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Clinical Supervisors in Genetic Counseling

Learn more about the UT GCP Clinical Supervisors in their individual profiles below.

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Program Leadership 

Claire Singletary

Claire N. Singletary
MS, CGC
Program Director

Claire N. Singletary is the Director of the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Program. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Claire received her B.S. degree in Psychology from Furman University and her M.S. degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University. As Director, she administers the program, steers curriculum development, mentors genetic counseling students, lectures in classes, supervises students on rotation, and sits on thesis committees. She heads the GCP Advisory Board, Core Genetic Counselor Group, and Admissions Committee.  In addition to her commitment to genetic counseling education, she remains passionate about practicing the art of prenatal genetic counseling. She is active in the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors, and the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors, where she currently serves as Vice President. Her main research interests are in risk perception, new prenatal technologies, and psychosocial counseling.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

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Jennifer Czerwinski
MS, CGC
Assistant Director

Jennifer Czerwinski is the Assistant Director of the Genetic Counseling Program and is an Assistant Professor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She received a B.S. degree with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in Human Biology and went on to receive her M.S. degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Jen's primary clinical focus is to provide prenatal genetic counseling services at several Houston area clinics. She coordinates the clinical rotation experience on behalf of the Program for the students.  In addition, she provides clinical supervision, coordinates courses, lectures, and participates in student thesis projects.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

 Laura Farach, MD

Laura Farach
MD, FACMG
Medical Director

Laura Farach, MD, FACMG is the Medical Director of the Genetic Counseling Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics.  She obtained her Medical Degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA.  She completed a combined Pediatric and Medical Genetics residency program here at UTHealth.  She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Medical Genetics.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and also a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.  She loves teaching and is invested in the training of future pediatricians, geneticists, and genetic counselors.  Her clinical interests include neurogenetic disorders including autism, epilepsy, and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.  Her clinical research focus is in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

 

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Pediatrics, Medical Genetics & Pediatric Research

Myla Ashfaq
Myla Ashfaq
MS, CGC

Myla Ashfaq is a genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Myla provides phone counseling and risk assessment to callers of Texas TIPS – An Affiliate of Mother-To-Baby (Teratogen Helpline). Her responsibilities also include providing genetic counseling to pediatric patient families at Shriners Hospital for Children in their Cerebral palsy, Spina Bifida, Arthrogryposis, and Osteogenesis Imperfecta clinics. She is involved in coordinating courses, teaching, and supervising students for the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program. Myla graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2005 with a BA in Genetics and received her MS in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Stanford University in 2011. She is interested in multi-cultural and international genetic counseling.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

Barbara Dominguez
Barbara Dominguez
BSN

Barbara Dominguez is a genetic nurse coordinator working in McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in the Department of Pediatrics. She coordinates the care of metabolic and genetic patients evaluated in the outpatient clinic and inpatient consults. She is a contact person for the TDH newborn screening program when a new case of PKU or galactosemia is detected in the statewide screening program. She is involved in educating genetic counseling students, medical students, and residents who rotate on the clinical service. She is a member of the UT GCP Advisory Board. Barbara is one of the founders and co-director of Camp Phever a summer camp for kids with PKU. Barbara graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a BS degree in nursing. Barbara is a member of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics as well as a member of ASHG.

Leslie N. Dunnington
Leslie N. Dunnington
MS, CGC

Leslie Dunnington is a genetic counselor in the Department of Pediatrics at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Genetics from Texas A&M University in 2008. Leslie received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Program.  She provides genetic counseling in the UT genetics clinic, Huntington’s disease counseling at HDSA Center of Excellence at University of Texas Health Science Center and helps with navigation of newborn screening. She enjoys working with the genetic counseling students in clinic and assisting with their courses.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

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Kathryn Gunther
MS

Katie Gunther is a genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her clinical responsibilities include coordinating the in-patient genetic consult service for Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, ordering the genetic testing for NICU and PICU patients, and counseling the patient families. Katie also assists in coordination of the LBJ out-patient clinic and consult service. She also participates in the teaching and training of genetic counseling students, medical students, residents, and fellows. Katie graduated from The University of Alabama in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology and Mathematics. She received her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2018.

