Medical Doctor & Organisation Wellbeing Consultant - Mindful Medics
Dr Reena Kotecha is a medical physician trained at Imperial College London, UK, where she specialised in neuroscience and mental well-being research. Having spent the early part of her career in the National Health Service, UK, as a hospital doctor, Reena experienced burnout, work-related stress, anxiety and depression whilst serving on the frontline. Two weeks off sick turned into two years. In those two years, she discovered mindfulness and self-compassion practice and her personal well-being started to improve. This fuelled her to focus on evidence-based approaches that improve employee health and well-being. She developed the ‘Mindful Medics; Healthcare starts with Self Care’ programme which continues to enhance the personal and professional lives of healthcare professionals across the globe.
Working at the intersection of individual and organisational thriving, Reena delivers corporate training in global organisations across both private and public sectors. Her offerings educate staff in the theory and practice of mindfulness & compassion-based emotional intelligence skills for mental wellbeing, performance and engagement in the workplace.
Reena has a keen interest in research and serves as a professional stakeholder in mindfulness research at the University of Cambridge. Additionally, research conducted in 2021 on the benefits of the Mindful Medics programme has found a reduction in inattention blindness in neurosurgeons, the first study of its kind to specifically evaluate the use of mindfulness in attenuating a procedural bias among clinicians.
In 2020 she was sought out by Headspace Inc for her expertise in mindfulness, mental health and workplace wellbeing. She currently serves on their International Advisory Board. Reena is also a TEDx and International public speaker, speaking on various topics from mindfulness, emotional intelligence, lifestyle-based medicine, mental health, workplace wellbeing and more.