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Cheryl Scacheri, MS, LGC

Cheryl Scacheri is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor. Cheryl brings diverse genomics experience to Courtagen, having worked in patient care, genetics research and molecular testing. She was GeneDx's first genetic counselor and worked there for seven years, eventually managing a genomics education initiative that included giving dozens of formal presentations, training the sales force and internal technical experts, and growing the company's online presence. Cheryl also worked for the world-renowned research geneticist Dr. Eric Hoffman for 5 years and was the director of the genetic counseling division at the Cleveland Clinic. Cheryl earned a master's degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree from Drew University in Madison, NJ. She has served on the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) board of directors and won the NSGC's Strategic Leader Award in 2008.

Recent Posts

Pathogenic, Benign, or Uncertain: Evaluating Genetic Variants

Posted by Cheryl Scacheri, MS, LGC on Jan 5, 2017 2:03:00 PM
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Topics: Genetic Testing, Genetics

The Power of Parents: How Parent Samples Improve Genetic Testing Results

Posted by Cheryl Scacheri, MS, LGC on Dec 8, 2016 10:45:00 AM

At Courtagen, we offer DNA testing that uses next generation sequencing to diagnose neurological, mitochondrial, and other disorders. Because the brain and mitochondria are so complex, many of our panels have a thousand genes or more.

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Topics: Seizure Disorders, Mitochondrial Disorders, Genetic Testing, Developmental Delay

How Courtagen's Genetic Tests Differ from 23andMe

Posted by Cheryl Scacheri, MS, LGC on Oct 26, 2016 3:46:02 PM
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Topics: Genetic Testing, Genetics

4 Common Genetic Testing Myths Debunked

Posted by Cheryl Scacheri, MS, LGC on Oct 5, 2016 10:33:00 AM

As with computers and other technology-based fields, an incredible amount of progress has been made in our understanding of genetics since Watson and Crick first described DNA over 60 years ago.

Next generation sequencing is a relatively new lab method that looks at more genes in less time than previous technologies, precipitating an explosion of knowledge connecting genes and health. Advances are also being made in the treatment and management of genetic conditions.

Even with all this advancement, there are some myths about genetic testing that still exist. Today we are going to debunk four of the most commonly-believed genetic testing myths.

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Topics: Genetic Testing

5 Ways Genetic Testing Can Make a Difference

Posted by Cheryl Scacheri, MS, LGC on Aug 24, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Maybe your physician has ordered genetic testing for you, or perhaps you’ve been wondering if it might be helpful to have your child undergo a genetic test. Perhaps you are a physician who has never used genetic testing as a diagnostic tool before. If you are considering a genetic test for any reason, but aren’t sure if it’s something you want to pursue, this article is for you.

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Topics: Genetic Testing, Genetics