Dr. Jennifer Arnold is a perfect example of the fact that size doesn’t matter. An authority on children’s health, Dr. Arnold is diagnosed with a rare type of dwarfism called Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Type Strudwick. Over the years, Dr. Arnold has had over 30 surgeries and stands at 3 feet 2 inches. For all the disadvantages she has faced in her life, Dr. Arnold has never thought of giving up and is now one of the leading child doctors in all of the United States. A part of the reality TV series The Little Couple, Dr. Arnold is committed to spreading awareness on people with disabilities. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Dr. Jennifer Arnold.
Dr. Jennifer Arnold was born on March 12, 1974, at St. Anthony’s Hospital Florida. Born to parents, David, and Judy Arnold, Jennifer was raised in Orlando, Florida. Right from the moment, she was born, Jennifer came out with a lot of respiratory distress and was transferred pretty immediately to the (Neonatal Intensive Care) unit at All Children’s. While Jennifer’s condition was not apparent to her parents, she was diagnosed by Dr. Koptis. She had her first surgery at a relatively young age. Dr. Koptis and Dr. Ben Carson did the cervical spine fusion on her.
Interest in medicine:
Even though Jennifer loved medicine and science, she once wanted to be a marine biologist. After graduating high school, Jennifer enrolled at the University of Miami. She finished her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology. She decided to pursue marine biology but was deterred by the labs. After realizing that she was more of a people person, Jennifer applied to over 30 schools and only got interviews with two. She enrolled at the medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and graduated in 2000. She also finished her Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. After her fellowship in neonatology, Dr. Arnold obtained a Master’s of Science in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Board Certified Pediatric and Neonatal Medicine practitioner, Dr. Arnold now serves as the Medical Director of a state-of-the-art simulation center at Texas Children’s Hospital. She has been involved in simulation education for the last 7 years. Besides, Dr. Arnold was an NIH postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Safar Center for Resuscitative Medicine from July 2006-July 2007.
Over the years, Dr. Arnold has spoken both nationally and internationally on healthcare simulation education. She has been featured in Texas Conference for Women, Shiners Hospital, and March of Dime. Dr. Arnold’s contribution has been recognized by several organizations including the Ray E. Helfer Award for innovation in medical education from the Academic Pediatric Association, Compassionate Doctor Recognition in 2010, 2011, and Patients’ Choice Award for 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 from Vitals.com.
Dr. Arnold is also an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academic Pediatric Association, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the Children’s Hospital Association, and has served on the Education Council for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).
Married life and Reality TV:
Dr. Arnold is happily married to her husband Bill Klein. Even though the pair officially met at a dating site, they were both patients of Dr. Kopits and came across each other at the age of 10. The pair tied the knot on April 12, 2008, at St. Mary’s downtown. The pair have two lovely children, Zoey and William both adopted. They adopted William Rejin from China at 3-years of age, and Zoey at 2-years of age from Mumbai, India. Like their parents, both William and Zoey are diagnosed with dwarfism.
Even though Dr. Arnold regularly stars in the TV series The Little Couple, she was skeptical of the whole idea at first. But after realizing how it can be used to raise awareness, she was on board. The series began airing in 2009 and wrapped up its 14th season in 2019.