Dan L. Fortenbacher, O.D., FCOVD

Dan L. Fortenbacher, O.D., FCOVD

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 and vision-related learning 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. In 2020 Dr. Fortenbacher was the recipient of the G.N. Getman Award, Developmental Optometry’s highest lifetime achievement award for clinical excellence. 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.

Alyssa Parz, O.D., FCOVD

Alyssa Parz, O.D., FCOVD

Partner, Developmental Optometrist

Dr. Parz is Board Certified in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation and treats patients in the greater Grand Rapids area, to unlock their fullest potential through developmental vision and vision rehabilitation.

As a Chicago, Illinois native, Dr. Parz received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Thereafter, she obtained her doctorate degree, summa cum laude (with the highest distinction), from the Illinois College of Optometry. Furthermore, she participated in optometric honor societies such as the Tomb and Key and Beta Sigma Kappa society. During her residency, she completed training in pediatrics and vision rehabilitation at the Draisin Vision Group in Charleston, SC. She is a Fellow of the College of Vision Development (COVD), and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. Dr. Alyssa enjoys helping both children and adults achieve optimal binocular vision!

Alicia Bultsma, O.D.

Alicia Bultsma, O.D.

ASSOCIATE - ST. JOSEPH

Dr. Bultsma graduated from Trinity Christian College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She received her Doctorate of Optometry in 2020 from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. While attending ICO, she was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honorary Society, Tomb and Key Honorary Society, College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists.

Her passion for Developmental/Rehabilitative Optometry began after observing a vision therapy session and has continued to grow. Dr. Bultsma completed her Residency in Vision Rehabilitation, with Emphasis in Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation, and Pediatric Optometry at Wow Vision Therapy in St. Joseph.

Outside the office, she loves watching Chicago Cubs games and can often be found working on a puzzle or reading a good book.

Lester Efianayi, OD

Lester Efianayi, OD

RESIDENT - GRAND RAPIDS

Dr. Efianayi graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He continued his education at the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO), where he received his Doctorate of Optometry in 2021. While attending ICO, he was an inaugural member of ICO’s Black Student Union. He was also a member of the National Optometric Student Association and Gold Key International Honor Society. He was recognized and honored with several awards for leadership and service to the community. As a student, Dr. Efianayi orchestrated a successful vision screening mission trip to his grandfather’s village of Egba community, Edo State Nigeria, and is the co-creator of the Inspirational mural and Seeing Is Believing: Black Doctors Matter featured in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Efianayi’s passion for developmental optometry stemmed from his personal experience with binocular vision disorders. He is beyond excited and motivated to help patients reach their full potential through vision therapy and rehabilitation.
Dr. Efianayi is from Manchester, Connecticut. When he is not in the office, he enjoys exercising and instructing virtual and live personal training classes, flying his drone, cooking, and trying new food

Sana Haque, OD

Sana Haque, OD

RESIDENT - ST. JOSEPH

Dr. Haque graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She continued her education at the Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO), where she received her Doctorate of Optometry in 2021. While attending IUSO, she was the President of the National Optometric Student Association for two consecutive years and a treasurer for the Optometric Private Practice Club. She was also a member of the American Academy of Optometry, the Pediatrics Club, and the Contact Lens Club at IUSO. She was honored with the “Leading the Way” award, presented yearly to graduate student leaders throughout Indiana University for leadership in community service.

Dr. Haque’s passion for vision therapy began early in her pursuit for a vocation, which developed into an interest in developmental optometry, neuro-optometry, and binocular vision throughout her optometric education. Her passion lies in providing avenues for patients to achieve their goals and lead full lives through the help of vision therapy and rehabilitation.

Dr. Haque is from Chicago, Illinois, where she spends weekends with family and friends. She also enjoys exploring new places, trying new foods, learning languages, and catching up on movies and fictional novels in her free time.

St. Joseph

Jessica Agens

Jessica Agens

Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

What I Enjoy Most About Working at Wow Vision Therapy

The aspect I love the most about working at Wow Vision Therapy; I know I am making a difference in peoples’ lives. At first, they may seem like small changes, but our patients leave our care with confidence knowing that they can dream bigger with their personal goals and succeed at them if they are willing to put the time and effort into it.

