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Shown in photo, from left to right: Dr. Dan Press, Dr. Stan Appelbaum, Dr. Bryce Appelbaum, Dr Leonard Press, Dr. Carole Hong, Dr. Carl Hillier, Dr Melissa Hillier, Dr Dan Fortenbacher, Dr. Gary Etting, Dr. Nancy Torgerson,Dr Barry Tannen, Dr. Jennifer Smith, Dr. Neil Draisin

Dan Fortenbacher

Dr. Dan Fortenbacher O.D. FCOVD

Southwest Michigan

Practice Name

Wow Vision Therapy


2908 Division Street
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085


T: 269-983-3309
F: 269-983-0846


Dr. Fortenbacher received his Doctor of Optometry from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in 1979. He is a Board Certified Fellow of COVD and lectures extensively on developmental vision and vision therapy. Dr. Fortenbacher was an examiner for the International Examination and Certification Board of COVD from 1999 to 2004. He has served in several leadership positions for the profession on the state and national level. He was elected President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2007-08. In addition to his private practice in St. Joseph, Michigan, which is dedicated to vision therapy, Dr. Fortenbacher is a Clinical Professor with the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University.

This practice offers private practice residencies to qualified candidates, allowing graduates of colleges of optometry to gain valuable clinical experience in providing vision therapy services. For more information about this pioneering program, see:

Specialized Vision Care Services include:

  • Neuro-Optometric Vision Evaluations
  • Binocular Vision Examinations
  • Visual Perceptual Assessments
  • Sensory Motor, Amblyopia & Strabismus Evaluations
  • Behavioral Optometric Vision Therapy
  • Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation
  • Orthoptics
  • Sports Vision
  • Therapy for Visual Problems Affecting Learning

Your Visual System

Evaluating eye health and maximizing eyesight is important and is a part of your primary care doctor's emphasis. Beyond this, we are concerned about the patient's visual system and how it relates to human development, individual performance and overall quality of life.

We emphasize:

  • An expanded assessment of eye teaming (binocular vision), eye movement control (oculomotor function) and eye focusing abilities (accommodation).
  • Evaluation of developmental skills in visual information processing skills/visual perceptual-motor system.
  • Vision in relationship to attention, learning and activities in daily living.
  • Preventative care to help avoid visual problems.
  • Coordinating care with other professionals to attain maximum benefit for the patient.