Genetic Center

Akron Children's Genetic Center offers diagnostic evaluation and medical management of genetic conditions, birth defects and developmental delays, as well as genetic testing and genetic counseling. Read More...

Costin Carrie
Carrie Costin, MD
Clinical Geneticist

Robinson Haynes
Haynes Robinson, MD
Associate Director, Fetal Treatment Center Interim Director, Genetic Center

Ward-Melver Catherine
Catherine Ward-Melver, MD
Clinical Geneticist

D'Attoma Julie
Julie D'Attoma, RN
Case Manager, Hereditary Cancer Program; Metabolic Clinic Nurse

Motter Connie
Connie Motter, MS, LGC
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Parker Marcie
Marcie Parker, MS, LGC
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Saler Archbold Amanda
Amanda Saler Archbold, MS, LGC
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Stein Jennifer
Jennifer Stein, MS, LGC
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Turner Tiffany
Tiffany Turner, MS, LGC
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Viront Joleen
Joleen Viront, MS, LGC
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Woods Susan
Susan Woods, MS, LGC
Licensed Genetic Counselor


Meet Our Patients



Genetics - Overview

Akron Children's Genetic Center offers preconception services, a prenatal clinic, a hereditary cancer program, and specialty clinics for cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, fragile X, metabolic disorders, sickle cell disease, spina bifida and skeletal dysplasias.

Our center's board-certified medical geneticists and genetic counselors provide:

  • Diagnostic evaluation and medical management of genetic conditions, birth defects and developmental delays
  • Advanced genetic testing and interpretation of test results
  • Genetic counseling, information and support
  • Genetic education for professionals and the general public

A general genetics evaluation includes a detailed family and medical history, a detailed physical examination and a discussion of the finding, possible diagnoses and testing options.

Pediatric services

Finding a genetic cause for a child's developmental or medical issues may be important in identifying other associated health issues, accessing the appropriate services or understanding recurrence risks for relatives and future pregnancies.

Genetics services may be appropriate for families who have a child with:

  • A known genetic condition
  • Unexplained mental retardation, developmental delays, learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorders
  • Birth defects or congenital anomalies
  • Multiple unexplained physical problems or unusual features
  • A family history raising concern of a genetic condition

Adult services

Because the practice of genetics involves the entire family, the Akron Children’s Genetic Center serves patients of all ages. Even when the initial concern involves a child, it may be appropriate to evaluate and/or test adult members of the family who may also be affected or at risk of having children with the same disorder. We are sometimes able to make diagnoses in adults that could not be made when they were children.

In addition, some genetic conditions may not become evident until adulthood. It is becoming increasingly clear that a number of adult-onset conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and hypertension have significant genetic components.

The decision to pursue predictive genetic testing before symptoms of these disorders appear may be very personal and complex. We provide information, risk assessment, support and offer genetic testing when appropriate for adults, as well as other family members at risk for these conditions and many others, including Huntington’s disease, hemochromatosis, and polycystic kidney disease.

This exciting field is still in its infancy, but evaluations, risk assessments and consideration of any appropriate testing is available, especially for people and families with unusual histories, such as early onset of these conditions.

We see adults in many settings, including our adult-focused preconception, prenatal, and hereditary cancer programs. Genetic services are covered by most insurance companies, Medicaid and other third-party payers such as the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH).


What To Expect

Before the appointment

Before a visit to the Akron Children's Genetic Center, it is important to gather information on the person being seen, as well as his family information. A packet will be sent prior to the appointment to help guide the collection of this information. Important details include:

  • The patient's medical and developmental history. Medical records can be helpful, especially those from out the Akron Children's system.
  • A detailed family history, especially an information that seems to relate to the patient's concerns. The office of the surgeon general has a web-based data collection tool at A template is also provided in the patient packet.
  • Reports from any previous genetic assessment or testing. If a request for this information needs to be filed, we can provide a copy of a records release form.

At the appointment

A typical visit to Akron Children's Genetic Center lasts about one hour. During this time, patients meet with a genetic counselor and clinical geneticist (physician).

  • A genetic counselor evaluates your detailed family and medical history.
  • The clinical geneticist performs a physical examination.
  • The geneticist discusses the findings, as well as other evaluations that may be indicated.
  • Testing may be conducted on the day of your visit, or you may need to return for testing following preauthorization with insurance.

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Akron Children's Hospital
Genetic Center
300 Locust St., Suite 500
Akron , OH 44302
Phone: 330-543-8792
Fax: 330-543-3677
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Boardman Medical Pavilion
Pediatric Specialties
8423 Market St., 3rd Floor
Boardman , OH 44512
Phone: 330-729-1145
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2500 Brady Lake Road
Ravenna , OH 44266
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