Mandy O'Hara, MD, MPH, TCTSY-F
Dr. Mandy O’Hara is a double-board-certified Pediatrician and Child Abuse Pediatrician, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Reiki Master Teacher, and Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator, residing in New York City. Her career began as a primary care physician for foster children, which inspired her desire to specialize in Child Abuse Pediatrics and devote her career to addressing child maltreatment. Her research and teaching efforts focus on trauma informed care, including self-care, with a focus on physician resiliency and secondary traumatic stress in the face of difficult cases, such as child abuse. Dr. O’Hara has published original research, review, and narrative medicine in her specialty. She has given national webinars, round table discussions, and created courses to address vicarious trauma and support compassion and self-compassion in the practice of medicine. Along the way, Dr. O’Hara paralleled her professional endeavors with deep exploration of integrative healing modalities for her own wellness and to inform her holistic practice as a physician. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. O’Hara offered virtual trauma sensitive yoga practices from her office chair in support of wellness for her Departmental colleagues. She continues to offer trauma sensitive yoga at national medical and child welfare conferences. As a longstanding meditation, yoga, and Reiki Master practitioner, she hopes to lead by example to open the door for others to explore integrative practices to support patient and physician wellness, for the betterment of all.