The Palcare Team

THE PALCARE TEAM

The Medical team is the heart beat of the organization. Every patient’s wellbeing is the team’s primary concern and no efforts are spared to make the patient physically comfortable, pain free and emotionally assured. Be it pouring rain or blistering heat, the team visits the patient and family at their home weekly, fortnightly, monthly – as the patient’s condition may require.

The Medical team comprises doctors, nurses and counsellors. They work as units – comprising one doctor, 2 to 3 nurses and one counsellor per unit. They divide Mumbai into zones, each unit handling a zone. With a multidisciplinary approach, each unit plans and monitors the medical protocol, liaises with the patients’ GP, Oncologist/Radiologist and provides feedback to the Senior Medical Officer.

Meet the PALCARE team:

  • Our Doctors:

    Dr. Kalpesh Jain

    DR. KALPESH JAIN
    Senior Medical Officer

    Dr. Jain completed his MBBS in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, and has been practicing as a family physician since 1993. His work experience includes serving as a Chief Medical & Administrative Officer at Singhi Hospital in Mumbai and as a Medical Officer at the Rele Clinic, Diagnostic Center, in Mumbai. Dr. Jain has had extensive exposure to Intensive Care Unit procedures. He has completed the “Six-Week Intensive Diploma Course in Palliative Care” as well as a “Training Program for Doctors and Nurses on Children’s Palliative Care” conducted by the Tata Memorial Centre. To his work in palliative medicine, he brings an impeccable bedside manner, a strong sense of dedication and a warm sense of humor.

    DR.Santona Pal

    DR. SANTONA PAL
    Medical Officer (MO)

    With an M.B.B.S. and internship from prestigious R.G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, Dr. Pal completed her CCDM specialty in Diabetes Mellitus. She brings with her over 13 years of diverse clinical experience in the field of medicine with a specialty in Diabetes Mellitus. She was associated with very well-known healthcare institutions based out of Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai. She has also had her own private practice and was associated with many healthcare-related social activities.

    DR. NUPUR NAKASHE

    DR. NUPUR NAKASHE
    Medical Officer (MO)

    Dr. Nupur Nakashe graduated as MD, General Medicine (MBBS), from St. Petersburg, Russia. Thereafter, she pursued a PGDPRA from Jamia Hamdard, Delhi and a DHA from Medvarsity and Apollo Hospital, Delhi. She has worked in various well-known hospitals in both Delhi and Mumbai and has over 7 years of diverse clinical experience under her belt. In her free time, Dr. Nupur likes to travel to various destinations across the globe. Dr. Nupur also loves to indulge in gardening and is enthusiastic about environmental conservation.

    DR. PANKAJ BHOIR

    DR. PANKAJ BHOIR
    Medical Officer (MO)

    Dr. Pankaj Bhoir, holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Dr. D.Y. Patil School of Ayurveda and Research Institute, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. He has also completed an MBA in Healthcare and Hospital Management from the National Institute of Business Management, Chennai. His work experience includes serving as Residential Medical Officer at Dr. Acharya Pediatric Hospital and Yash Children’s Hospital, Kalyan, Medical Officer at Wockhardt Hospital and Medical Officer at the Mumbai Onco-Center and Asian Cancer Institute. He has participated in many healthcare-related social activities like health checkup camps, blood donation camps.

    In his leisure time Dr. Pankaj enjoys trekking, traveling to new places, horse riding and sports. He is a professionally trained animal rescuer and has worked with local NGOs and the fire brigade to rescue snakes and other animals.

  • Our Psychosocial counsellors:

    DEVAUNSHI SAMPAT MEHTA

    DEVAUNSHI SAMPAT MEHTA
    Chief Psychologist & Strategist

    Devaunshi Sampat Mehta is PALCARE’s psychologist and a senior member of the team, helping the Founder with strategic planning and marketing. She has been with PALCARE since its inception and is one of its pillars – always ready to help her colleagues and give her best to her patients. A Masters in Arts with a specialization in Counselling from SNDT University, she has completed a training programme in counselling in palliative care at the Palliative Care Department in Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), Mumbai. She has specialized in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy, Philadelphia. She has six years of working experience at Aangan Trust and MANAV Foundation as a psychologist. Devaunshi is a great lover of animals. In her leisure time she is into adventure sport, trekking and bonding with nature.

