You Will Be Missed, Dr. Johns!

This month we said goodbye to Dr. Lynette Johns, who left BFS to pursue a teaching opportunity. Doctor Johns joined BFS in 2005 as an optometrist working beside BFS founder Dr. Perry Rosenthal. Among her many achievements during the last eight years, she provided compassionate care to more than a thousand patients, co-authored 15 publications and presentations on PROSE treatment and educated hundreds of doctors from around the world.

In 2010, she saw her dream of bringing our most vulnerable pediatric patients and families together become a reality through SJS Kids Week. She will be missed by colleagues and patients alike and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Here are the stories of just a few of the lives she touched:

We offer this space to those who would like to share their own sentiments about Dr. Johns. 



  1. Miss you Lynette- especially the joy and passion you brought to SJS Kids Week. So glad to have had you as part of our community!

  2. I am so happy for you in your new opportunity, but I sure miss your smiley face. The entire BFS community will be forever grateful for your contributions in advancing PROSE and making it available to those who need it the most.

  3. I wanted to share these inspiring comments that were posted on facebook (

    From Robert Miller: That’s my mom kittie palmer (in a pic with Dr. Johns at SJS Kids Week 2012). First let me just say thank u for helping my mom she is an amazing woman when u gave my mom the chance to see u also gave her so much more i just had my third baby boy two days ago and because of u guys she will be able to see every minute of there life it means the world to me that my mom got the chance of a lifetime and for that thank u and one day i hope to meet the people who saved my moms life.

    From Sue Bell (mother of Karyl- both SJS Kids Week vets): Lynette Johns what can I say? You have touched our lives in the deepest way. We all strive in this life to make our mark and to make a difference in some small way. You have done that in the SJS Community. I’m certain that your drive and caring nature will take you far in whatever you do and wherever you go. Thank you for being part of our journey, sharing in both our triumphs and pain. You will always be part of our family.

  4. Janice M. Epstein says:

    It’s not every day that you meet someone who conducts their work with the kind of heart and compassion that you do, Lynette. It was a pleasure to witness and an honor to serve beside. Best wishes on your new endeavors!

  5. From Rich Waxman posted on our facebook page:
    So sorry to hear Dr Johns is leaving, she has been tremendous to work with , as is all the staff. You are losing a great Dr and a great person. I wish her the best of luck moving forward.

  6. Wow.

    Words fail me, but … me being me … I’ll try 😉

    Dr. Johns….

    I wouldn’t have been a BFS success story were it not for you. Only we few — we BFS few — know how profoundly important that statement really is.

    I guess — in terms of sheer number of lenses required — I was/am among the most difficult patients to fit.

    But you never gave up. Never.

    Which is the only reason that *I* … never gave up.

    Week after week after week.

    My respect for you as an optometrist is equaled only by my fondness for you as a person.

    I wish you all the best in your new role, and send my heartfelt thanks for your heroic efforts in providing my care, at BFS.

    Neil Brooks


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