A Letter From Our Founder


Growing up, I was surrounded by people living with pain and impairments from polio, paraplegia, MS, and mental disorders. They became my mentors preparing me for many later chapters in my life as I assisted with their daily lives.

My parents encouraged me to experiment, let the sparks fly, and try a different plan. Maximal learning came from experiments that didn’t work as expected.

In eighth grade, my first pair of glasses expanded my world into 3D popping with color. The vibrant sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge that night launched my life-long relationship with photography, color, and light.

Rainbows continue to fascinate me for their ability to precisely arrange their colors and sometimes show double with repeat the arrangement in the opposite order. Did you find both images on this website?

Living things, such as the nerves and blood in our skin, are tuned to respond to specific wavelengths of light. These myriad sensors signal the brain to “Hey, take a look here.” (Speculating on possible mechanisms is an important activity in science.) For reasons that others may discover, healing resumes.

Therapeutic colors

Varying the wavelength during therapy increases the likelihood for finding ones that “work” for the particular person and their noxious experience of pain and impairment.

Today, PhotoMed’s Vari-Chrome® Pro enables practitioners to efficiently select any wavelengths from the rainbow that the choose.

The ability to

Decades later, memories of my abrupt introduction to colors and shapes reawakened upon the remark by a study volunteer that her world switched from black & white to color at the instant that her pain vanished. I had no reason to question the possibility that her experience could change that fast.

Photography reveals unseen events for all to enjoy and study.

After decades working as a mechanical engineer in the manufacturing company, Kensington Laboratories, that I founded in the 1970s. Our precision movement and measurement systems enabled big-name computer chip companies to inspect their products and minimize defects.

A phone call introduced me to light-based therapies that could help people living in chronic pain. They endured a kind of pain that most people accepted as their fate, believing there to be no solutions available.

As I learned more about light-based therapies, I felt a responsibility to improve upon these non-invasive therapies. I wanted to relieve pain and impairments endured by my friends and neighbors.

Inspiration struck with the invention of PhotoMed's therapy.

In 2000, I founded PhotoMed Technologies to begin developing, testing, and optimizing tools that utilize light in a way that no other device has before. PhotoMed's tools let the practitioner efficiently personalize light therapy, for the first time, offering continuously varying wavelengths (precise rainbow colors) from the entire visible spectrum to increase the likelihood that the patient might benefit.

Testing revealed that our new therapy could improve impaired sensory and motor functions in addition to relieving intractable pain. PhotoMed’s team and I developed tools that record electronic sensors while our therapy prompts the return toward normal functions. Now, 18-years of recorded data invite and can help answer new questions.

Today, PhotoMed's light-based tools include the Vari-Chrome™ Pro and the Rapid Discovery System™.

My family and I funded PhotoMed Technologies, clinics, and studies to make its therapy more effective and efficient. We are proud of the discoveries made by welcoming people with pain and impairments that we did not expect to improve. Many did! Their gratitude kept us funding after setbacks that almost made us quit.

PhotoMed’s studies in rural Colorado and Massachusetts revealed extra challenges for people who live far from larger cities. My personal mission expanded to finding ways to serve them.

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My personal mission realized

We teamed up with the L.C. and Lillie Haven of Hope 501c(3) organization to meet our mutual goals. The Haven of Hope created a project, called the Lending Library Project aimed to lend light-based tools to practitioners at no charge. The practitioner can then serve the people in their communities.

When fully funded, the Lending Library Project can become an independent non-profit organization. The initial goal is to have 20 tools loaned to help 1000s of people each year.

Please join with me to show the world that relief is possible for previously unresponsive pain and impairments.


Allan Gardiner
Founder, PhotoMed Technologies, Inc.