Jacqueline Hecht
Jacqueline Hecht
PhD, CGC

Jacqueline Hecht, PhD Medical Geneticist and Genetic Counselor, is the Vice Chair for Research and Director of the Pediatric Research Center in the Department of Pediatrics, and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Dentistry.  She is the founding director of the UT GCP. Dr. Hecht obtained a MS in Genetics and Genetic Counseling from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a PhD in Genetic Epidemiology from The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston. She provides lectures in the Topics in Medical Genetics courses, is a member of the GCP Advisory Board, and supervises rotating students in their clinical activities and thesis projects. Dr. Hecht's clinical interests are in genetic orthopedic disorders, craniofacial anomalies and dwarfing conditions. Her research interests are targeted at identifying genes that cause nonsyndromic cleft lip and palate, pseudoachondroplasia, and clubfoot. She is a member of the health professional team that attends the Little People of America convention that is held annually. She is involved in numerous organizations related to genetics, genetic counseling and growth disorders.

*GSBS Faculty Member

Jennifer Lemons
Jennifer Lemons
MS, CGC

Jennifer Lemons is a genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics.  She provides prenatal genetic counseling services at the City of Houston and Harris County Outreach clinics throughout Houston. Jennifer also helps coordinate Texas TIPS, a toll-free teratogen hotline funded by the Texas DSHS, which provides counseling to both the general public and health care professionals regarding teratogen exposures. She works with the University of Texas GCP students on rotation and help facilitate coursework.  Jennifer graduated from Purdue University in 2007 with a BS in Biology and received her MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of Cincinnati in 2011.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

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Kate Mowrey
MS

Kate Mowrey is a genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Kate assists in the LoneStar Leadership Education in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program as well as the UT Tuberous Sclerosis Center of Excellence. Furthermore, her responsibilities include clinical coordination and providing genetic counseling to pediatric patient families in general genetics as well as neurology clinics. She is involved in teaching and supervising students for the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program. Kate graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with a BS in Human Biology, concentration in Genetics and Biotechnology and received her MS in Genetic Counseling from Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in May 2018.

Hope Northup

Hope Northrup 
MD, FACMG

Hope Northrup is an M.D. Medical Geneticist (Clinical, Biochemical and Molecular) in the Department of Pediatrics at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is a Professor and Director of the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Northrup is the Director of the Medical Genetics Residency/Fellowship Program. Dr. Northrup obtained an M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed a Pediatric Residency at Children's Medical Center/Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and a Medical Genetics Fellowship at the Institute for Molecular Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Her clinical interests include metabolic diseases, neurogenetic diseases and chromosome disorders. Dr. Northrup's research interests focus on unraveling the basis of neurogenetic diseases, specifically tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and spina bifida (SB). An additional academic focus of Dr. Northrup is delineating the phenotypes associated with rare chromosome disorders. She has served on the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Medical Genetics of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) (1998-2003; Vice Chair 2001; Chair 2002 and 2003). She provides lectures in Genetic Counseling and Medical Genetics courses and supervises rotating students in their clinical activities.

*GSBS Faculty Member

David Rodríguez-Burítica
David Rodríguez-Burítica
MD, FAAP

David Rodríguez-Burítica, MD, FAAP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics. He obtained his Medical Degree at the National University of Colombia, South America and continued his training with a General Pediatrics internship and residency at Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island, New York. He then pursued a Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship at the same hospital, and a Clinical Genetics fellowship at University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is most interested in exploring endocrine abnormalities and treatment, as well as improving diagnostic approaches in patients with genetic and endocrine conditions that include Glycogen storage disorders, hypoglycemia, adrenal disorders and disorders of sexual differentiation, imprinting disorders and growth problems. He actively participates in the training of genetic counseling students, medical students, geneticist, pediatricians, Med-Peds residents and pediatric endocrinology fellows.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

Victoria Wagner

Victoria Wagner
MS, CGC

Victoria Wagner is a genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her clinical responsibilities include coordinating the Pediatric Genetics clinic within the Harris Health System, assisting with the in-patient genetic consult service for Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and providing genetic counseling to families in in-patient and out-patient settings. She also participates in the teaching and training of genetic counseling students, medical students, residents, and fellows. Victoria graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 with a B.A. in Genetics and received her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2016.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

  

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Maternal Fetal Medicine

Rebecca Carter
Rebecca Carter
MS, CGC

Rebecca Carter is a Genetic Counselor and clinical instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She received a B.A. degree in Biology from the University of Virginia in 2006 and a M.S. degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2009. Her primary focus is providing prenatal genetic counseling services at several Houston area clinics and genetic counseling consults at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Rebecca facilitates courses and supervises students in the genetic counseling program, as well as participates in student thesis projects.  Her professional involvement includes memberships to the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors and the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

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Meagan Choates
MS, CGC

Meagan Choates is a genetic counselor and instructor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She received a BS in Biochemistry and Genetics with a Minor in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2014 and an MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2016. Meagan primarily provides prenatal genetic counseling services at several Houston area clinics, and supervises genetic counseling students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Program while on their prenatal rotation. She is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), NSGC's Prenatal Special Interest Group, and the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors. Her research interests include understanding how genetic screening and testing options are discussed, utilized, and interpreted in the clinical setting.


