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Dr. Ennis is board-certified in pediatric physical therapy, with expertise in pediatrics, assistive technology and adaptive equipment. She previously served as a faculty member for 20 years at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, most recently as Chair and Program Director for the DPT program. Dr. Ennis has worked in acute care, rehabilitation and home health settings, and she currently owns a private practice with an emphasis on early intervention, aquatics and engagement in community activities.
She has presented regionally and nationally on aquatics, technology and pediatrics and has published multiple articles and book chapters related to pediatric physical therapy.
As the immediate past president of the American Physical Therapy Association-Kentucky (APTA-KY), she also served as chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents from 2019-2020, leading the chapter presidents during the onset of the pandemic.
Dr. Ennis has served as a delegate to the APTA House, a member of the legislative committee for APTA-KY and the chair of the Payment Policy committee for APTA-KY. She is active in multiple APTA academies including Aquatics, Education, Pediatrics, Neurology, and Leadership and Innovation. She joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2022.