DETROIT — Cierra Boprie earned a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Wayne State University in the Winter semester 2012. Cierra was among the 2,600 students graduating from Wayne State and a special convocation ceremony for the Physical Therapy class was held on Dec. 1st, 2012.

Cierra was awarded the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award for extra contributions to the field of Physical Therapy and received the Matt Coleman Memorial Award to acknowledge her perseverance and overcoming adversities during graduate school.  Boprie was acknowledged for the Wright and Fillipis Family Scholarship she had received during the 2012 MPTA Fall conference. Cierra was also part of a pro-bono clinic started in Detroit for Diabetes Education and Wellness Clinic.

She attended the National Physical Therapy Conference in National Harbor, Md. and spoke on Capitol Hill as a representative of the profession and students of physical therapy.

Cierra is a former resident of Reed City and daughter of Glen and Julie Boprie. She was a student at Trinity Lutheran Church and School and a 2004 graduate of Reed City High School. Cierra is  employed by Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital.

Cierra expresses her gratitude to her family and friends and also the teachers, coaches and mentors who helped shape her dreams of achieving her doctorate in the field of physical therapy.