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Supervisory Faculty in Genetic Counseling

Learn more about the UT GCP Faculty in their individual profiles below. At the conclusion, investigate what the faculty loves about being a genetic counselor in Houston.

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

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 Assistant 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, steering curriculum development, mentoring genetic counseling students, coordinating and lecturing in classes, supervising students on rotation, and sitting on thesis committees. She heads the GCP Advisory Board, Core Genetic Counseling Group, the academic advisory and mentorship programs, and plays a key role in GCP admissions. 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 serving as the Chair for the 2012 NSGC Annual Education Conference and in the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors serving as the Past President. Her main interests are genetic counseling education, diversification of the field of genetic counseling, risk perception, psychosocial counseling, and community outreach.

Sarah Noblin
Sarah J. Noblin, MS, CGC
Assistant Program Director

Sarah J. Noblin is the Assistant Director of the Genetic Counseling Program.  She holds a faculty position as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.  She has a BS degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a MS in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas. Her primary responsibilities include providing prenatal genetic counseling services for patients that are referred from the high-risk OB Clinic at LBJ General Hospital and other county health centers and co-coordinating and staffing the Pediatric Genetics Clinic and genetic consults in the nurseries at LBJ. Sarah participates in teaching didactic courses, supervising the genetic counseling students, chairing research projects and is a member of the Advisory Board and Core Genetic Counseling Group of the UT GCP. She is 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).  She is a past Vice-President of the Texas Society Genetic Counselors (TSGC).  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.

Hope Northup

Hope Northrup, MD
Medical Director

Hope Northrup  is an M.D. Medical Geneticist (Clinical, Biochemical and Molecular) in the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is a Professor and Director of the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Northrup is the Medical Director of the Genetic Counseling Program and 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.

Myla Ashfaq
Myla Ashfaq, MS

Myla Ashfaq is a genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics at the University of Texas Medical School. Myla provides phone teratogen counseling to callers of the Texas TIPS (Teratogen Hotline). Her responsibilities also include providing genetic counseling to families of pediatric patients at Shriners Hospital for Children and coordinating genetic consult services. She 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 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 is interested in multi-cultural and international genetic counseling. 

Tracy Bensend

Tracy Bensend, MS, CGC

Tracy Bensend is a genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics, at the University of Texas Medical School.  Tracy received her B.A. in Business Administration from Wartburg College and her M.S. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics with an emphasis of study in Genetic Counseling from the University of Minnesota.  Her primary responsibilities are enrolling families in research studies that aim to find the genetic basis for aortic aneurysms and dissections and doing program development for the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases.  Her clinical responsibilities include providing counseling to patients who have or are at risk for aortic and other vascular diseases, as well as connective tissue disorders.  She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. 

Rebecca Carter
Rebecca Carter, MS, CGC

Rebecca Carter is a Genetic Counselor and clinical instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She received a B.A. degree in Biology from the University of Virginia in 2006 and a MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2009. Her primary focus is to provide prenatal genetic counseling services at several Houston area clinics as well as to perform genetic consults at Memorial Hermann Hospital. She is involved in facilitating courses and supervising students from the University of Texas 

Alana Cecchi

Alana Cecchi, MS, CGC

Alana Cecchi is a genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.  She received her B.S. degree in Microbiology with a specialization in Bioethics and Humanities from Michigan State University and her M.S. degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Cincinnati. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating and providing genetic counseling services to individuals who are referred for connective tissue disorders and other cardio- and neurovascular conditions at the University of Texas Genetics Clinic.  She also provides genetic consultation services to individuals at Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Additionally, she is involved in coordinating and recruiting families for genetic research for GenTAC (National Registry of Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and other Cardiovascular Conditions) and other vascular disease research.

Dominguez
Barbara Dominguez, BSN


Barbara Dominguez is a genetic nurse coordinator working in The University of Texas Medical School-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.

Patricia Furman

Patricia Furman, MPH, CGC

Patti Furman is a Genetic Counselor and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Patti has a B.S. in biology from the University of Houston and a Masters in Public Health from the University Of Texas School Of Public Health. She was originally board certified in genetic counseling in 1993 and recertified in 2007. Patti has been involved in NSGC activities, including serving on the board as Region V Representative from 2001-2003. Patti was a member of the faculty of the UT Dept of OB/GYN from 1990-2002 and served as a supervisor and mentor to many early graduates of the UT Genetic Counseling Program. From 1992-2010, she was an Instructor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, providing genetic counseling in the general pediatric genetics clinics housed at Texas Children's Hospital. She also served as the genetic counselor for the clinical research study on Duplication 17p11.2 (Potocki-Lupski Syndrome).  Since returning to UT in 2010, Patti has been providing prenatal genetic counseling services and serving as a clinical supervisor and thesis committee member.
Jacqueline Hecht

Jacqueline Hecht, PhD, CGC

Jacqueline Hecht is a PhD Medical Geneticist and Genetic Counselor, and is the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics.  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 Medical Genetics and Approaches to Research courses, sits on the GCP Advisory Board, and supervises rotating students in their clinical activities. Dr. Hecht's clinical interests are in genetic orthopedic disorders 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.

