Kristi Angelopoulou

Associate Professor Physical Therapy

Dr. Angelopoulou joined the faculty of Emory & Henry College in 2015.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences with an appointment in the Department of Physical Therapy.  Dr. Angelopoulou has been a Licensed Physical Therapist since 2002 and is Board Certified as an Orthopaedic Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.  Additionally, she holds a Mastery Certificate in Manual Therapy and is Certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging.  Dr. Angelopoulou is a retired Certified Athletic Trainer (NATA, 1997-2011) and is a certified Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine.  Dr. Angelopoulou has been selected to be an item writer for the Specialization Academy of Content Experts in Orthopedics, and will serve a 2 year term with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. 


Professional Organizations:

American Physical Therapy Association – Member 2015-Current

Virginia Physical Therapy Association – Member 2015 – Current

Imaging Special Interest Group, APTA – Member 2018 – Current

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties – SACE Item Writer Orthopedics – 2018-2019

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Orthopedic Specialist -2006-Current


Additional Roles Within the School of Health Sciences:

Faculty Advisor for the Physical Therapy Club. 

Faculty Advisor for Student Research Projects

Member of the Promotion and Retention Committee

Member of the Curriculum Committee

Member of the Simulation Lab Committee


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
    May 2011

  • Master of Science Physical Therapy
    University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    May 2002

  • Master of Arts Exercise Physiology
    University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    May 1999

  • Bachelor of Science Athletic Training
    Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
    May 1997

    Professional Licensure and Certifications:

    Licensed Physical Therapist, Commonwealth of Virginia
    Board Certified in Orthopedics, ABPTS
    Certificate in Manual Therapy
    Certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging
    Certified Health Fitness Instructor, ACSM
    Certified Athletic Trainer, Retired, NATA


DPT 704 Kinesiology – Course Master

DPT 751 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I – Course Master

DPT 752 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II– Course Master

DPT 862 Medical Screening – Course Master

DPT 842 Critical Inquiry II – Faculty Research Advisor

DPT 843 Critical Inquiry III – Faculty Research Advisor


Dr. Angelopoulou’s areas of research include medical screening and differential diagnosis as well as the use of dynamic musculoskeletal ultrasound in the differential diagnosis process.


Peer Reviewed Publications:

Angelopoulou K.  Differential Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain in a Postoperative Patient: Clinical        Applications.  Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice.  Vol. 29, NO. 2. 2017


Carpenter MR, Carpenter RL, Peel J, Zukley LM, Angelopoulou MS, Fischer I, Angelopoulos TJ,

Rippe JM. The reliability of isokinetic and isometric leg strength measure among individuals with symptoms of mild osteoarthritis.  J of Sport. Med Phys. Fitness  2006 Dec; 46 (4):585-9


Peer Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations:

       Are Physical Therapy Students Ready to Meet APTA’s #ChoosePT Initiative?

       Poster presentation.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting.  February 2018, New Orleans.


Angelopoulou, KM.  Differential Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain in a Post-Operative Patient: Angina        Pectoris.  2015 Virginia Physical Therapy Association Annual Meeting.  October 2015.


Angelopoulou KM, Carpenter MR, McCarthy SM, Barrell MA, Kline G, O’Brien D, Smith D,        Angelopoulos TJ FACSM, Rippe JM FACSM.  Rippe Lifestyle Institute, Shrewsbury, MA.  The Role of Dynamometry in Assessing Patients with Mild Osteoarthritis of the Knee.  Presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.  June, 2004 Indianapolis, Indiana. 


Book Chapters:

   Foundations of Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Slack Publishing Date of publishing TBD

Primary Chapter Author: Lower Quarter Systems Examination, Postural Assessment and      

Referred Pain Patterns                                                  

   Secondary Chapter Author: Upper Quarter Systems Examination and Referred Pain Patterns

Professional Experience

Dr. Angelopoulou brings a strong background of clinical experience to our program.  She has worked in sports medicine and outpatient orthopedics for 18 years prior to joining the faculty at Emory & Henry College.  Dr. Angelopoulou has worked with Division I and Division III athletics with the University of Central Florida and Minnesota State University.  She was the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex and was the Director of Rehabilitation of a large orthopaedic practice for 10 years, where she specialized in treating orthopaedic conditions.

Contact Info

565 Radio Hill Road
Marion, VA 24354



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