What Do We Do?
Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. This process integrates the following:
- Interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence.
- Education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research.
- Counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition.
Genetic counselors are Masters trained health professionals. We are licensed by the State of Illinois and certified by the American Board of Genetic Counselors.
Genetic counselors are available to speak to patients for various reasons. At your reproductive genetic counseling visit, we will collect you and your partner’s personal and family health history to provide information regarding potential risks for birth defects and other possible genetic conditions. Based on the information collected, we will also discuss potential genetic screening and diagnostic testing options that are available to you. Some common reasons why you might meet with a genetic counselor include a personal or family history of birth defects, intellectually disability, known genetic disorders, or to discuss different prenatal genetic testing options or carrier screening.
Appointments are by referral from a physician. For appointment information call:
Brenda Ortiz: (312) 413-3890
Our Genetic Counselors
Rachel Campagna, MS
After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rachel Campagna worked as a Genetic Counseling Assistant at a clinical genetics laboratory in the Cardiology Department. Rachel attended the Indiana State University Masters of Genetic Counseling program, graduating in May of 2020. Throughout her graduate studies, Rachel developed a special interest in reproductive genetics and preconception genetic screening options available to patients. Rachel is excited to be back home in Chicago helping provide exceptional prenatal care to the women of Chicago and helping patients become empowered to make informed decisions in their pregnancy.
Rebekah Nailorzee, MS
After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Daemen College in New York, Rebekah Nailorzee completed her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Rebekah’s past research has primarily focused on psychiatric expectation and outcomes for individuals with mosaic Down syndrome. Throughout her experience, Rebekah has also developed a passion for prenatal and reproductive genetics particularly in the high risk prenatal population. Her goal is to provide patients with education and information so they can feel understood, informed and empowered to make their own decisions regarding their pregnancy and prenatal care.