Genetic
Medicine

Genetic medicine incorporates your personal genetic information into your health care experience, making your medical management as unique as you.

Precision Medicine

This growing approach to health care examines the differences in your genes, environment, and the way you live to look for existing genetic diseases, determine if you are at increased risk for a genetic condition and develop a treatment plan.

Pharmacogenetics, part of precision medicine, is used to understand how your body will metabolize medications based on your genetics.  Your doctor can use your genetic information to find the correct dosage of a medication for your body and lifestyle.

Genetic Counseling

Sanford Health has genetic counselors who are trained in both genetics and counseling. They are board certified and licensed. Genetic counseling helps people to understand the medical, psychological, and familial effects of genomics in a disease process.

Genetic counseling integrates the interpretation of family history, genomics, and medical history to assess the chance of having a disease or having a disease return as well as educate about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources, and research.  A genetic counselor provides counseling to make informed choices and adjust to the risk or condition.

What to ask at your next doctor’s visit:

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  • What genetic tests are offered at Sanford Health?
  • Would genetic testing be right for me?
  • How can I find out if I’m at risk for a hereditary disease?
  • How would Sanford Health use my genetic test results in my care?
  • What is pharmacogenetic testing and how would knowing how my body reacts to drugs help me?
  • Should I consider seeing a genetic counselor and what are my options at Sanford Health?

Genetic Counselors

VIEW BIO Heidi Albers, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Heidi Albers

Heidi received her master's degree from the University of Cincinnati. She provides genetic counseling services in Fargo, ND for prenatal and oncology.

VIEW BIO Megan Bell, SCM, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Megan Bell

Megan received her master's degree from John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She provides genetic counseling services in Sioux Falls, SD for adults, prenatal, pediatrics, pharmacogenetics and oncology.

VIEW BIO Lior Borovik, MS,LCGC Genetic Counselor

Lior Borovik

Lior received his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin. He provides genetic counseling services in Sioux Falls, SD for neurology and oncology.

VIEW BIO Shelby Brown, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Shelby Brown

Shelby received her master's degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She provides genetic counseling services in Sioux Falls, SD for pediatrics.

VIEW BIO Kristin Deberg, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Kristin Deberg

Kristin received her master's degree from South Dakota State University and Northwestern University. She provides cardiac genetic counseling services in Sioux Falls.

VIEW BIO Jason Flanagan, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Jason Flanagan

Jason received his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin. He provides genetic counseling services in Sioux Falls, SD primarily for reproductive medicine.

VIEW BIO Raeann Kragenbring, CGC Genetic Counselor

Raeann Kragenbring

Raeann received her master's degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She provides genetic counseling services in Sioux Falls, SD for maternal fetal medicine.

VIEW BIO Gabe Kringlen, MS Genetic Counselor

Gabe Kringlen

Gabe received his master's degree from Northwestern University. He provides genetic counseling services in Fargo for pediatrics.

VIEW BIO Lauryn LaPoint, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Lauryn LaPoint

Lauryn received her master's degree from Indiana University. She provides genetic counseling services in Fargo for prenatal and oncology.

VIEW BIO Jennifer Leonhard, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Jennifer Leonhard

Jennifer received her master's degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She provides genetic counseling services in Bemidji for general genetics patients, oncology, and prenatal.

VIEW BIO Rebecca Loman, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Rebecca Loman

Rebecca received her master's degree from Creighton University and the University of North Carolina-greensboro. She provides genetic counseling services in Sioux Falls, SD for obstretrics and primary medicine.

VIEW BIO Linda Wolf, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Linda Wolf

Linda received her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin. She provides genetic counseling services in Bismarck, ND for oncology and adult primary medicine.

VIEW BIO Lisa Ohden, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Lisa Ohden

Lisa received her master's degree from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She provides genetic counseling services in Sioux Falls, SD for pediatrics.

VIEW BIO Meghann Reardon, MS LCGC Genetic Counselor

Meghann Reardon

Meghann received her master's degree from the University of Cincinnati. She provides genetic counseling services in Fargo, ND for adults and primary care.

VIEW BIO Larissa Risty, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Larissa Risty

Larissa received her master's degree from the University of Utah. She is the director for the Athena Breast Screening program and sees patients in oncology.

VIEW BIO Erin Royer, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Erin Royer

Erin received her master's degree from Arcadia University. She provides genetic counseling services in Sioux Falls, SD for prenatal and adult genetic medicine.

VIEW BIO Quinn Stein, MS, LCGC Genetic Counselor

Quinn Stein

Quinn received his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin and is the director of the Augustana/Sanford Genetic Counseling Program.

Medical Geneticists

VIEW BIO Cornelius Boerkoel, MD, PhD Executive Director, Sanford Imagenetics Research Center, Executive Clinical Director, Sanford Genetics Laboratories

Cornelius Boerkoel

Dr. Boerkoel is the Executive Director of the Sanford Imagenetics Research Center on Genomic and Molecular medicine and Executive Clinical Director of Sanford Genetics Laboratories. He received his MD and PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He trained in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and in Clinical Genetics at the University of Toronto. He completed postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also served as clinical and research faculty.

