Better clinical care through virtual reality

Oncomfort provides patient education in stress, anxiety, and pain management as well as information about the medical journey.

A company created out of passion and caregiving experience

Cancer and gaming may seem worlds apart but technology exponentially creates new worlds of opportunity (real, augmented, and virtual!) as it did with the story of Oncomfort.

Oncomfort was born out of the stress of watching family suffer through cancer and being unable to reduce their pain and anxiety. Diane Jooris, CEO of Oncomfort (Co-founder) helped her father and sister as much as possible, but she felt that her clinical hypnosis expertise combined with the rise of a new technology, virtual reality, could provide a solution.

Presently, the company is already composed of a dynamic group of international and multilingual individuals that are actively engaged in in several continents including Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. Oncomfort is based in Brussels, Belgium and is actively conducting research and development in many countries.

Many villages are represented from across the world at Oncomfort. In sum, eight languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Arabic and Dutch) are spoken by the team. In addition, over six countries are represented by the same either through birth, ethnicity or both (Belgium, United States, Italy, Lebanon, Ecuador, and U.K.). With this unique combination of perspectives, languages, and skill sets across domains and across geographies, all are collaborating together globally to bring better clinical care into healthcare through virtual reality.

A unique team of professionals to make our vision come true


  • Diane Jooris Co-Founder, CSO

    Diane Jooris, MS, LCDC-I, J.D., is the mental health expert with a special focus on Clinical Hypnosis. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, Masters in International Relations, Masters in Law- J.D. Diane was a Mind-Body Intervention Specialist at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, Texas), a registered yoga trainer, and a clinical hypnosis passionate. After 20+ years of corporate marketing and project management, Oncomfort is now her entrepreneurial project.

  • Gerald De Patoul
    Gerald De Patoul Co-Founder, CFO

    Gerald De Patoul has 20+ years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project finance and business development at ENGIE and Price Waterhouse Cooper. His financing expertise is augmented by a business engineering degree from University of Louvain in Belgium and a Masters of Finance and Tax from University UFSIA, Antwerp, Belgium.


  • Mario Huyghe
    Mario Huyghe CEO

    Mario’s great passion is to introduce and upscale innovation and business transformation in the healthcare market. Mario has built up his broad scope on health care in various leadership positions in both small healthcare companies as international healthcare groups.  His focus evolved from technology in anesthesia and acute care into trafsformation based on clinical data and digital health. In addition, he provided services to hospitals and startups in Belgium and abroad covering areas from virtual health to digital therapeutics.

    Mario holds an engineering degree and is an MBA alumnus of the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.

  • Bart Huys
    Bart Huys Sales Director

    Bart occupied several sales leader roles in the field of medical devices, clinical biology and healthcare in general for 20 years (Laméris, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Medec, Fresenius).  Has has initied, facilitated and executed innovation in Sales & Marketing, developing business in a multi-stakeholder environment. Bart has developed a wide network of national and international contacts and knowledge of the healthcare market in general.

  • Rein Callewier
    Rein Callewier Hospital associate in Clinical VR (NL)

    Rein has 30+ years of experience in pharmaceutical and medical delegation as key account manager. He is very interested in the development and the potential of new technologies in healthcare. He joined Oncomfort as a hospital associate in Clinical Virtual Reality in the sectors of West and East Flanders.

  • Julien Tesse
    Julien Tesse Product Manager

    Julien Tesse has built experience in digital marketing working as an eBusiness analyst and then consultant for the Belgian market leader, Semetis. Being keen on working with new technologies, he holds a Master’s degree in Business engineering from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL). His creativity and team spirit led him to undergo a specific Master’s program in entrepreneurship (CPME).


  • Gisele Waters, Ph.D.
    Gisele Waters, Ph.D. Senior Writer & Advisor

    Gisele Waters, Ph.D. is an innovation psychologist driving growth in an exponential world. With over 25 years in leading human and technology education; she persuades innovative biotech firms to embrace the unknown. Her business development background also adds a commercial expertise of obtainable markets and growing serviceable markets. By creating the voice of the company, value propositions are edited to communicate strategic offers.

  • Robert Storey
    Robert Storey Business Coach, Advisor

    Robert Storey is the Managing Director of The MVR Company, Executive Chairman of Osteovantage, Inc. and Vixiar Medical, Medical Device Executive-in-Residence for Johns Hopkins University, and on the Strategic Advisory Board for Johns Hopkins Laboratory for computational sensing and robotics. He is also on the Oversight Committee for the Hopkins/Coulter Translational Partnership. Robert takes the Life Sciences Innovation lead at MD Anderson Cancer Center while being National Instructor for NSF & NIH I-Corps. As a former executive at Exxon Corporation, Clariant Corporation and Vapotherm, Inc he provides 30+ years of business acumen and strategy.

  • Professor Faymonville, MD
    Professor Faymonville, MD Anesthesiologist, Medical Advisor

    Professor M.E. Faymonville, M.D., Ph.D. is a world-renowned expert in clinical hypnosis, clinical psychology, anaesthetics, and cognitive psychology. She publishes, teaches, and conducts research at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liege. In 1992, Dr. Faymonville developed a new method of anesthesia: hypnosedation. Her team has performed more than 9,000 surgeries under Clinical Hypnosis. She is the author of more than 150 publications, a former President of the International Hypnosis Society, and the head of Pain and Palliative Care at University Hospital of Liege.

Our Awards and Recognition

We are humbled by the recognition of an international medical community. As a start-up breaking ground with new multilingual technology applications that integrate psychological interventions into virtual reality, the international awards received in the past year are fully appreciated.


Thank you to
medical center

We want to thank our partner doctors and providers across the globe who believed in our vision and decided to become pioneers in the use or our products. These doctors and providers create a real shift in paradigm in medical care! Special thanks to: