Shalini is an internationally trained Medical Transcriptionist from India. She moved to Canada in October 2003, and started working as a Medical Receptionist. She has worked in various medical clinics, including a walk-in clinic at Pearson International Airport and family physician practices as well. She then moved to the Canadian Cardiovascular Research Network, helping to establish and maintain the South Asian Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Clinic. She is a mother of two, and can speak different languages, including English, Hindi, Punjabi and Gujarati. Being fluent in these various languages, and having the cultural knowledge and background that she has, helps Shalini connect with patients, who come from all parts of South Asia. Shalini's extensive skills in organization and enthusiasm to learn make her a great fit for SANSAR.
Avantika Mathur : Program Coordinator
Avantika was born in Toronto, and spent 4 years of her childhood in India. She earned a bachelor's degree in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo, and then went on to complete her Masters of Science in Global Health degree from McMaster University. Avantika's passion has always been to help other people, and to find solutions to fill gaps in healthcare. She has spent time in Peru working as a project manager to educate, train and promote health in the local communities. Her desire to promote health and educate communities continued in California, where she worked for a non-for profit organization helping the South Asian Community combat cardiovascular disease. She can speak English and Hindi fluently, and is currently learning Tamil and Spanish. She hopes that her desire to help the South Asian Community, along with her enthusiasm to promote healthy living, will help SANSAR achieve its mission and make an impact on the community.
Lalitha Bhagavatheeswaran : Research Coordinator
Lalitha Bhagavatheeswaran is the Research Coordinator for the SAADAP Program. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in Integrative Biology and Health Studies and is a Public Health graduate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Lalitha enjoys health research and working on global health initiatives. She has spent some time in Namibia, Uganda and India conducting research and ethnographic fieldwork. Lalitha is currently a Trustee of the Global Health Film initiative, a charity based in the United Kingdom, which uses film as a catalyst for discussion and global health change.
Nilofur Aga : Smoking Cessation Counsellor
Nilofur Aga brings a wide range of experiences to SANSAR from four different countries. Her international experiences and training in healthcare have equipped her with the skills required for dealing with people in a multi-cultural environment and gaining their confidence - a necessary attribute for conducting successful clinical research. Nilofur has a passion for research, a strong work ethic and currently leads the BREATHE program. Nilofur is a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates. Prior to emigrating to Canada, Nilofur obtained an MBBS from the University of Karachi in Pakistan and has a Diploma in Dermatology from the University of London UK.
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