Rebecca Lemon
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. 

 

Kyla Patek

Kyla Patek, MS, CGC

Kyla Patek is a Genetic Counselor and Clinical Instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.  Kyla received her BS degree in Genetics and Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2009 and graduated with her MS in Medical Genetics from the University of Cincinnati in 2011.  Her primary focus is providing prenatal genetic counseling services to individuals at a number of Houston-area clinics and Memorial Hermann Hospital.  She is involved in facilitating courses and supervising students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program.

Horz Raja

Marianna Raia, MS, CGC


Marianna Hörz Raia is a genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of medical genetics, at the University of Texas Medical School. Her clinical responsibilities include coordinating the genetic consult service within the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and providing counseling regarding familial risks, genetic testing opportunities, and genetic information to physicians, patients and families within the hospital. In addition, she is involved in various pediatric clinics through the Shriners Hospital for Children where she has a special interest in providing information to families and children with genetic forms of bone disease. Marianna participates in the teaching, training and mentoring of genetic counseling and medical students, residents, and fellows in her affiliation with the genetic counseling program at UT. Marianna received her BS in genetics from Texas A&M University and her MS in genetic counseling from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Science in 2006.

Hoskovec

Jennifer Hoskovec, MS, CGC

Jennifer Hoskovec is a Genetic Counselor and clinical instructor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Texas, Medical School 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. Her primary responsibilities are providing prenatal genetic counseling to patients seen at a number of area clinics and genetic consults at Hermann Memorial Hospital. Jennifer is also involved in facilitating courses and supervising students in the genetic counseling program. As a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Jennifer is the vice-chair of the education committee.

Jennifer Czerwinski

Jennifer Czerwinski , MS, CGC

Jennifer Czerwinski is a genetic counselor and clinical instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at the University of Texas Medical School 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 focus is to provide prenatal genetic counseling services at several Houston area clinics. Her roles within the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program include clinical supervision, coordination of courses, lecturer, coordinator of the introductory prenatal rotation and participation in student thesis projects.

Sullivan

Cathy Sullivan , MS, CGC

Cathy Sullivan is a Genetic Counselor and clinical instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She has a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and a MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Her primary focus is to provide prenatal genetic counseling services at several Houston area clinics as well as to perform genetic consults at Memorial Hermann Hospital. She is involved in facilitating courses and supervising students from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program.

Wilson

Kate Wilson, MS, CGC

Kate Wilson is a Genetic Counselor and clinical instructor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She received a B.S. degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University. For three years she worked at LabCorp as a certified cytogenetic technologist. She then went on to receive her M.S. degree in Genetic Counseling in 2007 from the University of South Carolina. Her primary focus is to provide cancer genetic counseling services at several Houston area clinics as well as Methodist Breast Center. She is involved in teaching 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.
Harbison

Andrea Harbison, MS, CGC

Andrea Harbison is a Genetic Counselor at LBJ General Hospital where she provides prenatal and pediatric genetic counseling. Andrea is a clinical supervisor with the UT Genetic Counseling Program and also helps facilitate coursework. She received her BS degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico and graduated with her MS in Medical Genetics from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. Andrea’s main interests are health literacy, the Surgeon General’s Family History Initiative, bilingual genetic counseling, multicultural issues, and continuing to learn Spanish.

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (top)

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.

Molly Daniels
Molly Daniels, MS, CGC

Molly 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 the University of Texas Medical School 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.  

Ashley Henriksen

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.  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.

Michelle Jackson

Michelle Jackson, MS, CGC

Michelle Jackson is a certified 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 been employed at MD Anderson since August of 2008 and received her ABGC certification in August of 2009. Her primary focus is to provide risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals with a known or hereditary predisposition to breast cancer. Michelle works closely with Dr. Banu Arun and Dr. Jennifer Litton and their research teams on various studies related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and is committed to educating her patients, the public, and the medical community about hereditary cancer syndromes, genetic testing, and genetic counseling. Additionally, Michelle sees pediatric cancer patients at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes and works closely with Dr. Louise Strong and families who have Li-Fraumeni syndrome.  Michelle is also involved with the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Program as a clinical supervisor and enjoys training new students in the field of genetic counseling. Michelle received her B.S. in genetics and her B.S. in psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Maureen Mork

Maureen Mork, MS, CGC

Maureen Mork 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. 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.

