DAVID BICK, MD
David Bick is dedicated to changing the practice of medicine through the utilization of genomic sequencing. At The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine, Bick sees patients and families who are considering whole genome sequencing for the diagnosis of rare undiagnosed and misdiagnosed disease. He is committed to providing the best experience possible for both his patients and referring physicians and colleagues.
Bick brings more than 20 years of clinical experience to The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine. A board-certified clinical geneticist and clinical molecular geneticist, he excels in translating human genetic disease discoveries and incorporating new molecular genetic techniques into patient diagnosis and care. Bick also serves on the Alabama Rare Disease Advisory Council, which was established in 2018 to address rare disease policies that will positively impact the residents of the state.
Before coming to The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine, Bick directed a clinical genomics laboratory at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He was chief of the division of genetics in the department of pediatrics at MCW. Bick earned his MD from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and completed his pediatrics internship and residency, fellowship in medical genetics and postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine was established to identify the causes of undiagnosed diseases that are genetic in origin and to help families and physicians find answers in the genome. The rapidly-evolving science of genomics means it is becoming more common to find answers in patients’ DNA to provide diagnostic information. By identifying a change or multiple changes in an individual’s genes that can be linked to disease, the clinic helps patients and physicians learn about the cause of their illness. That knowledge could lead to new therapies for patients.
The HudsonAlpha Clinical Services Laboratory, LLC. provides genomic sequencing services to The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine. Using the most advanced sequencing technology and a clinically validated pipeline for interpretation, this CLIA certified, CAP accredited lab serves a key role in the identification of variants involved in disease.
Led by world-renowned pioneers in clinical genomics and experts at analyzing genomic data, the clinic and the lab help patients find an end to their diagnostic odysseys and help physicians integrate genomics into their practices.
“Our patients have been searching for answers for an average of more than seven years, have seen dozens of doctors and have been misdiagnosed at least twice. To have to deal with that, on top of day to day living with a rare disease, is excruciating. I’m proud to be part of this team providing answers and solutions to patients and their families.”— Dr. David Bick
Kelly East is a board-certified genetic counselor and Huntsville native who joined HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology’s Educational Outreach team in 2008.
Kelly oversees and participates in the provision of genetic and genomic counseling for clinical services at The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine. Kelly also does the same for research projects at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and leads the development of educational experiences and resources for healthcare providers, trainees and patients. In addition, she has prior clinical experience as a genetic counselor in an oncology setting. She received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.
MEAGAN COCHRAN, MS, CGC:
Meagan Cochran is a board-certified genetic counselor from Birmingham, AL. 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. Prior to joining the genetic counseling team, Meagan practiced clinical genetic counseling in a variety of settings including pediatrics, adult medicine and genomics. Besides being a genetic counselor for The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine and pediatric genomics research projects, Meagan’s special interests include optimizing service delivery models for genomic medicine.
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.
Veronica is a board-certified genetic counselor from Whitehall, MI, who now calls Huntsville home. She received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics and Genomics from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in genetic counseling from the University of Minnesota. In addition to her roles as a genetic counselor for the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine, Veronica has a special interest in expanding access to genetic testing and exploring new genetic counseling delivery models.
CAROL AIKEN, CMM, CPAR:
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.
Clinical Operations Assistant
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.