*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

Jacqueline Mattick

Jacqueline Harkenrider
MS, CGC

Jacqueline Mattick is a prenatal genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and went on to earn a M.S. degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. Her primary focus is to provide prenatal and preconception genetic counseling services at several Houston area clinics as well as supervising students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Program during their prenatal rotation. Her professional memberships include the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors and the National Society of Genetic Counselors where she participates in the Student/ New Member and Prenatal special interest groups.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

 

R. Priscila Hodges
MS, CGC

Priscila Hodges
MS, CGC

Priscila is a prenatal genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Genetic She has a B.S. degree in Biology from Baylor University and a M.S in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University. Her primary focus is to provide prenatal and preconception genetic counseling services in different clinics located in the Houston area.  She is involved in supervising students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program. Priscila is interested in finding ways to improve the interactions between medical interpreters and genetic counselors in order to improve overall patient care. She also provides genetic counseling services in Spanish to patients who have a lower educational level and are from a diverse cultural background.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

Jennifer Hoskovec
Jennifer Hoskovec
MS, CGC

Jennifer Hoskovec is a Genetic Counselor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has a BS degree in Biology from Truman State University and a MS in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Jennifer is the Director of the Prenatal Genetic Counseling Service at UT and provides patient care in various prenatal clinics throughout the Houston area. She is also involved in facilitating courses and supervising students in the genetic counseling program. Additionally, Jennifer volunteers her time to the National Society of Genetic Counselors, where she served as President in 2014.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

Malorie Jones
Malorie Jones
MS, CGC

Malorie Jones is a Genetic Counselor and clinical instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She received a BA degree in Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2008 and a MS in Genetic Counseling from Indiana University in 2010. Her primary focus is to provide prenatal genetic counseling services at several Houston area clinics, as well as supervising students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Program.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

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Shannon Mulligan
MS, CGC

Shannon Mulligan is a board certified genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She received a BA in Mathematics from Austin College in 2009, a BS in Molecular Genetic Technology from the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions in 2010, and is certified in Molecular Biology through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.  She received her MS in Genetic Counseling from the UTGCP in 2014. Her primary focus is to provide prenatal and preconception genetic counseling services at several Houston area clinics.  She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors. Shannon facilitates classes for the UT GCP and supervises genetic counseling students during their prenatal rotation. She additionally has a special interest in psychiatric disorders and cancer during pregnancy.

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Lauren N. Murphy
MS, CGC

Lauren Murphy is an Assistant Professor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.  She received a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College (2005) and a M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas Health Science Center (2009).  Her primary clinical focus is to provide prenatal and preconception genetic counseling to diverse patient populations at UT MFM clinics throughout Houston.  She is also interested in psychiatric genetic counseling and currently serves as the co-chair of the National Society of Genetic Counselor’s Psychiatric Disorders SIG.  She teaches bioethics and psychosocial genetic counseling courses for the UTGCP, supervises students on their clinical rotations and sits on student thesis committees.  Lauren also co-leads with Blair Stevens the research/publication efforts for the UT prenatal genetic counseling group (15 GCs).

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

Sarah Noblin

Sarah J. Noblin
MS, CGC

Sarah Jane Noblin is a prenatal Genetic Counselor and Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.  She earned a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a MS in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas Genetic Counseling Program. Her primary responsibilities include providing prenatal genetic counseling services to patients at LBJ Hospital, one of the Harris Health county hospitals in Houston.  Sarah participates in teaching & co-coordinating didactic courses, supervising the genetic counseling students in clinic, chairing research projects and is a member of the Advisory Board of the UT GCP. After transitioning from her role as Associate Program Director of the UT GCP in 2015, Sarah has taken on the new roles of Coordinator of Recruitment & Outreach for the UT GCP and Coordinator of Genetics Education for the UT OB/GYN Residency and MFM Fellowship Programs.  Sarah is also active in the National Society of Genetic Counselors, currently serving on the Abstract Workgroup for the annual AEC.  She is also on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), and served as President in 2015.  Sarah’s current interests are looking at how different SES levels, educational backgrounds, and language barriers can have an impact on the effectiveness of genetic counseling, as the majority of her patients are of Latino ethnicity, have lower educational and SES backgrounds, and primarily speak Spanish.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