A Little More About Me

While working here at Wow Vision Therapy, I have found passion in reaching out to the kids who do not yet have the confidence they need to succeed. The kids who think that they are “dumb” or “stupid.” When kids come here for therapy to improve with vision and learning, we slowly but surely see them improving on understanding letters or numbers. This is an import task in order to form words on their own or solve math problems easier because they are able to line everything. When they start to succeed at Wow Vision Therapy, their attitude changes into, “This is a challenge, but I CAN DO IT!” Whereas before everything was a struggle and their first response was, “I can’t do that.”

My Interests Outside of Work

Outside of work, I like to bake goodies, read books, listen to music (a healthy variety!), crochet, play with my dogs, watch my niece and nephew, and take walks on the beach.

Mary Beaman

Mary Beaman

Patient Care Coordinator

What I Enjoy Most About Working at Wow Vision Therapy

What I enjoy the most about working at Wow is watching each patient develop new skills that will improve their life outside of vision therapy. I enjoy getting to know and interacting with the patients and their parents.  Plus it’s great to work with such fun and talented people.

My Interests Outside of Work

I am married with 2 adult children. When not at work I enjoy reading a good book, watching t.v. and hanging out with my family, which includes my cats. I also like playing games and and going fishing with my husband.
Paula First

Paula First

Patient Care Coordinator

What I enjoy most about working at Wow Vision Therapy

I am so thankful to be part of a team that makes a positive difference in people’s lives every day. It is very rewarding and encouraging.

My Interests Outside of Work

A good weekend includes a football game, watching my son play volleyball at the beach or gym, church on Sunday morning, along with our Boomer Sunday School Class, and of course time with family (which usually includes good food!). The weekend is always better when my granddaughter is visiting!

Connie Glanzer

Connie Glanzer

Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

Board Certified COVT – College of Optometrists in Vision Development

What I Enjoy Most About Working at Wow Vision Therapy

I love having a front row seat as I help my patients explore and discover greater and stronger vision skills while celebrating the increased confidence and freedom vision therapy brings into their daily lives.

A Little More About Me

I was a patient at Wow Vision Therapy myself several years ago. Before that, I had absolutely no idea that I had no depth perception whatsoever. I assumed that everyone experienced the world like a flat photograph. After starting therapy, I was amazed to watch the world explode into 3D for the very first time! It was simply magical! Having gone through therapy myself helps me as I try to put myself in my patients’ shoes and see the world as they see it. This helps me to discern what therapeutic activities would best help them in each of their unique situations. I feel lucky to be part of sharing the gift of a higher quality of life that we at Wow Vision Therapy provide to our patients.

My Interests Outside of Work

When I’m not at work, I enjoy creating beauty through interior design and art, long chats with friends about personal transformations, listening to my sons sing and play the saxophone, watching them play a wide variety of sports, and creating fun in people’s kitchens at my Pampered Chef parties.

Monica King

Monica King

Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

Board Certified COVT – College of Optometrists in Vision Development

What I Enjoy Most About Working at Wow Vision Therapy

As a team, we spend time working together to create new ideas to help our patients reach their goals.

A Little More About Me

When our patients graduate from vision therapy, it is a great feeling to know our patients will have an easier and better life!

My Interests Outside of Work

When I am not in the office, I like to enjoy my time with my family.

Krystal Lockman

Krystal Lockman

Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

Board Certified COVT – College of Optometrists in Vision Development

What I Enjoy Most About Working at Wow Vision Therapy

I love working at Wow Vision Therapy because I am able to make a difference in the lives of our patients. Not only during our therapy sessions, but I also know these acquired visual skills transfer to their daily lives.

My Interests Outside of Work

I graduated in 2009 with a master of architecture form Andrews University. I am married with one son and I enjoy shopping, playing games, baking, and party planning.

Grand Rapids

Morgan Beerens

Morgan Beerens

Patient Care Coordinator

What I Enjoy Most About Working at Wow Vision Therapy

I love that the work we do drastically improves people’s lives. Having personally benefitted from vision therapy, it is deeply gratifying to tell patients and parents that we can help them. Many of them come to us, having been told that they are out of options, and giving them renewed hope is incredibly rewarding.

