Aesthetic Prosthetics

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Diana Nyad on her 5th attempt of her Xtreme Dream swim from Cuba to Florida]]Aesthetic Prosthetics Inc. is an anaplastology practice in Pasadena, California. Anaplastologists have special training to create very realistic prostheses, as indistinguishable as possible from the real thing. Aesthetic Prosthetics creates hands, feet, fingers, ears, and other facial prostheses for those injured in war, at work, and due to accidents, burns, and wounds. They also created the customized face mask for Diana Nyad on her Xtreme Dream swim from Cuba to Florida.

Aesthetic Prosthetics’ expertise covers a range of anaplastology services where they do end-to-end prosthesis design, sculpting, and fitting. Their control of the entire process allows them to provide the most natural-looking and functional solutions possible.


Stefan Knauss is co-owner of Aesthetic Prosthetics and a prosthetist. He has a Masters of Associated Medical Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Craniofacial Center in the Department of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. He also studied prosthetics and orthotics (bracing) at Northwestern University's School of Prosthetics and Orthotics in Chicago, and art at Occidental College and the Art Center College of Design. Knauss is a member of the American Anaplastology Association and is certified in prosthetics and orthotics by the American Board of Certification for Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Elizabeth Knauss is co-owner of Aesthetic Prosthetics and the office manager. She has a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. She has worked in a variety of rehabilitation settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools, home health, and private practice.

Gina Cohen is a Medical Prosthetic Artist who joined Aesthetic Prosthetics in 2008, after completing a training program in anaplastology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and the Bronx Veterans Administration in New York. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelors of Arts degree at Florida State University and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at the New York Academy of Art.

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