Aarti Ramdaney
Aarti Ramdaney
MS, CGC

Aarti Ramdaney is a Genetic Counselor and clinical instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.  She received a B.S. degree in Genetic Engineering from Cedar Crest College in 2012 and a M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the UT GCP in 2014. Her primary focus is to provide prenatal genetic counseling services at several Houston area clinics.  She also facilitates classes for the UT GCP and supervises genetic counseling students during their prenatal rotation.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

Blair Stevens
Blair Stevens
MS, CGC

Blair Stevens a Genetic Counselor and Assistant Professor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and her graduate training in Genetic Counseling at the UT GCP. She provides prenatal genetic counseling services at the UT Fetal Center and at various routine prenatal clinics.  She is a clinical supervisor and instructor. Blair’s professional involvement includes membership to the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors and to the National Society of Genetic Counselors, where she participates in the Prenatal Special Interest Group.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

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Chelsea Wagner
MS, CGC

Chelsea Wagner is a Genetic Counselor and clinical instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences Department at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She received her B.S. in Biology from Truman State University located in Kirksville, MO and received her MS from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2017. She provides both prenatal and cancer genetic counseling services all over the Houston area. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), NSGC'S Prenatal Special Interest Group and Cancer Special Interest Group, and the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors (TSGC). She facilitates courses and supervises students in the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Program. Her research interests include insurance related topics and how they impact genetic counseling sessions.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

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Theresa Wittman
MS, CGC

Theresa Wittman is a prenatal genetic counselor and instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.  She received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Spanish at the University of New Mexico and a M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.  Theresa provides genetic counseling to various clinics in the Houston area and is involved in supervision and teaching of genetic counseling students.  Theresa’s professional memberships include the NSGC Prenatal Special Interest Group and well as the NSGC Public Policy Committee.  Her research interests include public perception of genetic testing and how cultural differences influence the election of prenatal genetic testing.

 

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine Division of Gynecologic Oncology

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Brittanie Morris
MS, CGC

Brittanie Morris is a certified cancer genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Division of Gynecologic Oncology at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She graduated from Howard University in 2012 with a B.S. degree in Biology, and received a M.S. degree in Genetic Counseling in 2014 from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine- Genetic Counseling Program. Her primary clinical responsibility is to provide risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals concerned about hereditary cancer predisposition with a gynecologic component. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors, and will be involved with the UT GCP as a clinical supervisor in the future.

  Department of Internal Medicine

Ellen Regalado
MS, CGC

Ellen Regalado is a Genetic Counselor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School. She received her M.S. degree in Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007 and is pursuing a PhD degree in Epidemiology at the UT School of Public Health. She conducts clinical research to understand heritable aortic and vascular disorders and provides genetic counseling services at the UT Physicians Multidisciplinary Aortic and Vascular Disease Clinic.

Stephanie Wallace

Stephanie Wallace
MS, CGC

Stephanie Wallace is a board certified cardiovascular genetic counselor with undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences and Psychology from the University of Alberta and University of Regina in Canada.  She completed her graduate training in human genetics at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, NY.  She works with Dr. Dianna Milewicz MD, PhD, as part of the John Ritter Research Program to investigate the genetic basis of aortic and vascular disease, in addition to evaluating patients in the Multidisciplinary Aortic and Vascular Disease Clinic.  Her research interests include early-onset aortic disease and moyamoya disease/pediatric stroke.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

 

Department of Neurosurgery

Krista Qualmann

Krista Qualmann
MS, CGC

Krista Qualmann is a certified genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She provides adult genetic counseling services at Mischer Neuroscience Associates, where she consults in multiple physician clinics for neurovascular and neuro-oncology indications and staffs an independent genetic counseling clinic for a variety of neurogenetic indications, such as neuromuscular disease, hereditary movement disorders, and dementia. Her research interests focus on the discovery and characterizations of new genes associated with brain aneurysms and the natural history of primary brain tumors in individuals with hereditary cancer syndromes. She received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Marquette University in 2007 and a M.S. degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Cincinnati in 2014. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

