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Genetic Counselling Faculty

FACULTY MEMBER BIOGRAPHY

Nancy Anoja, MSc, CCGC

Nancy Anoja graduated in 2009 from Université de Montréal (with an MSc) in genetic counselling and has been a Canadian Certified Genetic Counsellor since 2011. She has worked in a clinical setting since then; including four years in cancer genetics and one year with Orphanet-Quebec, gathering resources that are available as Orphanet’s reference portal.

During the last 8 years, Nancy has worked at the Montreal Neurological Hospital, working as part of a multidisciplinary clinic for the ALS clinic, Movement disorder clinic, Epilepsy clinic and the Neurogenetic/Neuromuscular clinic. Working closely with specialized clinicians, researchers, nurse specialists and the clinical trial research unit, has allowed her to refine her knowledge and counselling skills specific in neurodegenerative diseases.

Laurence Baret, MA, MSc, CGC, CCGC

Laurence Baret has been a Genetic Counsellor in the Adult Genetics Program in the Division of Medical Genetics at the MUHC since 2015. Prior to joining the MUHC Genetics Program, she worked in prenatal diagnosis and cancer genetics at the Jewish General Hospital. She received a Master of Arts in Bioethics in 2008 at Université de Montréal and a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counselling from University of Toronto in 2013. Laurence is a Lecturer in the Department of Human Genetics at McGill University as well as a clinical supervisor and research mentor to students in the MSc Program in Genetic Counselling. Laurence is an active member of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC); she has served as co-chair of the Scientific Planning Committee of the Annual Education Conference. She is also a member of the Canadian Certification Board. Laurence became the Associate Director of the MSc in Genetic Counselling Program here in January 2022. 

As a genetic counsellor, Laurence provides comprehensive genetic counselling consultations to individuals and families with a history of a genetic condition. Laurence sees patient with diverse genetic conditions at her General Adult Genetic Counselling clinics. She is also involved in the following specialty clinics: cardiogenetics, oculargenetics, Ashkenazi Jewish Screening Program for Tay-Sachs disease, Familial Dysautonomia and Canavan Disease, Huntington predictive testing Genetic Counselling Program and the Neurogenetics’outreach Program with Abitibi.

Frédéric Coulombe, MSc, CCGC

Frédéric Coulombe is a certified genetic counsellor at the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory of the McGill University Health Centre. Frédéric completed a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology at the University of Sherbrooke and a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counselling at the University of Montreal. Frédéric is the first genetic counselor in Quebec to be fully integrated in a molecular laboratory where his expertise is used in the approval of genetic testing requests, the education of requesting healthcare professionals, the review of genetic test results, the writing of result reports and the coordination of research projects. He is the organizer of the Medical Genetics Grand Rounds, a series of conferences from experts in the field of genetics held annually for the McGill Medical Genetics Division. He also has an appointment of Faculty Lecturer in the McGill University Department of Human Genetics. His main interests are in optimising the genetic test request process, facilitating access to medical genetics services and advancing the role of genetic counselors in the laboratory setting.

Stella Drury, MSc, CGC, CCGC

Since shortly after graduating as a Genetic counsellor, Stella has been working in the Pediatric Medical Genetics clinic at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Although the clinic is general, she is specifically interested in disorders of sex development and genodermatoses. She also enjoy being a clinical supervisor for the MSc in Genetic Counselling program and teaches a series of lectures in the 1st year Practicum class. Outside of work, her interests include hiking, cooking and classic literature.

Janine El Helou, MSc, CGC, CCGC

Janine El Helou graduated from the Master’s of Biomedical Sciences Program in 2013 and the microprogram in Medical Genetics in 2015 from the University of Montreal. In 2017 she graduated from the Master’s of Genetic Counselling Program from McGill University and obtained her Canadian and American certifications. After graduation, she worked in cancer genetics at the Jewish General Hospital and then in cancer genetics and adult genetics (endocrinology) at the CHUM. Janine has been working at the Jewish General Hospital in cancer genetics and prenatal diagnosis since 2018. Janine is involved in training and supervising genetic counselling trainees and residents in genetics. Furthermore, she co-coordinates a course offered to Genetic Counselling trainees at McGill University. Janine is currently the treasurer of the Quebec Association of Genetic Counsellors and has also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors and was co-chair of the Genetic Counselling Awareness Committee.

Jennifer Fitzpatrick, MSc, CGC

Jennifer Fitzpatrick is a genetic counsellor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Genetics. She obtained her BSc in Biology from McGill University in 1988 and her MS in Human Genetics/Genetic Counseling from the University of Michigan in 1989. She worked clinically in pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, and spent 2 years at INSERM SC11 in Paris as a research assistant, prior to returning to Montreal in 1999. At McGill she has worked clinically in pediatrics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and in prenatal diagnosis at the Jewish General Hospital. She became the Director of the MSc in Genetic Counselling Program in 2005 and currently enjoys teaching and learning with students in the Faculties of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and Law.

