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Mental health disorders are complex and require clinical care by a multidisciplinary treatment team. Our team includes psychiatrists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists, and counsellors.

Panel of experienced psychiatrists and psychologists

Our team will develop a framework of mindful intentions, purposeful choices, and deliberate actions that will help you take responsibility for your own well-being and create positive, lasting, lifestyle changes.

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SMART Neuro-Psychiatry Clinic Pune offers expert psychiatrists in Pune who understand your issues and problems. Connect with the SMART Neuro-Psychiatry Clinic in Pune to gain expert opinions and assistance for your mental illness.

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Director & Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Swapnil Deshmukh is one of the best-known psychiatrists in Pune, with more than 15 years of experience. Being a merit student, he completed his MBBS, earning gold medals for all three academic years. After excelling in MBBS, he chose psychiatry as his postgraduate specialization, as he was eager to bring about a change in the field of mental health. He received his postgraduate M.D. from B. J. Medical College in Maharashtra, as well as Sassoon General Hospital Pune, the state's largest psychiatric care center.While studying, he participated in various research programmes at the national and international level. He was appointed as an associate professor at the Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health after completing his postgraduate degree. To ensure he is updated with the latest knowledge in psychiatry, counselling, sexology, de-addiction, and sleep disorders, he actively participates in and presents at various CME (continuous medical education) programs at national and international levels. His interest led him to become an expert in the treatment of resistant cases of depression, schizophrenia, OCD, stress management, and marital and sex therapy.

Dr. Swapnil Deshmukh has been recognised by various independent rating agencies as the most satisfying consultant psychiatrist in Pune and is certified for "good clinical practice." He is committed to delivering the most advanced and latest psychiatric treatment options available in the western world to our country. He has done training and research in transcranial magnetic stimulation (r-TMS), which is considered to be the world’s latest and safest treatment modality in neuropsychiatry. He has been prescribing the treatment of r-TMS, in resistant cases of neuropsychiatric disorders since 2011. His centre is considered to be one of the oldest and most popular units of r-TMS in India. He is also actively working in the fields of dementia and geriatric psychiatry and is the director of Satyak Assisted Living.

Dr. Swapnil Deshmukh's work as an independent qualified rater at Bracket in Wayne, USA, is one of only a few Indian consultants' accomplishments. His research on "the effect of poor school performance on the psychology of children," "new drug evaluation," "neuro-stimulation therapies," "dietary supplements in psychiatry," and "psycho-sexual dysfunction" is well known. He had been appointed as the secretary of the "Indian Psychiatric Society—Pune Branch (2012–13), President (2017–18)". His versatility has made him an author and expert adviser for many online blogs and newspapers.




  • Director & Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Director - SMART Neuro Psychiatry Clinic
  • Astha Hospital and De-addiction Centre
  • Ex-President of Indian Psychiatric Society, Maharashtra and Pune Branch

Having completed his Masters in Psychiatric Medicine with a Gold Medal from the prestigious B. J. Medical College, Pune, Dr. Bharat Sarode has been practising as a consultant psychiatrist since 1997. He has successfully treated more than 50,000 patients. With his extensive knowledge, 25 years of clinical experience, passion for mental health and wellness, and caring, compassionate, and friendly approach, he makes his patients and their relatives feel at ease and aids in their recovery with patience and reassuring guidance.

He is associated with various hospitals in Pune and PCMC.

He has a special interest in self-development and conducts motivational workshops for organizations, universities, and schools. He has participated in various national and international conferences and written articles on mental health.

Expertise: depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, sexual disorder, insomnia, epilepsy, and OCD.




Director & Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Dhananjay Ashturkar, an accomplished psychiatrist from the Pimpri-Chinchwad area of Pune, is one of the esteemed directors of Aastha Hospital (Chinchwad, Pune) and Prerana De-addiction Centre (KanhePhata, Maval), through which he plays a key role in a broad range of mental health care services. Besides this, Dr. Dhananjay Ashturkar also offers psychiatric services to many hospitals in the PCMC area through his attachment as a consulting psychiatrist.