Kimberly Muse
Kimberly Muse, MS

Kimberly Muse 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. Her primary focus is to provide risk assessment and genetic counseling services to individuals with a known or hereditary predisposition to breast cancer. Kimberly works closely with Dr. Banu Arun and Dr. Jennifer Litton along with their research teams on various studies related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. She is committed to educating her patients, the public, and the medical community about hereditary cancer syndromes, genetic testing, and genetic counseling. Kimberly has lectured and served on expert panels, amongst various audiences, to discuss hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome. Additionally, Kimberly has involvement in the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Program where she lectures in the Cancer Genetics Course and serves as a clinical supervisor to genetic counseling students. Kimberly received her B.S. from Howard University in 2003 and a M.S. in Human Genetic and Genetics, with a concentration in Genetic Counseling from Howard University in May of 2007. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Texas Society of Genetic Counselors, and will sit for her ABGC board exam in 2009.

Rich
Theresa Rich, MS, CGC

Thereasa A. Rich 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 an endocrine component. Thereasa works in the Department of Surgical Oncology to evaluate and facilitate medical management for patients with conditions such as MEN1, MEN2, VHL, and hereditary pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma. She is also interested in cancer genetics research. Her master's thesis was a psychosocial study of young adults with familial adenomatous polyposis. She is currently collaborating on psychosocial projects involving individuals with MEN. Thereasa received her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University in State College, PA and her MS in Genetic Counseling at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She has been with the Clinical Cancer Genetics team since 2006.


Baylor College of Medicine (top)

Elise Austin

Elise Austin, MS, CGC

Elise Austin is a Genetic Counselor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. Her primary responsibilities include counseling and clinic coordination in the general pediatric Genetics Clinic at Texas Children's Hospital. She is also involved with the multidisciplinary Gender Medicine Clinic at Texas Children's Hospital. Elise has a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and an MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She achieved board certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2010. Her interests include disorders of sexual differentiation and chromosome anomalies.

Katharine Coles

Katharine Coles, MS, CGC

Katharine Coles is a prenatal genetic counselor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and the Baylor College of Medicine. Her position in the Maternal Fetal Medicine department of Baylor Clinic also involves working with both the Texas Children's Fetal Center and the Program for Multiples. Katharine completed her BA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Psychology and an MS degree in Genetic Counseling from the Boston University School of Medicine. Katharine's capstone thesis work included interviews and qualitative analysis with patients undergoing preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Katharine'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 Student and New Member Special Interest Group, the Outreach Special Interest Group, and the Assisted Reproductive Technology Special Interest Group

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Sandra Darilek, MS, CGC

Sandra Darilek is a Genetic Counselor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. She has a BS degree in Genetics from Texas A&M University and a MS in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Her primary responsibilities are providing genetic counseling for preconception, prenatal and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) patients. She works primarily with private-practice OB/Gyn and IVF groups in the Houston Medical Center. Sandra also helps coordinate the Texas Children's Hospital Otogenetics clinic. As a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Sandra is a member of the Prenatal and ART Special Interest Groups and has served as the Texas state representative.  Sandra received her board certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2005.

Tanya Eble, MS, CGC

Tanya Eble is a board certified Genetic Counselor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics. She received her Bachelors degree in Biology with a psychology minor from the Pennsylvania State University and her Masters in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary role is as a prenatal genetic counselor at Ben Taub. There patients are referred from the Ben Taub OB High Risk Clinic and from Harris county and city clinics. She also coordinates and provides counseling in the Ben Taub Adult Genetics Clinic. In addition to counseling Tanya works in Dr. Ignatia Van den Veyver’s laboratory as a project coordinator for the Aicardi syndrome and Goltz syndrome research studies and was a co-author of the recently published paper which identified the gene that is mutated in individuals with Goltz syndrome. Each spring semester Tanya is a group discussion leader for the First Year Medical Ethics course. She is also active in the NSGC and is the co-chairperson for the Prenatal SIG and a member of the membership committee. She is also a member of the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors. Her interests include multicultural and multilingual counseling, genetic counselors role in a research setting, and medical ethics.

Magoulas
Pilar Magoulas, MS, CGC

Pilar L. Magoulas is a Genetic Counselor at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. She has a BS degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and obtained her MS in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 2003. After graduation, she worked as a pediatric genetic counselor at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she was actively involved in the medical genetics and metabolic genetics clinics. She coordinated treatment for many of the patients seen with lysosomal storage disorders and became actively involved with different parent support groups. She was also involved in the planning and implementation of the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at the University of Utah. She has been with Baylor College of Medicine since 2006. Her primary responsibilities include coordination of the inpatient consultation service and the adult genetics clinic. Her interests include the mucopolysaccharidoses and enzyme replacement therapy, the cardio-facio-cutaneous (CFC) syndrome, adults with congenital heart disease, and establishing a medical home for children and individuals with genetic disorders.

