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Genetic counseling and test coordination services are provided by licensed and board certified genetic counselors. Genetic counselors have advanced training in medical genetics and counseling to guide and support patients seeking more information about how inherited diseases and conditions might affect them or their families. Learn more about Genetic Counselors.

TriHealth Cancer Institute

 Elise BendikElise Bendik, MS, LGC

Elise Bendik joined the TriHealth Cancer Institute in 2018 as a Board Certified and Licensed Genetic Counselor. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2010 with a Master of Science in Medical Genetics. She also has a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with concentration in Biotechnology from the University of Illinois. Elise is licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board, the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, and the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to practice as a Genetic Counselor. She is also Board Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

Elise has spent the majority of her career specializing in oncology genetic counseling and has experience working in industry, research, and clinic settings. Her professional interests include reducing barriers to genetic testing and implementing alternative service delivery models, including telehealth and point of care testing.

Leah Lindak, MS, Licensed Certified Genetic Counselor

Leah Lindak joined the TriHealth Cancer Institute in 2021 as a Board Certified and Licensed Genetic Counselor. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and Licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board. She graduated in 2020 from the Ohio State University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program with a Master of Science.

Leah’s career started in pediatrics where she specialized in hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant. Her specialty has shifted to adult oncology since becoming a TriHealth team member. She is currently focused on providing clinical genetic counseling to patients and she hopes to extend into education and student supervision in the future. Her professional interests include increasing genetic counseling awareness to diverse populations and developing patient resources that ensure genetic information is easy to understand and readily available.

Shannon McIntyre, MS, LGC

Shannon McIntyre joined the TriHealth Cancer Institute as a genetic counselor in 2021. She received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics from the Ohio State University and in 2021, Shannon graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine with a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. Shannon is licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board, is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, and is certified in pharmacogenomics. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

At TriHealth, Shannon specializes in oncology, pharmacogenomics, and general adult genetic counseling. She primarily sees patients at the Good Samaritan Western Ridge and Thomas Center locations.

 Courtney RiceCourtney Rice, MS, Licensed Certified Genetic Counselor

Courtney Rice joined the TriHealth Cancer Institute as a clinical genetic counselor in 2011. She serves the TriHealth team as the supervisor of the genetic counseling department. Mrs. Rice is a 2008 graduate of the University of Cincinnati Genetic Counseling Program earning a Master degree in Medical Genetics.

Mrs. Rice is Board Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board to practice as a genetic counselor.

Mrs. Rice’s professional interests include hereditary cancer syndromes, pharmacogenomic testing, providing education about genetic medicine to medical providers and the general public, and developing and implementing genomic medicine tools into care delivery.

 Karen WernkeKaren Wernke, MMSc, CGC

Karen Wernke joined the TriHealth Cancer Institute as a genetic counselor in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics from the Ohio State University. In 2018, Karen graduated from Emory University School of Medicine with a Master of Medical Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling.

Karen is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She is also licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board to practice as a genetic counselor.

Her professional interests include identification of hereditary breast cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, and hematologic cancers.

TriHealth Women's Services

 Elizabeth Owens-ThomasElizabeth Owens-Thomas, MS, LGC

Elizabeth Owens-Thomas joined TriHealth as a genetic counselor in 2018. She secured her Master of Science at the University of Cincinnati Genetic Counseling Program in 2018 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2015 from King University in Bristol, TN.

Elizabeth is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and licensed to practice as a clinical genetic counselor by the Ohio State Medical Board. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the Ohio Association of Genetic Counselors, and the Ohio Department of Health’s Birth Defects Prevention and Awareness program.

Elizabeth is primarily located at the Bethesda North Perinatal Center where she specializes in prenatal and pre-conception genetic counseling. Her professional interests include preconception health, prenatal screening, and helping patients determine which testing options are right for them.

 Nicki SmithNicki Smith, MS, LGC

Nicki Smith joined TriHealth in 2012 as a genetic counselor. She obtained her Master of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati Genetic Counseling Program in 2012. Prior to graduate school, she performed gene therapy research and development at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Otterbein University in 2007.

Nicki is licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board to practice as a clinical genetic counselor. She is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is an active member of both the Ohio Association of Genetic Counselors and the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

At TriHealth, Nicki specializes in prenatal and pre-conception genetic counseling. She primarily sees patients at the Good Samaritan Hospital Seton Center for Advanced Obstetrics.

TriHealth Heart Institute

 Annelise PageAnnelise Page MS, MA, LCGC

Annelise Page joined the TriHealth Precision Medicine and Genetic Counseling program in 2019. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling and a Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities shortly before joining TriHealth as a genetic counselor. Annelise is specialized in the area of cardiovascular genetics.

Annelise is licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board, the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, and the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana to practice as a genetic counselor. Annelise is a certified genetic counselor and diplomate of the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

Annelise’s professional interests include cardiac amyloidosis, inherited arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death. Additional interests include the ethics of population genetic screening for adult onset medical conditions.

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