TheClinicTeamSliver

MeaghanCochranDirector_copyDIRECTOR, MEAGAN COCHRAN, MS, CGC:

Licensed & Certified Genetic Counselor

Meagan Cochran, MS, CGC, is the Director of Clinical Education for HudsonAlpha and the Director of The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine. She leads a team of genetic counselors that supports multiple mission areas throughout the institute to expand the application of genomics through research, education and patient care. Cochran joined HudsonAlpha in 2015. Prior to joining the Institute, she practiced clinical genetic counseling in a variety of specialties including pediatrics, prenatal, adult medicine, and genomics. She received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

whitleyWHITLEY KELLEY, MS, CGC:

Licensed & Certified Genetic Counselor

Whitley Kelley is a board-certified genetic counselor from Carbon Hill, AL, who now calls Huntsville home. She received a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Genetic counselor for HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology’s pediatric genomics research projects and The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine, Whitley’s special interests include developing innovative ways to apply genetic counseling and education to enhance the patient’s experience in a clinical setting.

TannerColeman

TANNER COLEMAN, MS, CGC: 

Licensed & Certified Genetic Counselor

Tanner Coleman is a genetic counselor from Graniteville, SC. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. In addition to being a genetic counselor for The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine and pediatric genomics research projects, Tanner’s special interest is in educating non-genetics healthcare providers to improve the provision of genetic services.

JADA PUGH, ScM 

Genetic CounselorJada Pugh

Jada Pugh, ScM, is a genetic counselor originally from Gadsden, Alabama. She received a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Auburn University and an ScM in Genetic Counseling from Johns Hopkins/National Institutes of Health. Jada serves as a genetic counselor for The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine and other research projects throughout the institute. Jada’s special interests include the personal utility of genomic testing and facilitating adaptation in the absence of a diagnosis.

newcarol-300x290

CAROL AIKEN, CPAR:

Director, Clinic Operations

Carol Aiken is a certified medical practice administrator with the Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management (PAHCOM) and is serving on the PAHCOM certification board to support accreditation through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and is a member of the Palmetto GBA Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group. Carol has 30+ years of medical practice administration experience across multiple physician practice specialties and hospitals. She has an extensive background in healthcare coding & billing compliance and regulatory guidelines and is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). Carol is also president of the Huntsville Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Chapter. During her tenure with PAHCOM, Carol was awarded the Medical Manager of the Year award and the President’s Award of Excellence. She also serves on the executive committee for the Alabama Association of Pediatrics’ Practice Managers Association.

Anna C.E. Hurst, MD, MS, FACMG

Clinical Geneticist

Anna C.E. Hurst, MD, MS, is a board-certified medical geneticist at The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine. She trained as a genetic counselor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (Columbia) and then completed her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston). She is a board-certified pediatrician who completed pediatrics residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health (Winston-Salem, NC) and a medical genetics residency at UAB. She is an assistant professor of medical genetics in the department of genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an adjunct faculty member at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Hurst is a clinician for the UAB Undiagnosed Disease Program, skeletal dysplasia clinic, and general genetics, and she provides genetic inpatient hospital consultations for patients at UAB and Children’s of Alabama. Her clinical interests include dysmorphology and congenital anomaly syndrome delineation, and she serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Facial Dysmorphology Novel Analysis (FDNA). Her research focuses on expanding the availability of genomic sequencing for children with complex healthcare needs and incorporating phenotypic information into the interpretation of genomic data.

newtammy-300x290

TAMMY DENNIS, CBCS

Clinic Office Manager

Tammy Dennis joined The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine as a clinical operations assistant in August 2017. Tammy is a native of Madison County and has an extensive background in administration across the area, from 10 years with the Madison County Commission to 7 years with the Huntsville City School system. She most recently worked with the Huntsville Hospital Emergency Physicians Group where she managed the payroll, licenses, and day-to-day administrative needs of 100+ physicians and other healthcare providers. Tammy has a passion for helping patients and families in difficult situations feel welcomed and valued throughout their experience at The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine.

Finding Answers in Your DNA:

Our team are pioneers in clinical genomics and experts at analyzing genomic data. For more information on finding an end to your/your patient’s diagnostic odyssey, please call 256.327.9640.