Meet the Team

Mental health disorders are complex and require clinical care by a multidisciplinary treatment team. Our team members includes Psychiatrists, Child and adolescent psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists Psychologists & 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.

Expert Doctors

SMART Neuro-Psychiatry Clinic Pune offers expert psychiatrists in Pune who understand your issues and problems. Connect with SMART Neuro-Psychiatry Clinic 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 well-known Psychiatrist in Pune with more than 15 years of experience. Being a merit student he completed MBBS, earning gold medals for all the 3 academic years. Post exceling in M.B.B.S, he choose Psychiatry as his Post graduate specialization, as he was eager to bring a change in the field of Mental Health. He pursued his Post graduate M.D. degree in reputed medical institute of Maharashtra i.e. B. J. Medical College, and Sassoon General Hospital Pune, which is largest Psychiatric care centre in the state. While studying, he participated in various research programs of national and International level. On completion of his post graduate degree, he got appointed as an Ass. Professor at Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health. To ensure he is updated with the recent knowledge in Psychiatry, counselling, sexology, De-addiction, sleep-disorder, he participated and actively presented in 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, marital & sex therapy.

Dr. Swapnil Deshmukh has been rated as the most satisfying consultant Psychiatrist in Pune, through various independent rating agencies and is certified for “good clinical practice". He is committed to deliver most advanced & latest psychiatric treatment options, available in 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 neuro-psychiatry. He has been prescribing the treatment of r-TMS, in resistant cases of neuro-psychiatric disorders since 2011. His centre is considered to be the one of the oldest and most popular unit of r-TMS in India. He is also actively working in the field of Dementia and Geriatric psychiatry, and is the director of Satyak Assisted Living.

Dr. Swapnil Deshmukh’s work, as Independent qualified rater at Bracket, Wayne, USA is one of the achievement obtained by very few Indian consultants. His research on “Effect of poor school performance on psychology of child”, “New drug evaluation”, “Neuro-stimulation therapies”, “Dietary supplements in psychiatry”, and “Psycho-sexual dysfunction” is well-known. He had been appointed as the secretory of “Indian Psychiatric Society – Pune Branch (2012-13), President (2017-18)". His versatility has made him an author/ 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 practicing 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 his caring, compassionate and friendly approach, he makes his patients and their relatives feel at ease and aids in his patient's recovery with patience and a 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, OCD.




Director & Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Dhananjay Ashturkar, an accomplished Psychiatrist from Pimpri-Chinchwad area in 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 PCMC area through his attachment as a consulting Psychiatrist.

Dr. Ashturkar graduated from GMC, Nanded and thereafter finalized DPM from G S Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai securing second position in the examination. His past professional experience includes three years towards teaching as Assistant Lecturer in 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 PCMC area. This 30-bedded hospital catering to patients afflicted with mental illnesses & addictions as well as long term rehabilitation has served as a boon to the people in the region. Dr.Ashturkar has been instrumental in organizing several stress management workshops for the benefit of students, doctors and other professionals.

He also has organized various awareness campaigns to educate the masses and increase awareness levels related to mental health. Furthermore, Dr.Ashturkar has contributed extensively in terms of Psychosocial Intervention and Psychological support services offered to people subjected to natural disasters such as Killari earthquake affected in Latur and Tsunami affected in Tamilnadu. Dr.Ashturkar has received wide appreciation from various quarters for his selfless social work and was recently felicitated as one of the ICONS of PimpriChinchwad area by Lokmat Media Group.

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 & General Uro Surgeon 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 Mumbai, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital and YCM Hospital Pune.

Having started his practice as a General and Uro Surgeon post MS, his keen interest in relatively untouched field of sexual health and male infertility motivated him to focus in the field of Andrology for which he attained fellowship in Andrology. As an essential part, he also underwent training on sex 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 SASSM, International Society of Sexual Medicine and Council of Sex Education and Parenthood International.

Dr. Dhanajay Sathe
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 done her MD psychiatry from Maharashtra University of health sciences. She has worked as Resident and asst. Professor in Dept. Of Psychiatry at IIMSR medical college. She is certified therapist in Mindfulness based RECBT. While working in 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 internship programme at our centre. She is avid reader, a passionate traveller,craftsperson and loves to do gardening.

