Elena grew up in Fredericksburg Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin for her bachelor's of science in nursing and began her career at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. She rotated within trauma, pediatric and cardiac intensive care units as a staff nurse and nurse preceptor.
Elena graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Nursing with a Pediatric Critical Care Nursing Degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2004. Her prior NP experience has been in cardiac intensive care at Children's Medical Center of Dallas and more recently in the Congenital Heart Surgical Unit at Medical City Children's Hospital. She is certified in both pediatric primary and pediatric acute care as a nurse practitioner.
Elena is married with two daughters and enjoys spending time with friends and family.