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​​​“My goal is for my patients to feel informed and empowered.”

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A middle school class trip to a genetics laboratory and a high school advanced biology course introduced Anna Cisler to the world of genetics and inspired her to become a genetic counselor.

“I like medicine. I like teaching and learning. I like interacting with people,” she said. “So genetic counseling is a perfect combination of those elements.”

Anna collects and assesses patient and family health information to help patients understand genetic health risk factors that may be present in their family. She enjoys educating patients about their genetic health history so that they can make informed decisions about their health and the care they want to receive.

“I talk to patients about what genetic testing or evaluation(s) may be helpful, how genetic testing works, and what the results of a test may mean for them and their families,” Anna said. “If a diagnosis is established, we help coordinate care that patient might need moving forward and also discuss how that information may impact other family members.”

Like many areas of medicine, genetics is not always black and white, there are a lot of grey areas. “I’m here to help patients and their providers navigate through the complex world of medical genetics,” Anna said.

Anna earned her bachelor’s degree in genetics from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She then received her Master of Science in human genetics and genetic counseling from the University of Michigan. “Always a Badger at heart,” she said.

When she’s not working, Anna is an active member of multiple volunteer organizations in the community, enjoys playing softball and volleyball, practicing yoga, and hikes with her dog.

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  • Professional Societies
    American Board of Genetic Counseling National Society of Genetic Counselors

    Board Certifications
    Genetic Counselor: 2011

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