About Dr. Jill Wener
As a physician and teacher, Jill uses meditation as a key tool in her holistic approach to wellness and stress management. In addition to teaching Conscious Health Meditation to healthcare professionals across the country, she has presented on stress reduction at medical conferences nationwide. Jill has received tremendous personal benefits from her own meditation practice, and finds joy in sharing her passion with others.
In medical school at Emory University, Jill formed deep connections with her patients during her clinical rotations at Grady Memorial Hospital, a county hospital in downtown Atlanta. Because of its emphasis on collaboration and communication, she chose to specialize in Internal Medicine.
After her residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, Jill moved back to Chicago to be closer to her family and to start her dream job practicing Hospital Medicine at an academic medical center downtown. Jill developed her talent as an educator during her 9+ years teaching residents and medical students, serving as the Director of Education for the Division of Hospital Medicine and the Director of Faculty Development for Rush Medical College.
In 2011, the stress of practicing hospital-based medicine began to take its toll. Jill began to experience severe burnout and seriously considered a leave of absence or a career change. In the midst of this emotional turmoil, she was introduced to Conscious Health Meditation. The practice immediately had a profound effect on her. She noticed improvements in her burnout, her reactivity to stressful situations, her overall sense of happiness and well-being, and her compassion and empathy. Like many healthcare professionals, she had always been skeptical of spiritual experiences. However, Jill was amazed at the ease and immediacy of the transcendent experiences from practicing Conscious Health Meditation. As her confidence and creativity grew, her anxiety and burnout melted away.
A few years later, Jill attended her first meditation retreat, in Rishikesh, India. While on the retreat, she realized she wanted to help other people take control of their health and stress by teaching Conscious Health Meditation. She began to find ways to integrate her meditation practice into her work as a physician.
To prepare for her meditation teacher training, Jill completed two years of prerequisite advanced coursework. In the winter of 2016, she took a sabbatical from hospital medicine to attend meditation teacher training in the foothills of the Himalayas in India. The three-month training consisted of intensive meditation, lectures in Vedic knowledge, and instruction on teaching meditation. While on sabbatical, Jill decided to focus her efforts full-time on bringing the benefits of meditation to professionals in health-related fields.
As a Conscious Health Meditation teacher, Jill uses her medical background to help clinicians who are interested in reducing stress and living a life filled with creativity, energy and personal and professional fulfillment. Jill is currently living and teaching in Atlanta, and she also teaches in Chicago and Minneapolis. She is available for public speaking engagements, private consultations, and workplace courses in Conscious Health Meditation.