Dr. Priya Chockalingam

MBBS, MRCPCH, PhD Cardiology

Founder and Clinical Director, Cardiac Wellness Institute

Dr. Priya's mission is to help people with heart diseases lead a healthy life by educating them about their risk factors and by supporting them to make appropriate lifestyle modifications. Her medical training in India combined with her exposure to renowned healthcare facilities in India, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Switzerland and The Netherlands grant her a unique advantage to take the lead in bringing the best practices in the prevention and rehabilitation of cardiovascular diseases to the subcontinent. She is convinced that the only way we can avoid becoming the "world capital" of cardiovascular and other lifestyle disease is by embracing a strategy of health awareness and disease prevention.

Dr. Priya's recent book "Journey to a Hearty Health" published by Elsevier provides a practical approach to understanding, preventing and reversing heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Her books, public interactions, heart-health workshops, television programs and newspaper articles are spreading awareness about heart diseases and their management among people of various walks of life. Dr. Priya hails from a family of doctors and is an alumnus of the prestigious Madras Medical College. Her desire to combine clinical excellence with scientific research in the management of patients motivated her to obtain her PhD in Cardiology from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Mrs. Janetha Johnson

MPT (Cardiorespiratory), PGDY

Chief Physiotherapist, Cardiac Wellness Institute

Mrs. Janetha Johnson is a highly enthusiastic and motivating person specialised in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy. She is passionate about working together with patients to improve their functional capacity, thereby paving the way for their healthier living. She is a natural at coordinating with all concerned healthcare professionals to provide the best service for patients.

Janetha's clinical experience spans both tertiary level multispecialty hospitals as well as dedicated physiotherapy centres. She strongly believes that she can improve the quality of life of patients through personalised physical therapy and education. Her evidence-based approach to exercise prescription, her empathetic attitude to pain management and her determination to help each and every individual reach his/her fitness goals make Janetha an apt choice to head the physiotherapy unit of Cardiac Wellness Institute.

Ms. Sridevi Sathyaraja

MHsc

Chief Nutritionist, Cardiac Wellness Institute

Sridevi is an experienced nutritionist, a certified diabetes educator and a member of the Indian Dietetic Association. She understands that lifestyle modification has a huge impact on prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases. Sridevi's strengths lie in diabetic and metabolic disease counselling, conducting workshops on balanced nutrition, and working with children as well as adults to modify their dietary behavior. She has contributed to clinical trials and research studies in her field and has actively participated in scientific meetings. She believes that she can positively influence the lifestyle of patients at Cardiac Wellness Institute by educating them on the latest developments on heart healthy diet and by supporting them in their weight management, risk factor control and other health goals.

Mrs. Mathangi Ramprasad

Counseling Psychologist, Cardiac Wellness Institute

Mrs. Mathangi Ramprasad is a freelance counselor working in Chennai. She has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Psychology (Guidance and Counseling) from the Madras University. One of her goals is to motivate individuals and to foster well- being and mental health. With her vast experience in handling people's psychological problems, her role as Counseling Psychologist is a key aspect of patient care at Cardiac Wellness Institute. She facilitates group counseling as well as individual sessions for individuals with cardiovascular diseases and for those at high- risk and with adverse health behaviors. Mathangi also conducts workshops on stress management, parenting, and training for corporates and schoolteachers. She is a Member of Chennai Counselors Foundation and Life Associate Member, Indian Psychiatric Society.

Medical science has proved that stress has an important link in the causation and progression of cardiovascular diseases. It has been found that patients with a recent diagnosis of heart disease and those undergoing interventional procedures or heart surgeries cope much better with the help of appropriate emotional support and guidance.