Dr. Ashturkar received his diploma from GMC, Nanded, and then went on to complete his DPM at G S Medical College and KEM Hospital in Mumbai, where he placed second.His past professional experience includes three years of teaching as an assistant lecturer in the Dept. of Psychiatry, Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pimpri. Dr. Ashturkar is associated with significant positions in medical societies and professional bodies. Dr. Ashturkar perceived the need to promote psychological health and a disease-free, sound mind in today's stressful times. He thus set up Aastha Hospital for the benefit of people residing in the PCMC area. This 30-bed hospital, which caters to patients afflicted with mental illnesses and addictions as well as long term rehabilitation, has been a boon to the people in the region. Dr. Ashturkar has been instrumental in organising several stress management workshops for the benefit of students, doctors, and other professionals.

He also organised various awareness campaigns to educate the masses and increase awareness levels related to mental health. Furthermore, Dr. Ashturkar has made significant contributions to psychosocial intervention and psychological support services provided to people affected by natural disasters such as the Killari earthquake in Latur and the Tamilnadu Tsunami. Dr. Ashturkar has received wide appreciation from various quarters for his selfless social work and was recently felicitated as one of the ICONS of Pimpri-Chinchwad by Lokmat Media Group.

Dr. Dhanajay Sathe

Dr. Dhananjay Sathe

MBBS MS (Fellowship in Andrology)

Andrologist & Sexologist, Male infertility, Male's Health, Micro-surgery, Penile Implant Surgeon

Dr. Dhananjay Sathe is a consulting andrologist and general urosurgeon with around 13 years of experience, presently practising at Sahyadri Super Speciality Hospital and CheQKmate Pune. He has been associated with renowned infertility centres like Indira IVF and Nova IVI Fertility. He also has to his credit the experience of working in institutions like JJ Hospital in Mumbai, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, and YCM Hospital in Pune.

Following his post-MS practise as a general and urological surgeon, his keen interest in the relatively unexplored field of sexual health and male infertility motivated him to specialise in andrology, for which he received fellowship. As an essential part, he also underwent training in sexual therapy and counselling. He is well versed in various microsurgical, implant technique, and ART aspects of andrology. He is a member of various institutions like the SASSM, the International Society of Sexual Medicine, the Council of Sex Education, and Parenthood International.

Dr. Dnyanda Deshpande

Dr. Dnyanda Deshpande

MBBS MD (Psychiatry)

  • Affiliations - Member of the Indian Psychiatric society,
  • Pune Psychiatry Association, Member of AED (Academy for eating disorder)
  • Ext. Training Child and adolescent psychiatry NIMHANS

Dr. Dnyanda Deshpande has an MD in psychiatry from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. She has worked as a resident and assistant professor in the IIMSR medical college's department of psychiatry. She is a certified therapist in mindfulness-based RECBT. While working in the field of adult psychiatry, she has further persuaded her interests in child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry and started devoting her maximum time to work with children and parents, in her words, "it’s easier to build strong children than repair broken men."

She has been actively involved in initiatives to educate medical, psychology interns and trainees on the intersection of psychology and psychiatry and runs an internship programme at our centre. She is an avid reader, a passionate traveler, a crafter, and a gardener.

Dr. Sachin Mahajan

Dr. Sachin Mahajan



Dr. Sachin Mahajan is one of the practising psychiatrists in Pune with more than 5 years of experience. He has completed his MBBS at RCSM GMC, Kolhapur. He decided to pursue a postgraduate degree in psychiatry because of his explicit interest in communicating and understanding how people's thinking patterns change their behavior. He completed his postgraduate M.D. degree in one of the reputed academic medical institutes of Maharashtra, i.e., Seth GS. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, which is well known for its psychiatric care centre with a separate de-addiction centre of excellence attached to it that is available at only selected institutes in Maharashtra. While studying, he participated in various research programs and conferences on a national and international level.

He is also experienced in dealing with neuropsychiatric complications in patients with epilepsy, stroke, and other neurological disorders. He came in second place in the BPS West zonal quiz. He was also named one of the top 12 young psychiatrists in India and placed second in the TYSA quiz. He has also done exemplary work in the COVID pandemic and helped people with mental problems access mental health care. As he further wants to explore more in the field of mental health, he has completed his DNB in Psychiatry, which is awarded by the National Board of Examination, New Delhi.

He has worked as an assistant professor at LTMMC and Sion General Hospital for 1 year, after which he continued to work as an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at BJMC and Sasoon Hospital, Pune.

