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Certified Genetic Counselors are experienced in helping patients gather the information they need to make informed healthcare decisions.
Director, Cancer Center Genetics Program; Senior Genetic Counselor
Ms. Shannon received her bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross and her master's degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been a practicing genetic counselor at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s Center for Cancer Risk Assessment (CCRA) since 1997. In addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Shannon has served on various subcommittees of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. Ms. Shannon is also a member of the NCCN Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast and Ovarian panel. She was an integral part of the Massachusetts Genetic Counselors Licensure task force and served on the Massachusetts Board of Licensure for Genetic Counselors for eight years. She has lectured and published widely in the fields of cancer genetics and cancer genetic counseling. Ms. Shannon is a member of the advisory board for the genetic counseling program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.
Program Manager; Senior Genetic Counselor
Ms. Seidel joined the CCRA in 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at Smith College and went on to do laboratory research in the biology department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She then spent several years in the field of Health Information Technology (HIT) managing projects ranging from clinical trials to hospital quality improvement programs, as well as leading a team of experts in the effort to develop critical criteria for oncology-specific electronic medical records. In 2010 she earned her master’s degree through the Genetic Counseling Program of the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York, NY. Ms. Seidel is based at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers and sees patients in both Danvers and Boston for a variety of cancer predisposition syndromes. In addition, Ms. Seidel has specialized in hereditary neuro-oncology and tumor syndromes, in particular, the neurofibromatoses.
Ms. Bear joined the CCRA in 2014. She graduated from Trinity College in 2008 with a bachelor of science in biology, and worked for several years in research laboratories at Tufts Medical Center and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. In 2014, she earned her master’s degree through the Genetic Counseling Program at Brandeis University. As part of the CCRA, Ms. Bear provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services in both the Breast/Ovarian and GI Cancer Genetics clinics. Her research interests include familial myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Senior Genetic Counselor
Ms. Blouch joined the CCRA in 2010 after graduating from Brandeis University with a master’s in Genetic Counseling. She obtained her bachelor of science in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University and worked in a cancer research laboratory at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute before pursuing her genetic counseling degree. As part of the CCRA, Ms. Blouch sees patients in a variety of cancer predisposition clinics including the Breast/Ovarian and GI Cancer Genetics clinic. She also specializes in hereditary endocrine tumor syndromes, as well as Cowden syndrome.
Senior Genetic Counselor
Ms. Chan-Smutko earned her bachelor of science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She worked in the biotechnology industry studying the genetic basis of complex disease traits for several years before switching gears to enter the Genetic Counseling program at Brandeis University. After completing her master’s degree she joined the CCRA in 2002. Ms. Chan-Smutko provides educational outreach and genetic counseling services in various clinical settings including the Familial Renal Cell Carcinoma and von Hippel-Lindau disease program. She has co-authored the VHL Handbook: Kid's Edition, a publication of the VHL Alliance. Her interests include the hereditary basis of renal cell carcinoma and associated syndromes; psychosocial care of emerging young adults with tumor/cancer predisposition; and genetic counselor training and education. Ms. Chan-Smutko is also the Assistant Director of the Genetic Counseling Program at Brandeis University.
Margaret Emmet joined the CCRA in 2016 after graduating from Boston University with a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Villanova University and worked as an assistant in a family medical practice before beginning graduate school. As part of the CCRA, Ms. Emmet sees patients in both the Breast/Ovarian and GI Cancer Genetics clinics. Her research interests include access to genetic counseling services in rural and outreach settings. In addition, she currently serves as secretary to the New England Regional Genetics Group.
Ms. Grant joined the CCRA in 2015. She is a licensed genetic counselor, having earned a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University and a bachelor of science in Molecular Biology at Haverford College in 1997 After completing her graduate degree, she worked as a prenatal genetic counselor at Massachusetts General Hospital. From 2006-2009 she worked as a research genetic counselor at Boston Children’s Hospital where she also gained experience in clinical pediatric genetics. She then worked with the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she saw both children and adults at risk for a variety of hereditary cancer syndromes, and she additionally participated in research and educational outreach. Ms. Grant has a love for teaching and presenting about genetics to different audiences. She also has a keen interest in the psychosocial aspects of hereditary cancer syndromes.
