Meet the Downtown Chicago Division of Clinical Genetics Team

The Division of Clinical Genetics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is comprised of highly trained, compassionate physician-geneticists and genetics counselors, who specialize in providing the most current genetic counseling and testing available. Our team provides comprehensive genetic counseling and testing in the areas of both reproductive and cancer genetics.

Physicians

Genetic Counselors

Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals with expertise in the field of genetics. As master’s-degree providers, they receive specialized training in both medical genetics and counseling to help individuals and their families understand how inherited diseases may impact their medical care. Genetic counselors work in a wide variety of settings, providing a number of different services.

The genetic counselors in the Division of Clinical Genetics are licensed by the State of Illinois and are deemed board-certified/eligible by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). Specializing in reproductive and cancer genetics, our genetic counselors can help you to understand genetic inheritance, cancer and/or reproductive risk, genetic testing options, interpretation of genetic testing results, recommendations for medical care, and much more.

To find out more about genetic counselors, please visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors website: nsgc.org.

Reproductive Genetics

Terri Lefler, MS, CGC, ​Lead Genetic Counselor

Terri Lefler, MS, CGC, ​Lead Genetic Counselor

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics
Megan Hinton, MS, CGC

Megan Hinton, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics
Rachel Pothast, MS, CGC

Rachel Pothast, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics
Sara, Spencer, MS, CGC

Sara, Spencer, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics
Sarah Walterman, MS, CGC

Sarah Walterman, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics
Catherine Wicklund, MS, CGC

Catherine Wicklund, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics

Cancer Genetics

Katie Abihider MS, CGC

Katie Abihider MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics
Brittany DeGreef, MS, CGC

Brittany DeGreef, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics
Sam Hyde, MS, CGC

Sam Hyde, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics
Theresa Sciaraffa, MS, CGC

Theresa Sciaraffa, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics
Min Seon Park, MS, CGC

Min Seon Park, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics
Brittany Szymaniak, PhD, CGC

Brittany Szymaniak, PhD, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics

Clinical Support Staff

  • ​Veronica Ramirez, Clinical Coordinator, Reproductive Genetics
  • Shanika Bell, Clinical Coordinator, Cancer Genetics