Team

Peter Harsch
Co-Founder, President

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.

Randell Leoncio
Certified Prosthetist

N. Randell Leoncio is a Certified Prosthetist in San Diego, CA. Randell is a former United States Navy Hospital Corpsman. He was attached to 3rd Battalion 7th Marines as a “Line Company Corpsman”. Randell was injured in Ramadi Iraq on October 4, 2005. He sustained multiple life threatening injuries including a right above knee amputation. For actions in combat he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor device and the Purple heart. During his rehabilitation he showed a keen interest in prosthetics. When asked why he decided to go in to the field of prosthetics he says “It’s the best of both worlds, I get to see patients and I get to work in the shop and build stuff”.

Randell received his Master’s in O&P from CSUDH in 2014 and his BS in Kinesiology Pre- Physical Therapy from SDSU in 2012. Randell completed his residency here at PHP and has been part of the team since 2015. He received his Prosthetic Certification in Jan 2019. Randell’s experience in the medical field and as an amputee has been invaluable to our patients. He has the ability to relate to our patients on many different levels.

Mike Braida
Lead Technician

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 Moniz
Operations Manager

Penni joined PHP in February 2015. She worked as a Systems Analyst at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. Prior to EMC, she worked as an Office Manager at Desert Prosthetics and Orthotics Group. She brings both prosthetics and medical experience to PHP.

Penni has a degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and degrees in Project Management and Network Systems Administration from ITT. She worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry for 14 years before moving to Palm Springs. She is currently working to achieve her certification in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

She rescued a cute little Beagle named Gracie who quickly became well loved by our patients. Besides spending time with her beautiful granddaughter, grandson and two daughters, she enjoys hikes, working out, paddle boarding, concerts and going to the beach. She is excited to be in San Diego and to be a part of the PHP family.

Shellie Plasch
Director of Sales and Marketing

Shellie joined Peter Harsch Prosthetics in April of 2019 as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Shellie started in the prosthetics industry while working as an Occupational Therapist. Before joining the PHP team, she gained extensive industry experience as the Southern California Sales Representative for Ottobock for eight years. She is excited to be a part of PHP and bring her knowledge of prosthetics and therapeutic skills to the team. Also, Shellie is proud to be a founder of a new developing nonprofit foundation in the prosthetic industry.

Shellie was born and raised in Southern California and attended UC Irvine and USC for her Masters in Occupational Therapy. She enjoys spending time outdoors, with friends and family. She is very proud of her two sons and spending time with them.

Shellie is grateful for the opportunity to join the PHP team, to continue working in the prosthetic industry in a different and challenging capacity, and to help Peter Harsch Prosthetics continue to grow and develop.

Jose Mendez
Technician

Jose joined PHP in 2017 as a prosthetic technician. Jose moved to California from El Salvador in 1997. In 2016 he proudly became a U.S. citizen. In 2010, he started his career in prosthetics as a technician at Hangar, Encino California. Jose finds inspiration in fabricating devices that allow patients to no longer be inhibited by their challenged mobility. Jose is working towards acquiring certifications in both practitioner assistant and prosthetic technician.

In his free time, Jose is a self-proclaimed foodie and enjoys traveling and camping with his fiancé and daughter. He is a great addition to the PHP family.