Author Archives: Anabel Aranda-Saenz


Caring for others’ vision is the passion of Dr. Victor H. Gonzalez, Valley Retina Institute, PA, Valley Retina Research. Actually, Dr. Gonzalez first dreamed of being a neurosurgeon and operating under a microscope, but he found he missed the patient/doctor relationship.  “When I rotated to ophthalmology, retina surgery was the closest thing to neurosurgery,” Gonzalez said. “You’re operating under a microscope, and since the retina is an extension of the brain, in a sense it is neurosurgery. I love it, and I like being able to follow the patients through their recoveries and establish relationships with them.” After Harvard Medical School, Gonzalez completed his retina fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and then spent time at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. A casual remark to him by a diabetic nurse triggered his life’s passion to work with children and diabetics. “The nurse had told me she practiced putting…

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Gilbert Gallegos Senior Vice President, Broaddus & Associates   Broaddus & Associates senior vice president Gilbert Gallegos, an architect, started his career in the private sector. It wasn’t long before he realized he wanted to do more, and entered the public world. He began working for UT Austin, which led to his career with the UT System. “They wanted an individual to manage projects with the 1993 South Texas Border Initiative for providing higher education access,” Gallegos explained. “I began managing all the design and construction for UT System south of Austin. When I first came down to McAllen with Broaddus 17 years ago, it was like a mission. My passion was to be involved in helping under-served areas so people could experience unique environments to enhance the learning, functional, and perceptive quality for all.” With five employees in the McAllen office, the 18-year-old company based out of Austin leads its…

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Chris Salazar, World Financial Group The definitive word describing Chris Salazar, associate, World Financial Group, is entrepreneur; but then, business wizard, risk taker, or visionary could also fit. Having worked for a national publishing company in Houston, Salazar decided to return  home to the Valley. He launched The Blue Book, a medical directory, as well as a healthcare policy magazine called DOCTalk with nationwide readership. Battling two bouts of non-Hodgkin lymphoma brought Chris to his knees, so the workaholic made a drastic change, taking time off to discover the joy of living. “When I discovered World Financial Group I fell in love with its mission.” Salazar grinned. “People in serious financial trouble come, and I teach them how to get out of trouble. I love doing that. Without making a single sale, I can change their lives through financial literacy education.” Chris takes being an Ambassador seriously. “I think being…

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