JOHN C. STOLPE

John C. Stolpe is a retired research engineer who, among other first-of-a-kind achievements, led a team of engineers and scientists in the development and application of practical solar power generation and wind power generation at Southern California Edison, California’s largest renewable energy provider.

After early retirement, John C. Stolpe helped Frederick Lewis with the basic research and development of the first generation of practical digital iris technology for use in plastic artificial eyes.  Today with Advanced Artificial Eyes, we continue R&D together to expand the realm of practicality and cost effectiveness of the technology –worldwide.

Our combined efforts have pushed digital iris technology to what, and increasing number of people say, will become the primary way to make irises for artificial eyes in the future.

Outside the office John C. Stolpe enjoys being a amazing father and grandfather.

DEBBIE BASHAM

Debbie Basham has worked for the Stolpe Family practice since 1989, starting with Frederick Lewis.  Debbie is a certified medical biller who has run the front office since before the era of managed care and HMO insurance companies. Debbie’s extensive experience helps expedite authorizations, billing, and related paperwork with insurance companies that are fundamentally necessary to keep your care running smoothly and maximizing the value of  your insurance benefits.

Debbie is a great asset to Advanced Artificial Eyes and is in the Tarzana office Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

While Debbie is out of the office she enjoys boating, hiking, listening to country music, and taking vacations with daughter and grandchildren.

Fredric Harwin

Frederick Lewis, John M. Stolpe’s grandfather advised John to work with Fred Harwin if John EVER had a question about art.  Following his grandfather’s advice, John and Fred began working together in 2012.  In a quest to make the best artificial eye possible Fred Harwin and John M. Stolpe began to merge Fred’s artistic skills with John’s technical abilities.  The result of this collaboration is the digitally dilating pupil.  Fred and John’s collaboration continues in an attempt to make the most natural artificial eye in the world.  With the improvements Fred and John have achieved they now are working on how they can utilize their achievements to help improve the quality of eyes patients receive around the world.

Airbrush Digest magazine has called Fredric Harwin “an author, a teacher, an artist and a scientist – but above all a man of vision; a visual communicator.” Another publication, The New England Journal of Medicine said of his work, “The book is blessed with a medical illustrator who is not content with the watchful passivity of a photographer. He obviously shares with his surgical co-authors the ‘continuing ability to create and accommodate.'” Featured in Communication Arts and on CNN, Harwin’s talent and attention to detail has been recognized across the country. He has even been the subject of an award-winning short documentary entitled “Ocularist,” which premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Fred Harwin was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior architecture, drawing and painting from Wayne State University. He then went on to receive his Master of Science degree in medical and biological illustration from the University of Michigan.

After completing school, Harwin served as the Director of Medical Illustration at Wayne County General Hospital, a teaching affiliate of the University of Michigan. He later joined the faculty at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore. Harwin has also taught at Portland State University, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and was an Adjunct Professor of Medical Illustration at the University of California’s San Francisco Medical Center. Today, he serves as an Adjunct Professor of the Medical Illustration program jointly run by the Cleveland Clinic and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

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LISA M. SKOWRON

Board Certified Ocularist and Master of Associated Medical Sciences holder, Lisa M. Skowron has been passionate about human anatomy for as long as she can remember. She took a multidisciplinary path through the arts and sciences to become both an ocularist and anaplastologist. At Advanced Artificial Eyes, she assists in fabricating the more complex facial prosthetics that help many of our patients live comfortable, confident lives. Lisa believes strongly in continuous learning and innovation in her field.

She is excited to see what digital technology, scanning and 3D printing may do to improve ocularistry, facial prosthetics and, above all, the outcomes of her patients. Lisa earned her Master of Associated Medical Sciences Degree, MAMS, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is Board Certified with the American Society of Ocularists and is a Board Approved Diplomat Ocularist with the National Examining Board of Ocularists. She was Coordinator of the Prosthetics Department at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and the Manager of L&B Laboratories in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Aaron Burgess

Aaron joined Advanced Artificial Eyes in 2015 and managed the fabrication and sale of our digital irises. Aaron created an inventory system and organized our irises for international distribution.  In 2016 Aaron became the lab manager of Advanced Artificial Eyes.

As an Eagle Scout Aaron joined Advanced Artificial Eyes with years of service to the community. Aaron’s integrity and kindness quickly demonstrated his value as a lab manager.  Aaron’s commitment to treat others as he would want to be treated have made him a valued member of the Advanced Artificial Eyes team.