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, CEO

    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.


  • Valérie Surdiacourt
    Valérie Surdiacourt Medical Delegate (FR)

    Valérie has 20+ years of experience in pharmaceutical and medical delegation. She is very interested in the development and the potential of new technologies in healthcare. She joined Oncomfort as a medical delegate in the sectors of Wallonia and Brussels.

  • Julien Tesse
    Julien Tesse Marketing 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).

  • Thierry Baltus
    Thierry Baltus Deputy CEO

    Thierry Baltus is an Entrepreneur-Consultant in Biotechnology and Medical Device, with a Master of Business Administration from HEC-ULg University. He has an extensive experience (over 20 years) in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry at the Sales & Marketing/Business Development level in Europe and the United States. As a consultant, he has carried out many assignments, on behalf of startup companies, in the areas of Pharma/Biotech


  • 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.

  • Maggie Dickens
    Maggie Dickens Psychotherapist

    Maggie Dickens, MS, LPC, LCDC is the Clinical Director of Behavioral Health Services at the Sprintz Center for Pain and Dependency. Maggie holds a Master’s of Science degree in substance abuse and clinical counseling as well as a Master’s of Science in rehabilitation and career counseling. Maggie has been a practicing behavioral health professional for almost 10 years and specializes in chronic pain syndrome and substance use disorders utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, and clinical hypnosis.

  • 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.

  • Diego
    Diego Inspirational Officer

    Diego is an intensely curious young man sharing his love for language and technology with Oncomfort and virtual reality aficionados. He is integral to developing the children’s language for the kids’ modules in the Oncomfort librar

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: