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How a Light Therapy Pioneer Healed Her Horse and Herself

I met Kay Aubrey-Chimene on a Facebook group that discusses Red Light Therapy. I was immediately impressed with her depth of knowledge and genuine desire to help people.

Kay teaches certified light therapist courses, and develops and sells professional grade Light Therapy equipment. Kay Aubrey-Chimene is a pioneer in the use of light to change biology.

Brittle and Breaking to Extraordinary Health Gains

Kay Aubrey-Chimene mounted her 10-year-old Arabian for a 30-mile ride.

Kay was not feeling well. She had advanced arthritis and a brittleness that no one could explain.

Her bones would just break.

Kay was only 32 years old.

Her horse Sport seemed healthy. He showed no signs of pain or disease.

But it turned out that Sport was brittle too.

In the middle of that 30-mile ride, Sport’s front legs bowed. His leg tendons tore in half.

Traditional veterinarians had no hope for Sport.

He would always be in pain. He would never heal.

Refusing to accept a painful life for her beloved Arabian, Kay brought Sport to her holistic veterinarian.

This vet applied red light therapy to Sport’s tendons. Sport began to improve.

Red light therapy on horse's legs
Red light therapy on horse’s legs

Kay took over the Sport’s tendon therapy. She treated him with red light. His legs healed a bit every day.

After a complete recovery, Sport resumed his endurance riding with Kay.

Today, Sport is 38 years old. He enjoys the pasture, sunshine, and a daily dose of red light therapy.

Kay testing for energy impedences in Sport's back
Kay testing for energy impedences in Sport’s back

Sport’s Recovery Inspired Kay to Learn More about Light

Kay Aubrey-Chimene with her Arabian horse Sport
Kay Aubrey-Chimene with her Arabian horse Sport

Kay observed the positive changes that red light made in Sport’s legs.

She saw his health improve to a full recovery.

The vets who said that Sport would always be in pain were wrong.

They did not know about the power of red light.

Inspired and convinced, Kay began to treat herself with the light.

She also studied detoxification, nutrition, and the healing effects of different light modalities.

Her healthier diet and light therapy worked. Her bones got stronger. Her pain receded.

Today, Kay is 60 years old. Her arthritis is gone. Her brittle bones are now strong. The constant pain is over. Kay is healthy.

Kay Learned How to Use Light to Let the Body Heal Itself

Kay administering light therapy photopuncture
Kay administering light therapy photopuncture

Kay had now experienced Sport’s recovery, as well as her own.

With so much success, Kay wanted to learn more.

She dove into light, holistic nutrition, kinesiology, massage, ortho-bionomy, ozone, detox, and even more modalities.

She became an expert in the healing use of light.

She and her business partner treated horses and pets with a program they called “Cleanse, Nourish, Balance.”

Using advanced vibration detection devices, Kay treated hundreds of horses.

She was able to identify and help heal pain, edema, and immune issues.

“Horses don’t respond to placebo,” she explained.

“We knew immediately when they responded — positively or negatively.”

They learned how to change frequencies to get better responses, and the horses gave them instant feedback.

“We soon learned how various frequencies would affect accupoints.”

Years Before Light Became Popular, Kay Founded Photonic Therapy Institute

Light therapy using torches at PTI clinic
Light therapy using torches at PTI clinic

That was the 1990s, when almost no one had heard of light therapy.

As a scientific person, Kay took a discerning approach to light therapy. She could not help but notice contradictory information and misconceptions all around.

Wanting to guide new practitioners in the right direction, she created a science-based course in the use of light to heal.

Kay and her partners Diana Connolly and Karen Siefer founded the Photonic Therapy Institute (PTI) to teach light and photopuncture.

So, when almost no one had heard of light therapy, Kay was teaching students how to use light to heal.

“There had been a huge amount of mis-information coming from all sides,” Kay said.

“Laser vs. LED, acupoint therapies, colors, best practices… We wanted a … scientifically based curriculum.”

They held themselves and their students to the same standards. They submitted their curriculum to the Board of Advanced Natural Health Services (BANHS).

Graduating students become certified light therapists.

Learn more about becoming a certified light therapist here.

Recently, Kay has teamed with Ginger Bowler of Light and Energy Training Seminars (LETS).

LETS also bases their courses on standardized and scientific methods.

Kay added her horse therapy training to the curriculum.

The PTI and LETS partnership began teaching light in 2017.

Most classes were in person, but PTI is quickly moving to an online virtual classroom.

In addition, PTI does a weekly online training session for students and customers.

