“Being able to translate complex genetic testing results for patients on a daily basis as they navigate their family-building journey is hugely meaningful to me.”
Certified genetic counselor Amber Gamma earned a Master of Science degree in Human Genetics from the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Molecular Genetics from the University of Alberta in Canada, Amber enrolled in the graduate program at Sarah Lawrence. Her desire was fueled by a passion for both science and helping others. “The science behind genetics and the translation to human health and reproduction is a huge source of fascination for me, but I wasn’t built to do basic research,” she says. “I wanted to work with people.”
After graduating, Amber did just that, working as a certified genetic counselor at Recombine and Northwell Health before joining RMA in 2022. In addition to its focus on research and evidence-based medicine, Amber was impressed by RMA’s commitment to launching a genetic counseling program, a rarity among fertility clinics. Her colleagues in the assisted reproductive technology (ART) space inspire her as well. “There are so many bright minds and passionate hearts among us, and I’m always learning from them,” she says.
Amber is also dedicated to sharing her knowledge with prospective parents. When discussing PGT-A, a genetic test performed on embryos that screen for chromosomal abnormalities, she is always sure to explain its benefits and limitations: While normal PGT-A results increase the chance of having a successful pregnancy, “PGT-A does not test for every genetic condition, and there are things that may come up during pregnancy that are not caused solely by genetics. In addition, PGT-A is a screening test, so we still recommend follow-up screening or testing for the things PGT-A can look for during pregnancy,” she says.
When not at work, Amber can be found lost in a good book, playing soccer, cooking, or spending time with her fiancé and their sphynx cat.
First in-house genetic counselor at the RMA Network
Chair-elect of the Genetic Counseling Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Recipient of the 2014 Student Research Award from the National Society of Genetic Counselors
“RMA has a strong commitment to research and evidence-based medicine, which is important in my own practice. Additionally, it is one of a handful of clinics that offers in-house genetic counselors to complement its high level of patient care.”