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. John C. Stolpe helped Frederick Lewis develop the first generation of digital technology, and today he continues the development of the technology he created at Advanced Artificial Eyes.



Debbie Basham has worked for the Stolpe Family practice since 1989, starting with my grandfather 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 years of experience has helped to simplify paper work, billing, and authorizations that we rely on the help run our office.

She is a great asset to Advanced Artificial Eyes and is in the Tarzana office Monday, Wednesday, Friday to check in and assist patients in the process of authorizing and billing for patient procedures.

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


Adrian was born in San Jose, CA and raised in Amatlán de Cañas, a very small town tucked between the mountains and jungle of the Mexican state of Nayarit. Being raised in a colorful and rich cultural environment, Adrian felt drawn to the arts from a young age.

At age 8, Adrian lost his left eye and subsequently moved back to California. Adrian joined Advanced Artificial Eyes as an ocularist after years as John Stolpe’s patient. He is excited to be merging his interest in art and craftsmanship with his own personal life experience to help produce the best prosthetic eyes anywhere.



Board Certified Ocularist and Master of Associated Medical Sciences holder Lisa M. Skowron has been interested in human facial 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.



Savannah Foster joined the team of Advanced Artificial Eyes in the Fall of 2012. Savannah has been a patient of John Stolpe’s family’s practice for the past twenty four years, when she lost her eye to Retinoblastoma at age sixteen months.

Savannah grew up on the Low Country of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and attended the BA/BFA dual degree program at Eugene Lang College and Parsons New School for Design in New York City where she studied Social Inquiry and Interior Design. During her free time she enjoys painting, drawing, photography, yoga, boating, fishing, and spending her time in the outdoors.

Savannah’s art and design background has been an asset to the team. Savannah not only specializes in fitting and fabricating custom artificial eyes, but she concentrates on producing custom digital iris colors that are a mirror image like match to the patient’s natural eye.

Savannah’s interest in the field of ocularistry is unyielding. As a young lady who wears an artificial eye, she has a natural talent for relating to and showing compassion for patients who have also lost their vision.