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Dolly Lucio Sevier, MD

Dolly Lucio Sevier, MD

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When I pause to reflect on what defines me, what always comes to mind is my home. But just as a shadow is only defined by the light that surrounds it, it was my departure from home that defines who I am today.
I was born and raised in Brownsville. I went to Egly Elementary School, Oliveira Middle School and in 2004 graduated fourth in my class at Hanna High School. Brownsville was the greatest place on Earth while I was growing up; it had everything I needed. It wasn’t until I was filling out college applications that I learned, by way of a question, that I came from a “medically under-served” and “educationally under-served” community. I was asked about my experience growing up this way. Then it was all I knew. How could I compare? I was frustrated and offended by the question, and wrote just that. Despite my obstinate response, and to my great relief, I was accepted to many universities. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and continued onto medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. I graduated medical school in 2011 and stayed in Dallas to complete my residency training in pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center. I completed residency in June 2014 and moved back to Brownsville that summer. I happily married my wonderful and supportive husband Graham Sevier June 2012, and our sweet daughter Clara was born July 2014. As such, our lives begin anew. After all those years away, I learned the world was much larger than I knew. The more I saw, the more my home was put into perspective. Looking back, I realize growing up “under-served” was as if my experience and knowledge of this world was two-dimensional and moving away literally added an entire new dimension. This realization only made me want to return and serve and serve and serve. I want to be a high school biology teacher. I want to be a middle school reading teacher. I want to be an intelligent retired grandmother with great stories about the past. Yes, I want to be an inspiring -and inspired- physician, but at the heart of it all, it’s because I want to add to that city from which I came.