2017-12-28 / Front Page

Dr. Gore first-ever person to earn UM-Flint PhD


From left to right: Dr. Jennifer Blackwood, PhD, PT Associate Professor and dissertation chair at University of Michigan- Flint; Dr. Shweta Gore, PhD, PT; Dr. Devashish Tiwari, DPT, PhD candidate; Dr. Cathy Larson, PhD, PT: Associate Director of Research and PhD program at University of Michigan- Flint. From left to right: Dr. Jennifer Blackwood, PhD, PT Associate Professor and dissertation chair at University of Michigan- Flint; Dr. Shweta Gore, PhD, PT; Dr. Devashish Tiwari, DPT, PhD candidate; Dr. Cathy Larson, PhD, PT: Associate Director of Research and PhD program at University of Michigan- Flint. FLINT - The first-ever person to earn a PhD from the University of Michigan in Flint has a connection to Huron County.

Dr. Shweta Gore, PT, DPT, PhD, a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist, moved to Bad Axe from India in 2010, with her husband, Dr. Devashish Tiwari, DPT, now a PhD candidate.

Shweta worked as a physical therapist and certified Lymphedema Therapist at Narayan Physical Therapy in Bad Axe. Devashish worked as a physical therapist at the Huron Intermediate School District contracted via Narayan Rehabilitation Inc.

According to an article about her accomplishment published by UM, Flint:

Pre-dawn studying was commonplace for Shweta Gore for the past three years. So was eating eggs and toast for breakfast, cottage cheese and mixed nuts for lunch, and frozen burritos for dinner nearly every day during this period to save time. Her regimen since starting the UM-Flint PhD in Physical Therapy program in 2014 also included frequently stopping by a nearby library to study after a long day as a full-time clinical physical therapist.

“It certainly taught me time management skills,” Gore said. “I quickly realized I had to create more hours in the day.”

This semester, she became the first-ever person to earn a PhD from UM-Flint. She successfully defended her dissertation on the UM-Flint campus in September and started teaching at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in early October as an assistant professor of physical therapy. Her dissertation was titled “Subjective Assessments of Physical Therapy in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

“It was an incredible feeling knowing I earned a PhD, but knowing that I am the first student to have earned one at UM-Flint makes me feel even more excited,” said Gore.

The PhD in Physical Therapy program, the only such program in the state of Michigan, started in 2014. Gore’s husband, Devashish Tiwari, is a student within this PhD program at UM-Flint. The couple were frequent study partners during the past three years.

“We had this mutual understanding of what the other was going through,” Gore said. “He was able to read my papers and give me feedback, and I would do the same for him.”

Gore started taking courses at UM-Flint in 2012 and earned her transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in two years.

During her time at UM-Flint, Gore had one peer-reviewed and one nonpeer reviewed manuscript accepted for publication, disseminated her work through two peer-reviewed platforms and 12 poster presentations, received two awards for her excellence in research, and received research funding through one grant.

UM-Flint Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Jennifer Blackwood was a mentor, Gore said.

Professor Blackwood said Gore practiced excellence at UM-Flint.

“It has been my honor to mentor Dr. Shweta Gore while she was a PhD student in our program. Her dedication to excellence serves as the foundation to the high caliber of her scholarly work,” Blackwood said. “The academic community, as well as older adults with COPD, will benefit from her work for years to come.”

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