“On Star Trek when somebody is injured they get taken to the sick bay, the doctor gets out the laser beam, aims it at the patient, and the patient is healed instantly. It’s kind of like that,” said James Carroll, CEO of THOR Photomedicine.

Shepherd University and the PBM Foundation will tackle healing in a different way, by bringing the science and application of light-based treatments into their curriculum.

“Our advanced practice nurses are on the front line, and giving therapy as health care.. And these are tools that we are going to put in their hands. So when they begin their practice they’ll be able to improve health care outcomes,” said Dr. Sharon Mailey acting Dean and Chair of the Department of Nursing Education.

The light-based health treatment known as Photobiomodulation (PBM), can be used to treat the underlying causes of pain and allow faster healing.

“This is an alternative form of pain relief, but the difference in this pain relief is that it actually helps the patients heal as well,” Carroll stated.  

With the opioid era continuing to impact the eastern panhandle, some believe this method could also help those who are suffering.

“If we can provide complimentary therapy to manage that pain, maybe we can do something for the individuals that are suffering from opioid overdoses,” said Dr. Mailey.  

Students at Shepherd will be using ‘class-3b lasers.