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 Carter, RDN, LDN (Kentwood, MI)
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 Antor, MA, CCC-SLP (Kentwood, MI)
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!
Justyna Marasco, PT, DPT / Assistant Practice Manager (Kentwood, MI)
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!
Kelly Wiersma, PTA / Practice Manager (Kentwood, MI)
Kelly joined Team Apogee performing a dual role as Practice Manager and Clinician. Kelly is a PTA with over 20 years of experience. She graduated Baker college Muskegon in 1997. Kelly has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, home health and geriatric rehab.
Most recently, Kelly served as Rehab Director with a national rehab company. Kelly has a passion for helping people achieve their highest functional level through exercise and manual therapy. She is also passionate about the Functional Medicine view of clean and healthy living.
Kelly is excited about being part on Team Apogee and strives to be the best she can to make a difference in the lives she serves. Kelly has 2 children ages 19 and 16. She enjoys a variety of activities including kayaking, skiing, biking, hiking and most importantly, living for God.