Star of TLC's 'Little Couple' takes position at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

By Melissa Eichman, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, July 21, 2017, 10:10 PM EDT

Reality TV is coming to St. Petersburg.

  • TLC's "The Little Couple" stars Dr. Jennifer Arnold, husband Bill Klein
  • Show's new season will focus on couple acclimating after move to St. Petersburg
  • "The Little Couple" Season 9 starts Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. EST

Dr. Jennifer Arnold, star of TLC’s “The Little Couple” has come home to St. Petersburg to work as Medical Director of the Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

The nationally-known pediatric expert is happy to be home.

"I was born here, so it’s always going to be home,” said Arnold. “Secondly, I was a baby in the NICU at All Children’s after I was born, so briefly in the hospital that I’m now working,” said Arnold.

“In addition to that, I spent every summer vacation I could here because I love the beach, I love the water," Arnold added. "It’s sort of my happy place."

In fact, the Bay area is a "happy place" for both Arnold and her husband, Bill Klein. The two were married at St. Mary Our Lady of Grace, and had their reception at the Don CeSar.

Thus, the Bay-area will be happy place for Arnold professionally, as well as personally, as she will lead the Simulation Center and its staff into a brand new facility.

"What I love about the value of simulation is that’s it’s an opportunity for a team to make a mistake and learn from it, and then prevent that mistake from happening in the real world," said Arnold.

Arnold views the Simulation Center as an educational and safety tool for providers and parents.

"Our goal is to actually bring the parents who may have a child with medical complexity to the Simulation Center in a homelike environment that’s part of that new space where they can practice how to manage care of their child," Arnold explained. "So they can practice before it’s on their real child and learn from their mistakes."

Continuing with another season of "The Little Couple" also adds to Arnold's excitement about being home.

"As our show continues to follow us and our move to St. Petersburg, they're gonna get to see us not only acclimating to our new environment and the kids, as well," Arnold explained. "Just doing so many things that we might not have been able to do previously in Houston, going to the beach more, more water sports, seeing family more because we have so many family in the area."

The new Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital is expected to open in July 2018. You can see Arnold on the new season of “The Little Couple” on TLC starting Tuesday, September 19 at 9 p.m.