Written by Thanh Tan, Texas Tribune Friday, 16 March 2012 13:29
After completing his family medicine residency in 1985, Dr. Javier Saenz opened a practice in the Rio Grande Valley town of La Joya. Born 20 miles away in Rio Grande City and raised by a father who worked as a grocery clerk and a mother who worked on a farm, Saenz wanted to “come home” and serve the Valley, an impoverished region that is medically underserved.
Today, Saenz Medical Center treats up to 150 patients per day. Saenz is the volunteer physician for the local high schools and their football teams. A middle school is named after him.
Despite his success, Saenz, 56, said he feels nothing like a hero these days. He said his practice is hanging by a thread.