Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez graduated from the University of Oviedo (Spain) with a degree in physical therapy (“Diplomado en Fisioterapia”). After moving to the U.S., she attended Florida International University where she earned a B.S. in Health Sciences, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in chemistry, and M.S. in Physical Therapy. She then completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University. Upon completion of her PhD, she earned the Outstanding Doctoral Degree Graduate Award from the FIU College of Engineering and Computing.
Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez is course leader in PHT 6715: Essentials of Biomechanics and Kinesiology; PHT 6813: Gender Issues in Physical Therapy; and PHT 6915: Prosthetics and Orthotics. She also teaches in PHT 6720: Clinical Skills II; PHT 6716: Medical Pathology; PHT 6817: Pediatrics I; and PHT 6819: Pediatrics II, and helps in other classes as needed. She is involved in the t-DPT and PhD programs teaching PHT 7845: Pediatric Client Management and as dissertation faculty.
Scholarly Activities and Interests
Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez’s research interests encompass the development of image-guided therapy agents for cancer, the effectiveness of physical therapy in the neonatal population, and functional outcomes of pediatric orthopedic interventions. She has authored over 30 conference abstracts for regional, national, and international conferences. Her podium presentations earned awards at several conferences, including the 29th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference (2013), NanoFlorida 2012, and the 25th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference (2009). She has published 7 full-length peer-reviewed journal papers and has 3 more manuscripts in preparation. She was the 2013 recipient of the Alpha Eta Richard E. Davis Research Award at Nova Southeastern University.
Areas of Practice
Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez practiced in a variety of settings as a physical therapist in Spain, predominantly outpatient practice with all age groups, before moving to the U.S. She started practicing at the South Miami Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in 2003 and continues to be involved on a per diem basis and providing pediatric clinical experiences to NSU students as part of their pediatric coursework. She is also active as a pediatric continuing education provider, and is a certified Theratogs fitter.
Professional Activity Summary
Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez has been an APTA member since 2000 and she is currently a member of the Pediatrics, Research, Education, and Acute Care Sections. She is also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the National Association of Neonatal Therapists, and serves in the National Advisory Board of the Alpha Eta Mu Beta National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society.