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Special Occasions

June 20th, 2017

Life is busy. Sometimes potential clients struggle to find the time to contact us about having a custom prosthesis made.  A common catalyst for reaching out to us is a special event like a wedding, or holiday gathering.  Many of our clients wear our pieces every day, while others prefer to keep them for a nice dinner out or another special occasion. No matter your prosthetic needs, we are here for you.

 

caucasian woman wears realistic prosthetic thumb made by aesthetic prosthetics in pasadena california

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Fashion Statement

April 11th, 2017

This young woman enjoys expressing her artistic side through clothing.  Her self confidence was hampered by a serious injury to her arm and partial hand loss.  With her new prosthesis, she is able to turn the focus back to her style, her art and the things that characterize her.

young Caucasian woam wears prosthetic partial hand made by Aesthetic Prosthetics

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Who’s the Boss?

April 4th, 2017

Stefan Knauss is co-owner and co-founder of Aesthetic Prosthetics.  He grew up locally in Altadena, CA and first showed interest in the field of prosthetics as a high school senior. He designed and built a prosthetic hand out of wood, string and medal and his work earned 4th place in a scholarship competition. Stefan has also always been interested in art, meticulously painting small lead figures as a boy and eventually taking classes at the Art Center College of Design.  After earning a bachelors from Occidental College, he decided to pursue his interest in a prosthetics  career. Since the prosthetics school would not accept students without prior work experience in the field Stefan worked as a technitian for one year. He then moved across the country to study prosthetics and orthotics at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. After completing his studies, he moved back to California, found employment at a local prosthetics office for a year and became certified in prosthetics and orthotics by the American Board of Certification for Prosthetics and Orthotics.  His hopes were to express artistry in the field.  Eight years after he began working for a “conventional” prosthetics company, he finally realized his bosses had little commitment to a vision that prosthesis should look real.

Now married, Stefan moved back to Chicago with his wife, Beth, so he could study Anaplastology with a focus on hands at the Department of Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the University of Illinois.  There, he spent countless hours studying silicones, developing strategies to create the most durable, yet realistic product possible and became well versed in the art and science of Anaplastology. After graduating with a Masters of Associated Medical Sciences, his wife gave birth to their first child, Conner and they moved back to Pasadena.  Stefan and Beth opened Aesthetic Prosthetics in 1999 and Stefan worked largely out of his garage at home. He eventually rented an office space in Monrovia before opening our current office at 1095 N. Allen Avenue in Pasadena in 2002. His daughter, Perle was also born in 2002.

Throughout the history of Aesthetic Prosthetics, Stefan has continued the search for new products and new techniques to improve the realism and quality of our work. In 2008, Stefan patented his mold making technique for sealing in our hand detail with a detailed skin surface. Many of the processes used at our company were formulated by Stefan and are unique to our practice.

Outside of work, Stefan enjoys archery, horseback riding and horse psychology, spending time with his teenage children, extended family and beloved Boston terrier-pug cross, Nugget. Ever the innovator, he has also recently created his own brand of mill for working with HCR silicones.

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Client Stories

Jose

February 6th, 2017

Jose, a hairstylist, struggled to find a practitioner to make prostheses that fit right for his three missing fingers. The fingers would be too big, too loose, too tight, or the color would be complet...

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Simone

February 6th, 2017

Simone marched on after she lost first one leg and then the other. She wore out many prostheses and dozens of pairs of tennis shoes and flats. But for about twenty years, she had not worn heels. She i...

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Ted

February 6th, 2017

Ted used a hook for his left hand for several years until he learned that his insurance would cover a more realistic hand. He works as an accountant, yet struggled to find a prosthetic hand that would...

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Viola

February 6th, 2017

“What was important to me,” Viola says, “was to return to independence. And in order to do that, I needed to have the tools to work with. And that tool was my prosthesis.” Viola radiates many things–h...

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