Trustee's Message


Prof. Madhuri Kulkarni is presently working as an Honorary Senior Consultant Pediatrician, Mumbai Port Trust Hospital, Mumbai.

Since 1998 Dr. Kulkarni has been a Founder Trustee of the Child Welfare Trust at Bhuj and is a consultant Pediatrician attached to the Dhanvantri School for Special Children run by the Trust.

Prof. Dr. Madhuri Kulkarni M.D. Ped, D.C.H, PGDJJJJ

Dr. Madhuri Kulkarni superannuated as a Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics, from L.T.M. Medical College & L.T.M. General Hospital, Mumbai in 2008. She completed her medical graduation and post graduation in Pediatrics at Seth G. S. Medical College, Mumbai and began her teaching career as a lecturer in Pediatrics at T.N. Medical College and subsequently worked as Associate Professor, Professor, Head of Department, and Dean In-charge at L.T.M. Medical College and General Hospital, Mumbai.

At L.T.M.G. Hospital, Dr. Kulkarni started the Early Intervention Clinic for developmentally subnormal children in 1985, the Pediatric Neurology Clinic in 1992, and the Learning Disability Clinic in 1995. This multi-disciplinary clinic has been the first clinic in Maharashtra authorized to certify children with learning disability for availing provisions since its inception. In 1996 the Govt. of Maharashtra published a Resolution to grant provovisions at IX and X std. The Department of Education and the Education Board of Maharashtra recognised the L.D. Clinic at L.T.M.G. Hospital for assessment and certification of children with Learning Disabilities. After its inception the Team at L.T.M.G.H. under the guidance of Dr. Madhuri Kulkarni conducted several awareness programs for school teachers, psychologists, counselers, general practitioners and Pediatricians in different parts of the country. The program got momentum in Maharashtra, Gujrat and Goa where the children with Specific Learning Disability started getting provisions from Std I to XII and at the University courses. This disability has now been recognized at the National level.

Dr. Kulkarni was awarded “Top Ten Women of The City’ award by the Junior Chamber International-India Zone XI Mumbai in 2009. In 2011 she was awarded ‘Samaj Shakti Award’ in the field of Medicine by the Hariharputra Bhajan Samaj, Mumbai. In March 2015 Dr. Kulkarni was awarded ‘Mahila Gaurav Purskar’ by the Brahman Sabha Girgaon, Mumbai.

Ms Anita Chitre is presently working as a freelancer clinical psychologist for various clinics in Mumbai.

She joined child welfare trust at bhuj in the year 2004. She is a consultant psychologist attached to the Dhanvantrischool for special children run by the trust.

She is aMphil in clinical psychology from post graduate institute of behavioral and medical sciences, Raipur, session 2015-17. She has graduated with masters in clinical psychology from university department of applied psychology, Mumbai in the year 1999. She has done foundation course in special education through Bhoj University, affiliated by Rehabilitation council of India in 2008. She is certified with rehabilitation council of India as Rehabilitation and clinical psychologist.

 Anita Chitre

She worked as a psychologist with learning disability clinic, LTMG hospital-Sion, Mumbai from 2001 to 2010.She has contributed to diagnosis and certification of children with learning disability through her assessment work.   As a member of the team, she has conducted several awareness program for learning disability throughout the country. She worked with spandan holistic center, Barvalia foundation as a senior psychologistfrom 2010 to 2015. She was mainly involved in assessment for children with autism and learning problems. She has participated in periodic medical camps, workshops conducted by the organization. Over the years, she has supervised and trained psychologist in administering various psychometric tests. She has supervised projects run by the institute funded by Ayush, Ministry of health and family.She works as a consultant psychologist at Mann clinic, Bandra since 2002. She has gained expertise in clinical assessment of young adults and adults with varied psychological concern. She has also worked as art therapist for patients in the day care unit run by the center.

Neelam Sarda hails from Jamnagar and is a renowned Audiologist & Speech Pathologist. She started practice when Speech Therapy was little known in Gujarat and has been instrumental in creating awareness & understanding amongst parents, teachers & community as a whole 

She has continued to support special education endeavours in varied places with her expertise & insights

  Neelam Sarda

Meena Shiledar gave up her 17 year banking and economics career to obtain a Masters Degree in Psychology. Since then she has spent close to 18 years working as a Counseling Psychologist at the Learning Disability Clinic of government aided institutions like Learning Disability Clinic, Department of Paediatrics, LTMG Sion Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai, India and Dementia Clinic Project at Psychiatry Dept. L.T.M.G Hospital, Sion Mumbai, India.

In her career she has had an opportunity to guide, counsel and assist thousands of young, aspiring and special children.

Meena Shiledar (Psychologist)

She has conducted close to around 350 training programs and has been a part of close to 100 television shows on behavioural sciences and social awareness.

She has worked as a counsellor in various institutions including Shradhhanand Mahila Ashram Mumbai.

She also received appreciation on writing a counselling book in vernacular language in 2014. This was the first book in Marathi addressing these issues. She has written many articles in news papers regarding mental health.

She has presented her work through two research papers in “International Psychology of Congress” in Beijing,China and “International Congress of Paediatrics” in Melbourne, Australia.

 She has invited by Karolinska Institutet Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders(KIND) and ICF Research Branch, a cooperation partner within the WHO Collaborating Center invited for preparing ICF Core Sets for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at Stockholm-Sweden in Sept. 2016

 As a token of appreciation, she has been awarded the Mahila Gaurav Puraskar (Women's Pride Award).

 She is extremely passionate about playing her part in holistic development and guiding towards a better, deserving life and finer prospects of special children.