Dr. Prakash Kalmadi
M.B.B.S. F.A.G.E (Man.)
Founder & Medical Director
Dr. Prakash Kalmadi, a Doctor of Western Medicine has practiced medicine for more than 35 years. He experienced the efficacy of Ayurvedic Treatment in his own personal life which brought about dramatic transformation in his health. Hence he collaborated with Dr. Srinivasan Nair, the century old CNS Chikitsalayam in Kerala to start KARE in 1999. Dr. Kalmadi considers himself the first patient (guest) of KARE. Dr. Kalmadi's belief in KARE Philosophy is reflected in his day to day actions and is a motivating factor for his staff. He is also passionate about Iyengar Yoga, not only as a practitioner, but also as a teacher of Iyengar Medical Yoga in the treatment program at KARE. In the last 18 years since the inception of KARE, Dr Kalmadi has tirelessly built KARE brick by Brick to bring it to where it is now.
Mrs. Ragini Kalmadi
Chief Co-ordinating Officer
Mrs. Ragini Kalmadi, has been a silent pillar of support for her husband Prakash and has been an integral part of the conception of KARE. She primarily looks after the aesthetic interiors of the Retreat as well as oversees the Kitchen and the Diet Department. She is the brain behind the culinary expertise of the retreat. Being a psychologist she also boosts of the morale of the staff when they get over stressed with work, and also interacts with the guests to make their stay more pleasant.
Ms. Pratima Kalmadi
MA Innovation Management,
Pratima has a background in Design and Management and oversees the day to day management of the retreat as well as looks over the entire marketing strategy of KARE. She recently left her design career in London to join her father and help run the centre because she truly believes in the efficacy of Ayurvedic treatment, its necessity for the future and moreover all the goodwill that has been created by KARE over the years.
Dr. Rohit Rangappa
B.A.M.S. | D.Y.A.
Senior Medical Consultant
Dr. Rohit holds a B.A.M.S. Degree from Pune’s Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Deemed University and is extremely well versed on Ayurvedic treatment. His family roots lie in the spiritual city of Varanasi, the home of gods. His all–consuming passion to study Ayurveda provided him the opportunities to be trained under great teachers. His speciality is in the area of pulse diagnosis (Nadiparikshan) and his expertise in this astonishes one & all. Dr Rohit has been a part of KARE for the last 10 years and is beloved by all the patients (guests) who have ever been a part of KARE.
Dr. Roli Rangappa
B.A.M.S. | P.G.P.P. | D.Y.A. | P.G.D.E.M.S
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Roli Rangappa has been with KARE for the last 10 years and is an integral part of the KARE family. Medical administration, teaching and guest relations are all part of her day’s work and is usually a guests’ first point of contact. She is a determined believer of the "Practice what you Preach" philosophy – and continued yoga asana–shirshsan (the legendary ‘upside–down’ pose) till the eighth month of her pregnancy. Dr Rangappa dreams of nothing short of spreading Ayurveda throughout the world, especially the magic treatment of Panchkarma. She was born into a family of Ayurvedic Doctors that traditionally treated several Indian royal families of repute. Dr Rangappa holds a BAMS degree from the Bhartiya Vidyapeeth University and has attained post– graduate proficiency in Panchkarma from the Tilak School of Ayurveda.
Dr. Vandhana Nirankari
Residential Medical Officer & Yoga Instructor
Dr. Vandana is from the beautiful city of Jammu. She Graduated from S.K.S.S. Ayurvedic medical college, Ludhiana. At KARE her specialty lies in co-ordination of the Ayurvedic Diet and Nutrition Department. She has a keen interest in ayurvedic treatments and loves to help the guests during the treatments. Dr. Vandana also conducts the Iyengar Yoga sessions at KARE. Along with her Ayurvedic expertise, Dr Vandana also has a beautiful voice and it is a joy to hear her sing when we can convince her to do so.
