Vari-Chrome™ Pro

Our non-invasive light therapy tool for chronic pain

Three people showing their improved functions


Do you have pain that has lasted longer than 12 weeks? If so, that is chronic pain.

Do you have pain that has lasted less than 12 weeks? If so, that is called acute pain.


This website is for people in pain.

If you are looking for a pain solution for yourself, a family member, or neighbor, we are here for you.

Do you feel that your “chronic” impairments will remain for your lifetime?

Read on.


Why did we create this tool?

We created the tool to improve the quality of life for people with chronic and acute pain.


How does the therapy work?

The Vari-Chrome™ Pro delivers rainbow precise colors which stimulate the skin, the nervous system, and the brain.

The brain restores ordinary homeostasis.

We have 18-years of recorded data.


What makes us different?

Many companies use just one color for their therapy. We appreciate that single wavelengths work for some people.

Allan Gardiner created PhotoMed in order to serve people left behind by other interventions or therapies.

Our tool, the Vari-Chrome™ Pro, expands the range of people able to be served by light-based therapies.

We offer 240 wavelengths.

Three people showing their improved functions



What are normal functions?

Our therapy quickly prompts the body to return to its normal functions.

A few examples:

Our tools frequently prompt a response within only seconds to minutes.


Who Can Be Helped?

We aim to help people with chronic and acute pain. We include people who want a non-invasive way to mend their pain or impairment.

Our tools improve sensory and motor functions.

We understand that quality of life means being able to do every-day tasks.

Three people showing their improved functions


Kristin tells her story 12 years after her last therapy.

Some people have pain so bad that nothing works to calm it. Our therapy is able to help some of these people. Kristin had complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD) and was not expected to improve.

With gratitude for PhotoMed's tools, Kristin could return to the career she loved and then some! She resumed her good life. To see a joyful video clip of her 12 years after her therapy worked, click the image to play video (0:20). (Longer version below.)



What does restoring function look like?

These are three selected images from a thermal imaging video. They show how our therapy helped his hands warm toward normal. Watch his hands increase in temperature via thermal imaging tool and chart. Lighter is warmer. Video taken using PhotoMed's thermal imaging tools.

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Cold hands warming after 30 years of coldness discomfort



What are people saying about our therapy?

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Kristin expresses her gratitudeKristin 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 expresses her gratitudeJosephine 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. The time between "suctioning" saliva from her mouth and throat increased from every few minutes to more than an hour. The longer interval let's have more peaceful time throughout the day and night. 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.


Jerry expresses his gratitude
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)

What does the tool look like?


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


Different people and their disorders respond to different wavelengths (precise rainbow colors). Having all the colors, with no missing wavelengths, increases the likelihood of improving function and relieving pain.


Key Features    Click for Demo (0:42)


How it works


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


Introducing PhotoMed's Rapid Discovery System

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 examined fundamental differences between invasive interventions and non-invasive therapies. Insights led to enhancing PhotoMed's Rapid Discovery System. We recently added a module with a special camera to record changes in non-healing wounds that occur in seconds after therapy starts.

Rapid Discovery System



What is our goal?


Our goal is to deliver therapy to people who would not otherwise have access. This includes people who live in rural, remote, and low-resource communities.

To reach that goal, we teamed up with a non-profit organization who wants to support our goal.

The Lending Library Project is an activity of L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope. Our project is funded by your generous tax-deductible donations. Thank you for helping us help people in pain.


How can we deliver care to communities beyond conventional reach?

We can deliver care by taking our therapy to underserved communities.


Lending Library Infographic


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

The practitioners and their underserved patients can learn if our therapy can improve their quality of life.

The production company will build a minimum of 20 tools. So let's start with that. In a year, we could help 1100+ with these tools assuming each tool helped one person each week.

Your tax-deductible donations will create access to PhotoMed's therapy .

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 Project. 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.

Please contact PhotoMed's founder, Allan Gardiner, directly to discuss details of the project. Please let Allan know about your contribution to let him personally thank you.  allang (at)


Please send checks to save fees. Please make checks payable to "L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope".

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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”.



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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)



The Project 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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Wishing you good health,

Allan Gardiner

PhotoMed Technologies, Founder.

Updated: July 10, 2018

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