Tavenner was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. She attended college at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina where she was recruited to play Division I tennis. After college, she received her M.D. from Florida State University College of Medicine. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown and to complete her pediatric training at the University of Florida! She enjoys playing tennis, running, and spending time with her husband, Eric, and their beloved beagle named Remi.