    HARSHADA NARVEKAR

    HARSHADA NARVEKAR
    Psychologist

    Harshada Narvekar is one of PALCARE’s psychologists. She holds a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from SNDT, Mumbai. Her work experience includes Counselor/Psychologist roles at a boy’s boarding school in Bhayander, Save the Children in Bandra and Vandrewala Foundation’s Counselling Helpline in Powai. At Accenture in Airoli, she additionally worked as a Corporate Wellness Coach where she conducted both individual and group sessions and workshops. She has herself attended workshops in Counselling in Palliative Care and Spirituality/Religion in Palliative Care at Cipla Palliative Care and Training Centre, Pune and Tata Memorial Hospital. She has a deep love of travelling and spending time immersed in nature.

    NIHARIKA KALE

    NIHARIKA KALE
    Psychologist

    Niharika Kale is a junior psychologist with PALCARE. She completed her Masters of Science with a specialization in Clinical-health Psychology and Neuropsychology from University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Symbiosis College, Pune. Niharika is presently pursuing certifications in Palliative Care from Stanford University as well as TATA Memorial Hospital. She is equipped with therapy tools such as CBT, REBT, Motivational Interviewing and behavior modification techniques. Niharika is also a Bharatanatyam Visharad and is very much into fitness.

  • Our Nurses:

    DIRK D’LIMA

    DIRK D’LIMA
    Head Nurse

    Dirk D’lima, our Head Nurse, has been with PALCARE from inception. He is highly knowledgeable and caring. He has over 3 months training at Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, as an observer and has completed the ‘Six Weeks Certificate Course in Palliative Care’ conducted by Tata Memorial Centre. He has a Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) from Krupanidhi School of Nursing, Bangalore; a Post-Basic Bachelor in Nursing at Nightingale College of Nursing, Bangalore; and 2¼ years’ experience as Staff Nurse at Raheja Hospital, Mumbai.

    Minal Bambulkar, Pratibha Sawalkar, Priyanka Girkar, Ashwini Mohite, Suwarna Jangam, Seema Patil, Supriya Tiwarekar, Aparna Mhatre

    PALCARE NURSES
    Minal Bambulkar, Pratibha Sawalkar, Priyanka Girkar, Ashwini Mohite, Suwarna Jangam, Seema Patil, Supriya Tiwarekar, Aparna Mhatre

    As in the case of Dirk, Minal, Pratibha and Priyanka have been with PALCARE from the launch of the service. Ashwini, Suwarna, Supriya and Seema have joined a little later. Aparna has recently joined. All our nurses with PALCARE show tremendous dedication, compassion and commitment, winning over the hearts of patients and families. They have completed the ‘Six Weeks Certificate Course in Palliative Care’ conducted by Tata Memorial Centre. All of them also hold Diplomas in General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) and have now become experts in palliative care nursing.

    ELAINE FERNANDES

    ELAINE FERNANDES
    Medical Coordinator and Communications Executive

    Having lived a peripatetic life, Elaine relocated from the USA and Canada to Mumbai, the city of her birth, to settle near family. Elaine has studied in the UK & US and holds a Master’s of Science degree in Microbiology. During her career, Elaine has worked in the areas of Oncology, HIV and Addiction. At PALCARE, she brings extensive experience in research and education. With a love for art, Elaine has exhibited abstract works in both solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. The themes her art has confronted include intimacy and isolation; transience and impermanence; the strengths and fragilities of the human condition and finding a way to reconcile with the way we are. Through the medium of poetry, she continues to search for a sense of home.

    EBEN FELIX

    EBEN FELIX
    Marketing Executive and Social Worker

    Eben Felix is PALCARE’S Marketing Executive and Social Worker. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree (English, Philosophy and Psychology) from Nagpur University. He has freelanced, consulted, volunteered and worked as a Communications Trainer, Copywriter, Social Worker and a Travel Writer. In Central Asia, where he spent 2.5 years, he worked as a Freelance Photographer and Videographer with a few startups. Eben has travelled and lived extensively all across the country, from cities to the remotest places in India. When he is not working, he is out on the streets with a camera strapped to his hand. Street photography is how he feels he makes some sense and order of the world!

  • Our Support Staff:

    Support Staff

    Ajit Katkoria – Chief of Accounts, Gracy D’silva – Admin and HR Manager, Prakash Hegde– our full-time Accountant, Siddesh Muyle – our Data Entry and MIS officer – are a group of dedicated and committed PALCARE loyalists who silently make sure that all systems are working efficiently and smoothly. They form the backbone of the organization.