What We Do

We provide genetic assessments and genetic counselling for people who may be at risk of hereditary conditions based on their medical or family history. Your doctor may recommend that you come for a genetics appointment if:

  • You have been diagnosed with a genetic condition
  • You are concerned that you might have a genetic condition
  • Several of your family members have the same medical problem, and you are concerned about what it might mean for you or your children
  • You have questions about family planning because of a genetic condition in your or your partner's family
  • You have questions about genetic testing​

About Genetic Conditions

Many genetic conditions are very rare. The following are some of the broad categories of conditions for which we offer assessments and counselling:

  • Connective tissue disorders (Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome)
  • Hereditary heart diseases (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)​
  • Hereditary kidney diseases (polycystic kidney disease)
  • Ocular diseases (retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt’s disease)
  • Inherited metabolic diseases (Fabry disease, glycogen storage diseases, mucopolysaccharidoses)
  • Inherited neurological disorders (spinocerebellar ataxia, hereditary spastic paraparesis, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease)

Tests & Services

  • Comprehensive medical assessments for people who may have a genetic condition
  • Genetic counselling regarding the chances of inheriting a known genetic condition in the family, or the chances of passing on a genetic condition to children
  • Genetic testing, when recommended
  • Ongoing medical management for people diagnosed with inherited metabolic diseases (such as Fabry disease, urea cycle defects, glycogen storage diseases or other lysosomal storage diseases)​

How to Prepare

Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.​​​​


 Materials and Resources to Help You

Visit our Health Information section and find dedicated resources to help you understand your condition. Find the information​ you’re looking for.​​

 Meet Our Team

Our team includes medical geneticists, genetic counsellors, a registered dietician and administrative support staff. Geneticists are doctors with specialized training in diagnosing and managing genetic conditions, and genetic counsellors are allied health care professionals who can help you understand your and your family's risks of developing an inherited condition.

Medical Director: Dr. Kathy Siminovitch, MD, FRCPC

Clinic Manager: Jillian Murphy

Staff Physicians or Specialists

Genetic Counsellors

  • Sonya Elango
  • Nicole Forster
  • Zoey Freedman
  • Charlotte Fung
  • Carleigh Robertson
  • Josh Silver
  • Marta Szybowska

Registered Dietitians

  • Heather Bell
  • Lauren Tucker
  • Grace Lee

Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Crystal Quist

Registered Nurse

  • Heena Gahlon

Registered Social Workers

  • Sandra Tavares​
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