Determine your risk of passing on over 300 genetic diseases to your future child.
80% of children born with a genetic condition have no family history of that disease. CarrierMap is an expanded carrier screen that can help you plan for a healthy family.
CarrierMap is recommended for people who are planning a family or early in pregnancy.
Gain insight into the health of your pregnancy with one simple blood test.
Chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome impact over 1 in 107 pregnancies. ChromoMap is a non-invasive prenatal screen to assess risk for these conditions.
ChromoMap is available for women who are at least 10 weeks pregnant.
Contribute to a first-of-its-kind study on the links between genomics and infertility.
1 in 6 couples are impacted by infertility. Through large-scale research, FertilityMap seeks to optimize fertility treatment, helping more families achieve successful pregnancies.
Participation in FertilityMap is currently only open to patients of partner clinics.
Navigate the complicated world of genomics with help from Recombine’s expert genetic counselors.
Recombine is focused on comprehensive patient care and offers detailed genetic counseling pre- and post-test to help give the most complete picture of your family’s risk.
Recombine genetic counseling is available alongside CarrierMap and ChromoMap at no additional charge.
Phone: 855-OUR-GENES (855-687-4363)
Location: 1140 Broadway, Suite 1100, New York 10001
Genetic counselors are medical professionals who have Master’s degrees in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling. Recombine’s genetic counselors are certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and are highly trained in human genetics and psychology.
Manager, Genetic Counseling Services
Ushta is a board-certified genetic counselor who manages and oversees the Genetic Counseling Team at Recombine. She comes to Recombine with over 10 years of experience as a genetic counselor in prenatal genetics. Prior to joining Recombine, Ushta worked as a genetic counselor and clinical coordinator of amultidisciplinary fetal diagnosis and treatment center in NYC. Her previous experience also includes working asa product manager for a genetic diagnostic testing company. Ushta received her Master's in Human Geneticsfrom Sarah Lawrence College and her BA in Genetics and Public Health from Rutgers University.
Leila Jamal is a board-certified genetic counselor. She received her Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University and the National Human Genome Research Institute in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as a pediatric genetic counselor in the Division of Neurogenetics at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
In addition to working at Recombine, Leila is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins. She has published several papers on the impact of genomic testing on patients and research participants.
Shabnam is a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor. She received her B.S. in Biology and Minor in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2008, and received an M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in 2013. She works at NYU Langone, Laura Perlmutter Cancer Center in New York, where she works as a clinical genetic counselor providing cancer genetic counseling services to their patients. She also serves as a clinical supervisor for genetic counseling graduate students. She is a part-time clinical genetic counselor with Recombine where she provides tele-genetic counseling services to Recombine’s clients.
Shabnam is fluent in Farsi. She is also involved with the non-profit organization Positive Exposure, creating medical videos aimed at educating on genetic diseases. Outside of genetics, her interests include spending time with friends, cooking, reading, yoga, and going to spin classes.
Erin Carney is a board-certified genetic counselor at Recombine, where she provides genetic counseling services to Recombine’s patients. Prior to joining the team at Recombine, Erin worked for five years at New York Methodist Hospital in the Division of Clinical Genetics as a pediatric, adult, and cancer genetic counselor and clinic coordinator. In addition, Erin provided prenatal genetic counseling services in person and by telephone for a highrisk OB/GYN and fertility center. She has an interest in and has published articles on rare genetic syndromes. Erin received her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and her B.A. in Biology from Bowdoin College. In her free time she enjoys traveling through Europe, where she currently resides with her family.
Victoria Costello, MS, CGC, is a board‐certified, licensed genetic counselor. She received her B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut in 2011 and an M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014. She works part‐time with Recombine, where she provides tele‐genetic counseling services. She also serves as a clinical genetic counselor focusing on cancer for patients at Boston Medical Center and as a clinical supervisor for genetic counseling graduate students. She previously worked at Rhode Island Hospital, providing genetic counseling services to pediatric and adult patients for a variety of indications, including cancer genetics, general genetics, and cardiovascular genetics. Victoria’s clinical interests include cancer genetics, increasing access to genetics services, ethics, and education. Outside of genetics, her interests include running, live music, yoga, podcasts, reading fiction, and travel.