Stephanie Fox, MSc, MS, CGC, CCGC

I have worked at the McGill University Health Centre since 2005 as a clinical genetic counsellor, first for a year in the hereditary cancer and Huntington disease clinics and then transferring to the pediatrics team at the Montreal Children’s Hospital where I have worked ever since. Most of my clinics are general genetics clinics, but I am specialized in some conditions, including ocular genetics conditions, neurofibromatosis and the periodic fever syndromes. I am involved in clinical supervision of genetic counselling students and genetics residents during their training and I teach a module on risk assessment to both groups as well as other trainees in genetics. I have also given lectures about our ocular genetics clinic to both ophthalmology and genetics trainees. Beyond the clinical work, I am co-lead in the effort to put professional regulation in place and ultimately obtain title protection for genetic counsellors in Quebec.

Leah Hammond, MSc, MSc, CGC

Leah graduated from the University of Toronto MSc Genetic Counselling Program in June 2022. She has worked since October 2022 in Prenatal Diagnosis at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. Prior to training as a genetic counsellor, she completed an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s in human genetics at McGill University. During this time, she cultivated a fondness for both genetics, and the vibrant city of Montreal. Leah previously worked for a science education company based in Montreal, where her science communication skills and creativity were constantly put to the test! When not talking about genes, Leah enjoys cycling, running, and stoking the blood sugar levels of her friends and family with baked goods.

Alana Mistry, MSc, CGC

Alana holds a Master of Science in Genetic Counselling from McGill University and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Following graduation, she achieved ABGC certification and worked clinically in Cancer Genetics at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut before returning to Montreal to pursue a Neurogenetics role at the Montreal Neurological Hospital. She currently holds a dual role at the McGill University Health Centre as a Laboratory and Clinical Cancer Genetic Counsellor while also co-coordinating the Practicum I course offered to first-year McGill Genetic Counselling students. Alana is committed to providing high quality patient care from both a laboratory and clinical perspective, and hopes to continue to broaden her expertise to provide meaningful contributions to society and the growing genetic counselling profession.

Lara Reichman, MSc, CGC, CCGC

Lara Reichman is genetic counsellor primarily specializing in cancer. In the last few years, she has worked in a both research and clinical role, seeing patients for pediatric and adult oncogenetics. She works with Dr. Catherine Goudie on a variety of projects related to pediatric cancer predisposition syndromes, including the McGill Interactive Pediatric OncoGenetic Guidelines (MIPOGG) app and a registry tracking events in people living with cancer predisposition syndromes. They manage a Pediatric Oncogenetics Surveillance clinic for children and adolescents at the MCH who require regular screening. She says, "It is a privilege to work with these families." This dual role has given Lara more research experience and provided a great foundation to contribute to the HGEN 610 Independent Studies Project course. Lara is also involved with the HGEN 641 Genetic Counselling Practicum II course.

Laura Palma, MSc, CGC, CCGC

Laura received her MSc in Genetic Counselling from the University of Toronto in 2005 and joined the Department of Medical Genetics at the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) shortly after graduation where she remains today. She is certified by both the American Board of Genetic Counselors and the Canadian Board of Genetic Counselling. In her role as a clinical cancer genetic counsellor, Laura sees patients and families at risk for a variety of hereditary cancer and neoplasia syndromes, both in the adult and pediatric settings. Laura is an Assistant Professor in the McGill Department of Human Genetics and is actively involved in course coordination and teaching, clinical research, and supervision of genetic counselling students. She is currently co-chair of the Private Pay testing ad hoc committee of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors and is an active member of the Canadian Cancer Genetics and Genomics (C2G2) Community. Her research interests are in the areas of hereditary cancer and mainstreaming models of cancer genetics service delivery.

Guillaume Sillon, MSc, CCGC

Guillaume Sillon is a genetic counsellor working at the McGill University Health Center since 2008, after graduating from the Master’s in genetic counselling of the University of Montreal. Certified by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) in 2009 and after 2 years in prenatal diagnosis, Guillaume has been working in adult genetics with patients and families affected with different conditions (cardiovascular, neurological, ocular etc.). He has also been involved with the improvement of the access to carrier screening for the Ashkenazi Jewish community through the establishment of an online education module. Guillaume is involved with teaching McGill University genetic counselling students. He has served on the Board of the CAGC and of the Quebec Association of Genetic Counsellors, has been involved with a few CAGC committees and contributed to the development of Lexigene, an online translation tool of genetic counselling terms. Finally, he started collaborating with the genomics team of the World Health Organization in 2015. His main interests are population screening and facilitating access to medical genetics services globally

Evan Weber, MSc., CGC, CCGC

Evan Weber is a certified genetic counsellor at the McGill University Health Centre where he provides clinical genetic counselling to adults and children in the Hereditary Cancer Clinic. Evan received a Bachelor's degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University, and a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counselling from the University of Toronto. As a part of the McGill MSc in Genetic Counselling program, Evan provides clinical supervision to trainees, as well as didactic teaching and supervision of student research projects. He has an appointment of Faculty Lecturer in the McGill University Department of Human Genetics. Evan's clinical and research interests include genetic testing for ovarian cancer, genetic counselling service delivery models, and pediatric hereditary cancer syndromes.

 

 

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