Restoring the Quality of Life


We invent and build non-invasive tools that prompt a return toward normal function. Restoring function improves the quality of life and relieves the need for pain.

For some, quality means being able to do every-day tasks.

Three people showing their improved functions


Woman looking at her fingers with improved functionsFor others, quality improves by restoring profoundly impaired functions.

We focus on restoring functions after everyone else gave up:


We demonstrate that "chronic" can abruptly end.

Unexpected, normal functions begin to resume immediately after the conclusion of the "chronic" experience.

PhotoMed's team invented research tools that record the previously unseen events. Our 18-years of recorded data tell stories of returning function that are not told in textbooks on pain or impaired functions.

It took our founder, Allan Gardiner, years to recognize that the astounding responses he frequently observed are ordinary except for their delay. For example, this man's cold hands warmed after 30 years of discomfort. Lighter is warmer. It's the years of coldness that make the return of normal function so unexpected.

Cold hands warming after 30 years of coldness discomfort
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What makes PhotoMed's vision unique?

Our vision focuses on serving people with previously unresponsive pain and impairments. We aim to serve people with impairments that are unexpected, by others, to improve. Outcomes from PhotoMed's therapy tell our story.

To carry out our vision, we introduce our       fueled by tax-deductible donations made to the L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope. Together, we can lend tools to practitioners at no charge to serve their communities, including those rural or remote.

The PhotoMed Team

The Lending Library Project is a crowd-funding project to serve people with the types of disorders that may improve using PhotoMed's therapy. He is our info-graphic in a draft form.



We offer early-bird discounts to practitioners who want to purchase our

Introducing the Vari-Chrome™ Pro


Image of the Vari-Chrome Pro hand held light therapy device

We are proud to announce PhotoMed's Vari-Chrome™ Pro. Now practitioners can have efficient access to wavelengths (pure rainbow colors) throughout the visible spectrum.

Different people and their disorders respond to different colors. Having all the colors, with no missing wavelengths, increases the likelihood of relief.

Key Features    Click for Demo (0:42)

  • Vary colors during therapy
  • Automatic mode with 5 pre-programed selections
  • Manual mode with continuous color selection
  • Light output from steady to 400Hz
  • Built-in timer


How it works

  • Varying colors on the skin, like changing temperatures in the shower, gets the body's attention
  • The body does the work of resuming its normal functions and balance
  • Improving functions provide feedback to the practitioner for adjusting therapy


Currently in testing, we're accepting pre-orders with a significant early-bird discount. Contact us about our Technology Access Plan.

Our hearts are drawn to serve those unlikely to have access to possible relief.

We have a plan for them, too.



For scientists, PhotoMed's 18-years of empirical data from PhotoMed's reveal fine temporal and spatial details of previously unobserved events. Our tools open new areas of study and care, just as did the microscope, X-ray, and MRI.

Beginning in 2000, PhotoMed's therapy prompted responses that surprised everyone. Our team sought explanations based upon invasive interventions.

We invented and built tools that could record the frequent outcomes that had no explanation. In 2010, we found the difference between invasive interventions and non-invasive therapies. This insight led to enhancing PhotoMed's Rapid Discovery System. We recently add a module with a special camera to record changes in non-healing wounds that occur in seconds after therapy starts.


A Few Examples from patient-centered clinics and studies


Kristin tells her story 12 years after her last therapy.

Complex regional pain syndrome

Kristin is a childhood friend of our founder, Allan Gardiner.

Decades after they met, Kristin fell on ice and broke both bones in her right arm.

Kristin endured the torment of unrelenting chronic pain, called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD). Her work life as a nurse was over, her doctors told her. Kristin sought help from PhotoMed’s then experimental therapy. She had to use her other hand to raise her painful arm.

Demonstration of arm movement after therapy.

Three days later, Kristin emerged from her nightmare. She returned to work full-time as a nurse. 12-years later, Kristin updates her story (1:53)


Josephine tells a joke.

Stroke - 14 years of total paralysis

Josephine had been totally paralyzed for 14 years. She could communicate only by elevating her left eye. She was lucky to have a loving family who were willing to take her home and care for all these years.

Josephine displays her humor during her second visit. The occasion was that her right fingers and hand began to move upon her command. One week earlier, after a few minutes of treatment, her fingers began to move, almost imperceptibly, for the first time in 14 years.   Josephine moves her wrist and fingers (0:34) Josephine had waited 14 years for that moment.

