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About Plano Vision Center


Stephanie Johnson-Brown received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in 1978, and a Master in Education from Erikson Institute-Loyola University in 1987. She is currently a practicing behavioral optometrist and co-owner of Plano Optometrics LTD with Dr. Joseph W. McCray, Jr., a clinical assistant professor at ICO. Their group practice has served Chicago and the surrounding area for over 50 years.

She is president of Vision Health Management Systems, Inc. (VHMS) a registered preferred provider organization administrator. She serves as a consultant for Chicago Public Schools CDPH mobile vision program. She has served on the board of the National Optometric Association (NOA) since 2007. She served with a passion for service as one of NOA’s past president.

In addition, Dr. Stephanie as she’s fondly called loves God, is a wife, mother, and Executive Director of the Plano Child Development Center (Plano) in Chicago, Illinois. Plano (co founded by her father the late Dr. Robert L. Johnson, Sr. and Dr. Henry R. Moore) is a not-for-profit vision care service corporation, which specializes in vision education and the identification and remediation of vision development problems in children and adults through their vision therapy program. Among other grants, she received one of the Healthy Eyes Healthy People 2011 grants on behalf of Plano.

She serves on several community health service advisory committees and has lectured on vision and learning to optometric organizations, educators, and parent groups. Her publications include “A Review of a Five Year Program on The Incorporation of Vision Therapy in a School Setting” which she presented at the 1998 International Congress of Behavioral Optometry and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In September 2014 she presented at the International Conference on Behavioral Optometry in Birmingham, England on “Methods to Address the Visual Needs of a large Urban Low Income Population”. In November 2014, she participated on a panel of optometrist at a Inter disciplinary Symposium on “How undetected Vision Issues Impact a Student Learning” at the University of Washington, Bothell.

She has received numerous awards including: the National Optometric Association 1998 Founders Award, the Black United Fund Living Legends Passing the Torch Award in 2002 and NOA’s 2011 Optometrist of the Year. In September 2011 she was featured on WGN’s “Chicago’s Very Own” news segment demonstrating the outstanding service Plano provides. In December 2014 she was honored as one of Vision Mondays Most Influential Women in Optical.


Joseph W. McCray received his Bachelor of Science in Visual Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees in 1975 from the Illinois College of Optometry. He is currently a full time practicing Optometrist and Clinical Director at Plano Optometrics, Ltd. and serves as Associate Director at Plano Child Development Center. Plano is a not-for-profit vision care service corporation, which specializes in vision education and the identification and remediation of vision development problems in children and adults. He is a husband and father of two sons.

He strives to stay current in his field. He earned certifications in Oral Therapeutic Agents, Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents, Midwest Eye Institute Cataract Co-Management and Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agents.

Dr. McCray is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry. He is very active at his church. He also uses his teaching skills to serve as a certified instructor in Christian Education. He serves as Assistant Director of the Children’s Ministry and on the Deacon Board.

In addition, Dr. McCray has had numerous professional assignments. He has served as National Optometric Association Vice President and Treasurer, Midwest Eye Physicians Advisory Board, Illinois Eye Institute Professional Advisory Council and Serenity Counseling Center Board of Directors.


Pioneer in the Field of Optometry

Dr. Robert L. Johnson Sr., know to many as Bob, was Co-Founder of the Plano Child Development Center, and President of Vision Health Management Systems, Inc. and one of four associates in his optometric practice in Chicago. He was married to Mercedes, the father of six of which one, Stephanie, practiced with him. He had ten grandchildren. He faithfully served as chairman of the board of trustees at his church, Mt. Calvary Baptist from which he had received several awards for his outstanding leadership and devotion.

He received his Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in 1954 and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1960. Bob was also an active member of the Optometric Extension Program (OEP), Illinois Optometric Association (IOA), American Optometric Association (AOA), and the National Optometric Association (NOA).

As a pioneer in the field of optometry, it was no wonder his profession and alma mater have honored him. In 1978 he was NOA's optometrist of the year and ICO's 1994 Alumni of the year. In 1983 for his unselfish contribution of time and energy devoted as NOA's president and for his many talents and abilities to students, fellow optometrists and all humanity he received NOA's Presidential Award. In 1977, he also received the G. N. Getman Award from the College of Vision Development for his role in bringing behavioral vision services to the disadvantaged youth in Chicago.
Of Bob's most noted past pioneering accomplishments a few are listed.

1. Consultant & Lecturer to:

- Woodlawn Experimental School Project as facilitator to advance visual perceptual techniques and in-service training.
- Area A. School Mental Health Project to Advance Creativity in Education - Chicago Board of Education

2. Began a school for optometric technicians, which graduated, with associate degrees, some of the first minority technicians.

