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Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity
Our Team

The professionals at the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity include experts in medicine, psychology, nutrition and physical fitness from Dell Children's Medical Center, University of Texas Southwestern Austin Programs, University of Texas at Austin, and the Texas Child Study Center. They are dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic facing Central Texas today.

Stephen J. Pont, MD, MPH, FAAP

imageAssistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity
Medical Director, Austin ISD Student Health Services
UT Southwestern, Austin - Department of Pediatrics
UT Austin - Department of Advertising
Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

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Caron Farrell, MD, PhD, FAAP

imageMedical Director, Healthy Living Happy Living Program, Texas Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
Chief of Staff, Seton Shoal Creek Hospital Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Austin Assistant Clinical Professor, UT Medical Branch, Texas A&M University Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Seton Mind Institute

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Gregory Krause, MD

imagePediatrician, Activating Children Empowering Success (ACES), Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
Austin Regional Clinic - After Hours Urgent Care Provider

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Jane Simpson Gray, PhD

imageDirector of Behavioral Health, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity
Director of Psychology Training, Texas Child Study Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, UT-Austin Department of Educational Psychology

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David Heckler, Ph.D

imagePediatric Psychologist, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
Texas Child Study Center

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Catherine Funk, Ph.D

imagePediatric Psychologist, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
Texas Child Study Center

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Lauren Oliver, MS, RD, LD

imageClinical Dietitian Senior, Activating Children Empowering Success (ACES), Healthy Living, Happy Living/Vida Sana, Vida Feliz Program, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

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Tatiana Becerra RD, LD

imageClinical Dietitian, Activating Children Empowering Success (ACES), Healthy Living, Happy Living/Vida Sana, Vida Feliz Program, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

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Lexie Zell, LMSW

imageLicensed Master Social Worker, Activating Children Empowering Success (ACES) clinic, Healthy Living, Happy Living/ Vida Sana, Vida Feliz Program, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

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Celisse Morgan-Valdovinos, LMSW

imageLicensed Master Social Worker, Activating Children Empowering Success (ACES) clinic, Healthy Living, Happy Living/ Vida Sana, Vida Feliz Program, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

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Brianna Martindale, CTRS

imageRecreation Therapist, Activating Children Empowering Success (ACES) clinic, Healthy Living, Happy Living/ Vida Sana, Vida Feliz Program, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

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James Wilson, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS

imageCertified Athletic Trainer, Activating Children Empowering Success (ACES) clinic, Healthy Living, Happy Living/ Vida Sana, Vida Feliz Program, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Concussion Center, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Austin

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Logan Jenkins

imageProgram Manager - Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity at Dell Children’s Medical Center

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Cherelle VanBrakle, M.Ed.

imageProject Coordinator, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

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Carmen Torres

imagePatient Access Representative, Activating Children Empowering Success (ACES) clinic, Healthy Living, Happy Living/ Vida Sana, Vida Feliz Program, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

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Contact Us

Diolanda Lovings
Department Assistant
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723

Phone: (512) 324-9999, x86437
Fax: (512) 406-6520
Charitable donations of all sizes are critical for our program's success. Contact the Children's Medical Center Foundation to learn more at (512) 324-0170 or visit us online.
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