Jennifer graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at LaGuardia Community College. While taking a break from her undergraduate studies at George Washington University, Jennifer spent her time on the border of North Korea and China, volunteering at an orphanage working with refugee children with disabilities. Her experience sparked her passion to pursue a career in helping people on the road to rehabilitation and success.
Prior to working at SPEAR, Jennifer worked in the martial arts industry. Having earned black belts in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do, she competed at national and international levels, earning titles including 2x IBJJF Master World Champion. During that time, she underwent several injuries and surgeries and was introduced to the magic of physical therapy. She found that the martial arts and physical therapy shared a common relationship in which the exchange between two tangible and organic beings converge to work towards a very cerebral and physical goal: hard work and a respect for life. From this principle, she started a not-for-profit tournament called Grappler’s Heart that gave the opportunity for adaptive athletes to compete and build a network of lifelong friendships and support. On weekends, she works with a non-profit hippotherapy program which incorporates horseback riding and physical therapy for children. Jennifer’s clinical experience ranges from orthopedic/post-surgical to pediatric/neurologic disorders, and her goal is the same for every patient: to live and feel better.
When Jennifer is not at the clinic, she enjoys training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, working out in various fitness and sports activities, traveling, camping, and hiking with her family and dog, Curtis Jackson.