I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, a beautiful valley city with a gorgeous mountain background, lots of hiking, and a big, loving family. I moved to Houston in 2007 to pursue my education at Rice University where I graduated with a bachelor’s of arts in kinesiology, health sciences. My undergraduate experiences gave me a love for using exercise and movement as medicine to prevent chronic conditions like obesity. At the same time, I was gaining experience in research through the National Science Foundation. This led me to pursue my doctorate at the University of Houston in Health and Human Performance with a focus on obesity prevention. During this time, I learned how to apply community engaged research strategies to develop community-based physical activity interventions. After this, I completed my post-doctoral fellowship at Arizona State University, where my research extended to developing and implementing lifestyle interventions that are culturally-grounded to the sociocultural context of high-risk minority youth in underserved communities. I am currently an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Children’s Nutrition Research at Baylor College of Medicine. My research focuses on understanding 24-hour physical activity and sleep cycles and how these behaviors impact disease related outcomes in minority youth with obesity. My work also continues to focus on implementing evidence-based obesity and cardiometabolic disease prevention programs in clinic settings that are culturally-grounded, considerate of social determinants of health, and address disparities in high-risk pediatric populations. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, being with my family, and enjoying all of the sports, culture, and food experiences that Houston offers.