Joan Steyermark, MS, LGC

Joan Steyermark, MS, LGC has been a practicing genetic counselor for more than 20 years. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1996.  For the last 16 years, Joan has had the privilege of working in Minnesota with the genetic counselors at HCMC, Allina Health, The University of Minnesota, and now at Mayo Clinic. Over the years she has transitioned from providing prenatal genetic counseling, general genetics counseling, and now has moved into a clinical research role. She have also been fortunate to provide clinical supervision for numerous students from the U of M Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling.

Joan Steyermark

Reasons for Genetic Counseling

  • Neurology
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  • Pediatrics
    A pediatric genetic counselor works with newborns, infants, and children with known or suspected genetic conditions and/or birth defects.  Usually a child will be…
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  • Newborn Screening
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  • Cancer
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  • Heart
    A cardiovascular genetic counselor specializes in understanding the genetic conditions that affect the heart.
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