Minnesota Oncology

Genetic Counselors

Our Certified Genetic Counselors are committed to educating and supporting people with an elevated risk of cancer due to genetic factors. Their expertise in accurate risk assessment and surveillance techniques provide an additional dimension of insight for medical providers in caring for their high-risk patients.

Our genetic counseling program includes:

  • Detailed family history review
  • Genetic counseling and testing as indicated
  • Developing a personalized strategy to reduce cancer risk
  • Access to research trials
  • Written communication/recommendations sent to referral sources/healthcare teams
Anna Leininger, MS, Genetic Counselor

“As a Certified Genetic Counselor since 1996, I am passionate about using genetic information and technology to eliminate the needless devastation of cancer in families with high genetic risk. By making genetic information understandable and genetic technology accessible, we empower families and their medical providers to make fully-informed healthcare decisions to reduce cancer incidence and mortality.”

Anna is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and holds a Masters of Science Degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Anna provides consultations at these locations:

Burnsville Clinic, (952) 892.7190

Maplewood Cancer Center (651) 779.7978

Woodbury Clinic (651) 735.7414

Rachel Riesgraf, MS, Genetic Counselor

“As a Certified Genetic Counselor with Minnesota Oncology and the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, I am committed to helping patients, families and their healthcare providers understand and utilize genetic information to personalize medical decision-making with the aim of early detection and prevention of cancer. The field of genetics has continued to prove that knowledge about risk is a powerful weapon in changing the outcome or occurrence of cancer in a family, both now and for generations to come.”

Rachel is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and holds a Master of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota.

Rachel provides genetic services at Minnesota Oncology’s Edina Clinic in partnership with Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.

Edina Clinic  (952) 928.2900


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