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Vision 

We want women's health to be understood by all so that women and thereby, society can lead healthier lives.  We are driven by the quote by Michelle Obama, "Communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women."

For this, we need more information, transparency, and openness around conversations on women's health.

Mission

Our mission is to be a friend through a women's health journey by raising awareness and empowering them with solutions to be in control of their health.

The aim is to have women own their health by making educated decisions based on understanding the real science of their body and things around that affect them.

 

Miyara Team

Listen to the cofounders  of Miyara on the
Narratives of Purpose podcast | Project Spark

 

Founders

MIYARA CO-FOUNDER

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Dr. Sanjana Rao, Ph.D

Co-Founder

Sanjana is a biochemist, a mother, and an entrepreneur living in Zurich, Switzerland. She is eager to use her scientific knowledge and expertise to work on projects with social impact, particularly in education and health. As a feminist, she is keen on bringing her passion and enthusiasm to issues that directly impact women’s heath, which has led to the creation of  Miyara Women, where women’s opinions and choices lead the way. She brings to the table her infectious enthusiasm, drive, digital and content management skills and networking capabilities.

 

MIYARA CO-FOUNDER

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Dr. Gayatri Muthukrishnan, Ph.D

Co-Founder

Gayatri is a cell and molecular biologist turned science communicator based in Zurich, Switzerland. She is passionate about making health and science information accessible to all while giving them extra tools to translate the knowledge into active use for managing one’s health. To Miyara Women, she brings her science, her skills in managing projects, and being a mother of two, a sensitivity towards women’s health issues.

 

She is also a Bharatanatyam artiste. She combines both these interests and has co-founded 'Dance Your Science' where she explores science through movement.

Team of experts

CHIEF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

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Dr. Ayshwarya Ravichandran

Ph.D. (Microbial Pathogenesis), Science Communicator

With 10+ years of experience in science communication, Dr. Ayshwarya ensures evidence and science-backed information are conveyed to women in understandable and comprehensible language and visualization. She is also a  passionate women's health advocate engaging the Miyara community in different ways.

FITNESS AND LIFESTYLE

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Purnima Aiyer

Fitness Trainer and Health Coach

Purnima Aiyar is an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Functional Movement specialist, NASM certified women’s fitness specialist, Yoga teacher and a Zumba Instructor. She is the founder of 'Holistic Wellness with Purnima',(holisticwellnesswithpurnima.com) and has been specifically working with women for over a decade helping them make fitness and holistic wellness a lifestyle.

NUTRITION AND DIET

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Soumya Peeru

Clinical Dietician,

Health coach

Soumya Peeru has been a practising Clinical Dietitian, Nutrition Educator for 15+ years. An avid Runner, and Women's Health Advocate, she aims to inspire and educate women about the profound impact of nutrition on their overall health by providing evidence-based guidance. With a strong foundation in clinical nutrition and a passion for running, she strives to address the unique nutritional and fitness needs of women, promoting holistic wellness. She advocates for body positivity, self-care, sustainability, and the importance of regular exercise in women's lives. More than 10,000 plus clients have benefitted from her consultation and coaching.

MENTAL HEALTH

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Dr. Gargi Sandilya

Life Coach and Workshop Leader

Gargi is a Wellness Coach and Workshop Leader enabling people to unlock their potential and live their dreams. Trained in a number of modalities, she brings in a rich variety of tools and techniques to lead her clients towards self-empowerment. Gargi 
is an internationally certified Life Coach and Workshop Leader for several programs - Heal Your Life workshops, The Significant Self and Transforming Through Stories Workshops. She is also a certified Gravity Yoga teacher, Creative Dance & Movement Therapy Facilitator, Associate Coach for Core Transformation and practitioner for 
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Gestalt Therapy in addition to holding a Doctoral Degree in Psychology. Gargi loves to explore her creativity and potential in  new ways each day. She believes that every person she interacts with brings more beauty and wholeness into her life experience.

Medical Advisors

MEDICAL ADVISOR

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Dr. Wahida Suresh

Senior Consultant Obstretician and Gynaecologist, Apollo Hospitals, 

Dr Wahida comes with over 25 years of experience in reproductive health, obstetrics and gynecology, and laparoscopic techniques.   She graduated with MBBS from the Madras Medical College in 1990, completed her DNB in 2000 and subsequently trained in Laparoscopy, Ultrasound, Fertility and Reproductive Health. She has been a consultant at Apollo for close to 20 years.  

She also strives to build a holistic 'Women's Wellness' practice to address lifestyle management, nutrition, fitness, psychological fitness and so on. Her other interests include training/mentoring frontline staff and building outreach programs with other institutions to address the health needs of disadvantaged women.

MIYARA CO-FOUNDER

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Dr. Jayashree Gopal

Senior Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, Apollo Hospital

Director, DiabEndoIndia, Chennai

Dr. Jayashree is an American Board Certified Internist, Endocrinologist and Diabetologist.

She finished her MBBS in Madras Medical College, Chennai, India, then went ahead to do residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Endocrinology and Diabetes at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

This was followed by 2 years of basic research at the world-renowned University of Cambridge at the laboratory of Prof Krishna VK Chaterjee, where Dr. Jayashree worked on some rare endocrine and hormonal problems. She then worked in Newcastle, Middleborough and Ashington, UK, as a Specialist Registrar in Internal Medicine, and Endocrinology and Diabetes.

Dr. Jayashree returned to India in 2002, and has worked in Apollo Hospitals, Chennai and various other clinics and hospitals till present. She conceptualized and setup the Apollo Diabetes Center in 2003 at Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai.

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