A Nickerson High School graduate, Dr. Jennifer Koontz grew up in Hutchinson, KS. As a college athlete, playing volleyball, basketball and running track at Bethel College, she discovered a passion for healthy living and sports medicine that would direct her in life.
As a physician specializing in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine since 2005, Dr. Koontz is passionate about helping patients of all ages maintain a quality of life that includes activities they love.
“I love being a doctor because it is a great privilege to be able to help others in my community when they are sick or injured, which can be a very vulnerable time,” she said. “In sports medicine, one of my goals is always to help the patient stay physically active and enjoy the activities they want to do. This could mean a school sport for a high school or college athlete, or it could mean playing pickle ball, going for a walk or playing golf. Staying active is one of the most important things you can do for your health, so I enjoy helping patients overcome any medical issues that would prevent them from being active.”
Dr. Koontz is the team physician at Bethel College, Hesston College and Newton High School. She volunteers on several medical boards including the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine where she is the chairperson of the Practice and Policy Committee. With AMSSM, she also chairs the Sexual Violence in Sport Task Force to help prevent sexual abuse and harassment in athletics, and serves as co-chair of the Youth Sports Advocacy Team to promote healthy youth sports.
Her husband, Matt, grew up in Newton and attended Newton High School and Bethel College. They have three children together – Caleb, Abby and Naomi. In her free time, Dr. Koontz enjoys coaching volleyball and softball, and watching her kids play sports.
University of Kansas Medical School
University of Kansas Medical School – Wichita at Via Christi
Via Christi (Sports Medicine)
University of Kansas Medical School (Graduate School)
Bethel College (Undergraduate School)
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
Kansas Medical Society
Kansas Healthcare Collaborative
American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board