Dr. J.J. Saenz views his pediatric practice as an extension of his family—in fact, the practice is his family. While striving to meet the needs of their diverse community, Dr. Saenz and his children have been providing quality, evidence-based care for children in the Rio Grande Valley for 30 years.
It’s hardly surprising that pediatrician Dr. J.J. Saenz has little downtime in his work days. He has been practicing in the Rio Grande Valley for over 30 years, and in the process has cultivated a loyal patient community. “I’m currently seeing grandkids of my original patients,” Dr. Saenz says. “I’m almost 70, and I love what I do.”
Dr. Saenz and his family operate a small pediatric practice in Edinburg, Texas, located in the Rio Grande Valley just 15 miles North of the US-Mexico Border. On the open plains of South Texas, cattle ranches share space with immigration checkpoints, and generational Texas families live alongside recent migrants. The sociopolitical climate is as unforgiving as the South Texas sun; stories about increasing deportations frighten immigrant families, and they are reticent to leave their homes in daylight hours for fear of encountering border patrol. Of course, these families are also staying indoors during the hours when their health care providers are open. As patient volume drops, Dr. Saenz’s practice has been forced to rethink its patient outreach approach.
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