PAML recently recruited Mindy Preston Dabell, MS, CGC, a board-certified genetic counselor, to their genetics laboratory. Dabell received a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is certified through the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and is a licensed genetic counselor in the state of Washington.

Before joining PAML, Dabell served as a laboratory genetic counselor at Signature Genomics Laboratories for two years, where she coordinated the prenatal, postnatal, and familial microarray testing services. As the liaison between providers and the laboratory, Dabell would review ordered tests and recommend indication-specific testing strategies, as well as discuss test results with the ordering provider. Dabell was previously employed at ARUP Laboratories and was responsible for full-gene sequencing tests and analyzing DNA samples for bone marrow matching purposes. These experiences have given her practical understanding of the application of genetic testing strategies that will help our clients improve patient care.

In her new position as a laboratory genetic counselor at PAML, Dabell will focus on increasing the appropriate utilization of genetic tests. She will act as a resource for both PAML clients and PAML employees in discussing and clarifying appropriate genetic testing, genetic testing protocols, and communicating genetic testing needs for and from the client to the lab. Dabell will concentrate on PAML’s prenatal and pediatric genetics. According to Dabell, “Genetic counselors are able to facilitate the selection of diagnostic tests and provide options to the client. This ultimately provides better patient care by getting the correct information to the client when needed and minimizing unnecessary testing that cost money, and more importantly, delays the time to diagnosis. Genetic counseling is a great service PAML is providing its clients as genetic testing options and their complexity continues to expand.”

As part of her responsibilities, Dabell will provide clients with information on PAML's full range of diagnostic tests in the field of genetics. She will guide clinicians in identifying the appropriate testing based on the patient's family history, the suspected syndrome, and previous genetic test results. She will also assist in communicating and clarifying genetic test results to counselors and clinicians, and will aid in writing custom laboratory reports.

“Mindy is a great addition to our genetic counseling team," said Dr. Carmen Wiley, scientific director at PAML. “Genetic counseling is a critical component of our testing process. Some of our physicians may need guidance in selecting the appropriate test when dealing with individuals facing genetic and inherited diseases. Mindy will provide them with the knowledge to make informed decisions.”

PAML, a CLIA and CAP-accredited clinical laboratory, offers genetic testing services in the disciplines of molecular genetics, cytogenetics, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), maternal serum screening, genomic microarray, and biochemical genetics. The laboratory is committed to providing high-quality genetic testing and is continuously expanding its test menu as new procedures and markers are identified.