 

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Clinical Cancer Genetics


Sarah Bannon

Sarah Bannon
MS, CGC

Sarah Bannon is a cancer genetic counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics program at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her clinical responsibilities include providing risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals concerned about hereditary conditions with a GI component. Sarah works in the Department of Surgical Oncology to evaluate and facilitate medical management for patients with conditions such as Lynch syndrome, FAP, MAP, and hamartomatous polyposis syndromes. She is also interested in GI cancer genetic counseling research. She teaches and supervises students in the UT Genetic Counseling program. Sarah received her B.A. in Music (Voice) from The University of Texas at Austin and her M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Stanford University. She has been with the Clinical Cancer Genetics team since 2011.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

Erica Bednar

Erica Bednar
MS, CGC

Erica Bednar is a certified cancer genetic counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics program at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  She earned a B.S. degree in Microbiology from Ohio State University and a M.S. degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her clinical responsibilities include providing risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals concerned about hereditary conditions in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology.  She also works as part of the Women's Cancer Moonshots team, with a focus on the Research, Education, and Awareness of Cancer family History (REACH) registry.  She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors.

Molly S. Daniels
Molly Daniels
MS, CGC

Molly S. Daniels has been a Genetic Counselor at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center since 2002, and has an adjunct appointment as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She provides hereditary cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling services to patients in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology.  She is also involved in clinical research studies aimed at the identification of gynecologic cancer patients at risk for hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes. She lectures on hereditary cancer for both trainees and the general public, and provides clinical supervision for graduate students in genetic counseling.  Ms. Daniels received a M.S. in medical genetics from the University of Cincinnati genetic counseling training program in 2002, and achieved certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2005.  Ms. Daniels also received a M.S. in biochemistry from the University of California San Francisco, and a B.S. in biological sciences with honors and distinction from Cornell University.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

Samuel Hyde

Samuel Hyde
MMSc, CGC

Samuel Hyde is a cancer genetic counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics program at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He primarily works with patients in the Department of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders, providing risk assessment and counseling to patients and families with hereditary endocrine disorders. He staffs the bi-monthly Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) Clinic at MDACC, a collaborative clinic that specializes in providing services to patients and families affected by MEN1 and MEN2 syndromes, and also sees patients in the Sarcoma Center Genetics Clinic who may be at risk for a variety of hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes. He received his B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011 and his MMSc in Human Genetics & Genetic Counseling from Emory University School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors.

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Meagan Kaulfus
MS, CGC

Meagan Kaulfus is a cancer genetic counselor in Clinical Cancer Genetics within the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  She has a B.S. degree in Biology from the Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Her primary focus is to provide risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals with a known or hereditary predisposition to breast cancers.  She is involved in facilitating courses and supervising students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and Texas Society of Genetic Counselors.


Maureen Mork

Mauren Mork
MS, CGC

Maureen Mork is a cancer genetic counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics program at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her clinical responsibilities include providing risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals concerned about hereditary conditions with a GI component. Maureen works in the Department of Gastroenterology to evaluate and facilitate medical management for patients with conditions such as Lynch syndrome, FAP, MAP, and hamartomatous polyposis syndromes. She is also interested in GI cancer genetic counseling research. She teaches and supervises students in the UT Genetic Counseling program. Maureen received her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in French from The Ohio State University and her M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from the University of Michigan. She has been with the Clinical Cancer Genetics team since 2011.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

Sarah Pass

Sarah Pass
MMSc

Sarah Pass is a Cancer Genetic Counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics program at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her primary role is at The Woodlands Houston Area Location working directly with patients to provide cancer risk assessment and counseling. Sarah is also involved with Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital’s general oncology clinic, providing genetic counseling services to the counties underserved population. Additionally, she supervises students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program. Sarah completed her BS in Biological Science at the Furman University and received her MMSc in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Emory University School of Medicine. She is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and the NSGC Cancer Special Interest Group.

Nadine Rayes

Nadine Rayes
MS, CGC

Nadine Rayes is a Cancer Genetic Counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics program at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her primary role is within the Department of Gynecologic Oncology working directly with patients to provide cancer risk assessment and counseling. She is involved in supervising students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program. Nadine is also involved in clinical research studies related to genetic counseling and hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes. Nadine completed her B.S. in Biological Science at the University of California, Irvine and received her M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Stanford University. She is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and the NSGC Cancer Special Interest Group.

