DCMH Physical Therapist Earns Clinical Doctorate Degree

Jennifer Gaddes of Sister Bay, like an increasing number of health care professionals nationwide, has earned a clinical doctorate degree.

Gaddes earned her doctorate in physical therapy in May from Concordia University, Mequon. She is a physical therapist and employed by Door County Memorial Hospital/Ministry Health Care Rehab Services Department. Gaddes works at the department’s Scandia Village Good Samaritan location.

After working in the physical therapy profession for about six years, Gaddes decided she wanted to pursue the doctorate and study the most current information backed by research.

Gaddes completed most of her classes online as she worked and raised a toddler at home.

“I’m very proud. It was a challenge to balance school, work, homework, and a child – especially a two-year-old,” Gaddes said of her accomplishment.

Deb Whitelaw-Gorski, the hospital’s director of Rehab Services, said the clinical doctorate is the pinnacle of the physical therapy education and has helped to elevate the profession. Holly Miller, a physical therapist in the Rehab Services Sturgeon Bay location, also holds a clinical doctorate degree.

“This helps Door County as well,” Whitelaw-Gorski said of the advanced education. “These therapists bring a new level of perspective to how the patients are treated.”

DCMH/MHC has in Sister Bay a team of full-time professional therapists offering physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to residents of Scandia Village as well as the northern Door County community.

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