Dr. Stiles received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Stiles joined the faculty at Duke University, where she later finished her fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Stiles came to the University of Kentucky in 1992. She is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine in Geriatrics with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, along with being an Associate of Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. She is director of the Interdepartmental Clinical Geriatric Program which includes faculty across the University interested in geriatric education, research and clinical care. She is a former president of the Kentucky Geriatric Society.
Dr. Stiles is director and attending physician for the University of Kentucky Geriatric clinic. This clinic provides subspecialty geriatric care to adults experiencing aging syndromes such as dementia, failure to thrive, and falls. In addition, this clinic also provides care for adults interested in 'successful aging'.
Dr. Stiles' main research has focused on geriatric rehabilitation. In addition, she has been involved in research in geriatric nutrition, diabetes, medical education, and dementia.
Dr. Stiles teaches a variety of learners in geriatrics through lectures or in clinical settings. Physician residents in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Internal Medicine, and Family Medicine; Physician Assistants, physical therapy and medical students regularly rotate through her clinical sites. Dr. Stiles teaches in the PhD Gerontology Program and provides educational support to the Ohio Valley Appalachian Region Geriatric Education Center.