Kirtida co-founded Sjogren’s India in 2006- the first Patient Support Group for this lesser known illness. Having struggled with the many challenges of this illness herself, she decided to divert her professional skills as an experienced Trainer, Educator-Communicator and Documenter and utilize her dwindling energies to support other patients. She provides educational and informal counseling support to patients and their families and networks with medical professionals nationally and internationally. Kirtida holds a PG degree in Life Sciences and has a special interest in Environment and Gender/Women’s issues. She earlier worked at the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in India and taught at a College of Liberal Arts in USA.