Dr. Thejus T.D
Residential Medical Officer
Hailing from the traditional Ayurveda family in Kerala, Dr. Thejus is a BAMS graduate in Ayurvedic medicine from Nangelil Ayurveda college Kerala, and a Masters graduate in Yoga. Dr. Thejus looks after all the guest consultations at KARE. He has been practising in the field of Ayurveds since 2009. Along with academic training he got intense training in the philosophy and basic principles of Ayurveda from his Guru Ayurveda Vachaspathi - M Prasad, who is the patron of Ashtamgam Ayurveda Vidhyalaya in Kerala. He has also Specialised in Management of Autism, Toxicology & management of Life Style Disorders.
Dr. Sruthi Thejus
Residential Medical Officer
Hailing from the cultural city of Kerala, Thrissur, Dr. Sruthi graduated from Gomantak Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Goa. She has been practising Ayurveda since is 2011. Dr Sruthi looks after the Diet and Nutrition department at KARE. She also specialises in Gyneacology, Obstetrics, Diet, Nutrition and Lifestyle of Autistic kids. She has also arranged lectures in Ashtanga Ayurveda for International Students in the past.
Residential General Manager
Sonali is the General Manager at KARE and her expertise lies in the soft skills. She oversees all the departments at the retreat and makes sure that everything is running smoothly. She also has a keen interest in helping guest with their problems and ensuring all their requests are fulfilled however small or big. Sonali is from the capital city of Maharashtra, Mumbai and is a graduate in commerce & Management. She has a diploma in Digital Academy for Film Direction and has also acted in Marathi plays. She has had experience in handling Banquets for 20yrs.
Front Office Manager
Neera is our Front Office Manager and she will always welcome you to the centre with a smile on her face. She is very friendly and is known to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that no guest request is too small. After starting work at KARE, Neera has also picked up Yoga and you will often see her in the yoga studio in the morning, helping the Yoga teachers out. Neera originally hails from Darjeeling in West Bengal.
Back Office Manager, Pune
Samiksha is our Back office Manager and handles all the Administrative and HR work in the Pune office. She has a background in management and computer science. She is an essential part of the KARE team and is responsible for the seamless communication between Pune office and KARE.
Senior Therapist – Female
Laksmi has been part of the KARE family since 2007 and is one of our most prized and praised therapists. She hails from the cultural city of Kerala. Besides her expertise in all the Ayurvedic therapeutic procedures, she also has a vast knowledge of Panchakarma as well as in the preparation of various oils which are used for treatments in KARE. She can easily address all the guest complaints and provide treatment solutions in consultation with the doctors.
Senior Therapist – Female
Sujata has been with KARE for the past 11 years and is from the beautiful city of Darjeeling. Her expertise lies in performing all the Ayurvedic procedures and during treatment can very easily address and aches and pains the guests may have. She has had a long standing practice in the field of Ayurvedic treatments.
Senior Therapist – Male
Unni is one of KARE’s oldest therapists and has been with us since 2003. He hails from the medicinal city of Kerala. Unni is very popular with the guests and his expertise lies in knowing the right pressure points to massage during the treatments. He is also well versed in addressing lower back pain, administrating medical enemas and various Nasal installation techniques.
Senior Therapist – Male
Mohan also hails from Kerala and is a recent addition to the KARE family. He has been field in the field of Ayurveda for more than 20 years. He is known for his extensive knowledge about ayurvedic treatments. Mohan often performs for the guests in the evening to showcase his remarkable skills as a fire dancer.
Ashok is our head chef and the backbone of KARE’s culinary expertise. Ashok is one of KARE’s oldest employees and has been with us since 2002. His dishes are a hit with most of our guests and his expertise are Ayurvedic food, Low fat cooking & cooking with pure cow’s ghee. He also conducts the Ayurvedic cooking classes in KARE and teaches the guests how to cook nutritious food efficiently and easily at home. Ashok is from the cultural city of Kolkata.