• Faculty
    • IHL Role: Pediatric Residency Program Coordinator, Continuing Education Course Instructor, Neurologic Residency Program Faculty
    • Employer: Brooks Rehabilitation
    • Email: Jennifer.Fernandez@brooksrehab.org

    Dr. Jennifer Fernandez serves as the Coordinator for the Pediatric Residency Program at Brooks Rehabilitation.  Her responsibilities include development and implementation of the Residency curriculum including providing didactic and psychomotor training as well as mentoring in the areas of clinical services, educational activities, professional services, scholarly activities, and practice management which are the five foundational pillars of the Residency Programs. In addition to coordinating and supervising the faulty and the residents involved in the Brooks Pediatric Residency Program, Dr. Fernandez maintains a research and clinical development position within Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital.  She currently maintains her clinical practice in early intervention and serves on committees for special projects throughout the organization.  She also serves the APTA as the Vice Chair for the Brain Injury Special Interest Group of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and the Florida State Representative for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.

    • Residency: Neurologic Residency, Brooks Rehabilitation
    • Doctorate: Physical Therapy, Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences
    • Bachelors: Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

    Dr. Fernandez obtained Board Certification in the area of Neurologic Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2010 and in the area of Pediatric Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2012. Her clinical interest is in the area of activity dependent therapy and early intervention for optimized function.  She is particularly passionate about preventing learned non-use and neurologic competition from creating functional deficits when not addressed early.  Dr. Fernandez has experience managing the rehabilitation care of individuals with diverse acquired neurologic injuries across the lifespan and the continuum of care.

    In addition to serving as the Pediatric Residency Program Coordinator, Dr. Fernandez serves as a faculty member for the Brooks Neurologic and Women’s Health Residency Programs. She also provides guest lectures for both University of North Florida and University of St. Augustine where she teaches in the areas of pediatrics and neurology. Dr. Fernandez is a recognized speaker in the areas of acquired brain injury, traumatic brain injury, spasticity management, and pediatric development.  She has been invited to deliver continuing education courses as well as to speak at educational offerings hosted by the Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Brooks Institute of Higher Learning, Brooks Community Health Departments, The American Physical Therapy Association, The Florida Physical Therapy Association, and The International Brain Injury Association.

    Educational Material:
    Fact Sheet: Early Mobilization in Traumatic Brain Injury; American Physical Therapy Association Section on Neurology, Brain Injury Special Interest Group, 2016.

    Fernandez, J. Clinical Bottom Line. Pediatric Physical Therapy, in print.