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Guest Name
Dr Sam Berne
Dr Sam Berne
Guest Occupation
Doctor of Behavioral/Neurodevelopmental Optometry and Vision Therapy
Guest Biography

Dr. Sam Berne, a holistic health practitioner and author has been recognized as a leading expert in the field of Behavioral/Neurodevelopmental Optometry and Vision Therapy for more than twenty-nine years.


He developed innovative methods for healing the mind-body-spirit through eye therapy. His revolutionary Developmental Learning Program (DLP) provides individuals with natural alternatives for improving vision and overall health. Dr. Berne offers a holistic method that helps children with a variety of developmental delays from autism to Attention Deficit Disorder.  DLP uses Primitive reflex therapy, Continuum movement, Vision therapy, Light/color therapy, Craniosacral therapy and Medicinal Essential oils to aid patients with neurological problems.


Via his successful private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico and his informative workshops and retreats throughout the United States and Europe, Dr. Berne has promoted his unconventional philosophy of “throwing out labels, letting go of cookbook solutions and treating patients from the present forward.” Opposed to measuring a patient’s problems based on only mainstream ideas, Dr. Berne  has historically treated patients on a case-by-case basis. 


Throughout his career, Dr. Berne has written four insightful books and produced a DVD on autism. His first book,  Creating Your Personal Vision, was a huge success and its publication led to multiple broadcast interviews in New York and Los Angeles as well as nationally syndicated radio shows.


Dr. Berne teaches an extensive number of professional workshops in fields from Holistic Vision Therapy, Primitive Reflex Therapy and Helping Traumatic Brain-Injured Patients to Methods to Help ADD-Autism, Light Therapy and Subtle Energies. He lectures as a visiting professor at venues including The Esalen Institute, The Bodhi Manda Retreat Center and The Crossings-Austin with curriculums geared toward cutting edge ideas, human potential and healing.  He leads weekend retreats devoted to Vision Therapy and Electrophotonic Imaging, called Vision Energetics, a process that opens one’s consciousness and healing through the measurement of the body’s energy fields and the use of a variety of eye-vision-brain techniques which incorporate sound, breathe, movement and light/color to help change one’s consciousness.


Boasting an international following, Dr. Berne is often asked to lead his holistic health/vision retreats in cities ranging from Hawaii to Bimini, Bahamas where special needs children and their families have the opportunity to swim with Atlantic Spotted Wild Dolphins and have access to treatment.

Attendees experience primitive reflexes, light/color therapy and/or vision therapy activities and engage in therapeutic swimming with the dolphins.   The retreats give the group a chance to live within a community of like-minded people, interact with nature and work on focus, clarity, intention and spiritual expansion of their vision.


Dr. Berne takes pride in having earned Special Awards for Service from the Behavioral Optometrists in Mexico for providing many of his innovative holistic ideas to help children. In addition to lecturing and healing, Dr. Berne enjoys giving back to the community by opening up his private observatory to teach children and adults about astronomy. He jumps at the opportunity to share his knowledge of stars to spark the imagination of others.  Dr. Berne volunteers for local organizations where help is most needed, notably he regularly serves food at a local homeless shelter in Santa Fe.


Dr. Berne is a warm, compassionate, problem-solver who always strives for creative answers. Working tirelessly to understand the specific condition and needs of each of his patients, he offers honest and reassuring answers to their questions. For the last twenty-nine years, Dr. Berne’s genuine care and personal interest in helping others has driven him to unconventionally heal the mind-body-spirit through his eye therapy.