Black Eyecare Perspective is committed to facilitating open and authentic dialogue surrounding implicit bias, organizational structure, and policies which lead to a lack of diversity and exclusion in eyecare.
Meet the executive team
Dr. Adam Ramsey, Cofounder
Adam Ramsey, O.D. is a Florida Board Certiﬁed Optometrist and owner of Socialite Vision in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Dr. Ramsey also operates three satellite locations on Seminole Health Services Clinic in South Florida. Dr. Ramsey graduated from Optometry Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in 2012. One year later, he opened Iconic Eye Care in Lake Park, FL, which he rebranded as Socialite Vision in 2016. Dr. Ramsey compiled the ebbs and flows of his experience as an optometrist into his 2020 debut work, Play Chess Not Checkers: The Practical Guide To Warm Start Your Dream Optometric Practice. In his book, Dr. Ramsey gives aspiring optometrists and entrepreneurs, alike, step-by-step guidelines for opening a successful practice, coupled with personal life lessons to endure and overcome the test and trials of new business ownership.
Dr. Darryl Glover, Cofounder
Dr. Darryl Glover is a global optometrist, speaker, and social media enthusiast. He has served the optometric community for twenty years and has held every position in the field including eyewear consultant, optometric technician, office manager, and optometrist.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at North Carolina State University followed by his Bachelor of Science in Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Salus University (formerly known as the Pennsylvania College of Optometry). He is a COPE approved speaker, Transitions Change Agent, and has worked with several elite brands within the optometric industry.
Dr. Glover sits on the Essilor Future In Sight Advisory Committee, Essilor Think Tank, Versant Health Optometric Advisory Council, North Carolina Optometric Society Diversity Committee, and North Carolina Ethics and Bylaws Committee.
Dr. Essence Johnson, Chief Visionary Officer
Dr. Essence Johnson is an “HBCU made,” residency trained, community and correctional health optometrist in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Johnson received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Prairie View A&M University, followed by her Bachelor of Science in Vision Science and Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry. Inside and outside of the office, Dr. Johnson is committed to serving as a mentor, preceptor, facilitator and speaker. For her, patient education isn’t limited to the ocular conditions a person may have, but also in sharing the experiences that influenced that once middle school girl who was introduced to S.T.E.M. by her 6th grade math teacher to be inspired to become the professional career woman, wife and mother practicing and preaching optometry while serving and impacting her community in english and spanish. Dr. Johnson is the Chief Visionary Officer of Black EyeCare Perspective and a sustaining member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. She is redefining the color of the eyecare industry 1% at a time through advocacy, action and accountability.
Dr. Jacobi Cleaver, Director of Program Management
Dr. Jacobi Cleaver received his Bachelor of Science in Biology along with a minor in Psychology from the University of Houston followed by a Bachelor of Science in VIsion Science and a Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. Dr. Cleaver completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Thomas E. Creek VA Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and an active member of the Anterior Segment Section as well as the Academic Medical Center Optometrist Special Interest Group. Currently residing in Houston, Texas, Dr. Cleaver serves as faculty optometrist with the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology, practicing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Health Clinic (Harris Health Systems), providing care to the residents of Harris County. Dr. Cleaver believes patient education leads to patient empowerment and he relishes the opportunity to educate patients on ocular disease as it pertains to their overall health. He is the Director of Program Management of Black EyeCare Perspective which allows him to serve as mentor to many aspiring optometrists.