Her new movements meant that she was no longer “locked in”. A world-first accomplishment after so many years

Being able to breathe again from her diaphragm topped her list of quality of life improvements. Josephine tells a joke (1:57)

Josephine was not expected to live to get to the hospital but with loving care is still telling jokes.


Skin Temperature

Diabetes - total loss of sensation in feet

George (not his real name) endured diabetes and its complications for 40 years. He could not feel his feet for the past 5 years.

George maintained his balance by looking at his feet while shuffling slowly across the room. He received therapy to his left only during his first visit. He achieved faint dull sensations in his left foot by the end of the visit.

The second visit, a week later, he returned looking at me instead of the floor. Some sensation had returned to both feet.

We asked him to close his eyes and to not move his feet during while he attempted to answer our questions while testing his ability to tell where he was being touched.

He received PhotoMed's therapy to his right foot which "awakened" both feet to near normal sensations. (Called protective sensation.)

For more than 20 minutes, he could not accurately report the new touch sensations. His brain image touch maps didn't align with the nerves in his feet. Enjoy his surprise as he looks at where he is being touched.

George is surprised by his new sensation (0:35)

Jerry tells about his accomplishments during his 4th visit

Chemotherapy - neuropathy in hands and feet

Jerry experienced pain and loss of normal sensations in his fingers and feet.

Jerry was glad to have survived his cancer but the chemo took a huge toll on the quality of his life. Nothing worked to relieve his pain. His feet were numb such that he could not feet them. Curiously, changing textures took hours for increased pain to subside.

Jerry's sensations provide a clue that his body could feel fine textures without his being aware. His awareness function returned to near normal to relieve much of his pain.

Jerry is happy to paint a room (2:20)


Lending Library Project

Taking our therapy to underserved communities


At PhotoMed, our vision includes delivery of our therapy to people with pain underserved by existing technologies. We include those rural, remote, and in low-resource communities.

Our founder wondered, "How can we deliver care to communities beyond conventional reach?"

A solution became a reality:

The Lending Library Project is an activity of L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope and is fueled by tax-deductible donations made to their organization.


Linding Library InfographicInspired by tool lending libraries across our nation, the Lending Library  Project will lend PhotoMed's tools to practitioners at no charge.

Their underserved patients can learn if our therapy can improve the quality of life.


Imagine 2000 people with an improved quality of life. That’s only 2 people per week for 20 tools.

We'll need about $300K to create the lending library and produce its first 20 lending units. The funds will also help us support the next generation of pioneering researchers and practitioners.

We welcome your ideas, suggestions, and referrals. We welcome sponsorships by individuals, organizations, communities, and companies.


Please accept the gratitude of the people whose lives you touch by supporting the lending library. Your gift of pain relief and resumed functions can last a lifetime. Every donation helps.

We urgently request your tax-deductible donations to get the Lending Library Project rolling.


Donate ButtonThis project is an activity of L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope and is fueled by tax-deductible donations made to our program Sponsor. Please add "Library Project" in the PayPal notes to direct you donation to our Project.

Image of check to the Lending Library project SponsorPlease send checks for larger donations to save fees. Please make checks payable to "L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope". Mail to: 696 San Ramon Valley Blvd. No. 194, Danville CA 94526. In the memo line, please include FBO (For the Benefit Of) “Lending Library Project”.

Please contact PhotoMed's founder, Allan Gardiner, directly to discuss details of the project.  allang (at)


The Lending Library Project Sponsor - L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope

Darcelle Lahr, Ed.D. founded L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope to honor her parents by enabling groundbreaking social entrepreneurs to restore dignity to people's lives. Our founder and his family thank Dr. Lahr for the means to let the public help open new chapters...

Please contact PhotoMed's founder, Allan Gardiner, directly to discuss details of the project.  allang (at)



Our program Sponsor retains control and discretion over the contributions it receives. The FBO memo will assure the funds are directed to the Lending Library Project.


The Lending Library Project is an activity of The L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope, a nonprofit charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as described in Sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(a)(vi)


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Allan Gardiner

PhotoMed Technologies, Founder.


Updated: June 19, 2018



PhotoMed Technologies is a dedicated to finding non-invasive solutions to chronic pain and functional impairments.

Founded and funded as our family mission to help people with no path forward. We appreciate your donations and support.

Allan Gardiner

New Frontiers

PhotoMed's pioneering methods and equipment open new areas for pain, biophysics, physiology, neuroscience and other areas of research.

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PhotoMed Technologies envisions a future when collaborating clinics, including those rural and remote, can offer their patients the most current non-invasive solutions developed by passionate practitioners and researchers around the globe.

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