• By Meagan Farmer
  • Posted May 16, 2024

Navigating NF1: The Moss Family’s Story of Resilience and Hope

Navigating life with a rare disease like neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) can be challenging for families. We had the opportunity to connect with Renie and Philip Moss ahead of NF Awareness Month, and they shared experiences and insights from their NF1 journey. Renie and Philip are a mother and son in Birmingham, Alabama. Renie recounted the initial…


  • By Heather Fecteau, MS, CGC
  • Posted May 1, 2024

Putting Patients First: The Ambry CARE Program®'s Commitment to Patient Experience

With 25 years of innovation experience, Ambry has been a leading pioneer in genetic testing. But Ambry prioritizes more than performing testing. Since the launch of the Ambry CARE Program® in 2019, Ambry has also consistently helped to improve the delivery of genetic services. Why CARE? We know significant gaps exist between medical guidelines…


  • By Meagan Farmer
  • Posted February 21, 2024

A GC’s Perspective on Lab Expertise: Getting Answers After Years of Uncertainty

Kaitlin Stokes is a genetic counselor at Houston Methodist West in Houston, TX. She sees patients with personal or family histories of cancer that may be due to an underlying hereditary cause. We recently connected with Kaitlin about her role, and she shared, “I love what I do because I feel like I’m helping people. I’m giving them control…


  • By Jessica Scott, MGC, CGC
  • Posted January 17, 2024

The Patient Impact of Lab Expertise and Collaboration

“My advice for clinicians and healthcare providers who are ordering genetic testing is [that they] should feel that they are partners with the lab,” explains Chana Ratner, Genetic Counselor at Hackensack University Medical Center. We were grateful for the opportunity to connect with Chana and to discuss her experience as a clinical genetic…


  • By Meagan Farmer
  • Posted December 8, 2023

A Genetic Counselor’s Experience with Proactive Reanalysis through Patient for Life: An Interview with Kelly Minks, MS, CGC

At the National Society for Genetic Counselors Annual Conference, I had the chance to sit down with Kelly Minks, MS, CGC. Ms. Minks is a genetic counselor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, with a clinical practice focused on pediatric neurology. She routinely orders exome testing for children with developmental…


  • By Tawanna St. Lewis, MS, CGC
  • Posted November 20, 2023

Guest Blog: The Importance of Family Health History

My name is Tawanna St. Lewis, and I have been a genetic counselor for going on seven years now. My love for the profession continues to grow. I remain passionate about my role because I enjoy speaking with and helping patients, and I genuinely appreciate it when patients feel comfortable enough to share their health history and family history.…


  • By Jodi Tahsler
  • Posted April 12, 2023

Ambry Spotlights Rob Pilarski: Seeing Genetic Testing’s Big Picture

Ambry Genetics caught up with Robert Pilarski, MS, LGC, MSW, Director of Medical Affairs, at his home on the shore in Cape Cod. He describes the town as “his happy place,” and in learning more about his role at Ambry, it seems that his career has entered a happy place as well. Rob has been with Ambry for over two years and is often sought…


  • By Caroline Elsas
  • Posted November 4, 2021

We Can Help Reduce Barriers to Cancer Genetic Testing

The world of hereditary cancer testing is complex, but genetic information is crucial for flagging at-risk patients and their relatives. They might just benefit from earlier and more frequent surveillance and/or preventive surgeries. For those individuals who face important and difficult health decisions, genetic counselors are invaluable members…


  • By Alexandria Meyer
  • Posted November 8, 2018

I am a Genetic Counselor- What Does That Mean?

“Genetic counselor” is not just a job title, though it is one that I have been enormously proud to carry for the past 10 years. In that time, I have come to primarily think of “genetic counselor” as a term which embodies a skill set. Just like Liam Neeson in “Taken,” we have a very special set of skills, however, our skills allow…


  • By Brianna Volz
  • Posted July 23, 2018

Fall Back into School: Educating Providers about Genetic Testing for HCM

Summer is half over and the start of school is around the corner. For many, the end of summer is characterized by last minute vacations, trips to your local retail stores and back to school sales. This time of year also serves as a reminder of the role genetic counselors’ play in educating our peers, students and colleagues[1]. Non-genetic…