Dr. Conrad Aquino, MD selected as Top Mental Health Thought Leader of the Year by IAOTP

Dr. Conrad Aquino, MD selected as Top Mental Health Thought Leader of the Year by IAOTP

Dr. Conrad Aquino, Life Coach, TedX speaker, and award-winning author, was recently selected as Top Mental Health Thought Leader of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for 2024 for his outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the industry.

Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself; only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities. All Honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements. 


Dr. Conrad Aquino’s incredible journey from a third-world upbringing to becoming a healthcare leader is marked by empathy, resilience, and transformation. As a physician, nurse, author, speaker, and founder of Stress-Free Initiative, Dr. Aquino is dedicated to helping individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and stress.

Growing up in the Philippines with a businessman and an educator as parents, Dr. Aquino’s academic path was marked by excellence, earning him degrees in Biology, Nursing, and a Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery. As a healthcare professional, he believes in caring for the person within the patient and ensuring their well-being.

After working as a hospitalist, Dr. Aquino migrated to the United States and transitioned into an elevated role within the healthcare landscape. He expanded his focus beyond individual patient care to include central and pivotal administrative positions, imparting his expertise by training and enlightening fellow healthcare professionals.

Dr. Aquino’s mindset disrupts the prevailing culture fixated on financial outcomes; he has become a thought leader in the industry, questioning established norms and delivering compelling keynote speeches at local, national, and global stages. On the TEDx stage, Dr. Aquino explores the idea of terminal thinking and skillfully untangles the knots of our self-imposed beliefs that hold us back. His speech inspires and motivates the audience to develop resilience and passion while pursuing their dreams.

However, Dr. Aquino’s life was not without challenges. He experienced physical manifestations of stress, including heart attacks, anxiety, stomach ulcers, and haunting nightmares. Fortunately, he found enlightenment and inner peace through a transformative encounter with a mentor. This experience inspired him to write an internationally acclaimed guide titled “Life Should Be Simple and Easy: If You’re Doing It Hard, You’re Doing It Wrong,” which offers a genuine alternative to living a fulfilling life.

Dr. Aquino’s work culminated in the establishment of the Stress-Free Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a self-discovery process to assist individuals struggling with stress. The organization’s mission is to eliminate the possibility of self-inflicted harm from every life, recognizing the inherent right of every individual to experience healing and happiness. 

Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Aquino has received many awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for his accomplishments.  This year, he will be considered for a feature in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. He will be honored at IAOTP’s annual awards gala at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville this December for his selection as Top Mental Health Thought Leader of the Year.

The President of the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), Stephanie Cirami, stated: “Choosing Dr. Aquino for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. He is inspirational, influential, and a true visionary and thought leader. We cannot wait to meet him and celebrate his accomplishments at this year’s gala. 

Looking back, Dr. Aquino’s life and work remind us of the transformative power of compassion and resilience. He advocates for patient-centered care and stress-free living, inspiring countless lives with his wisdom and experience. He reminds us to focus on the person, not just the disease, to transform healthcare and make it more humane and patient-centered. Dr. Aquino’s story is one of hope, perseverance, and making a difference in the lives of others. His legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations of healthcare professionals.

For more information please visit: stressfreeinitiative.org


The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization that handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers, and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join. You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview.

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one-of-a-kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place. 

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