Dr. Denise Elizondo was born and raised in sunny South Texas, where a good parking space is based on shade not location. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas-Pan American. She attended medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, just steps away from the beautiful Pacific coast. Mexico was by far one of her greatest experiences, not only because she was able to reconnect with her own culture but because she was able to experience medicine in some of the most needed rural parts of the country where poverty was a plague and resources were scarce. She then completed a 5th pathway through New York Medical College in 2011 and started her residency training in Family Medicine at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn. She was given the amazing opportunity to join the Institute for Family Health’s Family Health Center of Harlem to continue her residency training, and was more than excited to explore Harlem. She has a particular interest in urban underserved medicine, global health, integrative medicine, anti-aging, and the power of preventative medicine. On her days off she loves getting lost on her bike, grabbing brunch, trying out food stands and trucks, and jumping into a yoga class or the gym. She loves being active outdoors, in the water or soaking up the sun in preparation for winter’s hibernation.