I’m a genetic counselor working with patients in the Hereditary Cancer Program. I also work as a laboratory genetic counselor in the Genetics and Genomics Diagnostic Laboratory.
In my Hereditary Cancer Program role, I meet adults with a personal or family history of cancer. I conduct a risk assessment to determine if inherited genetic changes could cause the type of cancer present. I discuss genetic testing options and help the patient make a decision about the genetic testing that is best for them. I find it rewarding to educate patients and families about hereditary cancer risk so they can make informed and empowered decisions about their medical care.
In my laboratory role, I help healthcare providers order genetic testing for their patients. I write genetic test reports, which help translate complex medical information into easy-to-understand information for providers and families.
When I’m not working, I like to spend time with my husband and daughter. I love baking, eating Mexican food, and watching the Great British Bake Off and true crime documentaries.
MS: Genetic Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2014.
BS: Molecular Genetics, The Ohio State University, 2010.
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Comparison of genetic testing documentation between genetic counselors and non-genetic counselors. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2023; 32:635-645.
Craniosynostosis is a feature of Costello syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2022; 188:1280-1286.
Understanding and interpretation of a variant of uncertain significance (VUS) genetic test result by pediatric providers who do not specialize in genetics. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2021; 30:1559-1569.
Expanding the clinical phenotype of individuals with a 3-bp in-frame deletion of the NF1 gene (c.2970_2972del): an update of genotype-phenotype correlation. Genetics in Medicine. 2019; 21:867-876.
Substantial pain burden in frequency, intensity, interference and chronicity among children and adults with neurofibromatosis Type 1. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2019; 179:602-607.
Prevalence of pathogenic and likely pathogenic variants in the RASopathy genes in patients who have had panel testing for cardiomyopathy. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2019; 179:608-614.
Reduction of Health Care Costs and Improved Appropriateness of Incoming Test Orders: the Impact of Genetic Counselor Review in an Academic Genetic Testing Laboratory. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2018; 27:1067-1073.