years of experience. Her area of special interest is High Risk Obstetrics, Fertility treatment and gynaec endoscopy. She received the Prof. Soonu Sheriar award by Mumbai Obstetrics & Gynecology Society in 2018 and 2019. She also received the Wonder Fogsian Award in 2019 by the Federation of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of India. Dr., Balakrishnan is the Director of Momma’s Clinic, in Mumbai. She also has a blog called “Her health is important too.”

"Her health is important too."

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Dr. Anahita Chauhan


Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Anahita Chauhan is an obstetrician gynecologist, with special interest in high-risk obstetrics, adolescent health & contraception and urogynecology. She is the honorary consultant at Saifee Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital. She is the former professor and unit head at Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital. Dr. Chauhan is the Secretary of Mumbai Ob Gyn Society (2020-2021). She is the second joint editor of the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology of India. She has numerous publications, including 17 editorials, 26 chapters and more than 80 original articles and case reports. Email:

"There is never a right time or a wrong time to get pregnant; it doesn’t always fit into your timeline or schedule. Create a healthy environment before you start planning to get pregnant, and welcome the child into your life."

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Dr. Reena Wani


Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Reena Wani is a Professor & Unit Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology HBT Medical College & Dr. R N Cooper Municipal Hospital, Mumbai. She has been in clinical practice and academics for 28 years. She is an UG/PG teacher, & works in MOGS & FOGSI in various ways. She is a part of the Core Committee Violence Against Women Cell 2015-2021: FOGSI Perinatology Chairperson 2015-2017: Trainer for DIPSI, CCICP, ARSH, Lactation, RTI-STI, Youth Mela, HDP Gestosis & Peer Reviewer JOG. She has written 50+ chapters, 75+ articles, & textbook “Essential Obstetrics” editor/co-editor of 14 books. She is the Recipient of 23 prizes & awards, including 2 gold medals, 2 State scholarships, Hargobind Fellowship, Women’s Day Award 2015 and Mumbai Top Doctors 2 years in a row. Email:

"As said in the past, a woman should have children by choice, not chance! When pregnant, keeping herself healthy and happy is the key to a good outcome for the unborn child."

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Dr. Sameera Gupta


Occupational Therapy, Specialist in Sports Medicine and Weight Management

Dr. Sameera Gupta is an Occupational therapist, practising physiotherapist and specialist in sports medicine and weight management. She has 23 years of experience working with people’s health & fitness. She has worked with patients in order to reduce aches, pains, and issues with weight management, Diabetes and PCOD. Dr. Sameera received her degree as an Occupational therapist from Seth G.S. Medical College & KEM Hospital & trained in Physiotherapy from Bombay Hospital. She is certified in sports medicine and has Health & fitness training from the American College of Sports Medicine. She is the Founder & Medical Director of Dr. Sameera’s Physioslim Clinic, a Physiotherapy & Wellness center in Sujay Hospital and NM Medical, Khar.

"Family is where life begins and love never ends!"

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Dr. Gaurav Mukesh Chawda


Pediatric and Preventive Dentist

Dr. Gaurav Chawda is a pediatric and preventative dentist who is currently associated with Dr. Twinkle Sanghavi’s Dental Clinic as well as Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children in Mumbai, India. He received his Bachelor of dental surgery from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik and his Masters from Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara. Dr. Chawda received special recognition for his thesis for special children. He has patented a Braille script for Oral Hygiene for visually impaired children. He has also written and published the book: ‘Management of Cleft Lip and Palate: Role of Paedodontist.’ Call: +917769041174. Email:

"Nothing, absolutely nothing in the world can come close to the happiness and satisfaction that one derives from a family."

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Dr. Rahul Verma

MD Pediatrics, DCH Pediatrics, MRCP(UK) Pediatric Medicine

Pediatrics and Neonatology

Dr. Rahul Verma is a Neonatologist and the Director of the Pediatrics Sciences of Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai. Dr. Verma studied at Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai where he completed my MD Pediatric. He has obtained MRCP Pediatrics from the Royal College of Physicians in the UK, while working at St. Thomas’ Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London (UK). In the past, Dr. Verma has been associated with Bombay Hospital, Wockhardt hospital, Seven Hills Hospitals, LTMGH, Holy Spirit Hospital and BSES hospital as a Consultant, Neonatologist and Pediatrician.

"Motherhood is hard work, lets strive to make it comfortable."

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Arati Shah, Café Nutrition

Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science Nutrition, Post-Graduation in Sports Sciences and Nutrition, Fellowship in Clinical Nutrition

Weight Loss Nutrition, Child Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Fertility Nutrition, Prenatal Nutrition

Arati Shah started her career working at India’s pioneering Sports Sciences Institute - Gopikrishna Piramal Memorial Hospital for 4 years. She was a consultant for 10 years before establishing Café Nutrition. Arati has 25 years of experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics. She is the co-founder of Café Nutrition, a diet and nutrition counseling company, and heads the nutrition team. Over the last 5 years, she has worked with over 3000 individuals including parents, and 750 sports persons on their nutrition needs.

"You are your child’s first role model. Eat right to get them to eat right."