Who we are


We are a research and development team. We have taken the initial invention from its earliest stages to delivery to pioneering practitioners. The technical members have been on the project for an average of 16 years, which is unusual for the Bay Area. Despite the pay being awful.

The PhotoMed project has been completely self-funded from previous exits. The lengthy development cycle reflects the absence of guiding literature for ending treatment-resistant pain. We chose to not accept commercial funding which would have set a commercial direction too early and would have risked lowering our objectivity. We applied machine learning methods to our data for 18 years. The method suggested that the unexpected outcomes are just the “back-to-normal” function built into living things.


Allan Gardiner

CEO and Founder who solves medical impossibilities from a Silicon Valley perspective: create algorithms with feedback that achieve new outcomes.

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Steve Gerhardt

Software Engineer who thinks and dreams in code. We’re fortunate that Steve gives the Instant Verification System™ unique capabilities for prompting and documenting non-longer rare events.

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Tai Huynh

Program Manager who translates the chaos of needs for developing PhotoMed’s algorithm into specifications for writing software code that defines the capabilities and user experience.

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Jake Gardiner

Vice-president who brings organizational skills needed to run the development of algorithms that address previously unknown problems.


Jeff Brown

Electronics Engineer who never got asked to make weird electronics that he couldn’t build. The Vari-Chrome® Pro condenses years of development into a small package.


Lynn Gardiner

Advisor and coach who provides nerdy engineers with a people-centered perspective.





Catherine Willner M.D.

Medical Advisor

Benjamin Borson, PhD

Scientific Advisor


Rani Shifron

Coach and Advisor

William Conard, M.D.

Medical Advisor

Barry Linder, M.D., MS

Business Advisor


Jean-Louis Lauront

Overseas Business Development