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 Risk Evaluation 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

Genetic Risk Evaluation FAQs

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 the following locations:

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Nora Nashawaty, MS, LCGC

Professional Education

The Graduate School, Northwestern University (Fall 2016-Spring 2018)

  • Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling

College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities (Fall 2011-Spring 2015)

  • Bachelor of Science in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
  • Minor in Organizational Leadership

Certification and Licensure

  • American Board of Genetic Counseling – Certified Genetic Counselor Sept 2018 - Present
  • MN Board of Medical Practice – Licensed Genetic Counselor March 2019 - Present

Areas of Special Interest

  • Genetic Risk Assessment
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Hereditary Breast and
  • Ovarian Cancer and Lynch syndrome, and rare conditions such as Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia and Li-Fraumeni Syndrom

Nora provides consultations at the following locations: