Michelle is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor at Invitae with over 20 years of experience in reproductive health and clinical genetics. Michelle has worked in a variety of settings spanning both academic medicine and commercial genetics laboratories, including the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, the University of California, San Francisco, LabCorp, and CombiMatrix. Michelle is passionate about empowering patients and healthcare providers to better understand complex genetic and medical information as a way of personalizing medical care and bringing genetics into mainstream medicine. Michelle is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the American College of Medical Genetics, and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and serves on the editorial board of Lab Tests Online. Michelle holds a Master of Science degree in genetic counseling from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Washington.
Researchers have long been recognizing the uniqueness of women’s health and the substantial effect on clinical practice, acknowledging the increasing appreciation of the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to health and disease. In every organ system, there are diseases that are unique to women, more common in women than in men, or characterized by differences in disease course in women compared with men. This session will include the effect of women’s health on the following topics: