VCU Medical Center

Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

Clinical Genetics Faculty & Staff

Clinical Geneticists

Ray Lewandowski, MD

Hind Al Saif, MD

Genetic Counselors

Julie Bayer-Vile, M.S., CGC, MLS(ASCP)CMSCCM,MBCM
Julie is a board-certified genetic counselor who graduated from the VCU Genetic Counseling program. She earned her bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science from Salisbury University, as well as a master's degree in clinical laboratory science from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She was previously a senior medical technologist in the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at VCU Health. She currently counsels patients in the multidisciplinary Craniofacial and adult and pediatric General Genetics Clinics.

Tahnee Causey, MS, CGC
Tahnee is a board certified genetic counselor who sees patients in both prenatal and general genetics clinics.  She also sees pediatric and adult patients with bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia.  She is the Assistant Director of the VCU Genetic Counselor program and a Clinical Instructor with the VCU School of Medicine.

Chelsea Chambers, MS, LCGC
Chelsea is a board-certified genetic counselor who is a graduate of the Arcadia University Genetic Counseling Program in Philadelphia, PA. Her interests include working with patients with neuromuscular disorders.  She is the primary counselor for the Adult Muscular Dystrophy, Adult Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and the Pediatric Muscular Dystrophy multidisciplinary clinics. She is also involved in research with the Program for Translational Research in Muscular Dystrophies at VCU. Prior to working at VCU, she worked as a Genetic Counselor in Neurogenetics for over five years. Chelsea is the Treasurer for the Virginia Association of Genetic Counselors.

Heather Creswick, MS, CGC
Heather received her MS in Human Genetics from Sarah College in 1997.  She is a licensed, Board Certified genetic counselor with expertise in hereditary cancer risk.  In addition to her clinical work, she teaches and mentors students in the VCU Genetic Counseling program, sits on the Board of Directors for the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling Programs, and is a member of the Genetic Counseling Advisory Board to the Virginia Board of Medicine.

Allison Goodwin, MS, CGC
Allison is a licensed and board-certified genetic counselor who has been working at VCU since 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the College of William & Mary and her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the California State University Stanislaus program in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked in multiple genetic counseling settings, including prenatal and cardiovascular/common disease. Currently, she provides counseling to patients in our General/Pediatric Genetics Clinic and our Familial Cancer Clinic. In addition, she is involved in providing counseling to patients at risk for inherited heart disease as part of a joint effort between Genetics and Cardiology.

Ann Jewell, MS, LCGC
Ann received her master’s degree in genetic counseling from Sarah Lawrence College, is a board certified genetic counselor through the American Board of Medical Genetics and is licensed as a genetic counselor through the Virginia Board of Medicine. Ms. Jewell helped establish a Prenatal Diagnostic Center in Roanoke, Virginia where she practiced as the senior genetic counselor from 1990 until her move to Richmond in 2017.  Previous to her position in Roanoke, she worked in the Neurogenetics Department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and as a prenatal genetic counselor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Her clinical and research interests include fetal ultrasound, fetal pathology and neurogenetic disorders.

Kayla King, MS, CGC
Kayla is a board-certified genetic counselor who is a graduate of the VCU genetic counseling program. After graduation she worked as a prenatal genetic counselor. She currently specializes in pediatric and adult genetics and serves as a clinical supervisor. Her interests include working with children and patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Jennifer M. Lent, MS, CGC
Jennifer is a board-certified genetic counselor who earned her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from VCU. She currently works with patients seen in a variety of clinics, including cancer genetics, pediatric and adult genetics, and the multidisciplinary Center for Craniofacial Care. Jennifer also serves as a clinical supervisor.

Elizabeth Monast, MS, LCGC
Elizabeth is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor who provides counseling to patients in our Familial Cancer Clinic and General/Pediatric Genetics Clinic. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology from Virginia Tech and her M.S. in genetic counseling from LIU Post. Elizabeth is also a clinical supervisor for the VCU Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. 

Amy Northrop, MS, PhD
Amy graduated from VCU in 2021 with her master's degree in Genetic Counseling and PhD in Human and Molecular Genetics. After graduation, Amy began working as a genetic counselor at VCU Health in the metabolic, cancer, and pediatric and adult genetics clinics.

John Quillin, PhD, CGC
A certified genetic counselor who currently focuses on cancer genetic counseling. He is interested in studying communication of genetic risk for health promotion and decision-making, and justice in health care.

Kaitlyn Riley, MS, CGC
Kaitlyn earned her Bachelor’s degree at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She graduated with her Master’s in Genetic Counseling from VCU in 2018. She has been working at VCU since graduating as a cancer and prenatal genetic counselor. Kaitlyn is also a clinical supervisor for the Genetic Counseling program.

Berkley Schmidt, MS, LCGC
Berkley is a board-certified genetic counselor who is a graduate of the VCU genetic counseling program. Her interests include working with patients with connective tissue disorders, and she is the primary counselor for the EDS and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders multidisciplinary clinic. Berkley is also a clinical supervisor, provides cancer genetic counseling, and occasionally covers general clinics. Berkley is on the board of directors for the Virginia Association of Genetic Counselors.

Jordan Snajczuk, MS, LCGC
Jordan is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor who graduated from the VCU Genetic Counseling Program. She primarily provides genetic counseling services to children and adults in the General Genetics Clinic, the multidisciplinary NF1 Clinic, and the multidisciplinary Craniofacial Clinic. Jordan is also a clinical supervisor for students in the VCU Genetic Counseling Program.

Registered Dietitian

Emily McDermott, RD, CSP, LDN 
Emily is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition. She completed her Dietietic Internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and worked for over 10 years as a Pediatric Dietitian Specialist before joining the Metabolic team at VCU. She provides counseling regarding the nutrition management necessary to treat inborn errors of metabolism, which are specific genetic disorders in amino acid, fat, or carbohydrate metabolism.  

Administrative Staff

Patricia "Trisha" Prezioso
Program Support Assistant Senior
Phone: 804.628.3267
patricia.prezioso@vcuhealth.org

Aeman Rasul
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 804.628.3512
aeman.rasul@vcuhealth.org

 

 

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