Charlotte is a board-certified genetic counselor with 9 years experience. She provides genetic counseling services to Recombine's patients. Charlotte has a special interest in fertility genetics and preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Prior to her role at Recombine, she worked at the London Bridge Fertility, Gynecology and Genetics Center in the UK. Charlotte received her MS in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College.
Heather is a board‐certified and licensed genetic counselor. She is a part‐time clinical genetic counselor with Recombine, where she provides tele‐genetic counseling services to Recombine’s clients. She is also a full‐time prenatal genetic counselor at Mount Sinai West in Manhattan. Heather received her BS in Psychobiology at UCLA and her MS in Genetic Counseling at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2009. In her free time, Heather enjoys running, cycling, cooking, and various DIY projects.
Amber Gamma is an Associate Genetic Counselor with Recombine. She currently counsels patients regarding their test results and acts as a liaison between patients, providers, and Recombine. Amber came to Recombine directly after grad school, having fallen in love with NYC. She graduated with a Master of Science in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College and completed her thesis piloting a curriculum for cultural competency in genetic counseling for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients. Her project continues to evolve through the present day, with a goal of incorporation into all genetic counseling programs.
Prior to attending Sarah Lawrence, Amber completed a Bachelor of Science with Molecular Genetics specialization at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Outside of work you’ll find Amber performing poetry with Stageless Arts, reading a book with a cup of coffee in her hand, or prancing around in nature. She also enjoys exploring new countries, running, soccer, and yoga.
Meghan is a Certified Genetic Counselor who speaks with individuals and couples over the phone to help them interpret their Recombine screening results and understand how these results may be useful in their reproductive planning. She received her Master of Science degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her B.S. in Biology from St. Norbert College. Prior to joining the Recombine team Meghan worked as an Associate Outreach Specialist for the Waisman Center in Madison, Wisconsin where she was involved in newborn screening education and outreach for the Plain Communities. Meghan currently resides in the Netherlands and in her spare time enjoys traveling, cooking, and reading.
Alexandria Markase is a Certified Genetic Counselor at Recombine. In addition to providing genetic counseling services to Recombine’s patients, Alex is the head supervisor for genetic counseling graduate students rotating through Recombine. Alex also heads the journal club at Recombine to ensure our genetic counseling team is up to date on new research and current events. She received her master’s degree in genetic counseling from Long Island University in Brookville, NY and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. Alex is passionate about increasing genetic literacy and awareness of the utility of geneticsrelated services in her community.
Jessica is a board‐certified genetic counselor at Recombine and a cancer genetic counselor at the NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center. She received her M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College as well as a BA in anthropology‐zoology and BDA in dance performance from the University of Michigan‐Ann Arbor. In addition to working at Recombine and the NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center, Jessica also works as a genetic counselor at Harlem Hospital and performs with a local dance company.
Jenna is a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor at Recombine. She received a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Biotechnology from Brigham Young University and a Master of Science in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. Jenna is passionate about genetics education; her master’s thesis project involved developing and teaching a genetics course for student inmates at a maximum security women’s prison. Jenna now provides genetic counseling services to clients and physicians. As a member of the clinical diagnostics team, Jenna collaborates with the bioinformatics team to maintain Recombine’s high standards of clinical quality.
She also oversees Recombine’s clients undergoing preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Jenna loves helping individuals and families make sense of complicated technical information and understand how genetics impacts everyday life. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two cats named Kevin and Linda.
Nicholas is a board-certified genetic counselor. In addition to providing genetic counseling services to Recombine’s patients and physicians, Nicholas is also responsible for overseeing the quality control and internal operations of Recombine’s ChromoMap test, a noninvasive prenatal screening technology. Nicholas has a background in highrisk perinatal and reproductive genetic counseling, previously working at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the Division of MaternalFetal Medicine before becoming a team member here at Recombine.
