Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, OD

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Wow Vision Therapy 2908 Division St Saint Joseph, MI 49085 Get Directions
(269) 983-3309
Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, OD

FOUNDER, CHIEF OF RESIDENCY Dr. Fortenbacher received his Doctor of Optometry from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in 1979. His interest in developmental vision and rehabilitative vision therapy began early in his career working with helping children who struggled with binocular vision problems. He is a Board Certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and lectures extensively on developmental vision, neuro-optometry, and vision therapy. Dr. Fortenbacher is a past examiner for the International Examination and Certification Board of COVD from 1999 to 2004. He has served in several leadership positions on the state and national level. He served as president of the international COVD in 2007-08. Dr. Fortenbacher has developed models of innovation in the delivery of developmental, binocular and neuro-optometric vision rehabilitative care. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Fortenbacher is also a clinical professor at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University and an adjunct faculty position at the Southern College of Optometry where he is the program supervisor for the Wow Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Private Practice Residency.

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Saint Joseph2908 Division St
Saint Joseph, MI 49085
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Dr. Fortenbacher's Reviews

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Dr. Fortenbacher's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
St. Joseph, MI |
I can say Wow Vision Therapy helped me in many ways. I went to Wow Vision Therapy when I was in elementary school, and as a child, I hated reading and homework but found out I had a treatable vision problem. After treatment, my reading, math, and overall abilities in the classroom improved significantly. During our elementary graduation, I received an award for showing the greatest improvement in those yearly assessment tests. During my teenage years, I also went back for sports vision training
in st. joseph |
This office is the only one in the area that handles vision therapy so you're pretty much stuck. As a result his bill rates are always over the insurance "usual and customary" and he doesn't accept insurance so expect to pay out of pocket and reduced reimbursement rates from your insurance. It becomes a real pain to deal with. It's frustrating that he gets to charge whatever he wants but doesn't work w/in the system to limit the hassle to his customers.
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FOUNDER, CHIEF OF RESIDENCY

Dr. Fortenbacher received his Doctor of Optometry from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in 1979. His interest in developmental vision and rehabilitative vision therapy began early in his career working with helping children who struggled with binocular vision problems. He is a Board Certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and lectures extensively on developmental vision, neuro-optometry, and vision therapy. Dr. Fortenbacher is a past examiner for the International Examination and Certification Board of COVD from 1999 to 2004. He has served in several leadership positions on the state and national level. He served as president of the international COVD in 2007-08. Dr. Fortenbacher has developed models of innovation in the delivery of developmental, binocular and neuro-optometric vision rehabilitative care.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Fortenbacher is also a clinical professor at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University and an adjunct faculty position at the Southern College of Optometry where he is the program supervisor for the Wow Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Private Practice Residency.

Dr. Fortenbacher says...

Hundreds of healthcare professionals turn to us as their West Michigan referral center for children, teens and adults presenting with vision conditions such as amblyopia, convergence insufficiency/double vision, post-concussion vision syndrome, strabismus, or vision and learning problems. We also provide vision treatment for developmentally delayed individuals or individuals on the autism spectrum, to improve their daily living and learning abilities. Furthermore, we provide sports vision training for athletes.

Dr. Fortenbacher says...

Through optometric vision therapy, Wow Vision Therapy treats binocular vision deficiencies with a personalized approach. With this approach, each session is one-on-one (therapist-to-patient), conducted under doctor supervision. During treatment, our doctors and therapists apply state-of-the-art technology and procedures, making treatment fun and effective. Our advanced approach incorporates coordinated movement, balance, auditory processing and cognitive abilities. This methodology allows our patients to develop their vision abilities and improve daily living in the classroom, the workplace, and in sports.

Dr. Fortenbacher's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Specializes in Vision Therapy
  •  Malpractice claims in Michigan not available
  •  Sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • 1
    Sanction

    Dr. Fortenbacher has received 1 sanction

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    • Other (4/30/2014)
    • Action Taken: Probation
    • Summary: Fortenbacher, Dan Lee OD: License # 4901002693: NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The optometrist Failed to Meet Continuing Education Requirements. ACTION TAKEN: The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services has imposed a FINE, issued a REPRIMAND and placed the optometrist’s license on PROBATION.
    • State: Michigan
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Conditions Treated

  • Accomodative Insufficiency
  • Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Binocular Vision Disorder
  • Convergence Insufficiency
  • Developmental and Learning Disorders
  • Dizziness
  • Lazy Eye
  • Motion Sickness
  • Ocular Convergence Spasm
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Reading Disorders
  • Reading Disorders in Children and Adolescents
  • Strabismus
  • Strabismus-Like Double Vision
  • Visual Dysfunction
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Visual Field Loss

Education

  • Medical School
    Michigan College Of Optometry At Ferris State University

    Graduated in 1979

  • Undergraduate School
    Ferris State University

    Graduated in 1975

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Vision Therapy
  • Developmental Therapy
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Optometry
  • Optometry
  • Orthoptics
  • Pediatric Optometry
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports Vision

Procedures Performed

  • Adult Eye and Vision Examination
  • Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination
  • Vision Screening
  • Vision Therapy (Orthoptics Therapy)