Chava is from Querataro City, Mexico. He has a doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Querataro. From 1991 to 1994 he worked as a veterinarian in Mexico, focusing on reproduction in dairy cows.
He moved to the United States in 1994. Since then he has been working with small animals. His work ranged from kennel attendant, to technician, technician manager, and administrator.
Outside of work he enjoys mountain biking, lifting weights, running, cycling, tennis, soccer, hiking, reading, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and watching movies.