About Kendra Velez Rodriguez, MD

Kendra Velez Rodriguez, MD
Specialty: Pediatrics
Location: Watson Clinic North Pediatrics
Phone: 863-680-7337

Kendra Y. Velez, MD is a board-certified pediatrician whose practice is located at the Watson Clinic North Pediatrics location at 1430 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland, FL.
Dr. Velez received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Miami, FL, where she also served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Velez is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently.

1. What aspects of your medical education/training are important for your patients to know?
My training in Washington, DC and Miami was very diverse and oriented in clinical knowledge. Very early on, I had hands on experience. The rigors of my residency truly prepared me for private practice and these experiences are invaluable to my patients. I also enjoyed mentors through medical school and training who were crucial to the doctor I am today. They taught me how to practice not only medicine, but compassion and kindness as well.

2. Why did you decide to go into the medical field? 
I have always wanted to be a pediatrician. I was drawn to science and math as a child so I felt medicine would be a great career. To me, pediatrics is a calling, and I heard that calling early in life.

3. What is your philosophy for patient care?
I see myself as an advisor to parents. My job is to tell you where your child is both physiologically and developmentally so you can make better decisions regarding their upbringing. I am in charge of keeping your child healthy and getting them back to health if they are sick, but I see myself as more of a guide. If I can teach you the in/outs of the problem, you might be better equipped to handle the situation.
4. Which accomplishment in your medical career are you most proud of?
My proudest career accomplishment was being chosen to be chief resident. This is an honor bestowed on two residents in my program and I was truly in awe when my director chose me.
5. What are some of the treatments or procedures you offer?
I practice general pediatrics, and offer well visits/immunizations, sports physicals, camp physicals, and sick visits. I also manage simple ADHD and other mental health disorders on a case by case basis.
6. Tell us a little about your upbringing and family life?
I was born in Puerto Rico before my family moved to Orlando when I was 8-years-old. I loved growing up in Central Florida, but stayed close to my roots. My family would frequently travel to and from Puerto Rico. My mom is one of 10 children, so I grew up in a large family with lots of cousins. We are still close! Married almost 10 years ago, we now have a daughter who is two years of age. She is the biggest blessing of my life.
7. What are some of your hobbies outside of work? 
I’m an avid reader, including audiobooks during my travel time to and from work. I love to travel; my favorite places are Alaska and Colorado. I’m also a huge Disney fan, and love taking my daughter on Disney dates.

8. Anything else you would like to share with patients?
I truly love being a part of Watson Clinic. In 2018, I celebrate 10 years of taking care of kids/adolescents in this community and I hope to practice for decades to come. I feel honored to be a part of your family.