I graduated as a genetic counselor from UC Berkeley in 1997 during a time when molecular testing was much more limited. The emphasis was on assisting patients through both knowledge of complex disorders as well as counseling regarding issues unique to a specific condition. Genetic testing has now emerged as a patient's forefront expectation in terms of understanding their individualized risk. Providing information regarding the diverse laboratory tests as well as offering support and coping instruction has become a critical component of the testing process. I hope to bring my genetic knowledge and clinical skills to a new set of patients and consumers in need of understanding and education.
Provide contract telehealth/remote genetic counseling services to patients throughout the country regarding cancer and cardiovascular risk. Preconception counseling for couples at risk for offspring with genetic conditions. Risk assessment for applicants interested in pursuing egg donation through pedigree analysis and familial wellness factors. Offer genetic counseling appointments during evening and weekend hours to improve patient accessibility for genetic counseling services.
Assist active duty, retired military, and their families with hereditary disorders and risk for a wide variety of indications including preconception and prenatal patients, oncology patients with focus on genetic testing for breast, gastric, brain, colon and pancreatic cancer syndromes. Additionally offer general genetic services and carrier testing to prenatal and adult patients- conditions including Huntington's disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, cystic fibrosis, immunodeficiencies, cardiomyopathies, and arrhythmias. Provide risk assessment through pedigree analysis, assist patients with uncertainty, provide coping and support mechanisms, and aid the patient with integration of genetic risk into their healthcare and overall life experience.
Genetic coordinator for the NIA Alzheimer's Disease Genetics Initiative which is a national effort seeking to identify genetic factors associated with late-onset AD- duties included recruitment identification of qualifying families, obtaining informed consent, performing cognitive questionnaire assessments, designing questionnaire materials, offering genetic counseling to patients and family members regarding the genetic, psychiatric and psychosocial implications of AD, handled all IRB submissions, performed literature reviews and searches regarding the clinical and genetic aspects of memory disorders and associated conditions, created patient literature materials, received materials for sample collection and coordinated deliveries of samples to the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer's Disease (NCRAD), tracked and maintained database of study participants.
Genetic counseling offered to prenatal, pediatric, and adult patients regarding a wide variety of genetic conditions, genetic counselor for the Cystic Fibrosis multi-specialty clinic, supervised genetic counseling interns, wrote genetics chart notes and patient letters for both providers as well as the patient-public, powerpoint presentations given to both physician professionals as well as the patient populations to translate the complexities of genetic disease into a level that was readily understood.
American Board of Genetic Counseling, Diplomate, Certification: 99304, Expires: 12/31/2024
AMERICAN BOARD OF GENETIC COUNSELORS, Diplomat
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF GENETIC COUNSELORS, Full Member
Genetic Counseling Licensure, State of California, License: GC000608, Expires: 11/30/2020
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