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Genetic Counselor on Screening

A Genetic Counselor: Shivani Nazareth, MS, Certified Genetic Counselor

Shivani Nazareth, a certified genetic counselor, has worked with thousands of couples to help them understand how genetic screening can help them make decisions about building a family.She explains the counseling and screening process in detail, talks about why early screening is best, and discusses what is meant by “Jewish ancestry.” Video here

There have been important updates in the screening recommendations since this video was made. Anyone planning to start or add to a family should now consider preconception genetic screening, regardless of ethnic or geographic heritage. Click here to learn more.


The Canavan Foundation assumes no liability or responsibility for any opinions, advice, procedures or results provided by any independent individual or entity with respect to genetic disease screening.

The information in these videos is for informational purposes only. It is intended to give the viewer a broad overview of the genetic disease screening process and the Jewish genetic diseases for which screening is currently available.

This video is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or genetic counseling. Genetic science is a rapidly developing field. The information in this video is subject to update and screening options may change. Your physician or other qualified healthcare provider can assist you with any questions you may have regarding your personal situation and the genetic disease screening process.