Chief Wellness Officer at Evolution Hospitality
In 1969 Dr. Romie’s dad, a brilliant physician from a small South Asian village, was recruited to relocate to the United States. After completing his additional medical training in Chicago, he and his new wife were hired by practice in another small town – a place called Danville, IL. That’s how Dr. Romie was born and raised in the Midwest attending public schools. She’s very proud of her immigrant parents and the values they instilled in their children including the love of family and a hard work ethic. It helped Dr. Romie thrive as a female leader in a then male-dominated physician workforce of neurology and neuroscience. She readily admits that she is a “recovering awkward girl” – also known as “geek girl” – who talked far too much for her busy parents. To redirect the chatter, Romie’s mom would send her off to read the encyclopedia, then reward her with chocolate. Even today reading and chocolate are two of Dr. Romie’s favorite things. It was obvious from an early age Romie was destined for a life mission. Her parents firmly believed education was one of the keys to success, working hard and serving others were two more. Like her father, she completed her medical training and began practicing as a neurologist – overworked and stressed every day. A life-threatening disease and plenty of soul searching changed Dr. Romie’s thinking about what her future should be, and a new mission was born: to heal through a combination of brain health, psychology and mindfulness. In her own words: “She became a meditation advocate with a side of sass and soul.” As Evolution Hospitality’s Chief Wellness Officer, Dr. Romie is responsible for leading the organization to better wellness – treating individuals as a whole to nourish and heal mind, body, and soul. She has a profound respect for Evo’s leadership style – to serve others – and appreciates its focus on associate wellness. The passion is seen, and felt, at all levels of the organization to embrace wellness concepts and be the best they can, makes Dr. Romie’s mission well-matched to Evolution Hospitality’s very similar values. Dr. Romie’s favorite Guiding Principle is “Do everything with gratitude and humility.” She believes you need to “adopt an attitude of gratitude” - being grateful for all the blessings you have been given - as the foundation for optimal wellness, happiness, and success. We know one thing for sure: At Evo we are very grateful to have Dr. Romie in our lives.
Chief Wellness Officer