Florida National University (FNU) is proud to announce a new addition to its family. Dr Kelly Krenkel will be joining FNU as its Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director. Dr. Krenkel’s role with FNU will satisfy CAPTE’s requirements so that FNU will be able to earn its Physical Therapist Assistant program accreditation. She aspires to build a strong, competitive, and comprehensive program to enhance the field of Physical Therapy with skilled and confident Physical Therapist Assistants in order to create an articulation between FNU’s PTA program and the community subsequently ensuring compliance with these standards.
Dr. Krenkel was born and raised in Michigan and knew from an early age that Physical Therapy was her desired career path due to her love of dance and helping people. While attending Clarkston High School, she participated in the National Honor Society and began volunteering at local PT clinics and hospitals to gain observation hours and a better understanding of her desired field of study. At that point, Dr. Krenkel was not allowed to interact directly with patients; however, it fostered her desire to improve the lives and well being of those around her.
Dr. Krenkel attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she was an active member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity, the Pre-PT club, the PanHellenic Council, as well as, the Rho Lambda and Order of Omega honor societies. Dr. Krenkel received her B.S. in Health Science in preparation for applying to graduate school to continue pursuing her goal of becoming a Physical Therapist. She was accepted into the University of Miami’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program during which she served as Co-Chair for the University of Miami’s Gala to promote the Foundation for Physical Therapy and as a Graduate Assistant. Dr. Krenkel graduated in 2008 with honors with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Since graduation, Dr. Krenkel has worked in many different clinical settings, applying all the skills learned making her primary goal the prevention of functional decline, maximizing patients’ recovery and improving the quality of life for her patients. Her professional duties at the Miami VA Healthcare system included serving as an Outpatient Physical Therapist, MOVE Instructor and Clinical Instructor. While at the North Beach Rehab Center she functioned as the Lead Physical Therapist.
Dr. Krenkel is very excited about joining the FNU family in order to share her two passions: teaching and improving the lives of patients.
Written by Dr. Loreto Almonte, Allied Health Division Head