VIEW BIO Kari Casas, MD Medical Genetics and Metabolism

Kari Casas

Dr. Casas practices at the Sanford Broadway Clinic in Fargo, ND. She graduated from the University of North Dakota - School of Medicine & Health in Grand Forks, ND. Dr. Casas completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK and a residency in genetics at the University of California in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Casas is board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American Board of Pediatrics.

VIEW BIO Laura Davis-Keppen, MD Pediatric Genetics/Endocrinology

Laura Davis-Keppen

Dr. Davis-Keppen practices at the Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic in Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated from medical school at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD. Dr. Davis-Keppen completed a residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK and also fellowships in pediatric genetics, endocrinology and metabolism. Dr. Davis-Keppen is board certified in clinical genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics and in pediatric endocrinology and pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.

VIEW BIO Catherine Hajek, MD Medical Genetics

Catherine Hajek

Cassie Hajek is a Sioux Falls, SD native. She graduated from the University of Michigan with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in industrial and operations engineering. After graduating from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and completing Internal Medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx NY, she practiced outpatient internal medicine for 3 years. In 2014, she took a leave from her practice at Sanford Adult Medicine in Sioux Falls, SD to pursue a medical genetics fellowship at the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Program. She now has a practice which includes patients with adult genetic conditions including cancer predisposition, connective tissue disease, cardiogenetics and neurogenetics.

VIEW BIO H. Eugene Hoyme, MD Chief, Genetics and Genomic Medicine, Sanford Health

H. Eugene Hoyme

Dr. Hoyme serves as a senior executive leader and advisor in genetics and genomic medicine at Sanford Health, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and the University of Arizona. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Sanford Children's Genomic Medicine Consortium, a formal collaborative in pediatric precision medicine among seven major children's hospitals. Dr. Hoyme received his BA summa cum laude from Augustana University in Sioux Falls and his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency and clinical genetics and dysmorphology fellowship training at the University of California, San Diego. He is board certified in pediatrics, clinical genetics and clinical cytogenetics.

VIEW BIO Pamela McGrann, MD Medical Genetics

Pamela McGrann

Dr. McGrann practices within the Roger Maris Cancer Center at Sanford - Fargo. She graduated from the University of Minnesota magna cum laude and from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, MN. She also completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. McGrann completed a fellowship in medical genetics at The Children's Hospital Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA and is board certified in clinical genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics.

VIEW BIO Angela Myers, MD Pediatric Genetics

Angela Myers

Dr. Myers provides clinical services at the Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic in Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated from medical school at the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Myers then completed a residency in Medical Genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, CA and became board certified in Medical Genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics. In 2016 Dr. Myers completed a one year Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine and returned to Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic with additional expertise in inborn errors of metabolism, mitochondrial disease and neurogenetics. Dr. Myers' area of expertise includes the comprehensive clinical genetic evaluations and lifelong care of children and adults with inherited and sporadic genetic disorders, focusing on dysmorphic (abnormal) features or birth defects, issues related to growth and neurodevelopment, and family history of genetic conditions.

Laboratory Genetic Professionals

VIEW BIO Chun-Hung Chan, PhD Senior Director of the Sanford BioBank

Chun-Hung Chan

Dr. Chan is the director of the Sanford BioBank and oversees collection of all biospecimens for Sanford Health. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Bath, U.K. He received a doctoral degree in developmental neurobiology from University College, London. He has post-doctoral training in biochemistry and proteomics at the University of Rochester, N.Y.

VIEW BIO Patricia Crotwell-Leiferman, PhD Director of the Sanford Medical Genetics Laboratory

Patricia Crotwell-Leiferman

Dr. Crotwell Leiferman received her bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University at Galveston, her master's degree from Texas A&M University and her doctorate degree from the University of South Dakota. Dr. Crotwell Leiferman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an ancillary appointment in the Division of Research, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Crotwell Leiferman is Board Certified in Clinical Cytogenetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics, and is Board-eligible in Molecular Genetics.

VIEW BIO Michelle Moore, CGC Genetic Counselor

Michelle Moore

Michelle received her master's degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Michelle works in our genomic laboratory assisting providers in ordering and interpreting testing.

VIEW BIO Amy Mroch, CGC Genetic Counselor

Amy Mroch

Amy received her master's degree from the University of Cincinnati. Amy is in charge of managing genetic testing to ensure patients receive the right test at the right time throughout the Sanford enterprise.

VIEW BIO Robert Pyatt, PhD Director of the Sanford Medical Genetics Laboratory

Robert Pyatt

Dr. Pyatt directs the Sanford Medical Genetics Laboratory. He holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Theater from Indiana University, an M.S. in Biology from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Pathology from Ohio State University. Dr. Pyatt also completed a fellowship in Clinical Molecular Genetics at Ohio State University and is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

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