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Ashley Owens Stiltner


Assistant Professor of Biology and Athletic Training


College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location:

Bristol Campus: WH 206A

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"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." -Babe Ruth


I am originally from Grundy, Virginia.  I am a 2001 graduate of Grundy High School.  Upon graduation, I attended Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY where I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry.  Through the many Anatomy and Physiology classes I took in my undergraduate career, my love for learning about the human body grew.  I graduated from ALC with my Bachelor of Science degree in 2005.

I obtained my Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2009 from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC.  Here I thoroughly enjoyed focusing on learning more about how the human body works.  I served as a student tutor for some of my favorite courses including Spinal Biodynamics and Nutrition.  I also served as a member of the Academy of Chiropractic Excellence which allowed me to tutor my peers in chiropractic technique as well. Upon graduation from chiropractic school, I moved to Bristol and began practicing chiropractic.   

I began teaching at King in the Fall of 2011 as a Visiting Professor in the Biology department.  I immediately fell in love with the King community.  I continued teaching here as an adjunct while practicing chiropractic from Fall 2012 until Spring 2015 when I now filled my current role as Assistant Professor of Biology and Athletic Training.  I am so elated to be here and be involved in the mission of this exceptional institution. 

I am currently engaged in research involving balance and ankle injuries.  I plan to continue this research further throughout the next few years, as it allows me to involve students from both programs in which I am involved.  Some of my personal interests include running, yoga, resistance exercise, and human biomechanics. 


Doctor of Chiropractic, March 2009, Sherman College of Chiropractic

Bachelor of Science, May 2005, Alice Lloyd College


Current research

My current research focuses on Balance and Proprioception as an Indicator of Ankle Sprains.  My research assistants and I are testing King University athletes' balance capacities and monitoring them throughout their respective athletic seasons to see if poor balance correlates with a higher incidence of ankle sprains.  I look forward to continuing this research and eventually using it to implement proper proprioceptive rehabilitation programs for athletes following ankle injuries. 

Courses recently taught

ATEP 3420 LECT Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Athletic Training
ATEP 3680 LECT Kinesiology
ATEP 3690 LECT Exercise Physiology
BIOL 3200 LAB Histology Lab
BIOL 3200 LECT Histology
BIOL 3210 LAB Human and Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy Lab
BIOL 3210 LECT Human and Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy
BIOL 3310 LAB Human and Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy Lab
BIOL 3310 LECT Human and Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy
BIOL 3500 LAB Histology Lab
BIOL 3500 LECT Histology
BIOL 3600 LAB Human and Mammalian Physiology Lab
BIOL 3600 LECT Human and Mammalian Physiology
IDST 4500 LECT Interdepartmental Science and Mathematics Seminar