3. Represented Optometry at the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine on Study of Costs of Educating Health Professionals. (SCEHP)

4. Co-authored an article on the effect of environment on vision on inner city youth.

5. First Black to receive a fellowship in the College of Vision Development (COVD).

6. Consultant for "Project Healthy" which evaluated the effectiveness of Headstart.

7. Consultant for city of Chicago and county of Cook to provide vision perception surveys to Headstart youth.

8. Supervised VISTA Volunteers in providing low-income parents vision care information.

9. Organized Vision PPO's in Chicago, Washington, D. C. New Orleans and Atlanta.

10. Consultant for the U.S. Postal services to establish vision standards for six job categories.

11 Served as chairman of the election committee for the election of the president of Cook County. He was in practice with NOA members, Henry R. Moore, Joseph W. McCray Jr., and Stephanie Johnson-Brown. PPO Consultant for Cole Vision.

In summary Bob was truly a servant of his family, church, patients and for all mankind. He said "his favorite scripture Proverbs 3:5,6 is the reason for his accomplishments and then as long as he lived he would continue to bless others as God had so richly blessed him."



  • Marital status, Married, two children.

Present Position:

  • Preferred Office Coordinator, Vision Health Management Systems, Inc.
  • Staff Optometrist, Plano Optometrist, Ltd.
  • Consultant American Optometric Association
  • Associate Director, Plano Vision Development Center
  • Consultant Illinois Optometric Association
  • Past President’s Council, National Optometric Association
  • Consultant Area A. School Mental Health – Project to Advance Creativity in Education – Chicago Board of Education
  • Convention Planner, National Optometric Association
  • Trustee, East-West University


  • Doctor of Optometry 1946, Illinois College of Optometry, Licensed April 1, 1947.
  • Master Degree, Loyola University in Education, February 1973.
  • Postgraduate studies in Child Vision State College and Perception Training – 1956.
  • Undergraduate studies at Virginia State College, Petersburg, VA 1942
  • Undergraduate Studies at Prairie View University, Texas (1942)

Professional Activities:

  • Practicing Optometrist 1947 to present.
  • Clinical Associate of the Optometric Extension Foundation (post graduate for nineteen years)
  • Illinois Optometric Association Committee on Vision Problems of Children and Youth – Chairman, 1968-1969.
  • Great Lakes Optometric Seminars, 1964 - Present
  • Public Health Association, Chicago Central City Optometric Society.
  • Appointed to State of Illinois Board of Examiners for Optometry – January 1972.
  • Past Chairman, Inter professional and Lay Relation Committee, International Association of Board of Examiners in Optometry.
  • Gesell Institute of Child Development Seminars, 1968 –1969.

Professional Activities Continued:

  • Lecturer at the National Conference of Optometric Organization, Sponsored by the American Optometric Association, St. Louis, MO., 1970; the American Association, Conference on Urban Optometry, Columbus, OH 1970.
  • Appointed to Region V Health Advisory Committee, Health, Education and Welfare, May 1972 – Chaired by E. Frank Ellis, M.D.
  • Guest Lecturer and Facilitator: Public and Private schools throughout Chicago on Child Vision Perception Techniques.
  • Workshops – for teachers – training and in-service for Visual Perception Techniques.
  • Consultant Woodlawn Experimental School Project - lecturer, in-service training and facilitator to advance Visual Perception Techniques, 1970 – 1971.
  • Presenter – Symposium on “Systemic and Ocular Diseases: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, March 1977.
  • President, National Optometric Association, 1978 – 1979
  • Past President, Chicago Mid-South Optometric Society.
  • President, International Association of Board of Examiners in Optometry 1979 – 1980.
  • Selected by Optometry Examining Committee to represent Illinois as a delegate to the International Board of Examiners for the years 1973 – 1980.
  • Getman Seminars on Child Vision Development – 1964, 1966, 1968 and 1969
  • Great Lakes Optometric Seminars, 1964 – 1972.


  • Chicago Mid-South Optometric Society – E. H. Atherly Memorial Award for distinguished service to the vision care profession, 1969.
  • The Illinois Optometric Association Outstanding Public Relations Achievement by a member, 1971.
  • Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Fraternity 1979.

Field Work:

  • Chicago Host Vision Perception Seminar – Directed by Plano Child Development Center – three days, March 1971 – for optometrist and educators.
  • Loyola University – Serves as host to practicum in reading for Plano Child Development Center.

Other Activities:

  • U.S. Army – South Pacific Area, 1942 – 1944.

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