ABOUT US

OUR STORY

Soovu Labs is on a mission to transform the treatment of chronic pain by providing safe and effective relief – without pills, invasive procedures, or surgery.

It all began when Drs. Chabal and Dunbar, board certified physicians in pain management at the University of Washington, were personally moved by witnessing the tragedy that opioids wrought on patients and their families. They challenged themselves: could there be a new, drug-free approach to treating chronic pain? The spark came when they asked their patients, “What do you do when your meds don’t work?” The answer was consistent: heat.

With funding and support from the National Institutes of Health, the doctors discovered a new way to treat pain. Through years of study, experimentation and listening to patients, they discovered that targeted pulsing of high energy heat substantially reduces pain. An incubator was formed within a leading product development firm in Seattle, and seven generations of prototypes were built. Independent, randomized, double blinded clinical trials proved that levels of high heat were clinically more effective than steady heat, while being safe on the skin.

Soovu Labs was born. A team of product developers (and fellow pain sufferers) assembled to bring the innovation to reality. In addition to the pulsing heat devices, the team developed a smartphone app to incorporate best practices in stress management. Stress is widely known to exacerbate pain, which in turn, increases stress, creating a vicious cycle of suffering. The team at Soovu labs is working day and night to bring these solutions to life to help people with chronic pain take back their lives.

Our Team

Allan Stephan, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Stratos Product Development CEO/Founder, Stratos Group CEO, Stratos Genomics Chairman/CEO/Co-Founder, Chairman, Micronics, Co-Founder Amnis, Inroad Chairman/CEO/Co-Founder

Chuck Chabal, M.D. Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder

Director, Evergreen Pain Management Center, Talaria, Inc., Founder / Chief Science Officer, Previously Wa. Academy of Pain Management President, University of Washington Associate Professor Anesthesiology

Peter Dunbar, M.D. Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder

Foundation for Health Care Quality CEO, Talaria Inc CEO and Co-Founder, Emeritus Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Washington; past Director of Harborview Pain Relief Services

Eric Meyer, Chief Commercial Officer

VP Marketing Sonicare; launched One Touch glucose meter; advisor to Clarisonic, Zeltiq, Fitbit, Lyric Hearing; Board member MyPurMist

Jenny Hapgood, VP Product

Advisor to several digital health - device start-ups; VP Product SmartByte; VP Product Chrono Therapeutics; VP Product Alere Wellbeing 

George Stone, VP Quality & Regulatory

Stratos Product Development Director of Quality Engineering & Usability Engineering, Sr. Systems Analyst Philips Medical

Jack Profit, VP Engineering

Stratos Product Development VP of Engineering, Stratos Group VP of Advanced Research, CTO of Inroad, Principle Engineer and Manager at Qualcomm

Dave Seward, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Stratos Product Development, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Our Medical Advisors

John D. Loeser, M.D.

Professor emeritus of Neurological Surgery and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington. Past President of the American Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain and a former Fulbright Senior Scholar

David J. Clark, M.D.

Professor of Anesthesia, Stanford University. Vice-Chair for Research, Stanford Department of Anesthesia, Stanford CA

Robert Jamison, Ph.D.

Professor at Harvard Medical School with appointments in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Psychiatry, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation