Jennifer Ellsworth, M.S.C.E.P
Adjunct Faculty Member
Unlike many exercise physiologists that study sport's performance, my master's degree is in Clinical Exercise Physiology. The focus of this degree was the use of exercise rehabilitation in the clinical environment.
Exercise helps us our bodies recovery from orthopedic, pulmonary, cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurological injury. Exercise Scientists teach people new ways of finding strength in their bodies. Exercise programs are designed to allow patients to reclaim independence while performing activities that previously required assistance.
While working in hospital as a clinical exercise physiologist, I worked primarily in the heart station. There we performed cardio diagnostic exercise testing, and heart monitoring. Our heart station included a cardio and pulmonary rehabilitation center. There we derived programs specifically to improve the anaerobic abilities of our pulmonary patients, and the aerobic abilities of our cardiac patients. Soon, our program expanded to include free community testing and outpatient programs for adults born as premature babies with low exercise tolerance, and obesity patients. We also instituted an exercise program for our fellow hospital employees that included both indoor exercise in our cardiac rehab gym and outdoor exercise before, and after the day shift.
In addition to the physical strength and endurance benefits of exercise, participants and patients began to experience psychological benefits of exercise. It was then that I realized, as we help our patients take excellent care of themselves, they in turn begin to take excellent care of the people in their lives. The spouses and children and employees of our patients began to benefit from the improvement in our patient. How wonderful. No one is an island. If one member of our community is sick, it impacts their entire community. If that member regains strength, it impacts their entire community.
As time went on, I became a clinical instructor. Graduate schools sent their students to us to complete their clinical hours in order for them to sit for their board exams. From this opportunity came the opportunity to teach for one year full time at Benedictine University in 2008 and I loved it. I have been teaching Anatomy, Physiology, and Exercise Science classes at the university level ever since.
Remember, you have been wondrously, beautifully, and intricately created, in God's own image.
Instructor of Anatomy and Exercise Science
California Lutheran University
Master's in Clinical Exercise Science from Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois
Bachelor's in Psychology with a focus on Pre Professional Health from Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois
Neuro Anatomical Dissection, Marquette University 2012
American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Instructor- 2016
American Council on Exercise Certified Nutrition Specialist - 2018
Anatomy for Nutrition and Culinary Students.- on line class adopted by:
Kendall College, Chicago Illinois