Ms. Hicks joined the CCRA in 2017 after graduating from the University of Colorado with a Master’s in Genetic Counseling. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry in 2013 from the University of Vermont. She worked as a laboratory technician in a cancer and cell biology lab at the University of Vermont before beginning graduate school. As part of CCRA, Ms. Hicks provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services in both the Breast/Ovarian and GI Cancer Genetics clinics.
Ms. Lawrence has been a genetic counselor since 2005. She is a bilingual Spanish-English speaker who grew up in Puerto Rico but has enjoyed living in the Northeast since 1999. Ms. Lawrence attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate studies where she received her bachelor of arts in biology. She went on to receive her master of science in Genetic Counseling at Brandeis University. Before joining the Mass General Cancer Center in 2010, Ms. Lawrence worked in pediatric genetics at Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse, NY and at Children’s Hospital Boston. Based at the Mass General Cancer Center in Waltham, Ms. Lawrence sees patients for a variety of cancer predisposition syndromes. Outside of clinic, Ms. Lawrence recently collaborated with other researchers in Boston on the psychosocial factors in persons with familial pancreatic cancer risk, and has helped organize a conference for patients and families with hereditary pancreatic cancer.
Ms. McCormick joined the CCRA in 2015. She is a licensed genetic counselor, having earned a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University and a bachelor of arts in Behavioral Biology from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001. After graduating from Brandeis in 2005, she joined the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she provided clinical genetic counseling and worked on a number of research projects. Ms McCormick’s previous research activities focused on the use of teleconferencing technology to provide genetic counseling to patients in remote areas. She remains interested in expanding access to genetic counselors with new telecommunications technologies. At the CCRA Ms. McCormick provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services in both the Breast/Ovarian and GI Cancer Genetics clinics at the MGH Main Campus in Boston. She was recently appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Genetic Counselors.
Amy Mueller joined the CCRA in 2015. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2010 with a bachelor of arts in biology and public health. In 2013 she earned her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University. She earned a Master’s in Genetic Counseling from Boston University in 2015. As part of the CCRA, she provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services in a variety of cancer predisposition clinics. Her interests include ethical issues in genetics and the impact of genetic testing on public health. She also has a special interest in hereditary neuro-oncology and tumor syndromes, in particular, neurofibromatosis and schwannomatosis.
Ms. Patel is a licensed genetic counselor who earned her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University. After graduating, she joined the cardiology department at Children’s Hospital Boston working in both clinical and research cardiovascular genetics. She then joined the Center for Medical Genetics at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (now Northshore University Healthsystem) in Illinois, providing clinical care for adult patients and coordinating the Pancreatic Cancer Family Registry. Ms. Patel joined the CCRA in 2005. She provides cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling services to patients within the diverse clinical programs at the Mass General Cancer Center. Her activities also include educating health care providers and the public in genetics, student supervision and training. Ms. Patel’s primary interests lie in patient care and education outreach programs that facilitate the integration of genetics into medical care. In addition to the Breast/Ovarian and GI Cancer Genetics clinics, Ms. Patel has a special interest in hereditary diffuse gastric cancer syndrome and serves on the scientific advisory council of No Stomach for Cancer patient support group.
Ms. Pelletier joined the CCRA in 2017 after receiving her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Boston University School of Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Northeastern University. Prior to starting graduate school, Ms. Pelletier held a research assistant role on multiple genetic research studies at Boston Children’s Hospital. As a genetic counselor in the CCRA, Ms. Pelletier sees patients in the Breast/Ovarian and GI Cancer Genetics clinics in both Boston and Danvers. Her interests include investigating the implementation of new genomic technologies, advocating for those with rare diseases, and spreading the word of genetic counseling through high school and college career outreach.
Ms. Rodgers-Fouché first joined the CCRA as a research assistant while earning her Bachelor of Science in biology from Northeastern University. After earning a Master’s in Genetic Counseling from the University of Maryland, she returned to the CCRA as a genetic counselor in 2012. She provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services in both the Breast/Ovarian and GI Cancer Genetics clinics. Additionally, Ms. Rodgers-Fouché serves as one of the CCRA representatives to the Lynch Syndrome Screening Network, an international group of cancer genetics clinicians focused on universal screening for Lynch syndrome. Outside of clinic, Ms. Rodgers-Fouché is interested in introducing the field of genetic counseling to high school and undergraduate students. To this end, she regularly presents at local schools and coordinates the undergraduate internship program at the CCRA.
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