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Dr. Jennifer Arnold: Thinking Big

Dr. Jennifer Arnold: Thinking Big

Dr. Jennifer Arnold is used to being in the public eye. She and her husband Bill Klein are the stars of TLC’s docu-drama “The Little Couple,” which is now in its eighth season.

Jennifer has also stood out in public for another reason—she has a rare type of dwarfism called Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Type Strudwick and stands at just 3 foot 2. The condition has necessitated more than 30 surgeries, but it has in a way prepared her for life on-screen.

“As a little person, you are used to people looking at you when you’re out in public because people are constantly staring or asking questions,” she said in a 2013 interview with Glamour magazine. “I think being on-camera wasn’t as hard because [of what we were used to prior].”

Bill has a similar form of skeletal dysplasia called Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia and stands at 4 feet. Through “The Little Couple,” they’ve shared adventures of all sizes with their viewers, including Jennifer’s battle with cancer and the adoption of their children, Will and Zoey.

“The biggest joy from the show is those moments where somebody sends a message or tells us that the show has helped them in some personal way, whether it’s going through the physical challenges or the medical challenges of being little people or the fertility changes and adoption challenges of starting a family,” Jennifer told Glamour.

“They share their own personal challenges and the fact that watching the show helps them keep moving forward, honestly that’s what makes the show worthwhile.”

We’re thrilled to host Jennifer as the keynote speaker in the first general session of PTK Catalyst 2017, April 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee. Registration is open now, and the regular rate ends March 14.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, a Master’s of Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Jennifer is the Medical Director of a state-of-the-art simulation center at Texas Children’s Hospital. She develops curriculum for the center, which uses a life-like simulated environment to train pediatric health care professionals to react and respond to high-risk scenarios.

Jennifer has received an array of awards, including the Ray E. Helfer Award for innovation in medical education from the Academic Pediatric Association, Compassionate Doctor Recognition in 2010 and 2011, and the Patient’s Choice Award four years in a row from 2008-2011 from Vitals.com.

In 2016 the couple published Think Big: Overcoming Obstacles with Optimism, a guide for dreaming big, setting goals and taking the steps to achieve them. They give readers a glimpse into their personal and professional lives and describe touching scenes the cameras weren’t there to capture.

Don’t miss Dr. Jennifer Arnold at PTK Catalyst 2017. Register today!



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