Ashlee Dawn Medley

Clinical Associate Professor Physical Therapy

Dr. Medley is a full-time assistant clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences College and also serves as the Rehab Coordinator for the Mel Leaman Free Clinic. 

She initially started at the College of Health Sciences as an Adjunct Professor in August 2016 and joined full-time in January 2017.  Dr. Medley graduated with an M.S. degree in Physical Therapy and a B.S. in Allied Health from the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health in 1998.  As an undergraduate, she attended Emory and Henry College from 1993-1995 before transferring to the University of Kentucky to pursue her degree in Physical Therapy.  She earned her Pediatric Specialist Certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist Certification (ABPTS) in July of 2017 and went on to earn her transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2019.

In 1998, she began her career in Smyth County working full-time in Outpatient Rehabilitation and Pediatrics where she spent the following 18 years in clinical practice and served as Clinical Manager at a local Outpatient Rehabilitation practice in Chilhowie, VA.  

Professional Organizations:

American Physical Therapy Association Member:  1998-2000; 2016-present

Virginia Physical Therapy Association Member:  2016-present

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Pediatrics Specialist:  2017-present

Pro Bono Network Member:  2017-present

Additional Roles Within the School of Health Sciences: 

Director of Rehab Services, Mel Leaman Free Clinic (MLFC)

Preceptor and Supervisor Mel Leaman Free Clinic (MLFC)- Student Civic Engagement

Member of the Promotion Retention Committee

Member of the Professional Behavior Committee

Faculty Advisor for Student Research Projects

Member of the Curriculum Committee

Member of the DPT Admissions Committee

Chair of the SHS Equipment Inventory and Calibration Committee

SHS Faculty Liason for PADD Committee (Developmental Disability Advocacy Group)

Grant Activity

United Methodist Church Global Ministries, Harry R. Kendall Will & Trust Grant.  Purpose:  to provide funding for Physical and Occupational Therapy rehabilitation services outreach at the Mel Leaman Free Clinic to provide free rehab services to the uninsured and economically disadvantaged residents in our surrounding communities.


DPT 701/OTD 701 Human Anatomy Clinical Dry Lab 

DPT  855 Pediatric Physical Therapy (Coursemaster)

DPT 832/OTD 815 Administration and Management (Co-Coursemaster)

DPT 859 Orthotics and Prosthetics (Coursemaster)

DPT 841-843 Course Series (Critical Inquiry I-III) Faculty Research Advisor

Member of the Mel Leaman Free Clinic Advisory Committee


Dr. Medley’s area of research currently includes pediatric Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Peer-Reviewed Professional Presentations:

Poster presentation. APTA Combined Sections Meeting.  February 2023, San Diego California.

Poster presentation. APTA Combined Sections Meeting.  February 2022, virtual.

Poster presentation.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting. February 2021, virtual.

Poster presentation.  American Pediatric Physical Therapy Association National Conference.  October 2020, virtual.

Platform presentation.  Pro Bono Network 202 National Conference.

Platform presentation.  Appalachian College Association 2019 Summit.  September 2019. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. “Serving the Underserved in Rural Appalachia:  Engagement of Students & Faculty with Community Partners to Address Health Care Needs”

Platform presentation. Appalachian College Association 2019 Summit. September 2019. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. “Replacing Silos with Bridges:  Interprofessional Education at Emory & Henry College”


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

  • M.S.P.T., Physical Therapy
  • B.S., Allied Health


Specialty Certifications

  • Board Certified Pediatric Specialist (ABPTS, July 2017)


Within the Department of Physical Therapy at Emory & Henry College, Professor Medley assists in various courses including Pediatrics and Lifespan Human Development, Dry Anatomy, Orthotics and Prosthetics, Patient Care Skills as well as Administration and Management.   

Her responsibility as the Rehab Clinic Coordinator at the Mel Leaman Free Clinic includes supervision of DPT students while providing rehabilitation services for the medically underserved in our rural community.  

In addition, she will be working in coordination with other PT, OT and PA faculty at Emory & Henry College to provide interprofessional collaborative experiences for the students in these academic programs.


Emory & Henry College, Marion, VA (August 2016-present)

  • DPT 701 Anatomy II (Dry Anatomy Lab)- Course Instructor
  • DPT 832 Administration & Management - Course Instructor
  • DPT 855 Pediatric PT- Co-course Instructor
  • DPT 859 Orthotics & Prosthetics - Course Instructor
  • DPT 723 Patient Care Skills III- Lab Instructor (Spring 2017)
  • DPT 854 Neuromuscular PT II - Lab Assistant (Fall 2016)

Professional Experience

Professor Medley brings a strong background of clinical experience and leadership to our program.

She has worked closely in collaboration with local pediatricians to provide pediatric physical therapy care in the Public School Setting, Early Intervention and Outpatient Rehabilitation for many infants and children in the Smyth County area. She also has extensive experience in the area of outpatient orthopedics with all ages as well as sub specialty experience in vestibular rehabilitation and Workers Compensation Rehabilitation. She is currently licensed to practice physical therapy in the state of Virginia.

Contact Info

565 Radio Hill Road
Marion, VA 24354



Emory & Henry College Health Sciences Campus