Kathleen Geist, PT, DPT, COMT, FAAOMPT

Assistant Professor
Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Office: 1462 Clifton Road, Suite 312
Atlanta , GA 30322
Email: kgeist@emory.edu
Phone: (404)- 712-1620 (Office)


Dr. Geist teaches within the Musculoskeletal complex in the second year of the program and teaches a Medical Screening class in the third year of the program. She is the Director of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program and enjoys teaching the residents in the clinical faculty practice at Emory. Her research interests include gait biomechanics and clinical research relating to manual therapy interventions in the orthopedic patient population. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Manual Therapy Interest Group for the Orthopedic Section of the APTA and is a Nominating Committee member for the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.


1990-1994, Bachelor of Science: Microbiology, Auburn University, AL
1995-1997, Bachelor of Science: Physical Therapy, Georgia State University, GA
2007-2009, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis, IN
2011-2013, Fellowship, Regis University, Denver, CO


Conley K, Geist K, Shaw J, Labib S, Johanson MA. The Effect of Goniometric Alignment on Passive Ankle Dorsiflexion Range of Motion Among Patient with Ankle Arthrodesis, Ankle Arthroplasty, and Matched Controls. Foot and Ankle Specialist. 2011; 5(3): 175-179.

Johanson M, DeArment A, Hines K, Louis E,Martin M, Thomas J, Geist K. The Effect of Subtalar Joint Position on Dorsiflexion of the Ankle/Rearfoot Versus Midfoot/Forefoot During Gastrocnemius Stretching-submitted to Foot and Ankle International, June 2013

Greenfield B, Geist K. Brachial Plexus Lesions. In: Donatelli, R. Physical Therapy of the Shoulder, 5th ed. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone. 2012.

Awards and Honors

Clinical Instructor of the Year, Georgia State University, 2005

Clinical Coordinator of the Year, Georgia State University, 2006