Jennifer grew up in a small town in southern Indiana. She had an active upbringing and was involved in competitive swimming and the performing arts until entering college, where activity became more recreational and secondary to her education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in movement in sports sciences from Purdue University in 1997. Her love of anatomy, sports and working with people led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. In 2000, she earned a Master of Physical Therapy degree, with an orthopedics concentration, from Chapman University. She joined Providence Health & Services in the same year. Her personal interests include biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, swimming, running, dancing, hula-hooping, cross-country skiing, yoga, singing, and playing/seeing live music (especially bluegrass and acoustic roots music).