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

Stephen PontAssistant 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

13Medical 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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Meisa O. Ezekial, MD

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Pediatrician, Activating Children Empowering Success (ACES), Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

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Edwin Batista, CPNP

18Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Activating Children Empowering Success (ACES), Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

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Jane Simpson Gray, PhD

7Director 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, PhD

17Pediatric 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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Sasha Jaquez, PhD

SashaPediatric 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 Brauer, MS, RD, LD

5Lead Registered Dietitian, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

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Lizette Taboada, RD, LD

4Clinical 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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Gaby Ceniceros, RD, LD

15Clinical 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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Celisse Morgan Valdovinos, LCSW

19Licensed Clinical 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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James Wilson, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS

8Certified 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, Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy

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Hugo A. Villegas Jr, MS, CTRS

10Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, 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 Austin

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Logan Jenkins, MBA

6Program Manager, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity at Dell Children’s Medical Center

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Cherelle VanBrakle, MEd

21Project Coordinator Senior, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

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Mollie Ewing, RN

Registered Nurse/Nurse 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

20Patient 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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Rabia Iqbal

1Patient Access Representative, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

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Diolanda Lovings

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Senior Department Assistant, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

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Alison J. Lee, LCSW

Allison LeeGraduate Research Assistant, Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Texas Child Study Center

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