Zone empowers those suffering from stress, anxiety and depression by giving them personalized tools to take back control of their lives and manage their wellbeing using evidence-based scientific methods. We’re teaching individuals how to effectively respond to stress while reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.


Our Mission

We want to reduce the need for anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs by providing a sleek wearable with professional stress management capabilities.

ZONE is the drug-free solution that enhances your ability to recognize and regulate your emotions, giving you the ultimate tool to live in a more mindful way.

Our Story

Founder Chad Vardas’ passion for mental health started when he was young. In fact, it started in high school when he could no longer live the same quality of life. He noticed that his breath was becoming shallow and his heart was racing. The smallest stressors felt large to him, leaving a weighted pressure on his chest. He began to lose focus and decided to seek medical help. That was when Chad was given the same diagnosis that nearly 1/5 of Americans have been given- he has an anxiety disorder.


Relieved to have a name for his condition, he sought treatment to assist him. Prescription drugs only worsened his state and he researched alternate methods. He wanted to know how to use his body for him as opposed to against him. What solution could alleviate stress and anxiety, wherever one may be?

That was when he discovered the link between our breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and mental health. He reached out to Dr. Richard Gevirtz, the pioneer in Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Therapy. Blown away by the changes in his mental health, Chad set out to bring this technology to the masses. He dreamt of every stressed out individual having a wearable that personalizes their biology for their own mental health.
The idea of ZONE was born.

He understood that achieving his goal of designing a miniature and portable version of clinical technology would not be easy. That said, with professionals such as Dr. Richard Gevirtz assisting him, it was possible.

The Team that made it possible

Chad Vardas
Founder, Chairman & CEO

Neuroscience & Entrepreneurship


Mission to Provide Effective Drug-Free

Relief for All

Scott Sanders
Board Director/CFO

Serial Entrepreneur
Successful Exits
Active Angel Investor
Finance Background

Erik Birkfeld


Project Manager w/ 16 Years Exp.

Royce White

NBA Player
Led Mental Health movement in NBA

Todd Duke

Experienced CFO and CPA

Alex Reyes

Operations / Front-End Engineer

Management Graduate and Software Engineer

Jimmy Derner

Marketing / Social Media / Content Creation

Alex Jones

Full Stack Engineer


Dr. Gail Naughton
Board Director

Commercialized 4 products
Raised $350M
105 patents
Former Dean of SDSU

Dr. Erik Peper

Head of Technical Advisory Board 

Internationally known biofeedback expert

Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Eddie Rodriguez
Business Advisor

VC with licensing exp. and exits

Chris Holbrook
Business Advisor

Serial Entrepreneur

       Bernhard Schroeder         Business Advisor

Built $1B Marketing Agency