Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, OD

Vision Therapy  |  
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.

2908 Division St

Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Contact Information

(269) 983-3309

Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, OD

Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, OD

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

Board Certifications

Dr. Fortenbacher does not have any board certifications listed.


Conditions Treated

  • Accommodative 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


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

Background Check

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1 Sanction
  • 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
0 Board Actions

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  • Ferris State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1975
  • Michigan College Of Optometry At Ferris State University
    Medical School | Graduated 1979

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Fortenbacher's Reviews

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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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