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Professional Summary

Dr.Vasiliki S. Garopoulou is a Special-Adapted Physical Exercise & Sport Science Educator, a Scientific Counselor of Neurorehabilitation and a Therapeutic Medical Exercise Specialist. She holds two Postgraduate Diplomas on "Multiple Sclerosis" from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th)  with scholarships for her excellent performance and 2 postgraduate – vocational training certificates abroad. She has also been awarded a PhD with full scholarship in the Laboratory of Developmental Medicine and Special Needs Education in collaboration with the 2nd Neurology Dept. of AHEPA University General Hospital of the A.U.Th Medical School. She completed her first Post-Doctoral degree at the A.U.Th Medical School in the field of Neurosciences and  her second Post-Doctoral research as a full scholarship researcher with the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) with P.D. thesis: Neurorehabilitation & Therapeutic Exercise in Multiple Sclerosis. Currently she is working on her 3rd Post-Doctoral research at the A.U.Th Medical School with research subject about neurodegenerative diseases. She has participated as a scientific associate in research programs, implemented by the A.U.Th Medical School while at the same time she serves as scientific collaborator at the 1st Neurology Dept. of AHEPA University General Hospital and Scientific Collaborator at the Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (Alzheimer Hellas). She has presented her research work at numerous scientific conferences, training seminars and academic and clinical events, and has publications in Greek and international peer-reviewed journals. She has been a Physical Education Specialist and she has served as a Special-Adapted Physical Education teacher both in 1st and 2nd grade Special Education Public Schools and also in the post-graduate training of Public IEK since 2004. She has been innovating as Head of Scientific Planning of Rehabilitation and Exercise programs for PwDisabilities at the A.U.Th University Gym and as scientific consultant, active board member of the Greek Multiple Sclerosis Society (GMSS). Moreover she has been the scientific education manager in a Lifelong Learning Centre and has taught the MP Senior Fitness Course® and MP-MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS & EXERCISE L1 & L2® courses and she is currently holding a teaching position in a private I.E.K. in the Department of Physiotherapy while also being the scientific consultant at a rehabilitation equipment company. Finally, she has managed the Special Olympics Bocce & Young Athletes programs that took place in Thessaloniki at the Olympic Museum and has been ambassador of GMSS to the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) in matters of rehabilitation.

Η Δρ. Βασιλική Σ. Γαροπούλου είναι Καθηγήτρια Επιστήμης Ειδικής Φυσικής Αγωγής & Αθλητισμού Τ.Ε.Φ.Α.Α. Α.Π.Θ. καθώς και Επιστημονική Σύμβουλος νευροαποκατάστασης - θεραπευτικής άσκησης. Είναι κάτοχος δύο Μεταπτυχιακών Διπλωματών με αντικείμενο την "Πολλαπλή Σκλήρυνση" από το Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης με υποτροφία για τις άριστες επιδόσεις της και δύο πιστοποιητικών μεταπτυχιακής-επαγγελματικής επιμόρφωσης του εξωτερικού. Κάτοχος διδακτορικού: Εκπόνησε επίσης με υποτροφία τη διδακτορική της διατριβή στο Εργαστήριο Αναπτυξιακής Ιατρικής και Ειδικής Αγωγής σε συνεργασία με τη Β' Παν/κή Νευρ. Κλ. ΑΧΕΠΑ της Ιατρικής Σχολής Α.Π.Θ. Κάτοχος 2 μεταδιδακτορικών τίτλων: Ολοκλήρωσε τη 1η μεταδιδακτορική της διατριβή στην Ιατρική σχολή του Α.Π.Θ. στον τομέα Νευροεπιστημών ως υπότροφος του Α.Π.Θ. και τη 2η μεταδιδακτορική έρευνα στον τομέα της Ιατρικής & Επιστημών Υγείας Α.Π.Θ. ως υπότροφος του Ι.Κ.Υ.  με αντικείμενο την Πολλαπλή Σκλήρυνση. Επί του παρόντος εκπονεί τρίτη μεταδιδακτορική ερευνά στο Τμήμα της Ιατρικής σχολής του Α.Π.Θ. με θεματική τις νευροεκφυλιστικές παθήσεις. Συμμετείχε ως Επιστημονική Συνεργάτης σε ερευνητικά προγράμματα, υλοποιημένα από το Τμήμα της Ιατρικής σχολής του Α.Π.Θ., ενώ παράλληλα υπηρετεί στην Α' Παν/κή Νευρ. Κλ. ΑΧΕΠΑ. Είναι Επ. Συνεργάτης της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Νόσου Alzheimer & Συγγενών Διαταραχών - Alzheimer Hellas. Έχει παρουσιάσει το ερευνητικό της έργο σε πολυάριθμα επιστημονικά συνέδρια, επιμορφωτικά σεμινάρια και εκδηλώσεις ακαδημαϊκού και μη ενδιαφέροντος ενώ έχει δημοσιεύσεις σε Ελληνικά και σε διεθνή peer-reviewed περιοδικά. Διετέλεσε εκπαιδευτικός Eιδικής Φυσικής Αγωγής στην Α/θμια & Β/θμια Δημόσια Εκπαίδευση (Σ.Μ.Ε.Α.Ε.) από το 2004 καθώς και στη μεταλυκειακή εκπαίδευση Δημοσίων ΙΕΚ, καινοτόμησε ως Υπεύθυνη Επιστημονικού Σχεδιασμού Προγραμμάτων Άσκησης Α.μεΑ. του Πανεπιστημιακού Γυμναστηρίου του Α.Π.Θ., ως Επ. Σύμβουλος Αποκατάστασης της ΕΕΣΚΠ και μέλος του Δ.Σ. καθώς και ως Επ. Υπεύθυνη σε αθλητική σχολή - κέντρο δια βίου εκπαίδευσης με αντικείμενο: MP-MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS & EXERCISE (L1&L2)®& MP Senior Fitness Course®. Διατηρεί την εργασιακή της θέση σε ιδιωτικό Ι.Ε.Κ. εκπαίδευσης στον Τομέα της Φυσικοθεραπείας ως καθηγήτρια και παραμένει Επ. Σύμβουλος Αποκατάστασης εταιρείας ειδικών βοηθημάτων αποκατάστασης της Θεσσαλονίκη ενώ έχει υπάρξει Υπεύθυνη των Προγραμμάτων: Bocce&Young Athletes των Special Olympics στη Θεσσαλονίκη καθώς και εκπρόσωπος-πρέσβειρα για την Πολλαπλή Σκλήρυνση στη European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (Ε.M.S.P.) της Ελλάδος σε θέματα που αφορούν την Αποκατάσταση.

