Together, we can shift the conversation about healing from impossible to measuring precisely when healing resumes.

By Allan Gardiner, Founder, PhotoMed Technologies

Our invitation for You

My family and I are excited to invite you to help build a lending library to provide early access to PhotoMed’s therapy.

The plan is basic, the project will loan PhotoMed's tools to pioneering practitioners to learn if they can help their underserved patients.  For 18-years, we funded PhotoMed's patient-centered clinics and studies that welcomed people with little or no expectation of improvement. We were frequently gratified by the unexpected outcomes of improved the quality of life. Now it's time for you to join the conversation.

Without your participation and donations, the conversation about being "hopeless" won't change.

Please make the Lending Library part of your personal mission to help solve unresponsive pain and impairments. Participation is easy, just tell everyone you know that there is a solution for certain types of chronic pain and it's non-invasive.

Donate Button Our lending library project is an activity of The L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope and is fueled by tax-deductible donations made to the sponsor. (Please add "PhotoMed Project" in the PayPal notes.)


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I’m excited to share our recent progress.

Image of the Vari-Chrome Pro hand held light therapy device PhotoMed’s team created an easy-to-use hand held device. We call it the Vari-Chrome™ Pro. It provides practitioners efficient access to the entire visible spectrum, a few wavelengths (pure rainbow colors) at a time.

Years in development, PhotoMed's therapy extends light-based therapies into new frontiers. Our therapy prompts healing to resume despite years of delay. It's quick, with improving function being the measure of success.

Surprising to most, their impaired sensations and movement frequently return toward normal during the first or second visit. It's the body concluding a stuck experience that defined the pain. The delay, years, makes the event feel unexpected and astounding. The outcomes are not predicted in textbooks on pain.

The outcomes start a new conversation.


Precisely When...

Electronic sensors reveal the precise time when the body switches from chronic toward normal. For example, thermal imaging reveals warming in a man's hands after 30 years of persistent coldness. discomfort. A single treatment using PhotoMed's therapy prompted an unexpected return toward comfortable temperatures.

Thermal imaging of hand warming after stimulation using PhotoMed's therapy.

Lighter is warmer. Click to Play His hands then maintained comfortable temperatures for more than a year.

The need for another dose for "managed" pain tells the "impossible" story. Non-invasive therapies tell the "precisely when" stories. PhotoMed's team created the tools that connect the dots while serving beyond expectation.


Who will help the "underserved" with unresponsive pain?

100 million American adults suffere chronic pain, 6 million endure slow-healing wounds, add in stroke, spinal cord injuries, movement disorders, and the list goes on. 68,000 different diagnoses describe symptoms of impaired sensory, motor, and other innate functions. Nobody offers a plan of escape.

PhotoMed's team focuses on measuring improvements in innate functions to develop its therapy. For improving function relieves the need for pain.


The Lending Library aims to help people like those in PhotoMed's studies and clinics.


Allan's childhood friend, KristinKristin, was a childhood friend. She endured the torment of unrelenting chronic pain, called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD). Kristin sought help from PhotoMed’s then experimental therapy.

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

The stakes rose again when my friend, Winston, stopped by one day. Could our therapy help his wife Josephine displays her humorJosephine?

You might ask for yourself, who could help after a stroke totally paralyzed your friend’s wife for 14 years? We tried. I’m glad to say.

Josephine displayed her humor during her second visit. The occasion was that her right fingers and hand began to move upon her command.   Click to Play (:34) Josephine had waited 14 years for that moment. Her new movements meant that she was no longer “locked in”. Being able to breathe again from her diaphragm topped her list of quality of life improvements. Click to Play  (1:57 Punchline follows 1:40)

I visit Josephine occasionally. She has pain from immobility previously erased by PhotoMed’s therapy. She would appreciate access to the Vari-Chrome™ Pro. Will you help make that happen? Her practitioner is on the list.


About 20 million Americans endure peripheral neuropathy. Diabetes and chemotherapy extract a toll on the nervous system. Powerful pain-masking medicines help many continue their quality lives. Others aren’t so lucky.

Jerry tells about painting a room What if your friend Jerry can’t feel his feet and fingers due to chemotherapy yet experiences horrible pain?

Jerry arrived with symptoms that cleared to help me solve a couple of medical mysteries. The puzzle pieces nearly complete my model for how the body responds to and let’s go of chronic pain.

My team and I team worried that Jerry endured too many sites of different pains. The efficiency of PhotoMed’s therapy enabled the practitioner to address several sites each visit. He reported his joy at painting a room after his 3rd weekly visit.   Click to Play (2:20) 


Kristin, Josephine, and Jerry each contributed to making PhotoMed’s therapy more effective and efficient. Hundreds more also arrived with disorders having no solution. Nothing.

Our tools recorded the steps taken to achieve each success, or not. The recordings were re-examined and compared to make our therapy more efficient. 18-years of empirical data invite and help answer new questions. Our team made a few discoveries along the way that become beacons beckoning the next generation of pioneers.

Details of the Lending Library

Tool lending libraries provide a working model for this project. Together, we can lend PhotoMed’s tools to practitioners, including those rural or remote.

Now under way, the “Photo Med Project” is sponsored by The L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope and fueled by tax-deductible donations. (Details below.)

Car waiting at a signalImagine 2000 or more people during the first year able to learn if they can get going again. That’s just two people each week for 20 tools shared across dozens of towns.

Imagine the new chapters filled with stories of improved quality, connection, and joy.

We'll need about $300K to create the lending library and take the steps needed to produce its first 20 lending units. We welcome your ideas, suggestions, and referrals.


Feel the gratitude of the people whose lives you touch by supporting the lending library. Please consider that resumed functions can last a lifetime. Every donation helps.

My family and I thank you in advance for your donation. Please me know so that I can personally thank you.


Donate Button Please click the PayPal button and enter “PhotoMed Project” as a note in the PayPal window. (Button leaves this site.)

Checks for larger donations are welcome and save fees. Please make checks payable to The 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) “PhotoMed Project”.


Our sponsor - Darcelle Lahr

Darcelle Lahr, PhD. founded her organization to honor her parents by enabling groundbreaking social entrepreneurs to restore dignity to people's lives. My family and I thank Dr. Lahr for the means let the public help open new chapters...

Please contact me, Allan, directly to discuss details of the project.  allang (at) .


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Thank you,

Allan Gardiner

PhotoMed Technologies, Founder.




The sponsor retains control and discretion over the contributions it receives. The FBO memo will assure the funds are directed to the PhotoMed Project.

The PhotoMed 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, and which is not a private foundation because it is described in Sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(a)(vi)


Updated: May 24,2018



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

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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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