Gina Davis, MS, CGC
Gina Davis is the founder of Advocate Genetics, and a multi-state licensed, board-certified genetic counselor, who specializes in the field of reproductive medicine. Gina is also a co-founder of EM•POWER donation, an education company dedicated to empowering choice in embryo donation, which recently received federal funding for their work in this space.
While building Advocate Genetics from 2014-2019, Gina also served as genetic counselor and medical science liaison for PacGenomics, a clinical genetics laboratory specializing in single-cell technologies. Prior to that time, she served as genetic counselor in an academic REI practice, the University of California, San Francisco's Center for Reproductive Health, from 2004 to 2013. While studying to become a genetic counselor, Gina served as a medical assistant at two private fertility practices in Southern California, and conducted research at a UC Irvine molecular genetics lab. She has been immersed in the field of reproductive medicine her entire career, and brings a wealth of knowledge in working with both practitioners and patients.
Gina has helped to shape the role of the genetic counselor within the field of Reproductive Medicine. She has assisted in the training of fellow genetic counselors, physicians, nurses, other health care practitioners and undergraduate students in reproductive genetics through lectures, small group facilitation and mentoring. She has given numerous presentations at professional and patient support meetings, and has been co-author of diverse publications within the field. Gina is the past chair and current member of the Genetic Counseling Special Interest Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). She is an active member of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Special Interest Group of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), a member of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy. She has worked as a volunteer with the March of Dimes. She is also a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of Reprotech Ltd., the leading cryobank specializing in long-term storage of reproductive tissue.
"As a prior fertility patient myself, I feel I engage with patients with greater compassion and appreciation of the emotional complexity of reproductive medicine. I understand that given the rapid advances in genetics and reproductive medicine, it is becoming increasingly difficult for patients and physicians alike to gather this information on their own and make deliberate and conscientious use of it. My practice is dedicated to addressing the unique questions and concerns of each patient or couple, to help them make educated decisions about their options."
Megan McCoy Fisher, MS, CGC
Megan McCoy Fisher is a board-certified genetic counselor, practicing for almost 20 years. She is licensed in the state of California and has primarily worked in the fields of both prenatal and infertility genetics. She obtained her BS in biology from James Madison University in Virginia and her MS in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. After working in Los Angeles for 15 years, she now works in Atlanta, Georgia and resides north of the city with her family.
Megan's interest in infertility genetics began in graduate school when she wrote her master's thesis on the genetics of male infertility. She saw her interest grow, as multiple IVF patients, who had utilized gamete donation, repeatedly knew very little about their donors' family histories and/or if any genetic screening had been performed. Seeing a great need in this area for genetic counseling, Megan decided to start her own business in 2007 focused on gamete donor genetic evaluations.
After working solo in gamete donor screening for 12 years, Megan is excited to now join forces with Gina Davis and the Advocate Genetics staff. She has known Gina for many years through NSGC's ART special interest group and has always admired her work ethic and her passion for the field of reproductive genetics. Megan hopes to continue to help individuals navigate complex genetic information and to expand her knowledge in assisted reproduction while working for Advocate Genetics.
Madi DeLoria, MS, CGC
Madi DeLoria is a licensed and board-certified genetic counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in biology from University of California, San Diego. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Madi spent time working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and young children with developmental delays. She later worked as a member of the sales team at a genetic testing company before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming a genetic counselor. A northern California native, she returned to the area, where she obtained her Master of Science in genetic counseling from California State University, Stanislaus with courses and clinical experience at University of California, San Francisco, Kaiser Permanente and other sites around the San Francisco Bay Area. During graduate school, she worked for the Kaiser Permanente National Offices on the Genomic Strategy and Implementation team, where she learned a great deal about the inner workings of the healthcare system. Madi's interests in the genetic counseling field lie in the prenatal and reproductive medicine space. Her graduate thesis explored the experiences of women receiving failed non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS) results. She currently works for a genetic testing company as a medical specialist and is thankful to continue working with patients as a genetic counselor with Advocate Genetics.
Jamie Dokson, MS, CGC
Affiliate Genetic Counselor (Navigate Genetic Counseling)
Jamie Dokson is a board-certified and multi-state licensed genetic counselor who has been providing clinical genetics services for over a decade, with expertise in cancer, prenatal, proactive, and reproductive genetics.
Jamie received her undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Biomedical ethics from Brown University in 2001. In 2007, she graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. She has been board certified in genetic counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling since 2009. Jamie has served as a clinical prenatal counselor at two Maryland Hospitals, where she also served as a member of the Hospital Ethics Committee, as well as a researcher in clinical cancer screening at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2009, Jamie joined a large private fertility practice in Atlanta, GA and spent much of next decade gaining experience in reproductive genetics with a specialty focus in carrier screening, preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), and gamete donor screening. During this time she also served as the Director of Genetic Services for an international donor egg bank and developed genetic screening protocols for prospective gamete donors. Jamie has worked with an international laboratory specializing in PGT-A and PGT-M, as well as two different clinical genetics labs providing expanded carrier screening.
Nowadays, Jamie works as a genetic counselor for her own private practice and we are happy to offer additional appointment availability with Jamie for patients outside of states we practice in, or who need additional appointment times.
Adrianne Naddell studied Occupational Education and Health Care Administration at Wayland Baptist University. A tenacious learner, she put herself through college while working full-time as a manager in wholesale, even with multiple moves as a military spouse. She and her husband were challenged by infertility and were eventually able to have their children through IVF. She found it a great privilege to spend her childrens' infant and toddler years at home with them, and pursued an opportunity to work with children with special needs when her children went to school. She is happy now to assist those who, like her, have experienced difficulty with fertility and long to be parents. She is excited to make Advocate Genetics her home, and help people create their own precious families.
“Having been through the process of trying to conceive through IUI and IVF, I feel a strong empathy for those in similar situations. As a patient myself, I believe such experience is of great importance when working with families going through the emotional roller coaster of reproductive medicine.”
Genetic Counseling Assistant
Rachel Hull is currently pursuing her Master of Science in genetic counseling at the University of Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2019. She has gained insight into world of genetic counseling through her roles as the president of Genetic Counseling Club at UC Davis and as a volunteer with the Division of Genomic Medicine at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She also brings experience in research and writing through working in several laboratories and serving as the editor-in-chief of an undergraduate life sciences journal. Rachel is delighted to continue assisting Advocate Genetics during her graduate studies and to be part of such a special time in patients’ lives.
“As I continue my journey toward becoming a genetic counselor, I am thrilled to be a member of the Advocate Genetics team. I am eager to learn all that I can while making a difference for our patients.”