Skills

Life coaching

Healthy life coaching

Strategic exercise planning 

Multidisciplinary exercise approach

Stress relieving exercise planning

 Anti-Fatigue exercise routine

Exercise Rehabilitation expertise

Medical Exercise

Exercise prescription

Injury prevention

Clinical Pilates

Halliwick Method - Hydrotherapy

Pre/Postnatal Fitness Instructor

Lifestyle assessments

Aerobic fitness

TRX instructor - Suspension training

Therapeutic Exercise

Nutrition

Adapted physical education

Physiology

Strength training

Sport Science

Special Education - Teaching

Clinical research

Public speaking

Health care

Sports Medicine

Neurology - Neuroscience

Neurodegenerative Diseases

Work Experience

2010 - Present

1st Neurology Department in University General Hospital of Thessaloniki AHEPA / AUTh.

(http://www.ahepahosp.gr/en_med1_a_neurol.asp)

2009 - 2012

Laboratory of Developmental Medicine & Special Education TEFAA AUTh. Professor - Director: Aggelopoulou-Sakadami Nikoletta, MD

2011 - 2014

1st High School Pylaia - Thessaloniki of Vocational Education and Training for children with disabilities

(http://1eeeek-pylaias.thess.sch.gr/)

2012 - 2013

1st Public Institute of Vocational Training "Dimokritos" Thessaloniki/Health Care Section: Physiotherapist Assistant (http://1iek thess.thess.sch.gr/)

2010 - Present

Greek Multiple Sclerosis Society     

2012 - 2014

Aristotle University Sports Centre (http://gym.web.auth.gr/web/)

2013 - 2014

Athletic department Municipality of Kordelio – Evosmos Thessaloniki

2007-2012

6th Special Elementary School for children with autism & Cerebral palsy Thessaloniki

2004 - 2006

1st Special Elementary School for children with neurological disorders “Papafeio” - Thessaloniki

2012 - 2015

"Disabled but Equal" & Bocce Special Olympics Hellas., Aristotle University Sports Centre of Thessaloniki & Auth Campus

2000 - 2004

Special-Adapted Physical Education - Exercise Rehabilitation Municipality of Serres, Greece

2000 - 2003

Special Olympics Hellas at K.A.A.M.E.A. Serres Greece

1999 - 2004

“Panserraikos F.C.” Serres Greece

2000 - 2001

Private Swim Club, Sidirokastro Serres

Education

2016 - 2018

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Post-Doc / Neuroscience & Rehabilitation Medical School, Aristotle University Thessaloniki - State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) 2016- 2018.

P.D. Thesis: Interventional and targeted rehabilitation program for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients promoting and improving the biological components: Physical Functional Status, Balance, Walking ability, Fatigue, Spasticity, Body Mass Index, Body fat and Quality of life.

2015- 2016

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Post-Doc / Neuroscience & Rehabilitation Medical School, Aristotle University Thessaloniki -

P.D. Thesis: "Physical Activity and Quality of Life: Aerobic exercise , balance, ability, gait, fatigue and spasticity in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Neuroscience & Rehabilitation Medical School, Aristotle University Thessaloniki.

2012

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D.), Neurology - Medical School - Ph.D. Thesis: "Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (Case Studies)".

2014

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.Sc.), Health and Human Performance. - M.Sc. Thesis: "Investigating the connection between motor asymmetry and laterality of Hemispheric lesion distribution in multiple sclerosis patients".

2006

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.Sc.), Special-Adapted Physical Education for Special Populations – M.Sc. Thesis: "The effect of hydrotherapy program on the walking capacity of a female patient with multiple sclerosis".

2004

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

(B.Sc.) Bachelor of Science degree - School of Physical Education And Sports Science.

Interests

Educate MS patients and Patients with Neurodegenerative Diseases in healthy lifestyle changes and proper, exercise techniques with presentations and open discussion.

Create and implement exercise programs not only for new diagnosed patients with open access to official web -blog.

Assist patients with exercise equipment and proper formation during home exercise.

Instruct patients how to perform exercises with proper form and collect a data/uploaded in a YouTube channel etc.

Inform and ensure that medical clearances are given before fitness instruction begins, and the quantitative baseline and periodic outcome measures are captured and recorded to ascertain the effectiveness of the fitness program.

Provide guidance and motivation to Patients with Neurodegenerative Diseases and assist in discharge planning.

Report the event and help for Patients with Neurodegenerative Diseases awareness.                                                               

Everybody must know that:                                                                 

  • Exercise can help Slow Neurodegenerative Disease Down.                                                                     

  • Don’t underestimate the effects of exercise as medicine.                       

  • Start to exercise as soon as possible after receiving your diagnosis, this is the greatest gift to your future self by minimising the disease progression.                   

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