Dr. Shama Rathod

MBBS DPM Reiki Master Crystal healer

(Integrative Hypnotherapy Practitioner)

Dr. Shama Rathod has completed her DPM from Nair hospital, affiliated to Mumbai University. She has 18 years of experience in the field of community psychiatry as a consultant psychiatrist. She has exposure to childhood problems, adolescents as well as adult clients. She does counselling sessions for marital & intimacy related problems.

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

Dr. Shama Rathod
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. Throughout her life, she sought refuge in these 3 pillars whenever she faced any challenges.

Having worked in the field of Health and Wellness and Psychology for the past 8 years she realized the importance of intentional living and consciously creating a balanced life in the now 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 counseling 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 behaviors 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 and 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 to understand yourself and your needs better and gain a deeper clarity.
  2. She helps you cultivate a positive mindset and raise your self awareness.
  3. Healing with personalized 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 healthy lifestyle

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 National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, Master’s in Applied Psychology with specialization in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and 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, Individual, Couple and Family therapy under supervision.

Nikhil is a RCI registered Clinical Psychologist (CRR No A73918) and an Associate member of American Psychological Association (C2002948773).

My Approach to Psychotherapy

I believe in an eclectic and holistic framework, with a focus of the uniqueness of every client. Paramount to my practice is the offering of a warm, non-judgmental and a compassionate space for you to feel secure enough to discuss your concerns. Within the eclectic perspective, my work is informed by the queer affirmative, trauma informed practices. My clients have immensely benefitted from Insight oriented psychotherapeutic approach, enriched by Attachment theory, CBT, DBT, ACT and Psychodynamic approaches. My practice 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 practices 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, flora and fauna.

Mr. Nikhil S
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 centered support that gradually helps individuals to use their own potential to make informed decisions of their life.

She has a sound knowledge of theoretical counselling approaches and their applications to real-world settings. Areas of expertise include cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectal behavior therapy, gestalt therapy etc. Be it any clients, either having anxious features, depressive features, personal and interpersonal issues, marital issues etc. she ensures to modify and personalize the sessions to suit the expectations of each client.

As a certified NLP Practitioner, Life coach she has an edge to help her clients to see the real-life situations and feel the experiences of life from different perspective.

Ms. Shrenika Hatarote

MPhil. (RCI registered)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

She has completed her M.Phil in Clinical psychology from Osmania University, Hyderabad in 2014 and Working in the field of Mental Health since then. She is experienced in treating patients with depression, anxiety, thought problems, interpersonal issues and adjustment problems and childhood disorders.

She is well versed with psychological assessment in children and adults both. She masters in therapeutic interventions like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Marital Therapy, Family Therapy, Social Skill, Training and Counselling.

Ms. Shrenika Hathrote
Ms. Simran Alekar

Ms. Simran Alekar

MA (Clinical Psychology)


On completion of studies, she realized that her calling was to leave a mark in the field of psychology. That began her journey, where she created an opportunity to get associated with various organizations to understand different cultures and to gain wide experience in different fields of psychology.

Her understanding of the field reflected in her research papers, which were presented in multiple competitions and reputed organizations in various cities. Beginning her career, she worked with autistic children, which helped her understand their needs. Following which she worked in a different set up of an NGO, where she interacted with different age groups belonging from various socio economic strata.

In the process, she realized the need to give more importance to elderly care. Currently she is working with the motive to bring a change in the geriatric field by spreading more awareness about the same.

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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 & Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Care, De-addiction, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Life Coaching, r-TMS and Online Consultation.

Adult Psychiatry

It includes Adult Psychiatry & 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 well experienced team of Child Psychiatrist Dr. Dyananda Deshpande and Psychologist Ms. Shrenika Hathrote who are passionate with their work.

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Psychology services includes 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, career and life. Gain clarity, 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 care is a specialty that focuses on 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 the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a newer development in treatment of depression available at our centre at an affordable rate. It is very effective, safe, rapidly acting and an advanced method of dealing with depression.

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Online Consultation

Get personalized solutions for any mental health issue with instant online doctor consultation. Private & Secure Platform. Trusted Doctors of Smart Clinic. Video & Chat Options.

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It’s important to know that no addiction, regardless of what it is to, is un-treatable. Personalized treatment plans allow people suffering from addiction to ease through withdrawal and learn to live without their addictions.

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