Our Board Members

Dr. Leena Khanzode

Leena is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist with a private practice in Los Altos.

She is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Child and Adolescent division at the Stanford School of Medicine.  She has been teaching a course for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows at Stanford for the past 5 years.

She is certified in teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents and has conducted group sessions for different age groups.

Leena’s goal is to support the whole child through Taarika.

Dr. Smita Thakkar

Smita is a board-certified psychiatrist with over a decade of experience.

She completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Fellowship at the University of Southern California. She received her general psychiatry training at the University of Los Angeles where she served as Chief Resident and was recognized with the Outstanding Resident Award two years in a row.

She was an Attending Psychiatrist in India and is fluent in major Indian sub-continent languages.

Dr. Vidya Krishnan

Vidya is a board-certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. 

She has trained at UCSF and Stanford University. She is currently employed by Comprehensive Psychiatric Services.

Vidya strongly believes in the values of prevention and early intervention as the founding principles of good child/ adolescent mental health. She is a part of the Taarika team to turn this belief into reality in hopes that, in the near future, we will be so successful that we will vastly reduce the need for child psychiatrists like her.

Anuradha Shanware

Anuradha is a high-tech professional in Silicon Valley, California. She has a Master’s Degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering. She has managed various products and served various positions in the telecom, mobile, and networking industry. 

Anuradha is also a proud mother of two daughters and enjoys watching their development through various phases of life. She wholeheartedly supports the concept of the “Whole Child” and joins hands with Taarika in bringing a better tomorrow through today’s children.

In her free time, she enjoys community service and carries a passion for photography and art. She loves traveling and discovering life from various angles.

Dr. Vibhay Raykar

Vibhay Raykar is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and clinical director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) program at Goulburn Valley (GV) Health, a large regional hospital, located in Shepparton, Australia. He is also an honorary fellow at the Rural Health Academic Centre, University of Melbourne.

He was awarded the “Zero to Three” Fellowship for his work in the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.

He is passionate about working with the 0 to 18 year age group and strongly believes in early intervention as the key to developing a healthy future for the coming generations – the infants, children, and teens today are the parents of tomorrow. 

Punam Nagpal

Punam Nagpal has been part of the Hi-Tech industry for more than 20 years. She has been part of the Cisco family since 2000. Currently, she is a Product Manager within the Security Business Group to improve customers’ experiences with the company’s products. Nagpal is a frequent guest speaker at international women’s conferences, where she discusses the importance of work-life balance. IEEE Women in Engineering has published Punam’s autobiography as an ebook.

She is married to a supportive husband and is a proud mother of a daughter and a son. She learned a lot during her parenting journey and now wants to give back to her community. She believes compassionate parenting and meditation practice made her a better parent and is excited to spread this message to others through the Taarika foundation!