Owner & CEO
Low Vision Specialist
Justin grew up in Sugarland, Texas. He attended University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, where he graduated with a BS in Business. There he was involved in many campus organizations. Justin then graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2008. While in optometry school he led the weekly meetings for the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, and he was in the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society.
Upon graduation from optometry school, Justin completed a residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation. This specialized training focused on enhancing the functional vision of patients with visual impairment from developmental and progressive eye diseases. He worked at the Baylor Medical Center, The Institute for Rehabilitation Research, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
He currently provides Low Vision services for multiple Educational Service Centers for the state of Texas, for the areas surrounding Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Longview, Mount Pleasant and Texarkana. Dr. Ward is also involved with Under the Same Sun, which provides eye care and low vision services to children with ocular albinism in Tanzania, Africa.
In his free time he enjoys running, traveling with his family, and playing electric and acoustic guitar. He and Sarah lead a small group and are involved in the worship ministry at Fellowship Bible Church. He loves having Nerf fights and building forts with his sons, Crosby (6) and Crockett (3).
Dr. Justin recently completed Leadership Longview through the Chamber of Commerce. In this leadership program he learned about many aspects of our community and services.
Owner & CFO of Longview Eye Associates
Primary Pediatric Eyecare
Sarah grew up in Irving, Texas and is the youngest of five children. She graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2006 with a BS in Biology. In college, Sarah was involved in many campus activities including Resident Assistants, leading New Student Orientation, Baptist Student Ministry, and Alpha Chi academic honor society. She then attended the University of Houston College of Optometry, and graduated in 2010. While in optometry school, Sarah received several letters of excellence on her clinical performance.
She and Justin Ward married in 2008, and have two sons: Crosby and Crockett. Together they enjoy traveling, camping and teaching tricks to their dog, Wyatt. Dr. Sarah loves to travel! She's been to South Africa, Kenya, France, Italy, Austria, Ireland, and different regions of Canada. She and Dr. Justin also love to take trips to Disneyworld.
Sarah and Justin attend Fellowship Bible Church where they are involved in the worship ministry and host a small group. In her free time she loves to make homemade ice cream, and dreams of opening a small-batch ice cream shop in downtown Longview. In the mean time, you may see her ice cream push-cart around town!
Specialty Contact Lens
Kristen grew up in West Texas before completing her education in Central and South Texas. After high school, she attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology. She was involved in many science clubs and pre-health organizations. She then completed her optometric education in San Antonio.
During optometry school, Kristen completed an externship at The Contact Lens Institute of San Antonio and Ft. Sam Houston. Both of these sites offer medical and visually necessary contact lens training to improve the lives of patients with a variety of eye diseases. While in school she was Vice President of the Contact Lens Society, Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Student Government Association.
Kristen and her husband Logan are very excited to make Longview their home. They are both working hard to start their careers, but also enjoy hobbies such as: attempting minimalism (tiny home!), sports, and outdoor activities like hunting and fishing . On any given weekend you may see Dr. Pratt on the trails with her husband in their side-by-side ATV.
Rachel graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, TX with a degree in Forestry. She has articles published in both the Texas State Optical Newsletter and the Texas Optometric Association Newsletter. After graduating from UHCO, she opened her own practice. Soon after she joined an office in Temple, TX where she practiced for several years. She and her family moved to Longview in 2013, where her husband practices as an Emergency Doctor at a local hospital. She is very proud of her family, including her three children.
Outside of the office she enjoys quilting, cooking, traveling, gardening, and playing with her children. One fun fact about Dr. Burnett is that she keeps bees at a hive at their home!