Where Art and Medicine Meet.
We have been providing individualized patient care in the field of Anaplastology since the 1960's. We hold the knowledge to provide the best customized facial, ocular, or somatic prosthesis to our community.
Welcome patients of Alamance Eye Center!
Door to door it's only a 20 minute drive to our clinic in Durham!
We create 2 kinds of custom ocular prostheses
An orbital prosthesis: this prosthesis restores the missing anatomy (tissue & bone) surrounding the eyeball and the eyeball itself.
An ocular prosthesis: replaces an indwelling eye wherein the eyelids are still in place and only the eyeball is missing.
2019 Walter G. Spohn Award bestowed to Jay McClennen
The highest honor bestowed by the International Anaplastology Association for outstanding contributions to the field of anaplastology. This reward was given to Jay in recognition of his artistry, innovation, and dedicated leadership within the field.
2019 WST Reasearch Grant Awarded to Andrew Etheridge
From 2020-2021, his research project, will investigate new materials for 3d printing of ocular prostheses and utilize 3d printing to improve efficiency in the mold-making and casting process for ocular prostheses. Andrew will be collaborating with Tim Currence and Devin Metcalfe of Fourth Seal Studios, a California-based company that specializes in fabrication of special effects prosthetic eyes. Project results will be shared during an IAA conference presentation and educational workshops.
Dear Jay,...Your efforts are going to allow me to continue to look good and feel good about myself. I feel blessed to have met you and your team. - clinic patient
The beginning of The Anaplastology Clinic dates back to the 1960s at Duke University Medical Center. Jane Lupton Bahor was recruited to the staff in 1970 and quickly became the heart and soul of Duke’s Facial Prosthetics Department, as it was referred to at the time. By the mid-1990s, Bahor pioneered work on finger prostheses and received substantial national and international attention for her innovative designs.
Jerry Schoendorf, who had been coordinator of Duke’s Medical Art Department, transitioned to anaplastology in 1998 to assist with the growing workload. By then, the anaplastology service was part of Duke’s Department of Surgery. Over the next ten years, the department steadily grew. By 2008, it was apparent that Duke’s anaplastology department had taken on a life of its own. While still maintaining strong ties with the Duke family, The Anaplastology Clinic began its journey as a privately run entity. This transition towards privatization coincided with Jane Lupton Bahor’s retirement and the recruitment of Jay McClennen, a Certified Clinical Anaplastologist from Canada.
Jay McClennen and Jerry Schoendorf established their team as The Anaplastology Clinic, LLC in 2008; the only certified full-service anaplastology clinic in North Carolina. In 2012, Jerry Schoendorf retired, and Jay McClennen brought on a new anaplastologist, Andrew Etheridge, to meet the demand of the expanding practice.
In 2020, The Anaplastology Clinic acquired the ocularistry practice, Alamance Eye Prosthetics, from Accredited Ocularist Michael Boyd. Michael retired after 40 years of service to patients in need of ocular prosthetics. Michael was one of the few apprentices many years ago with ocularist Lee Allen, a legend in the field. Michael handpicked Jay and Andrew to continue serving the patients he has cared for over the years, spending countless hours with them in the final months of his career.
Today, The Anaplastology Clinic includes a cohesive team of certified clinical anaplastologists, ocularists, and administrators who are more passionate than ever to continue the Clinic’s mission. The practitioners continue to be leaders in this field with advanced processes, techniques, and new materials. By embracing newer technologies, including 3D surface scanning, 3D digital manipulation software, and 3D printing, a new world of possibilities are available to the Clinic and their patients.