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After he moved from his parents' home, the Family Doctor became involved in several contact
sports, including boxing, while he was in medical school.
When the Family Doctor began school, his family lived in the part of Odessa that was
home to gang members and drug dealers. His father had befriended the gang members in the
neighborhood, so the young family went unharmed. The Family Doctor and his siblings were not
allowed to play outside of the home or associate with other children, so they avoided the
activities that gang members in their neighborhood undertook. The family remained closed, not
mixing with neighbors or friends, only other family members.
Living in the poor side of Odessa meant that the Family Doctor attended one of the
poorest schools in the city. Prior to elementary school, the Family Doctor did not begin talking
until he was 3 years old, and then, he stuttered. Stuttering has continued to be a challenge
throughout the Family Doctor's life.
In elementary school, the Family Doctor spoke Spanish in all of his classes. He did not
learn English until 5th grade when he began English class.
Although his family moved to a better neighborhood in a safer part of town, the Family
Doctor's secondary education did not benefit from the move as he was enrolled in poor schools
until his 10th grade year in high school. At that time, his parents removed the Family Doctor from
Odessa High School and enrolled him in Permian High School so he could benefit from the
added curricular focus. The Family Doctor pushed to be enrolled in honors classes and advanced
placement (AP) courses. School counselors continued to push the Family Doctor to take a
vocational education route, but several high school teachers also pushed for his educational path
to be more college preparatory. By his senior year, the Family Doctor was enrolled in AP
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