He has also continued to pursue his interest by completing a CBT fellowship and receiving training from a student of Aaron Beck (the father of CBT). He also actively participated in a research and training program in transcranial magnetic stimulation (r-TMS), which is one of the most advanced treatment modalities in neuropsychiatry.

Dr. Sachin Mahajan has also completed a fellowship course at Boston University in the management of epilepsy and its neuropsychiatric sequelae. He has expertise in the management of adolescent sexual problems and dementia care. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS). 

Dr. Shama Rathod

Dr. Shama Rathod

MBBS DPM Reiki Master Crystal healer

(Integrative Hypnotherapy Practitioner)

Dr. Shama Rathod has completed her DPM at Nair Hospital, affiliated with Mumbai University. She has 18 years of experience in the field of community psychiatry as a consultant psychiatrist. She has exposure to childhood problems, adolescent problems, and adult clients. She does counselling sessions for marital and intimacy-related problems.

She has conducted lectures regarding awareness about mental health and psychological wellbeing for doctors as well as the general population. She has counselled victims of domestic abuse, trauma, and sexual abuse in her career. She is working with children in conflict with the law. She believes in acceptance, empathy, and non-judgmental positive support. She is a qualified hypnotherapist and works with addiction, OCD, phobias, and pain disorders through this therapy.

Dr. Vrushali Sarode

Dr. Vrushali B. Sarode


Certification in Positive Psychology - University of Pennsylvania
Doctor. Psychotherapist. Life and Holistic Wellness Coach. Face Yoga instructor.

Her journey into emotional wellness began at an early age, thanks to her father, who is her major life influence and a reputed psychiatrist in Pune. She was raised in an environment where she was introduced to psychology, spirituality, and personal growth from an early age. She sought refuge in these three pillars whenever she faced difficulties throughout her life.

Having worked in the fields of health and wellness and psychology for the past 8 years, she realised the importance of intentional living and consciously creating a balanced life in the present in order to prevent physical and mental ailments in the future.

With her warm and compassionate nature, friendly approach, and positive energy, she's here to motivate, support, and guide you and hold you accountable for the changes that you wish to bring to your life.

She offers one-on-one life coaching and counselling sessions to empower you to achieve your goals and also conducts self development workshops.

She has created a series of interactive workshops to educate and implement healthy behaviours and actions that bring you closer to your dream life.

Her workshops are based on her research in modern science, positive psychology, ancient eastern wisdom, western philosophy, and spirituality.

She also conducts workshops on face yoga, gentle full-body stretches, guided meditations, and affirmations that help nourish your body, mind, and soul.

Expertise -

  1. She takes you on a journey of inner exploration and self-discovery with her reflective and interactive sessions. You'll be given live exercises that aid you in understanding yourself and your needs better and gaining deeper clarity.
  2. She helps you cultivate a positive mindset and raise your self-awareness.
  3. Healing with personalised guided meditations and affirmations.
  4. Topics of Interest :-
    • Self-love, self-acceptance, and self-care
    • Positive Psychology
    • Relationship Coaching
    • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
    • Self-confidence
    • Goal setting
    • Time Management
    • Relaxation Therapies
    • Positive thinking and a healthy lifestyle
Mr. Nikhil S

Mr. Nikhil S


Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Nikhil is a Clinical Psychologist, Queer affirmative, and trauma informed psychotherapist.

He has completed his MPhil in Clinical Psychology from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, his Master’s in Applied Psychology with specialisation in Clinical Psychology from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and his Bachelor’s in Criminology and Forensic Science, Psychology, and Sociology (triple majors) from Mysore University.

He further holds certifications in Queer Affirmative Counseling Practice, Yoga in Mental Health and Trauma informed psychotherapy.

He has been invited as an eminent speaker at the International Conference on, "Mental Health Care through Spirituality, Ayurveda, and Alternative Therapies.".

Nikhil has worked with children and adults for over 8 years in diverse settings across India, including King George Medical University, Lucknow, and Mental Health Action Trust (MHAT), an NGO based in Calicut, Kerala. During the above roles, he was engaged in various psychological assessments and individual, couple, and family therapy under supervision.

Nikhil is a RCI registered clinical psychologist (CRR No. A73918) and an associate member of the American Psychological Association (C2002948773).

