Clinical Genetics Fullerton Genetics Center is the region’s only comprehensive genetics and personalized medicine program with two geneticists board-certified in Medical Genetics and Genomics, genetic counselors board-certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, a licensed clinical social worker, and a licensed clinical pharmacist trained in pharmacogenomics. Mission Health providers using Cerner EMR may send an electronic referral to Genetics. Referrals may also be faxed to 828-213-0039. For further information, please contact our office in Asheville at 828-213-0022. Referral Request Form Clinical Genetic Evaluation and Counseling Services For patients with a known or suspected genetic disorder, birth defect, intellectual disability, dysmorphic features, or an increased risk for similar problems in pregnancy or by birth. Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancer A Genetic Counselor will meet with you to carefully review your personal and family cancer history, the basics of hereditary cancer and discuss your personal risks. If genetic testing is appropriate, the genetic counselor will discuss the benefits, risks and limitations of testing to help you decide whether this testing is right for you. Personalized Medicine Clinic A multidisciplinary team specializing in the genetics of drug response to help clinicians and patients better manage medications for non-cancer conditions and help predict future pharmacotherapy. Behavioral Health Services for Individuals with a Genetic Condition Patients and families often receive information and medical diagnoses at Fullerton Genetics Center which can impact many aspects of their lives. Fullerton has a licensed clinic social worker (LCSW) on staff available to provide counseling for patients who need help while they adjust to living with their health condition. The types of services available include: Empathetic listening and brief cognitive behavioral therapy for feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression related to adjustment to a new diagnosis Parenting support and strategies for parents of children whose genetic diagnosis may impact their development, learning, and behaviors Strategies for managing chronic pain and fatigue, including CBT for pain management Trauma focused therapy for patients who are experiencing symptoms related to traumatic events, including medical trauma, abuse, neglect, and/or major life changes Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic Fullerton Genetics coordinates an interdisciplinary diagnostic clinic for children experiencing challenges related to known or suspected prenatal alcohol exposure. Our team consists of a geneticist, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, and clinical social worker. The team has been trained to evaluate children with known or suspected prenatal exposure and understand how this exposure may be impacting the child’s health, learning, and behavior. Early identification of intervention of FASDs contributes to positive long term outcomes and offers an individual the best opportunity to achieve their full potential. Accurate diagnosis can help: Identify and refer the individual for appropriate services Align understand and aid communication among caregivers, educators, clinicians, and families. Help an individual and their family better understand their unique combination of strengths and impairments. Telemedicine Services and Locations Mission’s Fullerton Genetics Center is now providing telehealth consultations at Angel Medical Center in Franklin so that patients do not have to drive to Asheville to receive genetic counseling, evaluation, and testing. Patients from the Franklin region will be scheduled at Angel Medical Center to meet with the genetic providers by video, and then complete genetic testing if indicated all in one visit! Services are provided for all ages from newborn to adult for patients with a known or suspected genetic disorder, birth defect, intellectual disability, dysmorphic features, an increased risk for similar problems in pregnancy or by birth, and drug metabolism concerns.