Mindful Healthcare




Oren Jay Sofer

Oren Jay Sofer has been practicing mindfulness meditation and Nonviolent Communication for over two decades, and teaching nationally since 2008. His work integrating awareness into the field of communication stands at the cutting edge of interpersonal studies.

Oren is a CNVC Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and the Senior Program Developer for Mindful Schools. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma, and author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.

Evan A. Wong


Evan A. Wong works in palliative care medicine as a Board Certified Interfaith Chaplain. She has a special interest in bringing tools from contemplative practice into healthcare for symptom management, spiritual distress, and resilience.

Evan completed her chaplaincy training at University of California San Francisco Medical Center with a focus in palliative care and is endorsed as a faith leader in healthcare by the Insight Meditation Center, Redwood City. Evan brings over ten years of training in mindfulness meditation and Nonviolent Communication to her work in hospitals, where she promotes ethics and compassion in all interactions.

Our passion for this work comes from our personal experiences with chronic illness, as well as our deep and long-standing interest in health and well-being.
— Oren Jay Sofer & Evan Wong

Advisory Board


Rev. Denah Joseph

The Rev. Denah Joseph is an ordained Buddhist minister in the Theravada tradition and serves as the outpatient palliative care chaplain at UCSF Medical Center, working with patients and families with advanced illness and end-of-life concerns. Denah is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and a California licensed marriage and family therapist who has specialized in traumatic grief for 35 years. Denah is passionate about education, and has worked with numerous groups in hospitals and non-profits on issues of resilience, sustainability, and self-care for clinicians in high-stress environments, including oncology and ICU units, physicians-in-training programs, and hospice programs.

Christiane Wolf, M.D., PhD.


Christiane is an internationally respected mindfulness teacher, trainer, speaker and author.  She is a senior teacher at InsightLA, a senior certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) trainer and is on faculty for the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Christiane also serves as program director and lead instructor for VA CALM, a MBSR, mindfulness and self-compassion training program for clinicians at the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration. She is a certified Martha Beck Life Coach and the author of A Clinician's Guide to Teaching Mindfulness.



“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention… A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. ”