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Faces of warren County - Kimberly Feno
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Kimberly Feno enjoys competing in triathlons, harvesting vegetables from her garden, and working with patients at McMinnville Physical Therapy.

Kimberly Feno is a fan of the color orange. Not the shade found on Rocky Top, but the burnt-orange variety found in lovely villages on the Plains.

She comes from a family of Auburn University alums: her father, her mother, one of her brothers, and she herself all attended school there.

Feno was raised in nearby Coffee County. She excelled at soccer from a young age, and her intelligence and strong work ethic served her well in the classroom too. Outside of school and sports, she was active in the youth group and the youth choir of her church, First United Methodist Church of Manchester.

When graduation time came in the spring of 2005, Feno had compiled a stellar four-year career as one of the best Lady Raider soccer players in recent memory, and she addressed the Coffee County High School graduating class as valedictorian.

At Auburn, Feno played her freshman year on the Lady Tigers soccer team, and she spent the next three years as team manager.

Academically, she studied exercise science and made excellent grades. After attaining her bachelor’s degree from Auburn, she decided to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

After graduating from UTC, Feno moved back to Coffee County to work at Star Physical Therapy. Around this time, she started competing in triathlons, contests that include swimming, bicycling, and running. It was through her participation in triathlons that Kimberly met her husband, Matt. They married a year after meeting and they continue to compete in triathlons each summer.

Feno now lives in McMinnville with her husband and their two young daughters. She likes being a part of the team at McMinnville Physical Therapy. As a physical therapist, she sees on average 13-15 patients a day, treating them for any orthopaedic or vestibular issues they may have.

“No two patients are alike,” says Feno, speaking in terms of their therapy.

Therefore, she tailors treatment to meet each patient’s specific needs, and since it is common for her to see the same patients several times a week for weeks at a time, Feno enjoys relating to her patients on a personal level too.

“It’s a blessing to get to know them,” she says.

Outside of work, Feno is a member of Junior Auxiliary, whose mission is to help the children of Warren County. She volunteers for JA projects like Coats for the Community, Christmas in the Park, and the Crown Club program, in which JA members provide monthly mentoring sessions to young people at Hamilton Street Activity Center.

She also likes spending time with her family. The Fenos grow fresh fruits and vegetables like squash, cucumbers, basil, and strawberries in their home garden, and Feno says both her and her husband are adept at cooking meals with this harvest in the kitchen.

Also, although Feno and her husband (who is director of the McMinnville City Triathlon) still enjoy triathlons, they also delight in leisurely runs or walks around the neighborhood, while simultaneously pushing their two children in a double-stroller. When they want to get away as a family for a vacation, the Fenos typically head to the beach or to mountain destinations like Asheville, North Carolina.

Excelling in her career and raising a young family, Feno says of her life these days, “The days are long, but the years are short.”