My Interests Outside of Work

Outside of work, I am a board member for the University Wits, a non-profit theater company that works out of Dog Story Theater in downtown Grand Rapids. I love going to concerts and music festivals, enjoying all of the craft breweries our city has to offer, and hiking with my husband and dog.

Lauren Brickley

Lauren Brickley

Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

What I Enjoy Most About Working at Wow Vision Therapy

Here at Wow Vision Therapy each team member is passionate and deeply invested in their patients. After working as a vision therapist, I quickly learned how easy it is to take binocular vision for granted. I feel honored to help children and adults reach their full potential in life through achieving binocular vision!

My Interests Outside of Work

Outside of work I love to travel, garden, backpack, and attempt to be good at doing crafts.

Julie Drenth

Julie Drenth

Optometric Vision Therapist

What I Enjoy Most About Working at Wow Vision Therapy

I most enjoy getting to know each patient and walking alongside him or her to assist in reaching their potential. My passion for prevention fits very well at Wow Vision Therapy, as improving vision positively affects so many areas in a person’s future. It is rewarding to see the confidence and joy that results from treatment at Wow Vision Therapy. With this, patients can easily pursue their unique gifts and talents.

A Little More About Me

This position is also a wonderful fit for my experiences and training; I am a licensed master’s level social worker (MSW) and have previously worked in literacy, early childhood development, early childhood mental health, domestic violence prevention, and child welfare. I had the opportunity to live in West Africa for a few years, which was a valuable cross-cultural experience.

My Interests Outside of Work

In addition to working at Wow Vision Therapy, I teach a social work class at Cornerstone University every other year. I enjoy spending time with my family, doing yoga, bike riding on the White Pine Trail, singing with a group from my church, reading good novels, and enjoying Lake Michigan.

Anna Plant

Anna Plant

Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

Board Certified COVT – College of Optometrists in Vision Development

What I Enjoy Most About Working at Wow Vision Therapy

The thing I love most about working at Wow Vision Therapy is making connections with my patients and their families. It is really rewarding to watch my patients progress from their first visit to their last and knowing I played a part in something that will help them for the rest of their lives. The entire team at Wow Vision Therapy is great and I like that we all work together, sharing ideas and getting to know every patient, even if we do not work with them on a regular basis.

My Interests Outside of Work

Outside of work, I teach part-time as a math professor at Grand Valley and love spending time there. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and going hiking. When I have a relaxing night at home; I enjoy doing puzzles, reading, and playing the piano.

Mitchell Warners

Mitchell Warners

Optometric Vision Therapist

WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING AT WOW VISION THERAPY

As a past Wow Vision Therapy patient, I am very honored to have the opportunity to help our patients here in the same ways I was. Getting to see the same patients here regularly allows me to get to know them on a personal level and lets me become that much more invested in their journey. I also couldn’t imagine a better group of people to work with!

I look forward to coming in and seeing everyone each day!

MY INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF WORK

Outside of work at Wow Vision Therapy, my interests include cooking, eating, movies, arts and crafts, golfing, playing euchre, spending time with friends and family, watching the Red Wings, and teaching color guard.
Collin Welsch

Collin Welsch

Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

Board Certified COVT – College of Optometrists in Vision Development

What I Enjoy Most About Working at Wow Vision Therapy

At Wow Vision Therapy, I enjoy the determination amongst my co-workers to search for innovative vision therapy techniques that specifically challenge each individual patient. I am proud to work for Wow Vision Therapy because of our dedication to enhance patient experiences and outcomes alike.

My Interests Outside of Work

Outside of work, I enjoy watching sporting events with friends and family. I also enjoy golf and ice hockey, as well as working out at the YMCA.

Ian Wood

Ian Wood

Patient Care Coordinator

WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING AT WOW VISION THERAPY

Before applying for my current position at Wow Vision Therapy, I had never heard of vision therapy before. During my first two weeks working here, I had the opportunity to shadow several of our vision therapists to get a glance first-hand at how the vision therapy process works. I found myself fascinated by the process and could clearly see the passion that our therapists had to help their patients meet their goals. The entire team at WOW vision is a wonderful group of people and I count myself lucky to be a part of it.

MY INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF WORK

Outside of work, much of my time is spent towards pursuing my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. When I have free time, I enjoy numerous outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking. I also thoroughly enjoy music and art.