Luke Coutinho is a Holistic Lifestyle Coach and practices in the field of Integrative Lifestyle Medicine and Life Coaching. In his practice, he believes that while doctors do what they have to do, the medicine he and his team use is Lifestyle. He says, “Every human is individual and unique in their own way and must be assessed, diagnosed and treated as a unique individual. What works for one doesn’t have to work for another. Each person will need a completely personalised and individualised approach to nutrition, movement, sleep hygiene, stress and other factors. Only then can we expect some amount of healing.”
His mission and vision is backed by a solid team of registered dietitians, certified nutritionists, experienced lifestyle coaches and skilled allopathic medical practitioners – doctors who believe in lifestyle medicine and help clients with a 360-degree approach, combining medicine and lifestyle to improve their condition.
Hardika Vira, a power-house of expertise and knowledge, has a Graduate’s degree in Food science and Nutrition, Post-Graduate degree in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics, a Certificate course in Nutrition exercise and Fitness, M.D. A.M. She has unparalleled experience and tremendous success treating patients with Diabetes PCOS, Kidney diseases, weight loss, heart diseases, pregnancy, and critical cases such pancreatitis, enteral tube feeds, liver conditions like fatty liver, ascites, hepatitis, and cirrhosis, several kidney conditions, burns, cancer, and bariatric surgery. She has also successfully treated patients in OPDs, ICUs and even provided sports nutrition. Currently, Hardika works as the Chief Clinical Dietitian at Luke Coutinho Holistic Healing Systems. With the rise in medical conditions, Hardika sees great potential in food and lifestyle coaching to maintain health. She believes in natural medicine and lifestyle for prevention and healing.
In relation to this course, Hardika says, “It’s very important that there is an amalgamation of nutrition, lifestyle and medicine for holistic healing of a person and it need not be an individualistic approach. This course is one of its kind which is designed in such a manner which will enable us to bring about a change holistically with an in-depth knowledge of nutrition, lifestyle, alternative therapies for treatment which is the need of an hour
Hemali Malavia, has an unparalleled experience of being a professor for 20 years and practicing nutrition for 10 years. She has pursued her M.Sc. in Microbiology and Post-Graduation degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. She started work as a head coordinator at Biotechnology National college, followed by a stint at Abbott Nutrition as a nutritionist, where she has counselled and prescribed nutritional plans for post-surgery patients and cases like epilepsy and bipolar disorder. Hemali also worked as head nutritionist at an infertility clinic and Healing Harmony Homeopathy Centre, treating and managing diverses cases around womens health and infertility like PCOD, fibroids, lactation, miscarriage and planning nutrition during IVF. At LCCHS, she has been instrumental in aiding management of conditions such as Diabetes, Kidney conditions like IgA nephropathy, nephrotic syndrome, hydronephrosis, clients on dialysis and endometriosis. She has successfully got patients off Thyroid and TB medication, helped multiple clients conceive successfully and those with autoimmune disorders notice remarkable improvements in their health. Hemali has immense experience of working with Cancer patients aged between 10 to 80 years. She also holds experience of conducting practicals, research, meal planning for sports nutrition, conducting nutrition camps, training and upskilling nutritionists and driving their performances.
Hemali believes that this course is exactly what and other experts have learnt through years of experience and is shared in the form of an educational course to pass it down to future generations. She says, “Everyone has the right to education, but the right to correct education is the need of the hour, with the internet being the first resort that people rely on for any and every problem, it becomes the moral responsibility of a health care practitioner to share correct knowledge and practices. Not all the information shared on the internet is incorrect , but like the saying goes half information is more lethal.”
Dr Akshat Chadha, head of our medical vertical has over 10 years of experience in the field of medicine with an MBBS, and MBA in healthcare management with expertise in Lifestyle Medicine. As a doctor, he has done extensive work in the field of lifestyle and disease management with special emphasis on Diabetes, Thyroid, PCOD and Obesity. A strong believer in mind-body connect, his treatment methodology includes training his patients’ minds, while treating them for physical ailments and illnesses, with his primary focus always being the patient. An advocate of preventive healthcare, Dr. Akshat has been instrumental in helping patients all across the globe to build immunity to fight any passing disease and preventing complications, especially in chronic diseases and keeping them at bay.
Dr. Akshat says, “I see integrative and lifestyle medicine as the future and believe people must open their minds to living a healthy and holistic life. In my practice, I realise that medicines do not work alone. The patient or client must embrace parallel lifestyle changes even for the medicine to work effectively and harmoniously with the patient’s body, and through this course, students will learn how lifestyle and integrative medicine actually work together.”