Jay is a highly skilled artist, problem-solver, and innovator. Starting in 1989, McClennen worked as a freelance artist with his own company, Spire Art & Design in Ontario, Canada. Much of his research during that time had been in silicone gel-filled prosthetic appliances with emphasis on natural tissue movement, achieving hyper-realistic results.
Four years of classical education in figurative sculpture at the Ontario College of Art & Design and specialized training in forensic art have led Jay to recreate the human form in the varied, but related fields of film, forensics and medical prosthetics. Jay has excelled in all of these areas.
In the Hollywood film industry, Jay worked for 17 years with Gordon Smith, President of FXSmith. Smith is recognized in the film industry as an innovator in silicone prosthetic technology. The team received Emmy and Hollywood Make-up Artist Guild nominations and won Gemini and Saturn Awards. Jay's filmography can be seen on the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB).
With Jay's skill and professional training in forensic facial reconstruction, he provided an invaluable service to the Ontario Coroner's Office, local law enforcement, and the rest of the Ontario community by assisting them in putting a face on unidentified human remains in the early 2000s. In addition, he has become a pioneer in the field of anaplastology.
Over the last 15 years, Jay has concentrated solely on medical prosthetics, exploring new methods and materials for facial and limb prostheses while making advances in custom breast designs. After working for two years at Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Center's Craniofacial Prosthetic Unit in Toronto, Jay moved to Durham, NC and joined his colleagues in anaplastology from Duke University Medical Center's Anaplastology Clinic. In 2008 he partnered with Jerry Schoendorf and took the Anaplastology Clinic to a private setting, The Anaplastology Clinic, LLC.
Jay has given lectures and presentations on innovations in anaplastology internationally and has been published in several peer reviewed medical journals. He is an Adjunct Consultant in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center and an Adjunct Instructor at the University of North Carolina's School of Dentistry in the Department of Prosthodontics.
Jay had been an active member of the Board of Directors for the International Anaplastology Association for eight years including serving as President of the association in 2013-2014. In 2015 he was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Board for Certification of Anaplastology (BCCA). In addition, Jay is a member of the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics (AAMP) and a member of the American Society of Oculartists (ASO).