Kayla Rosnau

Kayla Rosnau
MS, CGC

Kayla Rosnau is a cancer genetic counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has clinics at the Sugar Land and Katy Regional Care Centers. Her primary focus is to provide risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals concerned about hereditary cancer conditions. She will be involved with the UT Genetic Counseling program as a clinical supervisor in the future. Kayla received her B.S. degree in Biology from Baylor University and her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors.

 

Jessie Ross

Jessica Ross
MS, CGC

Jessie Ross is a cancer genetic counselor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her primary role is to provide risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals concerned for a hereditary predisposition to breast cancer. In the future she plans on expanding her role by also evaluating pediatric patients for hereditary cancer syndromes. Jessie will also be involved in facilitating courses and supervising students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program in the future. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and Texas Society of Genetic Counselors. She received a B.S. degree in both Biology and Psychology from the University Of Missouri- Columbia. She then received a M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Donika Saporito

Donika Saporito
MS, CGC

Donika Saporito is a genetic counselor in the Clinical Caner Genetics program at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her primary clinical responsibilities include providing risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals concerned about hereditary cancer conditions. She will be involved in supervising and teaching students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program in the future. Donika received her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Ohio State University. Her professional involvement includes membership to the National Society of Genetic Counselors.


Grace Tran

Grace Tran
MS, CGC

Grace Tran is a cancer genetic counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics program at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her clinical responsibilities include providing risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals concerned about hereditary cancer conditions. Grace has clinics at the Woodlands Regional Care Center and Lyndon B Johnson Hospital. She has a special interest in providing genetic counseling services to the Spanish-speaking patient populations. She will be involved with the UT Genetic Counseling program as a clinical supervisor in the future. Grace received her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.S. in Medical Genetics from the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Genetic Counseling Program.

Rachel Webster

Rachel Webster
MMSc, CGC

Rachel Webster is a certified genetic counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics program at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her primary role is to provide clinical hereditary cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling services in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology and the Department of Gastroenterology. She is also involved with the UT Genetic Counseling program as a course facilitator and clinical supervisor. Her research interests focus on hereditary to predisposition to cancer and genetic counseling. Rachel received her BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia and her MMSc in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Emory University. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors.

Sara Wofford

Sara Wofford
MS

Sara Wofford is a Cancer Genetic Counselor in the Clinical Cancer Genetics program at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She provides cancer risk assessment and counseling to patients at The Woodlands Houston Area Location and the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital’s general oncology clinic, where she counsels the county’s underserved population. Additionally, she participates in the supervision of students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program. Sara completed her BS in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas in Austin and received her MS in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors.

Ashley Woodson

Ashley Woodson
MS, CGC

Ashley Woodson is a cancer genetic counselor in Clinical Cancer Genetics within the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  She has a B.S. degree in Human Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Her primary focus is to provide risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals with a known or hereditary predisposition to breast cancer and genitourinary cancers.  She is involved in facilitating courses and supervising students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and Texas Society of Genetic Counselors.

*GSBS Associate Faculty Member

  

CLINICAL SUPERVISORS AT OUTLYING SITES

University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston

Allison Britt

Allison D. Britt
MS, CGC

Allison Britt is a genetic counselor at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She received her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Music from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania where she completed rotations at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Tennessee Genetics Center, and Fox Chase Cancer Center. Allison provides genetic counseling to pediatric and adult patients. Working with Dr. Joseph Ray and Dr. Lillian Lockhart, she strives to provide clear and understandable information to families dealing with genetic diagnoses, while attending to their psychosocial needs.  Through UTMB, Allison enjoys giving lectures about genetics, and planning community events for patients and families.

 Christina Falugi

Christina Falugi
MS, CGC

Christina Falugi is a board certified cancer genetic counselor at the University of Texas Medical Branch where she sees adult and pediatric patients at risk for a variety of hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes. She is also involved in facilitating courses and supervising genetic counseling students, medical students, and residents. Christina received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University and her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas Health Science Center. She is an active member in the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors and National Society of Genetic Counselors. In addition to cancer genetics, Christina has a special interest in healthcare and genetics education.

