Kendra was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. During that time, she participated as a Ronald McNair Scholar in a research project investigating relationships among race and gender on depression and nutritious eating. She was also co-author on a project examining relationships among psychological predicators, race, income, and physical activity which was presented as a poster at the American Psychological Association annual meeting in 2010. As a medical school student at the University of Florida, Kendra was an active member of the Student National Medical Association, serving as a mentor for minority pre-medical students. She also was selected to be the Medical School Liaison for the Black Graduate Student Organization. Kendra participated in a medical outreach trip with Project Yucatan and in a Medical Student International Summer Research Program which examined the effects of dietary capsaicin on the incidence of Helicobacter Pylori infection in Cuzco, Peru. Kendra is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority which organizes many community service and advocacy projects. She also enjoys completing “do it yourself” projects and crafts, traveling, exercising, and reading.