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. Currently she serves with a passion for service as NOA’s 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.