Born and raised in Huntsville, TX, Zendi moved to Houston, TX in 2006 to start an education in the health care field. She graduated from Westwood College in 2007 as a Certified Medical Assistant.
Prior to working at Diabetes America, she started her career working with Dr Jamal – Endocrinologist, soon after worked at an ENT office to discover that diabetes was her main focus. Coming from a family with diabetes it encourages her to learn more about this disease.
She is excited to work for Diabetes America. It’s a great organization that provides patients with enough information to maintain a healthy lifestyle while managing their diabetes.
She is a mother of two beautiful children. In her free time she gives them her full attention and spends quality time with them ranging from outdoor activities, to watching a movie together.
Rocio Harbison, MD
Wendy Hawkins, MD
Wendy is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. She has practiced in Houston, Austin, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Wendy completed her residency at Mt. Sinai in New York, and her internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
She graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1991. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated summa cum laude in the Plan II liberal arts honors program and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Wendy is interested in preventive care for diabetes with programs focused on active living and behavior modification. A former Austin native, she is married with 2 children.
Sem is originally from Northern California. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition. Sem then went on to New Orleans, LA and completed her dietetic internship in 2002. That is where she found her passion in diabetes education.
Sem began her career as a clinical dietitian and in 2003 she got an opportunity to work in the diabetes field as a diabetes educator. She has been in diabetes education ever since. Before coming on board at DiabetesAmerica, she was working at Kaiser Permanente in San Jose, CA. Sem has been with DA since 2009 and believes the comprehensive approach DA offers effectively helps patients with their diabetes management. She is very passionate about helping others obtain good health for better living.
Sem enjoys many things in life. She has a great love for photography and enjoys taking pictures of people. Sem is also a world traveler as she has been to more than 15 countries around the world. Her favorite place so far is Italy, and she hopes to be back someday. Although Sem misses the mountains in California where she does her hiking and snowboarding, she stays physically active here in Houston with kickboxing, cycling, and running.
Emily was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her Dietetic Internship and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition.
Emily began her career in Food Service management and worked for Aramark in Boston, MA and Houston from 2002 to 2009. She was the Patient Services Manager at MD Anderson Hospital before coming to DiabetesAmerica. She is very excited to be part of the DiabetesAmerica team. She believes strongly that the comprehensive approach provided at DA is the best way to help patients meet their personal goals for diabetes management.
Emily enjoys spending time with friends and family, gardening and exercising.