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Live & Grow Mentorship


Link Available until 10.15.21


What is Live & Grow Mentorship?


It is an online organization that presents an opportunity to mentor pre-pt students applying to DPT programs. Pre-pt students starting directly after undergraduate graduation, students in a gap year, and career changers. This organization will have varying levels of assistance from a collection of supporting documents to 1 on 1 coaching through a PTCAS application cycle.


In a field where 3% of physical therapists identify as African American the sense of belonging is always a question. Are you good enough to get into PT school? Are you good enough to succeed in PT school? Will you be a successful clinician?


As a 2nd generation Nigerian American, I carved a path in my journey with many wins and losses. I often gave so much to the process in my journey to be a physical therapist that I lost myself. I missed family gatherings, missed trips to Nigeria to see family, and missed things I loved. I felt unsettled, alone, and extremely challenged at times. But for 6 years in the midst of these feelings I have been a line of comfort for students applying to PT school.


This role of providing a support system for people looking to take a leap in PT means a lot to me. It means a lot to make space in the profession for anyone that wants to belong to the profession I love. Especially people of color, because wherever you are in your journey I BELIEVE you BELONG in our profession and rightfully deserve to be here.

I present Live & Grow Mentorship as a life line to pre-pt students - there is no blueprint or perfect formula. There is an opportunity for me to meet you wherever you are in your journey, No matter what you go through always know I believe you belong.


Dr. Mike Ukoha PT, DPT



Forest Trees


"Mike was a huge resource fo me and I attribute his help as part of the reason why I got into UMB.  Mike genuinely wants to see people succeed and I can't recommend him enough!"


"People like you still give a good name to not only the profession but humanity. You’re selflessness does not go unnoticed."

"Mike was also able to provide insight and advice to myself during my application process, making himself available to answer any questions or concerns I may have had."


Mentee Accepted Schools:

University of Maryland: Baltimore 
University of Maryland: Eastern Shore 
Howard University 

University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill 
​Loma Linda University

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