Kaci Handlery, PT, DPT, NCS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

Kaci Handlery is an assistant professor in the School of Physical Therapy at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of South Carolina in 2015 and is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. She has over five years of clinical experience primarily treating individuals in the acute phase of recovery following traumatic injuries such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, and complex orthopedic injuries. She also served as a research physical therapist at the Motor Behavior and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of South Carolina. In her spare time she enjoys hiking throughout the United States.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN


  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Recipient of the 2020 Early Career Professional Award, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Appointed to the Specialization and Advanced Proficiency Committee, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • American Spinal Cord Association – InSTeP Certified

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Acute Care Physical Therapy
  • Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Accessible and Adaptive Exercise