James Speer, M.S.
James Speer, M.S., a certified genetic counselor, has over 10 years of experience in the fertility field. As the medical field’s understanding of genetic conditions expands and testing becomes more comprehensive, there is a growing need from fertility patients to work with a specialist to understand and consider their options.
As a genetic counselor, Speer’s role is to obtain detailed health and family histories, identify conditions with genetic components and risk factors, discuss inheritance patterns, and provide information regarding genetic testing options. Once test results are attained, he will empower patients with non-directive counsel and provide support as they make their decisions.
Many of the fertility patients he works with will have donor sperm or oocytes as part of their fertility treatment. It is important to understand the genetics of the donor as well as the intended parents to fully understand any heritable risk factors.