Maureen Ellis, COVT
Desirae Brinkley
Maureen is a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist who has over 10 years experience working with patients with various visual needs.  She is also a Certified Paraoptometric Technician and is a member of the American Optometric Association and the College of Vision Development.
Desirae Brinkley was born and raised in West Tennessee. She graduated from Crockett County High School in 2004.  She then moved to Memphis, TN and attended the University of Memphis, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Desirae has been working in the field of Optometry since 2006. She is currently working in our office as an optometric technician, performing visual perceptual testing on children with visual learning problems, and helps teach patients how to wear contacts. Desirae is hoping to soon be accepted to optometry school, and then come back to join the Johnson Vision Development Center family as another practicing pediatric Optometrist.

Melanie graduated from North Side High School. She continued her education at McCollum & Ross Hair Academy. Melanie has 8 years experience working in a pediatric eye care setting. Melanie is currently the Office Manager of Johnson Vision Development Center. Her duties include all insurance verification and filing, billing, and trying to fulfill the needs of all of our “little” patients as well as their parents. Melanie is married to Nick Allen, of Jackson. Together they have one daughter, Aspen Grace Allen, which is the sunshine in their world.

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About Us

Paula Johnson, OD, FCOVD

Dr. Johnson is an optometrist dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of binocular vision and learning-related visual disorders. She is originally from Arkansas and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Memphis in 1994. She graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2001. She completed a post-graduate residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy Rehabilitation at the University of Missouri-St.Louis in 2002. She chose to concentrate her efforts in Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy after learning of the vast number of children and adults suffering from treatable vision problems such as strabismus, amblyopia, learning-related visual disorders, and reduced visual functioning secondary to acquired brain injury. In 2009 she was awarded her fellowship in COVD making her board-certified in vision development and rehabilitation.

Dr. Johnson serves on the advisory board of the Therapy and Learning Center here in Jackson. This has allowed her to provide guidance and quality eye care to special needs children in the west Tennessee area. Through her professional training and volunteer efforts, she has gained experience in diagnosing and treating visual disorders in populations with special needs.

Dr. Johnson is currently licensed in the state of Tennessee . She is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, the American Academy of Optometry, the Tennessee Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association.

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