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

Caron_FarrellMedical 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

Edwin BatistaPediatric 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

Jane_GrayDirector 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

David_HecklerPediatric 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

Lauren BrauerClinical 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

Tatiana_BecerraClinical 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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Celisse Morgan-Valdovinos, LMSW

Celisse Morgan-ValdovinosLicensed 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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James Wilson, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS

James_WilsonCertified 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

Logan_JenkinsProgram 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.

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

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Veronica Kern, R.N.

Veronica KernPediatric Nurse Coordinator, 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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Carmen Torres

Carmen_TorresPatient 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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