Peter D. Harsch is a Certified Prosthetist based in San Diego, CA. Peter’s experience in the development, customization and application of artificial limbs has made him a leader in the field. His methodical, individualized approach—which balances the skill of a technician with the responsiveness of a clinician—has made him a life-changing specialist.
Peter is a 1997 graduate of the Cal State Dominguez Hills Prosthetic Certificate Program and in 1999 he achieved ABC Certification. In October 2001, Peter joined Ossur North America, a leader in the design of high-performance running feet. Peter also began training for Ironman Triathlon competitions at this time. By 2005, he had become Ossur’s Sr. Clinical Manager and finisher in the Hawaii Ironman World Championships. This was a defining period in Peter’s practice, which incorporates the perspectives of engineer and competitor into the fitting of prosthetics for the most active amputees.
Peter was recruited by the Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Comprehensive Combat Casualty Care Center (C-5 Unit) in 2006. As the Director of Prosthetics, Peter developed a reputation for accessibility and tenacity among combat vets and ultra-competitive amputees. Under Peter’s leadership, the program developed a reputation for superior patient care.
In October of 2012, Peter and his wife opened Peter Harsch Prosthetics.
Lauren McVey-Harsch began her career in prosthetics in 2006, as a National Account Manager for orthotics/prosthetics trade journal O&P Business News. She became well versed in the products, people and progression of the field, and soon developed a deep appreciation for the impact of prosthetics on patients’ lives. In addition to raising her and Peter’s three children, Lauren manages PHP’s financial accounts. She is proud to be a major part of the PHP family, and looks forward to helping the company grow in size and services offered.
In 2014, Mike Braida joined the Peter Harsch Prosthetics team as Lead Prosthetic Technician. Mike brings intensive industry experience with prior positions at Hanger Prosthetics and the Naval Medical Center San Diego C-5.
Mike is a 2005 graduate from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture and Animation. He later attended the Spokane Falls Community College Orthotic Prosthetic Technician Program where he graduated in 2010 with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. In 2010 he also achieved ABC Certification in Prosthetics.
Aside from his PHP lifestyle, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, exploring new mountain biking trails and riding the waves along the San Diego coast.
Penni joined PHP in February 2015. She is new to San Diego, moving from Palm Springs area. She worked as a Systems Analyst at Eisenhower Medical Center. Prior to EMC, she worked as an Office Manager at Desert Prosthetics and Orthotics Group. She brings both prosthetics and hospital experience to PHP.
Penni graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering where she obtained her degree in Mechanical Design Engineering. She worked in the aerospace industry for 14 years before moving to Palm Springs. Due to limited engineering jobs in the desert, Penni redefined her career. She recently obtained her AAS degree in Network Systems Administration and is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Project Management this fall. Besides spending time with her granddaughter and family, Penni enjoys, hikes, working out and going to the beach. She is excited to be in San Diego and to be a part of the PHP family.
Annette joined PHP in November of 2016. She was born and raised in Southern California and has spent most of her life in San Diego. Before joining the team, Annette worked as a drug and alcohol counselor for Veterans Village of San Diego, a health teacher in Chula Vista and a public health educator in Los Angeles. She’s also a Navy wife whose husband served most of his 15 years on active duty in the Naval Special Warfare Community.
Annette completed her undergraduate education at San Diego State University where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Public Health before obtaining a Masters Degree in Education from Pepperdine University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, Marriage Family and Child Therapy from the University of Pheonix. When she’s not spending time with her husband and three boys, Annette is active in the Special Needs community as founder of the special needs parenting non-profit Care For Us. She’s also a die-hard Chargers fan.