My Psychotherapy Approach

I believe in an eclectic and holistic framework with a focus on the uniqueness of every client. Paramount to my practise is the  offering of a warm, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for you to feel secure enough to discuss your concerns. From an eclectic standpoint, my work is informed by queer affirmative and trauma-informed practices.My clients have immensely benefited from an insight-oriented psychotherapeutic approach, enriched by attachment theory, CBT, DBT, ACT, and psychodynamic approaches. My practise is unique as I combine western knowledge with the eastern knowledge systems of yoga and mindfulness to provide a holistic approach.

I strongly believe in self-work and life-long learning and routinely attend professional development trainings and certifications, so as to offer you the latest evidence-based practises in therapy.

I look forward to connecting with you and supporting you with the next step in your healing journey.

When I am not working, I can be found enjoying long drives, movies, and exploring the beauty of nature and its flora and fauna.

Ms. Rashida Poonawala

Ms. Rashida Poonawala

[M.A. (Cl. PSY.) PG (CPSY.)]

Consultant Psychologist

She is an experienced mental health professional, providing patients with various techniques to cope with psychological struggles. She greatly believes in delivering client-centred support that gradually helps individuals use their own potential to make informed life decisions of their life.

She has a solid knowledge of theoretical counselling approaches and their applications to real-world settings. Areas of expertise include cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, gestalt therapy, etc. Be it any client, whether having anxious or depressive features, personal and interpersonal issues, marital issues, etc., she ensures to modify and personalise the sessions to suit the expectations of each client.

As a certified NLP practitioner and life coach, she has an edge in helping her clients see real-life situations and feel the experiences of life from a different perspective.

Ms. Shrenika Hathrote

Ms. Shrenika Hatarote

MPhil. (RCI registered)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

She completed her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from Osmania University, Hyderabad, in 2014 and has been working in the field of mental health since then. She is experienced in treating patients with depression, anxiety, thought problems, interpersonal issues, adjustment problems, and childhood disorders.

She is well-versed in psychological evaluations of both children and adults. She specialises in therapeutic interventions like cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy, marital therapy, family therapy, social skills training, and counseling.

Dr. Analpa Paranjpe

Dr. Analpa Paranjpe



Dr. Analpa Paranjpe, has done her graduation in Child Development, Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and PhD in Psychology from SPPU (Pune University).

She is the Founder Director of SRUJAN Psycho-Educational Consultancy, Pune which aims at developing abilities in children with focus on children with Special Needs.

A self-made, effective, dedicated educator, resource person, a well-known senior psychologist, and an expert in special education, Dr. Analpa Paranjpe strongly believes in coexistence of strengths and weaknesses in every individual.

Dr. Analpa has a strong educational background of Child Development, Clinical Psychology and Special Education, and work experience of 30+ years in the field of education, and 25+ years in Special Education, she has been instrumental in setting up resource centres, guidance cells, special schools, and taking them to appreciable levels.

She has worked with students from Kindergarten to Post Graduate level, and has hands-on experience of working with children with disabilities on one hand and MENSA students on the other.

Dr. Analpa has been conferred joint accreditation by Jnanaprabodhini’s Institute of Psychology, Pune and Utrecht University, The Netherlands, as an accredited trainer for an indigenous test named Indian Child Intelligence Test (ICIT). She is the first PhD in the country on Indian Child Intelligence Test, adapted from a Dutch test (RAKIT).

Her main focus has always been on Learning Disabilities. In her genuine concern to train more individuals for helping CWSN, she has conceptualized and developed a comprehensive course for Remedial Teachers named ‘Practical Approaches to Learning Difficulties in Children’. This course has evolved over last 16 years and have had more than 500 candidates availing the training.

Dr. Analpa has worked extensively with Tibetan Counsellors for last 10 years, on invitation of the Tibetan Ministry of Education. This has been a continuous training process for techniques for assessments, remedial therapy, counselling.

Over the years Dr. Analpa has trained thousands of teachers, counselled parents, trained volunteers and shadow teachers and guided children with special needs.

She has assessed, diagnosed and given Remedial help and guided in implementing several indigenous and novel practices in training children with Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum, and multiple disabilities.

She has conducted several Summer Camps, Training Programmes and workshops for Children, Slum Children, Mensa Students, College level Students on topics like: Speed Reading, Study Skills / Exam taking, Memory enhancement, Social and Emotional Development, Soft skill / Life Skills, Creativity, Personality development, Stress management, Motivation.

