Dr. Mandy O’Hara, founder of Compassion Sharing®️, is a physician specialized in both Child Abuse Pediatrics and Integrative Medicine, 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 and devote her medical career to addressing child maltreatment. Her research and teaching efforts focus on trauma-informed care, including self-care, with a focus on secondary traumatic stress in the face of difficult cases, such as child abuse. Dr. O’Hara is guided by her own experiences as an empathic physician. During her years in medical school, an emotionally-charged patient encounter informed what has come to be Compassion Sharing®️. Now, more than 20 years later, she provides compassion training for physicians, medical professionals, doctors-in-training, and students. Her compassion training course helps address secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout by elevating compassion through emotional awareness and supportive communication with like-minded peers. Dr. O’Hara has given national webinars and workshops to address wellbeing in the practice of medicine and has also published original research, review, and narrative medicine in her specialty.
Dr. O’Hara has paralleled her professional endeavors with deep exploration of integrative healing modalities for her own wellness and to inform her holistic practice as a physician. These have included extensive trainings in Mind Body Medicine at Harvard, Reiki Master Teacher certification, advanced training in meditation, certifications in trauma-sensitive yoga and biofeedback, among others. As a longstanding meditation, yoga, and Reiki 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.
“In the midst of hearing about a possibility, that no parent would ever want to imagine, I found true and genuine compassion in Dr. O’Hara’s words and actions. I have almost 20 years of practicing as a physician and I must say that her bedside manners are absolutely one of the best I have ever witnessed. From her perfect and precise choice of words, to her thoughtfulness about the patient’s comfort, it was just a pleasure to watch. Of course even more when it was my own child sitting as her patient. Thanks for being an amazing physician.”