Dr. Romie Mushtaq, MD

Leadership, Workplace Culture, & Wellness Expert; Chief Wellness Officer, Great Wolf Resorts
  • Creates brainSHIFT programs that support cultures of wellness and help people manage stress, improve mental well-being, and optimize performance
  • Advises corporate executives and athletes with research-based insights for overcoming burnout and the stresses of work to perform at the highest levels
  • Leads a thought-provoking conversation on the neuroscience of leadership and empowers executives to lead with clarity, empathy, and purpose
  • Combines scientific knowledge with personal anecdotes to captivate audiences and leave a lasting impact on the individual and organization

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A board-certified physician, award-winning speaker, and nationally recognized wellness expert, Dr. Romie Mushtaq is on a mission to transform mental health and wellness in the workplace. She is the founder of brainSHIFT Institute and advises Fortune 500 leaders, professional athletes, and global associations on performance, leadership, and mental health for individuals and teams. She combines more than two decades of authority and leadership in neurology, integrative medicine, and mindfulness to deliver cutting-edge programs and create tangible cultural change.

Dr. Romie's brainSHIFT programs help clients to build a culture of caring for your people to manage stress, improve mental wellbeing and optimize leadership performance. The bottom-line results for teams that Dr. Romie's programs deliver are:

  • Transforming managers into leaders
  • Reducing per-employee healthcare costs
  • Fostering a sense of belonging and community within teams
  • Strengthening engagement and commitment to your organization's mission

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Dr. Romie brings her signature style and energy to the stage in an interactive experience for audience members to assess their brain power and walks them through her scientifically validated protocol on healing stress and burnout. As she walks groups through the principles of brainSHIFT, she shares actionable takeaways for igniting a workplace transformation and moving teams from a place of quietly quitting to building a culture of wellness.

In addition to founding brainSHIFT, Dr. Romie is the first chief wellness officer for Great Wolf Resorts, where she spearheads programs and initiatives designed to build a wellness-focused culture for more than 12,000 employees, as well as curate unique wellness experiences for guests. Previously, she served as Evolution Hospitality’s first chief wellness officer, scaling mindfulness and wellness programs for more than 7,000 employees. Dr. Romie is not only the daughter of immigrants, but also a pioneer in her field; she entered neurology when less than five percent of neurologists were women. She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in fellowships, roles in academia, and healthcare. She has experienced both the highs of success, as well as the lows of burnout and a near-lethal disorder triggered by the stresses of work. These experiences sparked her shift toward mindfulness, meditation, and integrative medicine, which has impacted the lives of more than one million people across the globe.

As one of the faces of the movement toward a new, more effective concept of workplace wellness, Dr. Romie's insights for cultural transformation are cited in the world's leading publications. She has been featured in NBC, CBS, FOX, Forbes, NPR, Inc., and Huffington Post, as well as dozens of other national media outlets. Her popular TEDx talk on "The Powerful Secret of Your Breath" has garnered more than 500,000 views. Her book, The Busy Brain Cure: The Eight-Week Plan to Find Focus, Tame Anxiety, and Sleep Again, was released globally in January 2024 and is a national USA Today and Amazon bestseller. Following its release, she was selected to discuss the book in depth for “Talks at Google” — an opportunity presented to only a handful of authors each year.

In addition to being a go-to authority on reworking the workplace using more person-oriented approaches, Dr. Romie is a self-described "STEMinist in Stilettos" who advocates for young girls and women to pursue roles in science, tech, engineering, math, and medicine.

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brainSHIFT - Shift Performance, Culture, and Leadership

Dr. Romie on Busy Brain Cure NBC News | Burnout Crisis in the Workplace

Mindful Leadership: Navigating Chaos to Calm

brainSHIFT for Teams: 3 Steps to Break the Stress-Success Cycle. brainSHIFT is not just a wellness program for individuals and teams - but has become a movement to restore sleep, sanity & foster a sense of connection. How often do you or your staff have: Difficulty focusing at work? Racing thoughts before bed? Feelings of stress or anxiety and end up with too many visits to the doctor with no real answers? It's time to get to the issue's core and break your Stress-Success Cycle.  

brainSHIFT is based on medical research and the latest scientific data on treating stress and burnout in the workplace since the start of the global pandemic.  Dr. Romie has shared brainSHIFT with over 300 teams, Fortune 500 companies, and global associations.

brainSHIFT for Women Leaders: Brain Science of Success. Does it feel like the boundaries between your job, sleep, and personal life have disappeared? When you try to relax, do you have random and racing thoughts in your brain? The global pandemic has pushed women's brain and mental health to a crisis state. brainSHIFT is a scientifically based program that will help you optimize your brain function to promote high performance, sanity, and sleep. Let's brainSHIFT and learn the brain science of creating a conscious sisterhood.  

brainSHIFT: Building & Leading a Culture of Wellness. Burnout, stress, and a mental health crisis. Leaders today face workplace culture and wellness challenges that require innovative solutions. The answers are found beyond health fairs, apps, and lectures. 

What is available beyond employee assistance programs (EAP)? Are employees quietly quitting or quietly thriving?

brainSHIFT for Leaders is an interactive program to help you create a culture of wellness so that your people can manage stress and improve mental well-being. To change the state of our business and relationships, we must first address the state of our brains as leaders. When we improve our brain state and address the mental well-being of our team, we create a culture of wellness. 

Power of Pause: Mindfulness to Transform Teams & Cultures. Change is a four-letter word that fosters fear. How will you lead your life without the worry and stress of change? Mindfulness teaches us that we are not just coping with "a new normal" but creating a new way of being. When we operate in the workplace from a subconscious realm of fear, stress-related symptoms of anxiety, panic, inability to focus, and insomnia predominate. The Power of Pause transforms us into mindful leaders who quickly face fears, rise above the panic, and find a path to calm consciousness. During this interactive mindfulness session, take a moment to pause, connect back to calm, and get refocused. We will practice scientifically proven breath and meditation techniques to use in the workplace and personally for improved focus, mood, and sleep.

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