603 W Grand River Suite C, Brighton, Michigan 48116

(810) 534-7004


Meet the APEX Staff


Lauren Lobert, DPT, OMPT, CSCS, CKTP, Graston Certified

Owner, APEX Physical Therapy

Lauren has been a physical therapist for six years. She graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. She completed her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she played ice hockey. 

In 2016, Lauren completed a two year residency program in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy from Oakland University. She is certified in both Graston Technique and KinesioTaping and is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Lauren treats all orthopedic conditions, from post-surgical to chronic pain. Special interests include treating athletes of all sports, especially hockey players. She strongly believes in bridging the gap between physical therapy and return to sport, ensuring her patients return to the field prepared to compete.



Hayley Sharp, DPT, OMPT

 Hayley completed her undergraduate degree also from Oakland University with a BS degree in Health Science and minor in Exercise Science. She then graduated from Oakland University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016.   

Hayley treats all orthopedic conditions and enjoys working with a variety of patients. A former competitive gymnast, Hayley enjoys treating this population and understands the unique demands of the sport. She believes that good physical therapy includes a one-on-one, hands on approach to facilitate and allow her patients to achieve their goals.

 Hayley lives in Byron with her husband, Austin and her two dogs Luci, a Small Munsterlander and Oakley, a yellow Labrador Retriever.  She enjoys hunting and the outdoors.


Howie, Therapy Dog

Howie is a 6 year old Black Lab mix rescue from New Orleans. He lives with his owner, Lauren, and is a certified therapy dog from Therapy Dogs International.

Howie enjoys cuddling, chasing vermin,  swimming and squeaky toys. 


Julia Richardson, Office Manager

Julia’s journey into the world of physical therapy started in 2015 as a front office specialist, she has been with us as our Office Manager since 2017. She is your go to person for any insurance or billing questions you may have.

She graduated from the Art Institute of Michigan with an Associates of Applied Science for Interior Design in 2014. She is married to her husband Cody and they have a wonderful dog, Marley. Her favorite things to do outside of work is running, backpacking, and any home improvement or small woodworking project her husband can come up with.


Heather Mannix, MS

Heather graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and an undergraduate course load focused in anatomy and physiology. She became certified and worked as a personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist while she continued on to earn her MS in Exercise Science from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Heather’s academic focus at GWU was concentrated in strength and conditioning while her research was centered in sport and exercise psychology. She has co-authored several scientific journal articles on The Fun Integration Theory, a research study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that defines what makes playing sports fun for children.

Her academic training and personal experience as a hockey player has left her with a passion towards helping people of all ages return to the lives, hobbies and sports that they love.


Kelsey LaValley, AT-C

Kelsey is an athletic trainer at APEX.  She helps patients with exercises, modalities and the recovery room.  She completed her athletic training degree at Grand Valley State University and became certified and licensed in 2016. 

Kelsey has worked with all levels of athletes from pediatric to Olympic prospects. While in college her interest was in concussion management and training.  She presented with her professor at a state conference, teaching educators and coaches how to diagnosis and treat concussions. After college she helped at the Red Wings Development Camp with range of motion and functional testing. 

Kelsey is also a registered behavior technician (RBT) and works with children with autism while not working at APEX. Kelsey lives in Hartland and is the proud mother of Izzy, an Australian Labradoodle.


Sue Wells, Front Office Coordinator

In addition to working at APEX, Sue also works in the fitness industry managing a gym. She has been a personal trainer for 15 years. She has also been an avid CrossFit athlete for the past 7 years and holds 3 CrossFit certifications. She also spent 3 years working at a sports medicine clinic.

Sue is married with three children and has lived in South Lyon for 30 years. She also has 2 cats and a dog.