ETSU Alumna Selected to Head Up University’s Physical Therapy Program


JOHNSON CITY (March 11, 2014) – Patricia (Trish) King has been named the new Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at East Tennessee State University.  King is a graduate of Bristol’s Tennessee High School and ETSU, where she earned a bachelor of science in Community Health Education.

King also holds a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, a master’s in Medical Anthropology from the University of Memphis, and Ph.D. in both Medical Anthropology and Women’s Studies from the University of Florida.

She has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapy educator, having taught at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Shenandoah University, Tennessee State University, and Arkansas State University.

“I am very happy to be home and to have the opportunity to contribute to the continued growth and success of ETSU,” King said.  “I owe a lot of my professional success to the solid foundation I received in health sciences as a student here.”

Prior to coming back to ETSU, King served as Campus Director as well as Professor and Chair of the Program in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, Texas. The University of St. Augustine established the Trish King Alumni Award for Professional Excellence to recognize her work at the university.

King is also a recipient of the James A. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association and the APTA’s Elizabeth Nobel Award for her contributions to women’s health physical therapy.

She is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy and a certified orthopaedic manual physical therapist. She has practiced physical therapy in a variety of private and hospital-based clinics in Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Arkansas, and Mississippi. For seven years, she served as editor of the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

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