She has conducted Workshops for parents and professionals on topics like: Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking, Communication, Disciplining, Parenting Styles, Stress Management, Positive parenting, Inputs for intellectual Growth, Tackling Behavioural problems.

She is consistently invited as Resource person for CRE Programs recognized by RCI. V She has been visiting faculty for Post Graduation courses at prestigious colleges in Pune like S P College, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Teacher Training College, at Jnana Prabodhini’s Institute of Psychology, for Post Graduate Diploma in School Psychology, Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce to name a few.

She has been providing Outreach Services to LD students of Ryewood International School, Lonavala; J. Krisnamurthy Foundation’s Sahyadri School, Pune

Recently Dr.Analpa has been listed as a Guide at IGNOU.

Instrumental in setting up resource centers, guidance cells, special schools and taking them to appreciable levels, Dr Analpa has spearheaded Center for Special Education (Indian school Muscat) to acquire ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Along her journey, she has worked with several prestigious organizations like Prism Foundation, Morris Trust, Morris Foundation, Bharati Hospital's child development and guidance center, RIMS International School, Department of Education of The Tibetan Government in Exile, Indian School for Special Education (a.k.a.Center for Special Education, Muscat), Head of Inclusive Education for all Indian Schools in Sultanate of Oman, DAWN Rehabilitation Center for the Differently Abled and has created niche in the field.

She has featured in articles in Newspapers and Magazines and Radio shows in Muscat and Dubai.

She has presented several research papers at National and International Conferences.

Dr.Analpa was Project Head for 2 major research projects under University Grants Commission (UGC) with Jnanaprabodhini's Institute of Psychology

She along with her team has organized open to public seminars on:

  1. Learning disabilities,
  2. ADHD through Morris Trust.
  3. First ever International Conference on Inclusive Education, in Sultanate of Oman.
  4. Conference for Principals on Inclusive Education in Sultanate of Oman.
  5. Conference for Parents on LD, ADHD & ASD in Sultanate of Oman.
  6. Several Teachers Awareness and Sensitization programs for Inclusive Education in Maharashtra, and in 19 Indian Schools in the Sultanate of Oman
  7. First ever 'Inclusive Sports Event' in the country of Sultanate of Oman

Dr Analpa is a recipient of several prestigious National and International recognition and awards like:
  1. International Fellowship to Norway;
  2. Rotary Club's Best Teacher Award;
  3. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Educator of the Decade award by National Education Society for Children and Youth Welfare;
  4. Shero in 2016,
  5. Courageous Woman Award by BMI Trust, to name a few.
  6. Felicitation : Woman of the Year 2017 for contribution in the field of Special Education by Embassy of India, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman to name a few.
  • She is RCI registered Rehabilitation Psychologist.
  • Is an International Associate Member of American Psychological Association;
  • Life member of Indian Psychiatric Association;
  • Associate Member of Jnanaprabodhini's Institute of Psychology;
  • Consultant to EntelKi Systems and Solutions;
  • Life Member of Business Ethics Foundation
Recently, being a cancer survivor herself, she has started hand holding and counselling for Breast Cancer patients and their families.

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Taking the first step is the hardest part, but our team is here to help. We provide services such as adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric care, de-addiction, counselling and psychotherapy, life coaching, r-TMS, and online consultation.

Adult Psychiatry

It includes adult psychiatry and medication, diagnosis, and treatment of all psychological problems. Advanced treatment for schizophrenia and multi-approach treatment for anxiety and phobias.

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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

We are a skilled team comprised of Dr. Dyananda Deshpande, a child psychiatrist, and Ms. Shrenika Hathrote, a psychologist, who are passionate about their work.

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Psychology services include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and many more.

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Life Coaching

Get the best out of yourself, your relationships, your career, and your life. Gain clarity and confidence, achieve your goals, master your emotions, feel empowered, learn to manage your stress effectively, and have a more loving and fulfilling relationship with yourself and your loved ones.

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Geriatric Care

Geriatrics is a specialty that focuses on the health care of elderly people. It aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults.

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r-TMS, which is transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a newer development in the treatment of depression and is available at our centre at an affordable rate. It is a very effective, safe, rapidly acting, and advanced method of dealing with depression.

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Online Consultation

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