He has extensive experience in counseling on the topics of advanced maternal age, birth defects, prenatal diagnosis of genetic disease, teratogens, pregnancy loss, infertility, and samesex couple reproduction. Nicholas received his B.S. in PreMed Biology from the University of Scranton and his M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College. He is a licensed genetic counselor in the states of New Jersey and California. He has published articles concerning noninvasive prenatal screening technologies and the genetics of human obesity. Nicholas is passionate about providing quality patient and physician genetics education as well as furthering current research regarding the genetics of human infertility and human obesity.
Kendra Schaa is a Clinical Genetic Counselor at Recombine. She received her Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins/NHGRI Genetic Counseling Training Program and is currently certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Kendra earned her B.S. in biology from the University of Iowa, where she worked as a research assistant studying the genetics of preterm birth.
In addition to her role at Recombine, Kendra works as a genetic counselor in the Perinatal Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. She enjoys running, cooking, and learning Spanish in her spare time.
Stephanie Jez is a board-certified genetic counselor at Recombine. Stephanie has a background in highrisk perinatal genetic counseling and coordination of neonatal care and management. Stephanie gained her pre and postnatal experience at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences before becoming a team member at Recombine. Stephanie received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi and later earned her M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from the University of Utah.
Stephanie has published research about the utility of variants of unknown significance (VUS) for parents of children with developmental delay, autism and/or intellectual disability in hopes of providing the most useful information about genetic testing results that are difficult to interpret clinically.
Sheila Johal is a licensed genetic counselor with Recombine who counsels patients about their test results and educates both patients and their physicians. She came to Recombine after nine and a half years at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where she provided prenatal, general and cardiovascular genetic counseling.
Sheila graduated with a master’s degree in Medical and Molecular Genetics with a focus in Genetic Counseling from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis in 2006. Prior to attending graduate school, she also received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kent State University. She has a specific interest in disorders of hemoglobin and is passionate about educating genetic counseling students. When she is not working, Sheila spends time with her husband and children, watching football, and coordinating her book club.
Erin Shehan is a board-certified genetic counselor at Recombine. She provides genetic counseling services to clients and participates in site visits as a liaison to the sales team. She received her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University and her B.S. in Finance from Villanova University. Erin worked as a business analyst in the pharmaceutical industry for Accenture before making a career change to the field of genetics. She spent six years at St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital doing prenatal and pediatric genetic counseling and then served as a liaison to Ambry Genetics before starting with Recombine.
Jennifer Schwab is a board-certified genetic counselor. She received a B.S. in Biology from Northeastern University in 2010 and an M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the Boston University School of Medicine in 2012. She subsequently began a career as a Clinical Genetic Counselor at Rhode Island Hospital, where she currently provides genetic counseling in the pediatric and adult settings in general genetics, metabolism, cancer genetics, and cardiovascular genetics. She is also a Clinical Genetic Counselor with Recombine, where she provides telegenetic counseling services. Jenn’s clinical interests include newborn screening, cardiovascular genetics, variants of uncertain significance, and student outreach. She is a member of the New England Regional Genetics Group’s Board of Directors and has served on multiple subcommittees of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Shannon Wieloch is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor at Recombine who provides genetic counseling services to patients and manages the genetic content on the Recombine blog. She has also served as the cochair of the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ Prenatal Special Interest Group for the 20152016 term. Prior to joining Recombine, Shannon worked in cardiac research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and in prenatal genetic counseling at The Delaware Center for Maternal and Fetal Medicine. She received a dual B.S. in Biology and Psychology from The University of Pittsburgh and her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University. Her professional passion is to provide comprehensive genetic education to medical professionals, patients, and the general public. Away from work, Shannon spends her time reading young adult, fantasy, and Victorian fiction, traveling to countries off the beaten path, and posting too many pictures of her cat on Facebook.