CHLA Genetic Counselor
I have been working as a genetic counselor in the Los Angeles area for more than 20 years. The first 17 of those years was spent working as a prenatal genetic counselor, where I was contracted with various prenatal clinics, including the USC perinatal group (which is affiliated with the CHLA FMC staff). I am currently splitting my time between Medical Genetics, Pulmonology (mostly with the CF Center), and Endocrinology (mostly with the CAH Clinic). So, I have an extensive knowledge base that includes both information about the genetics of CAH, as well as prenatal diagnosis and screening options.
I’m originally from the East Coast, and grew up in Baltimore. I worked for many years in a research laboratory in Bethesda, after receiving my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. I went back to school for my M.S. in Genetic Counseling at Arcadia University, near Philadelphia.
I’m an endurance athlete/weekend warrior when I’m not at work. I’ve run most of the local running races, including the LA Marathon several times, and I’m an Ironman finisher. I am also very involved with the Beagle Freedom Project, in assisting them with rescuing and finding homes for former laboratory research subjects. I have recently started a non-profit organization with some friends, to raise funds for veterinary care of rescued dogs whose families might not be able to afford it. For more information and ways to support the cause, please visit CARAAF!