|University of Pittsburgh||masters||Master of Science, Genetic Counseling||2013|
|Florida State University||bachelors||Bachelor of Science, Psychology||2011|
As a genetic counselor, I aim to balance the medical, emotional/social, and logistical needs of families facing the possibility of a genetic condition or birth defect affecting their current or future pregnancy. My goal is to help families navigate the process in a way that respects their values, beliefs, and goals as part of the multidisciplinary care team at the Texas Children’s Maternal Fetal Medicine department, Fetal Center, and Family Fertility Center. It is rewarding to be able to empower families to be active participants in their medical care and to support them in difficult times.
Complex fetal anomalies
Fetal whole exome sequencing
Single gene non-invasive prenatal screening
|National Society of Genetic Counselors||Member; Prenatal Special Interest Group – Member|
|Texas Society of Genetic Counselors||Member|
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