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Messiah University

Arianna Beers, SPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Class of 2027

Mike was very supportive and resourceful all throughout my application process to DPT programs. He provided helpful feedback on my essays and questions I had about PTCAS. He found contacts at most DPT programs I applied to, whether they were current or past students, and got me in contact with them to ask questions and hear about their experiences. Mike was also very helpful in preparing me for interviews at several programs and went through practice questions with me. I have gotten accepted to 4 out of the 8 programs I applied to this cycle so far and I am extremely grateful that I had Mike's support throughout this process. Currently, I plan to attend Messiah University's DPT program in their class of 2027 cohort.


University of Pittsburgh

Jaynon Jackson, SPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Class of 2026

I am proud to say I have been accepted to physical therapy school and will be starting school in Fall 2023, and Dr. Mike Ukoha played a significant role in that. I owe a tremendous amount of credit to Dr. Mike Ukoha for challenging me, providing support, and for his positivity and accessibility. In a world where seemingly most information can be Googled, there is still some knowledge that can only be gained through experience. The Live & Grow Mentorship program is the best example of that.

University of Maryland-Baltimore

Jordyn King, SPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Class of 2026

He has been incredibly supportive throughout my application. He goes above and beyond for his mentees by consistently reaching out to check in on our academic and PT journeys, connecting us with other students in PT school and providing helpful resources. Through Mike, I met 3rd DPT students that gave me insight into my prospective schools before I interviewed, which increased my level of comfort ability during the interviews. Mike goes out of his way to ensure his mentees have everything they need to be successful students and physical therapy candidate, and I appreciate his investment in me. 

Drexel University

Robbie Albertson, SPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Class of 2026

Mike provided excellent resources and advice that helped me crush my interviews. His personal and insightful feedback definitely played a big part in my acceptances to DPT programs.

Augustana University

Alex Halsey, SPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Class of 2025

Mike's story about how he got into PT school was how I knew we could relate. I first heard it as a junior in undergrad. Since 2017, Michael has been nothing but helpful for me. I struggled with feeling like I belong as a PT applicant because of my lower grades. Michael has helped me understand how to leverage my experiences in and outside the classroom to show how the wholesomeness of my being. He's answered all my question and he is consistently happy to get into the minutia to the extent I need. Mike's Mentorship is demonstrative of the heart for service that is so imperative for this occupation. Since it has been bestowed to me, I feel confident I can extend it to others.



University of Maryland Baltimore

Dr. Matt Delapaz PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Class of 2021

When I began applying to PT school, I had so many questions regarding the application process. Mike was a huge resource for me and I attribute his help as part of the reason why I got into UMB. We first started talking through email, since we were both Towson graduates (Go Tigers!) but he offered to meet me in person to discuss things further. He could tell I was really motivated to get into PT school and provided guidance and reassurance which made me even more determined to get in. Mike Genuinely wants to see people succeed and I can't recommend him enough!

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Matt Miklosovich, SPT

3rd year Student Physical Therapist, Class of 2022

I have known Mike in some capacity for about four years, connecting through the Towson University Honors College. During my tenure as President of Towson's Pre-Physical Therapy Club, Mike graciously offered to come speak to the club on two separate occasions, once as an SPT and once as a newly graduated DPT. He was able to offer invaluable advice and insight to myself and approximately thirty club members. 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. Mike continues to keep in touch during my time at UMES, providing various opportunities for involvement in the Maryland Chapter of the APTA. Mike will be a great resource to the Live & Grow Mentorship program and can help Pre- PTs gain acceptance into programs and help diversify our profession.


Dr. Amaka Ezeani 

Howard University DPT Class of 2019


I met Dr. Mike Ukoha in 2016 during my senior year of undergraduate studies at Goucher College. He gave me an abundance of advice on the PT school application process, interview process, as well as ways to maximize my ability to be accept be accepted to the program of my choice. His advice truly helped me navigate this difficult process and now 5 years later I am a licensed physical therapist! 

Sonia Benn | Student 

SUNY Oswego Graduate May 2019 | Brooklyn, NY


I reached out to you online to see if you would help me with my application and automatically saw how you were genuine. You’ve gone above and beyond to find me paid/volunteer shadow hours for my PT school application by connecting me to everyone you knew in my city/state, which allowed me to have an opportunity to network that led to me to eventually  finding shadow hours. Not to mention you did all in one 1-2 days which I thought was amazing. People like you still give a good name to not only the profession but humanity. You’re selflessness does not go unnoticed. 

Dr. Nandita Hinds PT, DPT

Loma Linda University DPT | Class of 2019

It has been a pleasure to have Mike Ukoha as a mentor and as my current mentor in the 6-month mentorship program of my first current PT job at Fox Rehabilitation. The most challenging obstacle that I faced during my PT journey was being able to PASS my boards in order to be licensed in MD. Through the many trials and tribulations that I faced taking my boards multiple times, I felt overwhelming pressure that affected my mental, emotional and physical state of mind. It was not easy looking at my results to see the word, “FAILED,” after spending countless months studying. However, I am truly blessed to have had Mike supporting and encouraging me every step of the way throughout this journey even through my failures. Mike took the time out of his day to send me weekly quizzes that encompassed the major sections in the board exam. He spent time providing me with explanations and justifiable reasons for the correct answers on the quizzes in addition to the PEAT exams, which he generously paid for on my behalf when I was preparing for the boards. We spent many times discussing the answers to specific questions for my testing materials and even with my current job now, Mike has continued to help me grow as a clinician guiding me through the EMR database and creating a plan of care specific to each patient that best benefits their need of care. It is truly a blessing to have this much support from Mike as he’s been such a great mentor to me and other students. And to shine and even further light upon Mike, I ended up passing my board exam after utilizing all the resources that Mike provided in preparation for this examination. So I thank you Mike! :) And I ask that you continue to make a difference in the lives of others! 

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