Here to help you change your relationship with stress

Welcome! I’m Dr. Ni-Cheng Liang, a mother and wife, cancer survivor, pulmonary physician, and mindfulness teacher. More importantly, I deeply believe that stress happens! It’s a natural part of life. What comes next is up to you. To help you get there, my colleagues and I teach mindfulness, an evidence-based skill that is innate in all of us that encompasses practical and experiential solutions for dealing with stress. Join a supportive group of people and learn how to respond in healthier ways to stress, chronic illness, and other life challenges.

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Explore my health and wellness services

I’m here to serve you if you are looking to live a fuller life and to help my fellow healthcare professionals looking to do the same. I invite you to explore my services, including the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course and healthcare professional wellness offerings. Work with me personally on a better approach to stress and chronic illness, or book me to speak or lead an experiential group session. A portion of all proceeds received from honoraria and fees (not associated with Coastal Pulmonary Associates) will go to a different non-profit organization each year. Past non-profits include the Young Survival Coalition (a national support for young breast cancer survivors).

Courses in Mindfulness

Get personalized one-on-one practices, group sessions, or register for the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. All mindfulness work is based on practical and experiential strategies that help you cope with stress.

Wellness for Physicians

Having worked in the medical field for my entire career, I know how important physician wellness is. Contact me to learn more about speaking engagements, workshops, and interactive sessions on physician burnout and wellness.

Pulmonary Medicine

I am currently Director of Pulmonary Integrative Medicine, and a fellow in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona. I’m available for appointments related to respiratory-related medical concerns at Coastal Pulmonary Associates. Please call (760) 230-8994 to book an appointment. Our practice takes most major insurances.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine

As part of my cancer journey, I developed a close relationship with integrative medicine having used it in my healing with conventional and complementary approaches (mind-body therapies, for example). I’m always open to speaking about my personal journey, or providing an introduction to integrative medicine.

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I’m a wife and mother of two, cancer survivor, pulmonary physician, and mindfulness teacher. Your health and wellness, alongside my peers, colleagues, and community members, is the central purpose of my career. This includes my current role as Director of Pulmonary Integrative Medicine at Coastal Pulmonary Associates, as well as time as a Voluntary Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine as a volunteer there for the Medical Student-Run Free Clinic for uninsured patients.

Here’s the thing: allopathic medicine and my participation in a clinical trial ​saved my life from cancer. But integrative therapies such as mindfulness meditation, acupuncture, and yoga have enriched my quality of life significantly. That’s why I’m so committed to promoting physician wellness and teaching mindfulness to patients, healthcare professionals, and their students.

Voted a San Diego Top Doctor in 2017, 2019, and 2021

Voted a San Diego Top Doctor in 2017, 2019, and 2021

2019 American Lung Association San Diego Lung Health Provider of the Year

2019 American Lung Association San Diego Lung Health Provider of the Year

Founder of Awaken Breath, LLC and

Founder of Awaken Breath, LLC and


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