Genetic counselors are board certified/eligible health care professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling.
Genetic counselors work as members of a health care team, providing information and support to families and to help them understand inherited conditions and how genetic screening/testing could affect them and their families. They identify families at risk, investigate the problem present in the family, interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence and review available options with the family.
Genetic counselors also provide supportive counseling to families, serve as patient advocates and refer individuals and families to community or state support services. They serve as educators and resource people for other health care professionals and for the general public.
Tammy Stumbaugh, M.S., C.G.C
Tammy is a board-certified genetic counselor who obtained her Masters in Genetic Counseling from the University of Cincinnati in 1995. She obtained her BA degree of Biological Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1992. Tammy moved to Oahu and started practicing at The Fetal Diagnostic Center at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in 1995. She then joined the FDIP family in the 2005. She specializes in prenatal, pre-conception and cancer genetic counseling. When not in the office you can find Tammy cheering on her son's sports activities.
Melissa Bitanga, M.G.C
Melissa Bitanga, MGC, CGC has a Masters in Genetic Counseling from the University of Maryland. She joined the FDIP family in the spring of 2007 and specializes in prenatal, preconception and cancer genetic counseling services. She enjoys working closely with families to ensure that they receive the best possible care and information available.