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., is a board certified genetic counselor who obtained her Masters in Genetic Counseling from the University of Cincinnati. She started practicing in 1995 at The Fetal Diangostic Center at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. She then joined the FDIP family in the 2005. She specializes in prenatal 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 has a Masters in Genetic Counseling from the University of Maryland. She joined the FDIP family in the spring of 2007 and is happy to return to Hawaii. She specializes in prenatal and cancer genetic counseling services where she works closely with families to ensure that they receive the best possible care and information available.