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Genetic Counseling

We offer genetic counseling to help you and your partner better understand and assess the health of the mother, baby and any health risks that could affect either of them. Comprehensive genetic consultations are provided for a variety of indications including, but not limited to, genetic carrier testing and assessment of risks for known hereditary disorders in the family, advanced maternal age, abnormal genetic screening results, structural birth defects and teratogenic exposures.

Genetic Counseling includes:

  • Analysis of your family history for genetic disorders and reproductive risk factors.
  • Providing education regarding options for noninvasive genetic screening versus diagnostic testing and coordinates appropriate testing.
  • Evaluating the results
  • Provides information and helps families reach decisions regarding what to do next and the appropriate subspecialty care in context of known maternal and/or fetal genetic disorder

Genetic counselors have completed a master’s program in genetics and counseling. They must also pass an exam administered by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

Meet Fetal Diagnostic Center’s Genetic Counselor

Karina Seidl Nall, M.S.

Karina Seidl Nall is a board certified genetic counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, followed by a master’s degree in genetic counseling at the Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia.

After practicing in Michigan, Karina relocated to the Phoenix area where she has been a prenatal genetic counselor since 2006. Karina is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis.

Karina’s genetic counseling philosophy is patient-centered and focuses on helping couples make informed choices about options for reproductive screening and genetic testing, medical management, and family communication through the process of facilitated decision making. Her capability and know-how is augmented by an effective and culturally sensitive approach to diverse populations. She uses her prior clinical experience to provide support for patients’ decisions based on their genetic testing outcomes. In particular, she strives to incorporate emerging genetic knowledge and recent technological advances to offer exemplary patient care.

Karina believes her prior experience will enhance assistance to local physicians involved in the ongoing care of the next generation of Arizona families.

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