Photonic Makes and Sells Laboratory Certified Light Torches and Pads

PTI red, blue, and red plus blue torches
PTI red, blue, and red plus blue torches

Kay wanted to improve on the expensive devices she had been using to detect imbalances in the animals she treated.

She felt that the high cost and bulky design were keeping people from exploring the light therapy world.

Besides, her expensive equipment did not work on sweaty horses, which hindered her ability to treat injuries in real time.

She and her team created the Photonic Therapy Institute torch and pad lights that they sell today.

You can view these products as follows:

  • light therapy torches and fiber optic attachment (see below for more on this device)
  • light therapy pads and masks
The Red and Blue Eye PTI Mask
The Red and Blue Eye PTI Mask
The PTI Platinum package
The PTI Platinum package

Using the PTI torch, the therapist does not need to touch the patient. Therapists can use the torches even on sweaty horses.

“Torches are relatively inexpensive, portable, durable, and FAST,” Kay said.

The pads are a general light delivery system for overall health improvement.

PTI sends their light therapy products to a third party laboratory for certification.

The lab certification testifies that the lab found the wavelengths and energy are consistent with PTI’s stated values.

“I believe that independent certification is growing in importance for sorting through the maze of products and their knock-offs,” Kay said.

A US manufacturer builds the therapy devices, and the lights do not emit potentially dangerous EMFs (electromagnetic field “dirty electricity” that many box lights emit).

Acupuncture using PTI red torches
Acupuncture using PTI red torches

How Cancer Treatments Created a Need for a Fiber Optic Device

The PTI Red Plus Torch with fiber optic probe
The PTI Red Plus Torch with fiber optic probe

Like Kay Aubrey-Chimene, Dr. Joel Epstein is another photobiomodulation (PBM) pioneer.

A PTI patient wearing the mask and two arm pads
A PTI patient wearing the mask and two arm pads

Many years ago, Epstein recognized the usefulness of red, green, and blue light to heal chemo and radiation side effects.

He put a laser light device in his office, and equipped it with a fiber optic probe to concentrate the light’s energy.

He used this device to treat oral mucositis, a painful and distressing syndrome that causes mouth sores and swelling.

Dr. Epstein wanted his patients to use light therapy at home, between office visits.

He gave his patients Photonic Therapy Institute torches to treat mouth issues thorough the cheek.

While this had some success, it was not as powerful as using the fiber optic probe in the office.

Some people might say, “Sure, the doctor had a laser, and the PTI torch is only an LED light.”

This was not the issue. We know at this point that LED is just as useful as laser light.

The difference was not in the laser versus the LED.

Dr. Epstein used the fiber optic probe to direct light onto the unhealthy tissue.

He wanted a probe like that for the LED torches.

Epstein asked PTI for a fiber optic probe attachment to the LED torches.

“The Fiber-Optic probe is simply a 10 mm diameter wand of glass that conducts the light from a torch (or laser) to a small area,” Kay explained.

PTI supplied Epstein with the fiber optic probe.

The difference in healing was phenomenal.

“The benefits were far more rapid when the probe allowed them to place the light directly on their mouth infections or wounds,” Kay said.

In 2019, Doades, et. al. published a study of a similar fiber-optic probe.

In Treatment Alternatives for Migraines, the researchers tested using an LED fiber optic probe on headache patients.

The subjects suffered from severe migraines. The study involved using a fiber optic probe to concentrate the LED light through the nasal passages.

Although limited in scope, this study was a huge success.

For example, one subject was a 42-year-old male patient. He started having migraines after a skull fracture. He had two headaches per week. He rated the migraine pain an eight on a scale of 1 to 10.

Researchers gave this subject three PBM fiber optic probe treatments over the course of four weeks. As of two weeks post treatment, he did not have another migraine.

Another subject was a 53-year-old female. She started having migraines after giving birth thirty years before the time of the study. Her pain was an eight out of 10. She had migraines two to three times per week.

The authors gave this subject ten PBM fiber optic probe treatments over the course of seven weeks. As of three months post treatment, she did not have another migraine.

PTI sells their fiber optic probe as an optional add-on to their torch lights.

Customers use it for migraines and cancer treatment side effects. They also use for treating ears, puncture wounds, and treating hard-to-reach areas such as fungal infections between the toes.

Helpful Links

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  • Photonic Therapy Institute certification courses
  • Photonic Therapy Institute light torches and fiber optic devices
  • Photonic Therapy Institute light pads and masks
  • Board of Advanced Natural Health Services (BANHS)
  • Light and Energy Training Seminars (LETS).
  • Mark Epstein
  • Practical Pain Management “Treatment Alternatives for Migraines