Joseph Ray 

Joseph W. Ray, MD

Dr. Joseph Ray is the Division Director of Medical Genetics and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He received his MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Genetics as well as his pediatric residency and medical genetics fellowship in a combined program at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston.  Dr. Ray specializes in medical genetics and sees adult and pediatric patients with all forms of conditions with genetic etiologies including skeletal dysplasias, cancer syndromes, chromosome abnormalities, single gene defects, inborn errors of metabolism, mitochondrial disorders, etc. Dr. Ray is board certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

 

Additional Supervisors Utilized on Elective Rotations


Industry Counselors based in Houston

Tracy Bensend, MS, CGC (Humana)
Caiqian Wu Cropper, MS, CGC (Counsyl)
Rupin Dhamankar, MS, CGC (Natera)
Martine Huslig Loeb, MS, CGC (GeneDX)
Michelle Jackson, MS, CGC (Ambry)
Jennifer Lemoine, MS, CGC (Natera)
Pooja Mohan, MS, CGC (Natera)
Samantha Penney Douglass, MS, CGC (Myriad)
Jessica Profato, MS, CGC (Ambry)
Marianna Raia, MS, CGC (Counsyl)
Kaylene Ready, MS, CGC (Counsyl)
Katie Plunkett, MS, CGC (GeneDx)
Jennifer Saucier, MS, CGC (Natera)
Melissa Strassberg, MS, CGC (Invitae)
Andi Ybarra, MS, CGC (Quest)

Baylor College of Medicine

Adult Genetics

Tanya Eble, MS, CGC
Deanna J. Erwin, MS, CGC
Dan Riconda, MS, CGC
Dianne Samad, MS, CGC
Roa Sadat, MS

Pediatric Genetics

Amanda Gerard, MS, CGC
Andrea Lewis, MS, CGC
Pilar Magoulas, MS, CGC
Liz Mizerik, MS, CGC
Haley Streff, MS, CGC
Rachel Wills, MS, CGC

Prenatal Genetics

Sandra Darilek, MS, CGC
Laura Ellis, MS, CGC
Patti Furman, MPH, CGC
Ellie Gould, MS
Andrea Harbison, MS, CGC
Sarah Huguenard, MS, CGC
Veena Mathur, MS, CGC
Salma Nassef, MS, CGC
Samantha Stover, MS, CGC
Tammy Solomon, MS, CGC
Victoria Tecson, MS, CGC
Lauren Westerfield, MS, CGC

Hematology/Oncology

Katie L. Bergstrom, MS, CGC
Lauren Desrosiers, MS, CGC
Sarah Scollon, MS, CGC
Cathy Sullivan, MS, CGC

 

What does the UT GCP Faculty love about Houston?  

I came to Houston for the genetic counseling career and I stayed because of the great job opportunities and the diversity and openness of the city.

Jacqueline T. Hecht, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Vice Chair for Research
University of Texas Medical School at Houston

I came to Houston for the genetic counseling career and I stayed because of the strong network of counselors in the Houston area. I can't imagine a better group of colleagues, friends and counselors!
Blair Stevens, MS
Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
UT Fetal Center

I came to Houston for the genetic counseling career and I stayed because I get to work with the most amazing people who teach me new things about myself daily.
Jennifer M. Hoskovec, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Director Prenatal Genetic Counseling Services
UT Houston Medical School

I came to Houston for the genetic counseling career and I stayed …for the belly dancing classes.
Molly Daniels, MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor
Clinical Cancer Genetics
MD Anderson Cancer Center

I came to Houston for the genetic counseling career and I stayed because of the friendly people, abundant chips and queso and nearly year round pool weather.
Cathy Sullivan, MS
Genetic Counselor / Clinical Instructor
Baylor Clinic

I came to Houston for the genetic counseling career and I stayed because of the wonderful diversity of the city. As the 4th largest city in the nation, you can really find anything and everything you might want … great shopping, outstanding restaurants, professional sports teams, concerts, wonderful cultural events, the world renowned Texas Medical Center and very friendly people! It is a great place to not only live & work, but to raise a family as well.
Sarah J. Noblin, MS, CGC
Board Certified Genetic Counselor, UTHealth/LBJ General Hospital
Assistant Professor -- UT Department of OB/GYN 
Assistant Director -- UT Genetic Counseling Program

I came to Houston for the genetic counseling career and I stayed because I love the diverse opportunities in Houston, from going to an Astros or Texans game, to eating at an amazing local restaurant, to the outstanding shopping (I missed Crate and Barrel!). Houston offers a world class education for my daughter. As a bonus, I have the best job on the planet and work with amazing people every day. Who could ask for more?
Claire N. Singletary, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Genetic Counseling Program
University of Texas Houston Medical School