Kendra was born in Texas and raised in North Carolina where she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Chemistry and German (TAAAAR…HEEEELS!!!). After college, she joined Teach for America and relocated to Baltimore to teach sixth-grade science while simultaneously receiving her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Johns Hopkins University. As a teacher, Kendra witnessed the profound implication that health disparities and nutrition had on her students’ educational success and thus decided to pursue a career in medicine. At Howard University College of Medicine in the District of Columbia, Kendra continued community service work as Patient Education Committee Chair at a student-run free clinic. She also strove to improve educational outcomes as the Vice President of Curriculum, earning her the Ruth E. Moore and Lloyd H. Newman Service Award. As a result of her teaching experience and medical training, Kendra developed a strong interest in the health disparities which disproportionately affect minority populations in urban communities. Kendra is thrilled to be training at UM/JMH where she plans to work in the prevention of childhood obesity in order to improve physical, psychological, and academic health in urban youth, ultimately promoting healthy lifestyles and combating complex disease processes in adulthood.