Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Dr. J.J. Saenz has been treating patients at Pediatric Center at Renaissance since 1979. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 1971, he continued his education and received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Dr. Saenz obtained his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1976. He then completed his Internship and Residency programs with Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Texas Children’s Hospital, Jefferson Davis and Ben Taub Hospitals in Houston.
From 1986 to 2003, he was an Associate Professor for the University of Texas, San Antonio Residency Program.
Dr. Saenz is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Texas Pediatric Society, member of the Executive committee of the Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Association and the University of Texas Alumni Association. He is currently the Medical Director for the McAllen ISD Health Program for yearly Standing Orders, as well as a member of the Quality care and Peer review committee at the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.
Dr. Saenz has served as chief of Pediatrics at McAllen Medical Center Hospital, Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. He was recently elected by the Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Association Executive Committee as the 2011-2012 Alumni Association president.
After graduating from McAllen Memorial High School in 1999, Dr. Saenz attended Duke University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a minor in Spanish, and received a certificate in Human Development. After her Duke graduation in 2003, she completed her post-baccalaureate program at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Dr. Saenz received her Masters degree in the Graduate Medical Sciences Department at Boston University School of Medicine and then attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She recently completed her three year residency training in pediatrics at Baylor/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.
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Erica Tijerina is a Physician Assistant with over 12 years of experience in Pediatrics. Ms. Tijerina obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Psychology in 2005 from the University of Texas Pan American. She pursued her career in Physician Assistant studies at the University of Texas Pan American. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007 and later obtained her Master of Physician Studies in 2009. She has been practicing pediatrics in the Rio Grande Valley for over 12 years and has had the honor of learning from highly established Doctors to increase in knowledge in areas of development and illness. She plays in integral part in her patients’ lives by coordinating care for specific conditions that require long term treatment and management. Her passion for children and their overall emotional and behavior needs drives her to continue to learn and advocate for each patient and their families. She enjoys attending continuing medical education conferences and reading journals with up to date information on how to help her patients and to expand her knowledge. She hopes to continue to find ways to help her community but encouraging the early development of children in the Rio Grande Valley, as she knows they are our future.
Joaquin Garza is a certified physician assistant. He graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology in May of 2010. Mr. Garza then received a Master's degree in PA studies from the University of Texas-Pan American in December of 2012. He was the top graduate of his class. He has over 7 years of experience in pediatric outpatient care, including sick and well examinations. He provides medical care for patients ranging from neonates to adolescents. He has spent his entire career in the Rio Grande Valley, and is driven to achieve complete and thorough care for his patients in his beloved community. He has been with Pediatric Center of Renaissance since March of 2019 and is honored to work alongside the Saenz pediatricians, physician assistants, and clinic staff.
In his spare time, Mr. Garza enjoys fishing, cooking and reading about the latest advances in medicine.
Melissa Ledesma, a certified physician assistant, graduated from the University of Texas – Pan American in May of 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a double minor in Chemistry/English. After completing her undergraduate studies she earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in December of 2010 from UTPA.
Melissa is currently a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.