I am a gold-medallist specialist in Endocrinology (hormonal diseases) from TN Medical College and BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai, under Dr P.K.Varthakavi, Dr Manoj Chadha and Dr Nikhil Bhagwat. I have been practising for the last 10 years and treating patients in top hospitals in Navi Mumbai – Fortis Hiranandani Hospital (Vashi), Apollo Hospitals (Belapur) and Cloud Nine Maternal and Child Healthcare (Vashi).
I have several national and international publications in Endocrinology to my credit, with a full focus on women’s health. I am a faculty and speaker at top conferences in Endocrinology.
My communication skills define me – positive, energetic, funny, empathetic and compassionate – my consults are littered with “I understand”, “I am not your enemy, we are in this together”, I am here for you”, “I am not blaming you”. Hard-working, ethical practice (I NEVER write unnecessary investigations or medications and try hard to avoid starting medications wherever I can)
Going out of the way ensures patients receive a good quality of care in continuity from me, and even referrals are curated. I see other doctors as part of the journey and not competitors.
Allaying anxiety with hopeful communication and not scaring people with dire warnings, apologising to patients for unnecessary delays/ long wait times or missed communications, and admitting what patients I cannot care for beyond my expertise. Hardworking and ethical practice is what I believe are some of my positives. I also maintain strong relations with allied staff, especially diabetes educators and nutritionists, for holistic care.
Lastly, I LOVE what I do. I look forward to seeing patients and enjoy my work!
The conditions I treat usually require a multidisciplinary approach. Over the years, I have found the specialists to who I trust and refer my patients. I have listed them here for your convenience and links are attached to their profile
Almost all Hormonal conditions impact the muscles and bones – thyroid, diabetes, menopause, and obesity. Dr Manish Sontakke is an Orthopaedic surgeon . He forms a critical part of the care team. He practices at Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi. He is an expert at joint replacement and spine surgeries having performed hundreds of them.
Though he replaces joints, his USP is that he believes in prevention. He is an expert at teaching exercises to safeguard joints, muscles and bones (to avoid unnecessary medications and injections). Exercises help lead a healthy and fit life as long as possible, naturally without any medical intervention. He exercises regularly with weights, resistance bands, cycles and swims and is extremely fit – in short, he walks the talk!
Nutrition and hormonal conditions are irrevocably interlinked. My nutritionist Shruti Doshi understands this completely. She has the necessary qualifications (Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nutrition, trained diabetes educator). She also brings a wealth of experience to manage a variety of hormonal conditions from the nutritional aspect.
She understands that people need support to start lifestyle modifications. Small doable changes that ultimately develop into habits are key to success. Customising the plan to person’s needs and choices will ensure compliance!! She is an invaluable member of the team.
Reenu Sharma is a counselling psychologist at Navi Mumbai. Since most hormonal conditions are lifelong, coming to terms with the condition (ACCEPTANCE), learning to cope with it (POSITIVE COPING SKILLS) and leading a happy and healthy life needs a lot of psychological support.
Reenu’s mantra is to provide a safe space for women to share their struggles, concerns and challenges. She supports the person in finding their answers in an empathetic and non-judgmental manner. The best part is she is available for online consultations which can be done from the safe cocoon of a person’s home.