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.

Mr. Vaishnav Natarajan

MPT (Cardio & Pulmonary Sciences)

Chief Physiotherapist, Cardiac Wellness Institute

Mr. Vaishnav Natarajan is a self driven, dynamic and enthusiastic young professional specialised in Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physiotherapy. He is passionate not only about improving the physical and physiological components of health but also the psychosocial wellbeing of individuals. His friendly and empathetic approach to patients enables him to gain their trust easily and work closely with them to overcome their health and fitness related issues.

Vaishnav's prior experience spans both acute care physiotherapy as well as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation in various healthcare institutions in Chennai and Manipal. He strongly believes that he can make positive changes in peoples' lives by applying his learning and skills. His quest for knowledge and perfection is well poised to help him lead the clients of Cardiac Wellness Institute towards a disease-free, healthy life.

Mrs. Dhanalakshmi Ganesh

M.Sc Food and Nutrition

Chief Dietitian, Cardiac Wellness Institute

Mrs. Dhanalakshmi Ganesh is committed to helping people to eat well and lead healthy lifestyles. She has ample experience in evaluating patients and guiding them towards heart-healthy eating habits. She plays a vital role in the healthcare team at Cardiac Wellness Institute by providing relevant nutritional advice to patients with cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic problems. She strongly believes that the rampant lifestyle risk factors can be addressed by increasing awareness and providing education.

Dhanalakshmi’s expertise in the areas of nutritional behaviour modification and weight management, together with her past experience working in leading diabetic and superspecialty hospitals put her at a strong position to improve the health and quality of life of those who walk through the doors of Cardiac Wellness Institute.

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.