Plunkett
Katie Plunkett, MS, CGC

Katie Plunkett is a genetic counselor at Baylor College of Medicine. She is an Instructor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics. She has a B.S. from the University of Illinois and earned her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of California, Berkeley. She achieved Board Certification in 1993. Her primary responsibility is clinic manager of the Genetics Clinic at Texas Children's Hospital. As clinic manager, she supervises the administrative staff and works closely with management at Texas Children's Hospital to insure compliance with hospital issues. She participates in the pediatric and adult genetics clinics and is coordinator of the Neurofibromatosis Clinic at Texas Children's Hospital. Since 1995, she has coordinated the Presymptomatic Huntington’s Disease testing program at Baylor College of Medicine. Over 100 individuals have been tested since the program began. She is a long-standing member of the NSGC and former Region V Representative. Her main interests are helping families with Huntington’s disease in the Houston area and professional management issues.

Tammy Solomon

Tammy Solomon, MS, CGC

Tamara Solomon is a genetic counselor at Dynagene/Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp). Her primary responsibilities are providing prenatal genetic counseling to patients that are referred from multiple clinics. She is involved in supervising genetic counseling students with the UT Genetic Counseling Program. Tamara recently joined the Dynagene counseling group in May 2007. Prior to this setting, she was a cancer counselor with MD Anderson Cancer Center. Tamara is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors as well as a member of the EBS subcommittee. She received her two B.S. degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1997 and her M.S. degree in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2005.

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Melissa Strassberg, MS, CGC

Melissa Strassberg is a Genetic Counselor in the Department of Molecular & Human Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Her primary clinical responsibilities are providing prenatal genetic counseling to patients seen at the BCM Prenatal Diagnostic Center, a joint effort between the BCM Departments of Molecular and Human Genetics and Maternal Fetal Medicine. In addition, she serves as a care coordinator for the Texas Children’s Fetal Center. Melissa is involved in teaching didactic courses and supervising genetic counseling students. She serves on the UT Genetic Counseling Program Core Planning Committee. Melissa is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She is the Chair of the Prenatal Special Interest Group Grant Award Committee and a member of the Billing and Reimbursement subcommittee. Melissa has a BA degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lehigh University and a MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health. Melissa received her genetic counseling board certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2002.

Jennifer Lemoine

Jennifer Lemoine, MS, CGC

Jennifer Lemoine is a Genetic Counselor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her BS in Biology from the University of North Texas in 1999 and her MS in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Science in 2005. She received her board certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2007. Jen primarily sees prenatal genetic counseling patients in the Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Baylor Clinic and through the Texas Children’s Fetal Center. She is also a site coordinator for a NIH sponsored study comparing the use of prenatal microarray to conventional cytogenetic testing. Jen enjoys participating as a supervisor in the UT Genetic Counseling Program. She is also a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and is involved in the Prenatal and Fetal Intervention Special Interest Groups

Blair Stevens

Blair Stevens, MS, CGC

Blair Stevens is a Genetic Counselor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. She has a BA degree in Biology from the University of Kansas and a MS in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Blair works primarily in the Baylor College of Medicine’s Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic providing prenatal genetic counseling. She also counsels patients who are part of the Texas Children’s Hospital Fetal Center. The role of the Fetal Center is to care for pregnancies affected with a physical abnormality by evaluating for possible fetal surgery, counseling on prenatal and postnatal management options, and providing continuation of care from the prenatal to postnatal setting. As a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Blair is a member of the Prenatal and Fetal Intervention Special Interest Groups. 

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Sarah Zentack, MSC, CGC

Sarah Zentack is a Certified Genetic Counselor at the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center at the Baylor College of Medicine.  She also works in the breast center at Ben Taub in the Harris County Hospital District.  Sarah received her BS degree in Biology from St. Lawrence University and her ScM in Genetic Counseling in 2005 from The Johns Hopkins University / National Human Genome Research Institute training program.  Her interests are in cancer genetics and in providing genetic counseling to underserved populations.  She is in the process of learning Spanish and incorporating this into her counseling practice.

What does the UT GCP Faculty love about Houston?

I came to Houston for the genetic counseling career and I stayed because the quality of life here is excellent, much more so than I had initially anticipated. The cost of living is low for such a large metropolitan city and so your dollar allows you to do more - and there is a lot to do here.
Thereasa A. Rich, 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 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, MSGenetic
Counselor
Baylor Clinic

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
Genetic Counselor / Clinical Instructor
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
UT Houston Medical School

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, LBJ General Hospital
Assistant Professor -- UT Department of Pediatrics
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