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.

Katie Abihider MS, CGC

Katie Abihider MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics
Brittany DeGreef, MS, CGC

Brittany DeGreef, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics
Megan Hinton, MS, CGC

Megan Hinton, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics
Terri Lefler, MS, CGC, ​Lead Genetic Counselor

Terri Lefler, MS, CGC, ​Lead Genetic Counselor

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

Min Seon Park, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics
Rachel Pothast, MS, CGC

Rachel Pothast, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics
Theresa Sciaraffa, MS, CGC

Theresa Sciaraffa, MS, CGC

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

Sara, Spencer, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics
Brittany Szymaniak, PhD, CGC

Brittany Szymaniak, PhD, CGC

Primary Specialty: Genetic Counselor
Sarah Walterman, MS, CGC

Sarah Walterman, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics
Catherine Wicklund, MS, CGC

Catherine Wicklund, MS, CGC

Primary Specialty: Reproductive Genetics
Carmen Williams, MS, CGC, Lead Genetic Counselor

Carmen Williams, MS, CGC, Lead Genetic Counselor

Primary Specialty: Cancer Genetics

Clinical Support Staff

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