Dr. Oluremi Onifade was born in Kenya to two immigrant parents from Kenya and Nigeria. The youngest of four moved to the states as a toddler. Being from a family of doctors and high achievers it became important for Dr. O to make her imprint on the world.
At Spelman College, Dr. Onifade developed a track to allow her to become a Physical Therapist. At Spelman, she acquired her four year degree while also maintaining 3 on campus jobs and completed all volunteer hours required. After the initial rejection to physical therapy school, Dr. Onifade pursued a Master’s of Kinesiology at Auburn University. While at Auburn, she earned a graduate assistant position in which she was an educator at a juvenile detention center for a year. Dr. Onifade was a catalyst in building a bridge program with Spelman College and Auburn University to attract students whom desired to pursue careers in allied health. Participating in this program she laid the foundation for future endeavors to educate and recruit people of color into the field of physical therapy. Dr. Onifade was accepted at Emory University to continue her journey into PT school. There she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. After completing training in Neurological specialty in 2014, she went into Home Health in North Georgia. Currently she is in her seventh year treating both orthopedic and neurological cases at an outpatient clinic in Ellenwood, Georgia, where she serves as a minority partner and Clinic Director.
In 2016 Dr. Onifade along with Dr. DeAndrea Bullock decided to co-found National Association of Black Physical Therapists (NABPT). Currently they have over 150 members in which the foundation paves the way to increase the numbers of the African Diaspora in the physical therapy field while increasing the knowledge and attendance of the black community for physical therapy.