Board of Directors


John Hovanesian MD, Founder, MDbackline

John A. Hovanesian, the founder of MDbackline, is an ophthalmologist in clinical practice in Laguna Hills, California and a leading researcher and surgeon in his field. His interest in improving the information exchange between doctors and patients led him to create MDbackline in 2012 as a tool that can be used by clinicians everywhere

Michael aghajanian, former managing partner, prtm

Michael Aghajanian is the former managing partner of PRTM, the world’s leading management consulting firm with offices in eight countries around the globe. His interest in helping medicine evolve through patient­-centered technology led Michael to join MDbackline as an advisor and principal in 2013.

Richard Lindstrom MD, Founder, Minnesota Eye Consultants

Richard Lindstrom is an advisor to MDbackline. An internationally recognized ophthalmologist and corporate advisor, Richard is a past president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and is the Chief Medical Editor of the world’s most widely distributed eye care trade journal. He has been an advisor to MDbackline since 2012 and a user of the software in his medical practice at Minnesota Eye Consultants.

Management Team

Eric Johansen

Eric Johansen, Chief Operating Officer

Eric Johansen joined MDbackline in 2019 as its Chief Operating Officer.  With 25 years of ophthalmic experience, Eric has been instrumental in launching multiple leading edge technologies in LASIK, Cataract and Glaucoma.  Eric began his career as a Surgical Sales Representative at Chiron Vision and has since held a number of leadership roles, including US Executive Director of Sales at Bausch + Lomb, Americas VP of Commercial Operations at Technolas Perfect Vision and Area Director at Revision Optics.

Lana Castle


Lana Castle is a seasoned ophthalmology professional with experience in both clinical management and software implementation and support. In her clinical practices, including Minnesota Eye Consultants, one of the country’s most recognized eye care practices, she was responsible for creating and maintaining processes to be sure patients had a great experience. She later worked with Sophrona Solutions, a leading ophthalmology patient portal software provider, helping practices succeed with online patient interactions.  Lana is passionate about helping doctors and their staff use simple solutions to treat patients like family.   


Kathaliya JARVIS, Director of development

Kathaliya Jarvis, Director of Development for MDbackline, is an experienced IT professional with a strong background in software development. She specializes in helping doctors use technology to improve clinic efficiency to ensure the best care for patients. She joined MDbackline in 2014 and is excited to see how MDbackline continues to improve leading medical practices across the country.