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genetic counselor

a health professional academically and clinically prepared to communicate genetic, medical, and technical information about the occurrence, or risk of occurrence, of a genetic condition or birth defect. As part of a genetic delivery services team, the genetic counselor consults with individuals, and/or their families, about their birth defects or genetic disorders, their risk for inherited conditions, and their options. A masters' degree in genetic counseling is usually required; the American Board of Genetic Counseling provides certification.

ge·net·ic coun·sel·or

(jĕ-net'ik kown'sĕ-lŏr)
A physician or scientist who specializes in diseases or conditions closely linked to inheritance.

genetic counselor

A health care professional who specializes in the education and support of patients, families, or prospective parents about inherited diseases to which they or their offspring may be susceptible.
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Jennifer Stallworth, one of the genetic counselors at Greenwood Genetic Center, explained that her role is to counsel patients who may be considering the test, including informing them about the risk for chromosomal conditions in their pregnancies, and discussing the pros and cons of NIPT, compared with other screening and diagnostic testing options.
One mother said, "Our genetic counselor connected us with the local parent to parent group which enabled us to make connections with others parents of children with Down syndrome.
For instance, what if a cardiologist who is well versed on long QT syndrome genetic tests counsels his patients, but they are then required to meet with a genetic counselor to review the same information?
To help decide if genetic testing is right for you, talk with a genetic counselor about your family history.
I most often see individuals who have had one or more family members with a certain type of cancer and who want to know what this may mean for them," explains Carrie Zabel, a board-certified genetic counselor at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Like nearly all genetic counselors, Brenda begins work on each case by meeting with clients and gathering medical and other information.
Consumers may have also followed their own personal values or belief systems when assessing choice for genetic tests and that genetic counselors may want to develop a policy statement about new genetic tests that are becoming available and the ethical concerns regarding prenatal testing for life altering conditions.
Most genetic counselors advise people to consider genetic testing if they have a family history of a genetic condition, belong to an ethnic group at higher risk for certain genetic diseases, or have been exposed to environmental hazards.
Services: will genotype one million SNPs using Affymetrix technology; Health Compass will provide risk reports for about a dozen diseases; results relayed by genetic counselor