Jeff has been a licensed physical therapist for 34 years since graduating from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Kean University. Jeff also received his MBA from Grand Valley State University. His diverse background in acute care settings, rehabilitation centers, sports medicine, and in general orthopedic private practice allows him to treat all ages and surgical and non-surgical patients with expert care. Jeff served as a regional manager of a large rehabilitation company, was the headache specialist at Mary Free Bed, and successfully managed five freestanding outpatient physical therapy practices.
Jeffrey S. Carter, PT has studied extensively with the IAOM (International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine) https://iaom-us.com/ and combines 34 years of practicing manual therapy, and completed over 50 continuing education course work with a functional medicine based approach to become a healthcare leader in West Michigan. He is known in Grand Rapids for his skill in successfully treating spinal conditions including the treatment of acute and chronic headache, low back and pelvic pain. Jeff has extensive training, skill and experience in manual therapy, treating orthopedic, sports and work-related injuries. He understands the special needs of the aging population as he served as a therapist in various long-term care centers utilizing his training in balance and ambulation recovery techniques. Jeff utilizes a Functional Medicine approach in his physical therapy treatments. He treats with Dry Needling, Cupping and other forms of Manual Medicine Physical Therapy.
Jeff is married to Sharon, his lovely wife of 39 years. He is a father of four and grandfather of four. Jeff is active in outdoor activities such as boating, hunting, cycling and landscaping. He enjoys all kinds of music , and is a musician. Jeff loves Jesus Christ and seeks to serve Jesus in his life. Jeff’s passion is to honor God through serving his patients, staff and all who come visit Apogee Therapy Center.
Sharon is our Director of Nutrition at Apogee Therapy Center. Sharon earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Eastern Michigan University and was awarded Outstanding Dietetics Student in the state of Michigan by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Sharon entered her dietetics career as Director of Nutrition Services for a cutting edge healthcare community and then moved into the position of Director of Nutrition and Wellness at Grand Rapids Christian Schools and Long Term Care Consulting Dietitian. Along with her full time jobs, many years were spent serving the local dietetics community as a board member of the Dietitians of West Michigan, and Sharon served as a past President of the organization. Being a continual learner is a keystone of Sharon’s professional life.
Sharon realizes we are all on a health journey, and she is continually applying what she learns and growing in her own personal health journey. As a clinical dietitian, Sharon uses her diverse background to guide patients in preventive health, using nutrition as a tool to achieve peak performance. Sharon centers her nutrition practice directly in line with Functional Medicine / Integrative Health Based systems. She diligently studies the leaders in FM / IH and their peer reviewed research. Sharon stays at the vanguard of current research and evidenced based nutrition practices.
Outside interests of Sharon include spending time with family, working out, performing outdoor activities and dancing. Sharon’s faith in the Lord Jesus is central to her life and she seeks to live for Jesus in all she does.
Katie earned her Bachelors of Science degree from Central Michigan University and her Masters of Speech-Language Pathology from Eastern Michigan University. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with the state of Michigan and is a credentialed member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Katie has spent the last 5 years of her career working in various elementary and secondary schools in and around Grand Rapids. Katie has experience with pediatric and adult speech therapy services, and she is excited to continue her work in the outpatient setting!
Katie has studied or been trained in Social Thinking, Language Acquision through Motor Planning (LAMP), Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and has attended conferences provided by the Statewide Autism Resources and Training Project (START) out of Grand Valley State University. Katie also has experience working with a variety of pediatric and adult diagnoses and disorders such as articulation, expressive/receptive language delays, voice disorders, stuttering, social language, apraxia, dysarthria, aphasia, and cognitive impairments.
Katie plans to continue pursuing education and training in the areas of feeding therapy, swallowing treatment, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication methods.
Katie was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area and currently resides there with her husband, Andrew. When she’s not working, Katie enjoys hosting get-togethers in her home, cooking, exercising, and listening to books-on-tape!
Autumn has been a massage therapist for 12 years graduating from Blue Cliff College in Lafayette, LA in September of 2006. Autumn also has an Associates in Arts degree from Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL. Over Autumn’s career she has worked with patients of all ages, from infancy the final stages of life, with issues as simple as stress management/ relaxation to more serious problems, like frozen shoulder and sciatic pain. Whether your pain is from a chronic condition, repetitive motion, a specific injury you sustained or you, “just woke up feeling this way”, Autumn can administer (provide accommodate) the requisite treatment for your needs. She is also trained in Pregnancy Massage, Bamboo massage, Hot Stone massage and Aromatherapy to help make your treatments more enjoyable.
Autumn moved to west Michigan in March of 2008. In October of that year she married her best friend, Ted Bahlke. In 2017 God blessed them with a sweet little girl they named Mikaela.
Autumn has a passion for helping others through the skills God has blessed her with and strives to serve the Lord in her work. She loves music of all kinds, reading, hiking, paddle boarding, and learning new things.
“It is such a blessing to me to be able to bring healing and relief to the people I work on.
I am excited to be a part of a team of such great people who have true passion for helping others be the best version of themselves they can be physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.”
Mindy Law is excited to come back and join the Apogee team as a staff member after being a PTA student here in the spring of 2015. She graduated from Baker College in 2015 with her Associates of Science degree. Since then, she has been employed by Spectrum Health covering in their various subacute inpatient as well as outpatient care facilities. This has included experience working with neurologically impaired patients including those with traumatic brain injuries and those recovering from strokes. She has also been a coverage therapist for Advent Physical Therapy at their various outpatient orthopedic locations. Her experience working for these two companies has allowed her to treat a variety of patients from children to geriatrics.
Her passion for educating and empowering patients on their path toward healing has evolved over time. Elementary education is where she started after completing her Bachelor degree from Hope College in 1997 and Masters degree from Grand Valley State University. She taught for 9 years prior to have twin girls. Staying home with her kids was the best choice she made as it was during this time she decided to pursue another degree in physical therapy with the encouragement of her husband, Jason, who is a physical therapist.
Mindy has 3 girls – 9 year old Madison and 12 year old twins Sienna and Sydney. She spends a lot of her time attending their basketball and soccer games and various musical lessons and events. In her spare time, she enjoys running, a good bootcamp workout, traveling, and spending time with family. A favorite spot is the family cottage up north on Torch Lake.
Justyna’s journey with Apogee began as an undergraduate student observing Jeff. Since observing, she worked as an aide, and has held the role of Assistant Practice Manager for four years. She believes wholeheartedly in the mission to honor and serve each and every patient with individualized care.
Justyna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Sciences and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Grand Valley State University. She was the president of her class which allowed her to be the communication between students, faculty, and the community, allowing her to serve others and give back.
Justyna is passionate about the field of pediatrics and treating patients with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Justyna has a 20-year history of dancing. She danced competitively with a studio, danced for her high school’s dance team, and danced throughout her undergraduate time at GVSU. Dance brings her joy and is her only artistic quality, so she loves to use her experience to help others grow stronger and express themselves both physically and emotionally!