On Thursday, November 8, 2018, we celebrated the second-annual National Genetic Counselor Awareness Day!

In an effort to help raise awareness and spread the word about our profession, we shared personal stories from the UAB Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program's alumni, faculty and clinicians. We asked everyone participating to tell us what they do as a Genetic Counselor (GC) and why they love being a GC.

You can see all of our videos below and if you like them, please share them on your favorite social media platform and join the national conversation using #IAmaGeneticCounselor.

Of course, we, just like you, love being genetic counselors every day of the year so if you wish to create a video and have it added to our page, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details -thank you for your support!

 

Brandon Shaw, Alabama

Brandon Shaw is a 2017 graduate of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. Today he is at UAB working with people who have rare or undiagnosed diseases. In his video, Brandon says he enjoys the research aspect of being a genetic counselor but talks about the impact a genetic counselor can have on the education of families.

Lauren Flueckinger, North Carolina

Lauren Flueckinger is a 2013 graduate of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. Currently she is a genetic counselor in the Duke University Department of Pediatrics. In her video, she talks about working in the rare area of metabolic genetics and the enjoyment she gets from working with families and their treatments.

Tricia Page, Alabama

Tricia Page is program director of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. In this video, she talks about the great need for genetic counselors who are bright and compassionate. Tricia also talks about the rewards of training the next generation of genetic counselors that will help patients and families. Enjoy!

Jessica Denton, Alabama

Jessica Denton is a 2013 graduate of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program, who also happens to be an assistant professor in the program. Jessica's video delves into her favorite part of teaching the next generation of genetic counselors. Enjoy!

Katy Drazba, South Carolina

Katy Drazba is a 2016 graduate of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. Today she is working in South Carolina as a genetic counselor for Greenwood Genetic Center. In her video, Katy talks about telehealth genetic counseling and why she loves working with families and children.

Dana Schippman, Wisconsin

Dana Schippman is a 2016 graduate of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. She is a certified pediatric genetic counselor at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In her video she talks about the enjoyment she gets from working with families to understand everything.

Meagan Farmer, Alabama

Meagan Farmer is a faculty member of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. She also works as a genetic counselor at UAB Cancer & Prenatal Clinics. In this clip, Meagan explains her favorite part of being a genetic counselor and why earning an MBA will help her help more people. Enjoy!

Christina Hurst, Alabama

Christina Hurst is an assistant professor and assistant program director of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. Prior to teaching, she worked as a genetic counselor and research coordinator for the UAB Department of Genetics. She talks about growing with an institution, working with patients and helping develop future genetic counselors.

Andrea Stacy, Missouri

Andrea Stacy is a 2017 graduate of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. She is a genetic counselor at Washington University in St. Louis and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She tells us why genetic counseling is an exciting field.

Crescenda Williams, Texas

Crescenda Williams is a 2015 graduate of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. Today she is working in Texas as a genetic counselor at Children’s Medical Center. In her video, Rebecca talks about working with children with genetic conditions and what she considers the most rewarding part of her job as a genetic counselor.

Whitley Kelley, Alabama

Whitley Kelley is a 2015 graduate of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program, who is a genetic counselor at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine. In her video, she talks about working as a genetic counselor in clinical and research settings and why she loves working with families.

Lynn Holt, Alabama

Lynn Holt established our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program in 2007. Today, she provides medical genetics education for programs across the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In this video, she talks about her favorite part of being a genetic counselor - spreading the love of genetics with countless students each year.

Rebecca Moore, Michigan

Rebecca Moore is a 2017 graduate of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. Today she is working in Michigan as a genetic counselor for Henry Ford Health System. In her video, Rebecca talks about working with prenatal and cancer patients as a genetic counselor and the variety of her daily schedule.

Catherine Schultz, Oklahoma

Catherine Schultz is a 2014 graduate of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. Today she is working in Oklahoma as a genetic specialist for Ambry Genetics. In her video, Catherine explains her non-traditional genetic counseling role and why her role as a genetic counselor is exciting.

Emily Wakefield, Ohio

Emily Wakefield is a 2014 graduate of our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. She works as a clinical genetic counselor and a lab genetic counselor at Cincinnati Children's. Emily's video talks about the many different and beneficial ways she uses her genetic counseling skills daily.

Alicia Gomes and Anna Hurst, Alabama

An Alabama Newscenter article titled "UAB provides top genetic counseling in Southeast" featured this video with Anna Hurst and Alicia Gomes, both genetic counselors at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The article takes an in depth look at the strength of UAB Genetic Counseling from training to practice. For more information, read the full article.