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Shilpa B. Gaikwad, PT, MPTh, PhD

Shilpa Gaikwad
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
(954) 262-1228


PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, Loma Linda University, California – 2016

Master of Physiotherapy in Neurosciences, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India – 2011

Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Maharashtra University of Health Science, India – 2007


Certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion, American Institute of Balance, Largo, Florida (AIB-VR/CON) – 2021
Certified Fall Prevention Specialist (CFPS) – 2021
Certification in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace, University of South Florida- 2021
Certified Clinical Instructure- Level 1, APTA – 2021
Certification in LSVT-BIG, LSVT Global, New York – 2017
Certification in Cervicogenic Dizziness, APTA’s Evidence-based Competency Course - 2017
Certificate of Attendance in Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Competency-Based Course, Emory University and APTA – 2018
Advanced Certification in Health Sciences Education Technology, Teachers Training Institute, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India - 2013
Certification in NDT framework for restoring function in the upper extremity of Stroke Survivors, WCPT-AWP and IAP Congress, Mumbai, India - 2009.
Certification in Upper and Lower Quarter Mulligan’s Concept, Capri Institute of Manual Therapy, New Delhi, India – 2009 


In the professional DPT program, Dr. Gaikwad is course leader in PHT 6816: Neuroscience, PHT 6830: Neuromuscular I, PHT 6830L: Neuromuscular I Lab and PHT 6915: Prosthetics and Orthotics and she also teaches, and lab assists in PHT 6914: Neuromuscular II, PHT 6914L: Neuromuscular II Lab, PHT 6725 Cardiovascular, Pulmonary PT and PHT 6722: Integumentary PT. She also teaches Vestibular Rehabilitation Module in Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program and serves a mentor for Neuro residents.

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Gaikwad’s research interests reside in vestibular rehabilitation, chronic motion sickness, balance dysfunction in people with neurologic conditions and student engagement strategies in classroom teaching and learning. Dr. Gaikwad has experience in using investigational research equipment such as Neurocom Balance Master and Bertec's Computerized Dynamic Posturography Immersion Virtual Reality equipment. She has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts and has authored and presented abstracts in national and international conferences. For details of peer reviewed publications please visit Dr. Gaikwad’s google scholar profile page

Areas of Practice

After completing her Bachelors in Physiotherapy from India and before moving to the USA, Dr. Gaikwad practiced in Mumbai, India in various setting such as acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient clinic and home health for 6 years with primary focus on Neurologic Physical Therapy. After completing her PhD in Rehabilitation degree from Loma Linda University, California in 2016, Dr. Gaikwad practiced as a clinical physical therapist in skilled nursing facility and acute care settings in New York before joining NSU as full-time faculty member. Dr. Gaikwad continues to maintain her clinical practice by serving as clinical mentor for Neuro residents in Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program at NSU.


Dr. Gaikwad serves NSU as a member of Curriculum Committee of Professional DPT program and Chair of Education Subcommittee of Faculty Research Committee of Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences and member of Interprofessional Education Committee of Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. She is an item writer for National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) of Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and a reviewer for Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. She serves the community through the Annual Mobility Fair, a health screening community service event for people with limb loss in South Florida in collaboration with Hanger Clinic and NSU’s Occupational Therapy department.

Professional Activity

Dr. Gaikwad is an active membership of following organizations including 

  • Member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Member of APTA Florida Chapter
  • Member of APTA Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Member of Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy’s Special Interest Groups for: Vestibular Rehabilitation, Balance and Falls, Stroke, Degenerative Disorders, Brain Injury and Assistive Technology/Seating and Wheeled Mobility
  • Member of Florida Physical Therapy Association’s Special Interest Groups for Neurology, Telehealth and Technology, Geriatric and Prevention and Wellness.
  • Member of American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP)
  • Life member of Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP)

 Awards and Recognition

First Prize for following Platform Presentation at conference: Gaikwad S, Johnson E, Nelson T, Ambode O, Albalwi A, Alharbi A, Daher N. Effect of gaze stability exercises on chronic motion sensitivity. National Conference of Physical Therapy. Mumbai, India. December 2017.




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