Irene A. Jentz, MD, FAAP

Irene A. Jentz, MD, FAAP
Irene A. Jentz, MD, FAAP

Dr. Irene Jentz is a native of New York and New Jersey, but she and her family have been pleased to call Northern Kentucky home for over 23 years. Even though she has just one brother, she has been surrounded by children most of her life; she and a friend ran a summer day care for neighborhood children when they were in high school. Her first job in the medical field was as an aide in a local nursing home.

After college at Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania, she went on to New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. She was fortunate to be able to attend on a Navy scholarship and went on to residency in Pediatrics at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA. Highlights of her service in the Navy included deploying as a ship’s doctor with a crew of over 1,000 men and women for six months, after which she met her husband, also a Navy pediatrician. They went on to serve at Naval Hospital Great Lakes where there is a training center for new recruits and lots of cold snowy weather, and then to Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL, an air station and Family Practice teaching program and hot humid weather.

As their family grew, she and her husband had to choose between caring for family and the needs of the service, and chose to become civilians. Dr. Jentz also appreciated being able to work part time, allowing involvement in school activities, chaperoning school trips, Scouts and summer camp, caring for her parents, helping with school sports teams, and volunteering for church and community events, like the Flying Pig support and St. Vincent de Paul. She enjoys quilting, knitting, cooking, reading and travelling. After fracturing one of her femurs in 2014, she has gained a greater appreciation for physical therapy than ever before and also enjoys going to the gym.

Dr. Jentz appreciates her fantastic work family and enjoys being part of the team.